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Hounds - 1979 Puttin' On The Dog

ARTIST: Hounds
ALBUM: Puttin' On The Dog
LABEL: Columbia
SERIAL: JC 36098
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: John Hunter - vocals, keyboards * Don Griffin, Glen Rupp - guitars * Joe Cuttone - bass * Michael Neff - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Do Wah Diddy Diddy * 02 Angel Of Fire * 03 Under My Thumb * 04 Gotta Find A Way To Meet You * 05 The Moth And The Fire * 06 Workin' On My Cool * 07 Horses * 08 Spiders * 09 Who'll Be The Next In Line * 10 Along The Lane

As part of a clean-up exercise to complete the discography of some artists here at GDM, we start with Chicago's Hounds. Already written about is their début 'Unleashed'. We finish off their story with the second and final album 'Puttin' On The Dog'. A five year run signed to CBS, Hounds went through every rock genre known to man during the late 70's. Power pop, new wave, punk, hard rock, blues.. all bundled up in their Chicago down-town mish-mash. It's true that lead-man John Hunter was an American version of Mick Jagger, and the band had a Rolling Stones vibe about them, though there is less of that influence this time around. The Hounds sound positively pomp rock compared to 'Unleashed'.

The Songs
Certainly among the songs presented here, they revamp the Stones cover 'Under My Thumb', though to my way of listening, it isn't nearly as good as Canadians Streetheart who presented their version on 'Under Heaven Over Hell' LP the same year. Elsewhere the band deliver a version of the rock n roll chestnut 'Doo Wah Diddy Diddy', and a Kinks cover 'Who'll Be The Next in Line'. With those three out of the way, the Hounds revert back to originals starting with 'Angel Of Fire', an aptly named fiery tune. This one is so 70's.. it's got everything really! 'Gotta To Find A Way To Meet You' is a groovy tune, like a workingman's version of The Cars, while 'The Moth And The Fire' includes a plaintive piano line, some quirky parts, similar to Blue Oyster Cult in places. 'Working On My Cool' not only has a great title, but some pumping pomp rock passages too. You'd be surprised.. I definitely was! As for 'Horses', think Russia at their weird and wackiest, and that's definitely a compliment. 'Spider' comes at you from the theatrical side, with obvious nods to bands like Mother Goose, Split Enz and Cinema Face. The final track 'Along The Lane' is mid-paced and generally doesn't get beyond the lift-off point.

In Summary
Most people familiar with the Hounds' material would prefer the energy of the first LP 'Unleashed'. But melodic rockers and AORsters I'm guessing would prefer this second offering. The two albums are like chalk and cheese, but are both worthy of investigation. As mentioned elsewhere on GDM, only lead-man John Hunter went onto anything significant into the 80's; releasing 'Famous At Night' in 1984, including an updated version of the song 'Horses'.

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#1 | rkbluez on July 14 2015 21:19:18
Both Hounds albums are great essential albums IMO and both should be reissued on CD instead of some of the endless crap that gets put out...time and time again

Rock Candy take note...this is the stuff we want!

Both albums are good in their own right...a little different but different is good.
#2 | super80boy on July 03 2016 16:20:21
The band embarks on too many covers, which doesn't do the album any favors, especially the lead off 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy'. Maybe it was the shift in members from the debut..who knows. However, they make up for it with some strong original material. 'Angel Of Fire' could have slotted in on their spirited debut LP. They push glam and pomp to great territory in 'Workin On My Cool'. 'Horses' just has that unconventional charm, it's an excellent song. The band certainly did a much better job in the album jacket design/artwork on this go around.
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