New Wave Gig Photos from 1978: Eddie & The Hot Rods.
Above Photo: Barrie Masters, lead singer of Eddie and the Hot Rods onstage in Liverpool, 1978. (I’m not expecting a Pulitzer for the photo…).
Among my recently-discovered original Punk/New Wave gig photos, I discovered these taken on 11 March 1978. On that date I went to Liverpool’s Mountford Hall to see three bands play: Squeeze (no surviving photos), Eddie and the Hot Rods (one, see above) and The Radio Stars (see another article).
I wasn’t that big a fan of Squeeze, but I’d been a big fan of Eddie and the Hot Rods since 1977 when I first got into Punk. I recall eagerly buying their first two albums, Teenage Depression and Life On The Line, as well as their first single and EP: Live At The Marquee and Teenage Depression, but after that they faded from view, at least for me, as I moved away from the more R&B/New Wave sound they did so well.
Formed in 1975, the Rods had made it on the Pub Rock circuit before changing their image and being propelled to fame by the Punk Explosion. In fact, the Sex Pistols played their first ever gig as support for Eddie and the Hot Rods in early 1976 at the Marquee Club in London (when the Pistols wrecked their equipment).
The Rods also toured the US with The Damned and the Ramones in 1977, a tour which was billed as a ‘Punk Tour’, so closely were they allied with the Punk movement back then.
I recall they played a great set that night in Liverpool, and I was gutted when (as usual) few of my photos actually turned out from the night.
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And to end, three of my favourite Eddie and the Hot Rods’ tracks:
In this video from 1977, the band look a bit like they’re Bay City Roller clones.