So, with my newfound respect for these shirtless Brit show-offs, I dove into Too Hot to Handle, hoping for a few tinfoil-wrapped cucumbers or “cold sore” outbreaks to justify my above rant.
I did not find any instances of either. What I did find was about 5,000 hours of German ruff tyrant Michael Shenker’s noodly solos, and three very sober band members (Shenker, Mogg, Way) methodically drawling out their less-than-gripping history. There’s also a few quotes scattered about from various members of Def Lep and Iron Maiden. Both bands lay claim to heavy UFO influence, and since both bands have lots of noodly guitar solos, we can safely assume they mean it, maan. Otherwise, you get seventeen live perfs, shot in various, ahem, arenas, and spanning a good portion of their early-mid career. The interview bits were shot much later; “The Story of UFO” was originally released in Japan in 1994, and that looks to be the era of the yakkity-yak. I imagine that this whole package is boner-popping to hardcore UFO-heads, but to the Plebian viewer looking for the arena rock in their mind, this may prove a little underwhelming.
Hmm. Maybe it was Nazareth we were thinking about. Supertramp? Bloodrock?!