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1977 Promo Poster for Eddie and the Hot Rods.

It may be difficult to hear (or believe) now, but Eddie and the Hot Rods played a crucial role in the birth of English new wave. If the Rods, sons of Southend-on-Sea in Essex, hadn't been out there playing wild and fast rock'n'roll in the clubs at a time when superstar pomposity was the currency of pop music, bands like the Sex Pistols would never have had the opportunity to join, intensify and broaden that rebellious spirit into a national — and international — musical upheaval.

Beginning life in 1976, when four teenagers from Southend on Sea got together to play their own brand of fast, energetic rock and roll and r'n'b, Eddie and the Hot Rods soon became one of the biggest names on the London pub rock scene that spawned the likes of Dr Feelgood, Ducks Deluxe The Stranglers and Joe Strummers 101’ers.

Eddie and the Hot Rods – “Do Anything You Wanna Do” in 2010

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Eddie and the Hot Rods – Full Album

Signed by the legendary Island Records, the band went on to have three hit albums and four UK top 40 singles including the top ten smash Do Anything You Wanna Do. Eddie and the Hot Rods have filled almost every major venue in the UK, as well as achieving significant success in the USA where they toured alongside The Ramones, Tom Petty, The Police, Squeeze and Talking Heads.

On Saturday 3rd October ensure you don’t miss out on what promises to be another great Citadel blues night as Eddie and the Hot Rods make their only stop in the Northwest before heading from the UK to Germany and Czechoslovakia as part of their latest tour.