Local CDs A-Z continued: Hot Live Guys - The Legend, The Legacy (1999, Pure Class Records). Like most people, you probably remember the Hot Live Guys (correctly) as stage-destroying, riff-rocking monsters, and one of Winnipeg’s best-ever live bands. Before they settled on what became their signature sound, though, they were something entirely different. This debut album (which, if memory serves, was scrubbed from their official discography when they started getting a lot of attention) is HLG as, essentially, a funk-rock band with ska leanings (complete with horn section). Very similar in sound and goofiness to what RWPO was doing at the time. I grew up with the core members of (this version of) HLG, and I still remember getting an advance listen to this album, on a Walkman, in the high school parking lot, and being *blown away* by how great it sounded. I was in Grandpa’s Army at the time, and we played a LOT of shows with HLG, so there was always a bit of friendly rivalry and stupid teenage bullshit going on. The song “Yeehawmoebas” on this record was originally named “Eat Some Shit Sam Thompson” (in my ‘honour’), for reasons that don’t even matter anymore (seeing as I don’t even remember what they were). Overall, though, I probably saw the Hot Live Guys live more than any other band, and was super proud of how much local success they achieved in the 2000s. I also legitimately love a lot of the songs on this CD and wish it was better-known.