Battle of the British Pub Rockers

Sep 10, 2019

Typical British Pub, London
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One the of lost genres of rock and roll is British Pub Rock. It evolved as many music-lovers in England grew bored with the psychedelic and glam rock scene. 

Pub rock is a perfect name since the bands spent their nights playing in the London pubs. The two bands in this battle hail from the same area, Canvey Island. This was an oil refinery town on the border of the Thames River and the North Sea. It was a gritty and grimy place to live.

Such was the music of Dr. Feelgood and Eddie and the Hot Rods. Unkempt hair and workingman's garb was the look. It's easy to see why they'd rather play in dark clubs as opposed to arenas.

Dr. Feelgood came first in '71 and the Hot Rods started in '75. They both still play although the line-up has changed many times for both. 

On this B-Sides with Bolin and Blumberg, you'll listen to the Feelgoods play several covers including “Get Rhythm,” a Johnny Cash tune, and “Styrofoam,” penned by Ducks Deluxe frontman Sean Tyla. The Hot Rods also covered Bob Seger's “Get Out of Denver” and Sam the Sham's “Wooly Bully.”

You'll also hear one of the Feelgoods most popular songs, Milk and Alcohol as well as Teenage Depression, a hallmark tune by the Hot Rods.