Despite popular belief to the contrary Eddie and the Hot Rods were never a punk band, they fitted into the fast and loud division of the pre-punk era and they were a lot more interested in playing old school R ‘n’ B with plenty of swagger than bad mouthing the Queen or fermenting anarchy.
What made Eddie and the Hot Rods a great band has never gone out of style, which is why of all the bands from the UK’s Class of ‘77 they are one of a few who can still record new material that does not sound like a pale shadow of their former selves. The band, which is playing at The Carlisle, in Pelham Street, next Friday (February 21), had huge chart success with a song called Do anything you wanna do and also had three Top 40 hit singles. The band is still going strong, playing live shows across the world and recording new albums. They were invited to open for rock royalty Status Quo on their winter UK tour 2012. They are also enjoying a renaissance, in part due to the success of new Irish band The Strypes who named Eddie And The Hot Rods as one of their biggest influences.
The Carlisle is running a competition. Entrants should answer the following question: What was the advance ticket price to see Eddie and the Hot Rods on Hastings Pier in 1976? The answer can be found by doing a Google search. The first correct answer will win two tickets, the second a new CD, and the third a t-shirt. Email answers to firstname.lastname@example.org.