For those not in the know, pub rock was a 1970s musical phenomenon in the U.K. that used R&B as its backbone and emphasized a “back-to-basics” approach to rock’n’roll. It was largely seen as a backlash to all the overblown, pretentious crap passing itself off as “rock” that permeated the airwaves at the time—bands like Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Led Zeppelin ruled the roost, and disco was just starting to take over. It’s also viewed as punk’s immediate antecedent and many key members of the U.K. punk’s first wave, including Joe Strummer, Ian Dury, and Nick Cash, had roots in pub rock. Eddie And The Hot Rods were one of the bands that kinda made the transition from pub rock to punk and this, their first album, illustrates why. Taking into consideration of the period when it was released, their frenetic beats, stripped-down tunes, and mounds of attitude manage to make rock‘n’roll sound fresh, vibrant, and alive again. Even their cover of “The Kids Are Alright” rocks in ways that The Who had apparently forgotten by the mid-’70s, and the title track shows the band’s willingness to roll with the punches and adopt punk’s tenets. Although it sounds a little dated in some places, tunes like “Horseplay” still manage to retain enough of their immediacy to get the blood bumpin’.
–jimmy (Captain Oi)