I do not know what it is with UFO (the band, not the friggin’ aliens…). On one hand they are brilliant, but on the other it is like – mediocre what they produce. And this very specific thread – at least – leads right through their early records. Their 5th studio record No Heavy Petting released in 1976 is no exception.
Now imagine 1976 for a minute: These were the times where you saw vehicles like the ‘Stutz Blackhawk’ come into fashion. No kidding: Big, gas guzzling monsters were all the rage at that time. Of course, you could also get sleeker machines they – the car makers – gave us in the ’70s – Corvette, Mustang, Firebird. Oil crisis of the early ’70s already forgotten. These were also the times of almost 15% inflation in the UK, earthquakes and tsunamis everywhere, Fidel Castro becoming president (he is still there at the time this review is written – well almost). [...]