Where does the name Eddie & the Hot Rods come from ?
We had an old guitar player years ago called David Higgs and he loved the
name hot rods because he picks fast cars.. which we do too... and then because
we had a seperate singer, he wanted a name with it, so Eddie and the hot rods
got born....He thought of it, we got stuck with it..all these years.
Can you introduce Eddie & the hot rods with only 3 words ?
With only three words ? Fast, powerful and sexy...It's the next album !
Barrie, what can you say after 32 years of career as the original
member of the band ?
When do I get to sleep ? (laughing). No..I think it has been great....fun
and I hope there are another 32 years to come.
What do you prefer all of you : past - present or future ?
Future...Yeah future definitely.
AM : Why ?
Barrie : It's the element of surprise. We know what happened before and
what's happening at the moment. We're just doing what we normally do, getting
drunk, so the future has got to be better...the future has got to be better
Hi, I'm Chris, I'm a guitarist player of Eddie and the Hot Rods. I
actually prefer the present. We are enjoying every minute of what we are
doing at the moment. You never know what is around the corner with the
future....Past is the past....yes and we are enjoying everything that is
happening at the moment. Thank you very much !
Hi, I'm Dipster, I love you (laughing) and I prefer blonds. (Richard says
: "and he is wearing my glasses"...Oh I'm sorry, don't worry.....he takes
them off....!) 'You have got to say what you do'...Oh, I play the bass in
Eddie and the hot rods.
AM : What do you prefer ?
Dipster : Yeh...What's coming round the corner, really (Barrie : yeh...so
it's all future ?) Yeah future, it's always exciting...you don't know what it
is, so take everything as it comes at the moment......it could be good or it
could be bad.
Hi, I'm Richard, I am the guitarist of Eddie and the hot rods, one of the
guitarists.... I am the oldest guitarist !
AM : Are you ?
Richard : Yes, I am
AM : How old are you ?
Richard : No I don't want to say how old I am, that's a guitarist's
AM : You don't want to tell the girls...
Richard : Old enough to be an original member..if I wanted
AM : Do you prefer future too ?
Richard : I actually quite enjoy the past. It is funny what everyone says
about the future...the future has a lot to look forward to, but for a band
like Eddie and the Hot Rods there is an awful lot of the past to live up to -
I think the two are inseparable. You can't look forward to the future with
bands like Eddie and the Hot Rods unless you are in some way in touch with
the past.We've got the reputation, deserved or otherwise, as a good live
rock'n'roll band...and that's why we have a future.
Hi, I'm Simon, I'm the drummer in the band and I'm obviously the sexy part
of the band....really.....no one disagrees ? (laughing)
AM : What do you prefer ? Future ?
Simon : Future, definitely....
AM : Why ?
Simon : It's just exciting at the moment, there is lots of things
happening for us at the moment, there is quite exciting times, there are
tours, going back to America, Scandinavia, things that all happened in the
past, but 20 years ago, and now we are going back there - so it's
Which topic do you like to sing the most ?
My favourite topic is probably about real life, you know, anything real,
rock'n'roll, life on the road, everything we know really. We've spent so much
time on the road, that's all we really know, that and being loose and having
fun, we seem to be good at that......
How do you work to compose the songs ?
We work together, really, we all work together. We all come up with ours
ideas and normally we have our annual rehearsal and we put the songs together
and pick the songs from here.
Richard : I think what's unusual for this band in terms of other bands,
being round a long while like Eddie and the Hot Rods is that we are still
making new records. In the last five years we released three LPs of new
songs, so we do like to write as well as just sitting back and playing the
old songs, which is great to play, but one of the problems we increasingly
have is trying to find room in the set for new songs, whilst at the same time
playing the ones that people like to hear from the old days. But no, we still
write quite a lot, you know, not many bands from our era (Richard saying to
Dipster : stop staring at me like this) not many bands do, a lot of them are
prepaid, I think, mentioning no names, to just play the same old songs, time
and time again (Dipster : you're very serious, it's serious business).
AM : So you all write songs ?
Richard : Yeah.
AM : Where do you find the inspiration ?
Again, because it's the life on the road, the real life, it's that.
Everyone's the same, it's very difficult to write about something you've
never done. In the 60's and 70's you had a lot of people writing on acid, for
instance...That was just for something to write that sounded different, 95%
of the songs are about love, and just to find another subject that's worth
writing about is very difficult, and I always think that unless you take some
form of weird drug, you're not going to find a new thing to write about, so
you write about what you know, so this is why people buy our album and listen
to them and these are the things we obviously think about...it's a fun
Do you have some hobbies apart from the music ?
Barrie : Women and motorbikes.
AM : And you ?
Simon : The gym. Going down the gym, that's all I do.....
Simon to Dipster : Do anything outside playing drums...You just look at
Dipster : Yeah, I surf the internet for classic sort of type of
pornography....like boys, whatever, I can find...weird stuff with bestiality,
everyone get fucked, bums, boobs....I have it all.
Richard : Football..come on you Spurs.
Chris : Football, socializing really.
Dipster : Maybe he is a clapped out...
Chris : Absolutely.
Do you like to tour in France ?
All of them : Yes...great...we love it !
AM : Why ?
Richard : Because it's very friendly.
Barrie : There are very friendly people, the food is excellent.
Richard : And the roads are bloody brilliant.
Barrie : Yes, but the roads are a bit long...if you could move all the
towns together, we'd all be very happy !
Richard : It's got to be said actually, compared to what it's like to
drive around England..France is so much easier...it probably takes less time
to drive from Calais to Paris, than it does to drive around to the shops in
Barrie : It's a lovely country to tour, everything is different, the
different parts of the country, it's nice, we really enjoy it.
What do you think of the major record companies ?
Ha..now we are talking...it has really changed over the last 30 years as I
have known it. It used to be a business where people took chances, and
nowadays it's a 100 % certain business. They will not work for a band. They
are not there to help the band. It could be washing machines, or floor tiles
or car parts that they are selling...it doesn't matter to them. There's no
music business anymore, they are selling units - it's a shame really, it's a
AM : What do you think of internet ?
Barrie : Oh it's brilliant, it's the future, you know, it's going to take
a few years for people to sort out how to use it really to get the best
benefit from it.
Richard : I think internet is a great tool for getting your music out,
unfortunately the downside of that it's just as easy for someone who is crap
to put their music out to everybody, as it is for someone who is good.
Whereas in the old days I think the fact that most of the time the only way
you were going to get your music out to the public was being picked up by a
record company, who actually served as a kind of filter so that only the
potentially good stuff got through, whereas now the downside of internet is
that anybody with an internet connection can put any all crap on there, there
is so much of it, and it's very hard to find the good stuff.
AM : What you say is very interesting...Yes, Barrie...
Barrie : It's a shame that the record companies, they always
are.......because it's run by very rich old people, they have always been
slow to pick up...I mean the music business really dying the day they brought
out cassette and VHS, as soon as people could copy and use it, that was it,
that was the end because then the money is not coming through it becomes
free, and as soon as something becomes free, there is no interest in business
for it. So this is why it's gone the way it has. If they employed, you know,
30-40 years ago, younger people, people a bit more on the ball, on then they
could have saved the industry, but unfortunately they never managed it, it's
too easy and sit back and say we are doing alright, right now, thank you very
much, but they need to think of the future.
Richard : I think record companies are spending more money at the moment
on security, they're spending more money on trying to find ways of stopping
people from copying and bootlegging. and getting free stuff on the
internet... they spend more money on that rather than looking for the new
talents, like Barrie says, a lot of their business these days is basically
protecting the business they already have, rather than looking for new