Album Review: Eddie & The Hot Rods – Life On The Line (1977)


This is one of those odd items in my collection. Not odd because the music is odd or bad but odd because it is the only album by this artist that I own. Being something of a completist this is made even stranger by the fact that I actually like it. Quite why I never got hold of any more or quite why or where I got hold of it in the first place is not something I am sure of but it still makes it something of a rarity in the collection here at Leedham Towers.

The overall feeling the album gives me is one of the anger of punk but with the huge bonus of good melodies, musicianship and vocals. Something a lot of punk lacked. Simply replacing talent with shock tactics and bad taste does not create a lasting legacy in reality as the majority of punk bands discovered. Eddie & The Hot Rods have managed here to take that anger and energy and merge it with a more palatable mainstream rock/pop sound and the result is a pretty enjoyable and refrreshing album even some thirty plus years on.

Most will be aware of the well known opening cut ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ which is not far off classic status but there are several other tracks on here which are equally as good, even better probably. Case in point is album closer ‘Beginning of the End’ which is an epic eight minute workout. I have scrawled the words ‘prog punk’ on my listening notes. I’m pretty sure that isn’t a term I’ve heard before so maybe I should copyright it but its the best description I can come up with for a track that has all the indulgence of prog and all the energy of punk. ‘Telephone Girl’ and ‘Ignore Them’ have great guitar breaks that make them stand out above the ordinary and the only real duffer on here is the pretty pointless instrumental ‘We Sing …. The Cross’

There it is then, a good album which possibly features the only recorded example of Prog Punk.

© Martin Leedham. First published on RYM July 2010
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About Martin Leedham

Music critic, Horse Racing Tipster, Hapless Dreamer, Defender of the Underdog
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