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Music / Hot Hot Heat

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Some days the reaper ain't looking so grim; some days the past is the only mine that has gold.
—"Nobody's Accusing You (Of Having A Good Time)" Hot Hot Heat

Hot Hot Heat are a new-wavy, Canadian dance-punk band from Victoria, British Columbia formed in 1999. They're known for their catchy, frantic songs and witty lyrics. Although not overtly popular in the mainstream, they've had a few chart-climbing singles and maintain a dedicated fanbase. Extremely hook-laden songs await.

Their current line-up is:
  • Steve Bays (vocals and keyboards)
  • Paul Hawley (drums)
  • Parker Bossley (bass)
  • Luke Paquin (guitar)

Former members include:

  • Dustin Hawthorne
  • Matthew Marnik
  • Jimmy Sweet
  • Dante DeCaro


  • Scenes One Through Thirteen - 2002
  • Make Up The Breakdown - 2002
  • Elevator - 2005
  • Happiness Ltd. - 2007
  • Future Breeds - 2010

This band provides examples of:

  • Break-Up Song: Happiness Ltd. was basically a breakup album.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Scenes One Through Thirteen is a compilation of early singles - At the time they didn't have a guitarist, Steve Bays was only playing keyboards (the original vocalist was Matthew Marnik), and they had a noisier, more aggressive Post-Hardcore / Post-Punk sound.
  • Messy Hair: Steve Bays, with all of his unruly ginger curls, certainly counts.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: "Oh, Goddamit" qualifies. "Oh, oh goddamit, I think I've lost it. Oh goddammit - I think I've lost you."
  • "Sesame Street" Cred: They popped up for an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba!.
  • Signature Style: Steve Bays' voice has led to him being described as a "headlong yelper" by Rolling Stone Magazine.
  • Silly Love Songs: Love songs? Yeah. But the silly part was averted for most of their career, with their first silly, happy love song coming out in 2010.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: The packaging to Elevator doesn't list a track 13, as a play on buildings with a missing 13th floor. The 13th track is simply the last few seconds of the previous song indexed on its own track.
  • Wanderlust Song: "This Town" is all about leaving town.