EDDIE & The HOT RODS – “Live At The Marquee” (Island IEP-2) July 1976
Eddie & the Hot Rods EP – The Feelgoods were all fine and dandy, but they were a bit, well, old. The answer was a new generation of Essex tearaways who took their inspiration from original American punks like The Seeds.
There wasn’t an agenda, or even a movement, but when the Hot Rods started playing London with the likes of Joe Strummer’s 101ers there was suddenly a young, rabid audience for whom a dangerously revved-up version of Bob Seger’s ‘Get Out Of Denver’ (the other tracks in the EP were ’96 Tears’ and Medley: ‘Gloria / Satisfaction’) was as potent an anthem as you could get.
All through that long hot summer of ’76 the Hot Rods rocked Wardour Street. In a few short weeks the Pistols, Damned and Clash would cruise past them but just for a while, Eddie & the Hot Rods were the most exhilarating band in Britain. This is the sweat-stained proof. (Mojo)