Them Crooked Vultures: Them Crooked Vultures

WTF, A supergroup that actually exceeds the sum of its constituent parts. And as those constituent parts include the greatest rock bassist from the greatest rock band, ever, that’s no light statement.

Work on TGV has been a fairly covert affair with Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) beavering away for much of the year under the radar. And with Jonsey on this sort of form, Planty should be feeling suitably embarrassed for not wanting to come and play with his old mates.

“New Fang” has a vivacious beat that could cause you to hop around the lounge like Mr Spigott at a Tarzan audition.

“Scumbag Blues” has a Cream-like guitar and vocal introducing a sort of “Trampled Under Foot” clavinet funk that occasionally threatens to turn into the theme tune to Mission Impossible before squealing guitars steer things back on track.

Top track for me though is “Gunman” with its super solid bass-lines, last heard on Jonsey’s 2 solo albums at the start of the noughties.

I seem to have focused rather more on John Paul Jones’ bass parts than the other two contributors. Did I never mention that I’m a massive Zeppelin fan?