Sunday, February 17, 2008

EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS - Do Anything You Wanna Do

Like Bram Tchaikovsky and Red Rockers, London's Eddie and the Hot Rods are a band whose most notable song is pure power pop, but whose other material has a slightly harder edge. In the Hot Rods' case, that one song is Do Anything You Wanna Do, an energetic power pop rocker that holds its place among the genre's finest singles.

The song is from the 1977 LP Life on the Line, which marked a move toward a more radio-friendly sound than their previous releases (the band formed in 1973). Still, the rest of the album bursts with raw punk spirit, from the almost-as-catchy Quit This Town and (And) Don't Believe Your Eyes to the raveup pub rockers Ignore Them (Still Life) and Beginning of the End.

Do Anything You Wanna Do was a British Top 10 hit in the summer of 1977, but unfortunately it seems to have fallen out of public consciousness. It has been reissued on an expanded version of the album released on CD, available here.

Bram Tchaikovsky, The Rumour, Graham Parker, Motors, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, The Yachts, The Records

- Eddie and the Hot Rods official site
- Eddie and the Hot Rods on Wikipedia
- Eddie and the Hot Rods on AllMusic Guide
- Do Anything You Wanna Do live video on Youtube


Holly A Hughes said...

This IS a punchy little number, isn't it? It makes you wonder what would have happened if they'd embraced their destiny as power pop maestros, instead of being channeled into the punk scene, which quickly went places they weren't equipped to go.

It's good to keep reminding folks of songs like this; it really put some juice into my day!

Kevin said...

Always loved this song. I have the vinyl album. Thanks!!