Last night I was eating a burger at Grill’d and they were playing “Bandages” and I remembered how much I adore this album, not that I’d ever forgotten.
I can’t believe it’s been over a decade since it was released - I remember being a kid in my early teens, first hearing “Oh, Goddammit” and being immediately hooked. I wore this album out around 2003-2004, playing it on repeat and dancing around my bedroom like my life depended on it.
Nothing that Hot Hot Heat released after this album was as immediate or satisfying for me. I saw them play with Modest Mouse in 2008 but I really wish I’d been able to see them when this album first came out and they were in their prime - Elevator was alright, but it never stuck with me like this record did.
I interviewed Steve Bays when Future Breeds came out in 2010, years after I’d really stopped liking or following the band. I told him that Make Up The Breakdown was still one of my favourite albums and he said thank you, but I wonder if bands get offended by that, when they’re trying to promote a new album and people are just singing the praises of something they did years and years ago.
But seriously, this album was and is the best.