Eddie & The Hot Rods

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: punk punk rock pub rock new wave power pop seen live rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1975, this quintet from Southend, Essex, England, originally comprised Barrie Masters (vocals), Lew Lewis (harmonica), Paul Gray (bass), Dave Higgs (guitar), Steve Nicol (drums) plus ‘Eddie’, a short-lived dummy that Masters pummelled on stage. After one classic single, ‘Writing On The Wall’, Lewis left, though he appeared on the high-energy ‘Horseplay’, the b-side of their cover of Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs’ ‘Wooly Bully’. Generally regarded as a younger, more energetic version of Dr. Feelgood, the Rods pursued a tricky route between the conservatism of pub rock and the radicalism of punk. During the summer of 1976, the group broke house records at the Marquee Club with a scorching series of raucous, sweat-drenched performances. Their power was well captured on a live EP, which included a cover of ? And The Mysterians’ ‘96 Tears’ and a clever amalgamation of the Rolling Stones’...

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