One of the most highly sort after Record Store Day releases in the second drop for 2021 was the Foo Fighter’s alter ego the Dee Gees debut album Hail Satin. After braving a very brisk and chilly morning I joined the queue at Clarity Records at the ungodly hour of 5.45am hoping I would be able to secure my copy. Lots of people had the same idea lining up to nab one of twelve thousand copies available world wide and one of fifteen up for grabs instore. Fans were doing head counts to see how many people were in front of them and whether they would be unlucky to miss out. Taking the plastic off and playing this for the first time was very satisfying.
Who would have thought that the Foo Fighters (aka Dee Gees) would be taking on some of the classic hits by the Bee Gees. The Foo Fighters haven’t really strayed far from their rock ‘n roll sound up until their new album Medicine At Midnight which saw a subtle shift with the Foo Fighters going for more of a “pop” sound which was more about shaking hips rather than going bat shit crazy and jumping around in the mosh pit. Given the current climate Hail Satin is just perfect for these uncertain times. Also, having said that Dave Grohl has always spoken about his appreciation for 70s pop, disco, funk and R&B so it does seem like the planets have aligned to make this possible.
The Bee Gees were all about the melody and harmony creating those infectious dancefloor grooves and the Dee Gees honour that legacy well. All that’s missing in my living room is the disco ball! Kicking off with You Should Be Dancing there’s plenty of great moments to follow with Night Fever, Tragedy, Shadow Dancing (with Taylor Hawkins on lead vocals) and More Than A Woman the Dee Gees put their spin on these Bee Gee classics. The Dee Gees have been careful not to over do it by reimagining these songs but replicate them with plenty of energy, enthusiasm, style and with a hint more of electric guitar.
If that’s not enough the B-side of Hail Satin features there’s five live cuts from Medicine At Midnight including Making A Fire, Shame Shame, Waiting On A War, No Son Of Mine and Cloud Spotter. No doubt these tunes will be live staples in shows to come. Another great Record Store Day release and don’t stop hunting for a copy if you want one.
Album Review By Rob Lyon