Formed in 1973 just up the road from me (in Southend, Essex), their original name was Buckshee, but was changed to Eddie and the Hot Rods in late 1975. Their blend of R&B, 60's\70's Britpop and rock, mixed with a truly mesmerising stage performance, ensured they went down a storm on the emerging pub rock circuit... They were 'punk' before the word had even been invented... in fact, Eddie and the Hot Rods were the 'missing link' between British pub-rock and British punk-rock (Just check out their debut album Teenage Depression if you don't believe me!). During a residency at the Marquee club in 1976, they were even supported by The Sex Pistols.
Eddie and the Hot Rods hit the charts on a number of occasions in 76 and 77 ('Do Anything You Wanna Do' reaching the top 10 in August 77). After a few changes in the line up, they eventually called it quits in 1981. Since then there have been periodic re-forms, but the success of a get together back in 2000, has kept them busy and together ever since! They continue to perform to packed houses all over the world, and this month see them off for a 16 date tour of the USA. On their return from the States, it's a scoot round Great Britain (local readers note, there is a chance to see the boys in action at Club Riga on 20th June), followed by a tour of Poland and Germany at the end of the year... like I said, they are being kept very busy!
Despite the changes in the line-up over the years, there is one man who's been there throughout, lead singer Barrie Masters. Barrie has been kind enough to put the USA tour preparations on hold for a bit to answer my 19 questions, so without further ado, lets here from 'His Masters Voice'!
(photo taken in Southend by Wolfie - www.coronium.co.uk)
1. How are you?
I'm well thank you.
2. Where are you at the moment?
I'm still in Southend.
3. Who inspired you as a child?
didn't really have 1 person but it was mainly boxing champs, that's what i was into at school.
4. What was the first record you ever bought?
Cant remember probably a Rolling Stones record.
5. What's your all time favourite song(s) or album(s)?
That's a hard one i have many favourite songs.
6. What was the first gig you ever attended?
Rod Stewart and the Faces.
7. What was your 'biggest break' or 'luckiest moment' in establishing your career?
Biggest break was meeting and getting signed by Island records.
8. How would you describe the music you make?
Loud exciting music that makes you feel young.
9. What's your most 'Rock n Roll' moment?
Appearing in the sun as the page 7 fella and having a beer with Keith Moon.
10. Worst moment of your career?
11. What are you most proud of?
People from all over the world still tell me that our music changed their lives.
12. One bit of advice you'd like to be able to give the 17 year old you?
Don't do hard drugs, don't trust your manager.
13. If you could perform with any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?
14. Name one artist you really think I should check out?
Prima Donna from the USA.
15. What's currently on your iPod\CD player?
I don't have one!
16. What's the last album you bought?
Employment - Kaiser Chiefs.
17. Which song do you enjoy performing the most?
I enjoy all the songs we play.
18. What are you working on at the moment?
Working on writing a new album for a USA record company release/ USA tour dates and promo.
19. How can people find out more about you?
Thanks Barrie for a cracking 19 answers!
Whilst over at the official website, be sure to check out the merchandise, where you can get a reproduction of the classic black and white Teenage Depression t-shirt. I remember when I was at school, they used to have this shirt for sale in the small ads of NME, Melody Maker etc etc. I thought it was the coolest punk t-shirt ever!
EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS VIDEOS:
Do Anything You Wanna Do - Performed on the last ever episode of Marc Bolans' MARC TV show - Recorded on 7th September 1977 (9 days later, Bolan was dead). This is the same show that included the Bowie\Bolan jam at the end of the programme, where Bolan falls off the stage!
The quality of the footage is poor, but the quality of the performance is dynamite! 96 Tears:
And just to show they have lost none of that spark, here's some clips of Barrie and the boys performing in 2005: