Wow! Pub rock's everywhere at the moment; making more of an impact on the zeitgeist than it did back in the seventies!
What with the release of the Ian Dury biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, and Julian Temple's latest piece of 'Essex noir' Oil City Confidential, a film that tells the tale of Dr. Feelgood (let's hope that gets a swift DVD release!), pub rock feels exciting again.
And that's very apt.
Because it was exciting.
Eddie and the Hot Rods were there from the beginning; and this e.p. captures them at their most energetic and frantic best.
Recorded during their lengthy residency at the Marquee Club in 1976, what is evident now on listening is the way the band were moving towards that classic punk rock sound.
They may have been performing covers of American standards, but they brought their own take and British sensibility to their performance, as well as sounding a little like the New York Dolls!
It was a transitional time; fractured; tribal; influences were everywhere.
Eventually a centre was found, and all the elements gravitated to a single point: the creation of the first postmodern popular music genre: punk rock.
This is a wonderful example of foetal punk: still gestating; premature and innocent.
Decent vinyl rip @320kbs
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