Thriller (Eddie and the Hot Rods album)

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Released March 9, 1979
Studio Abbey Road Studios, London; mixed at Roundhouse Studios, London
Genre Pub rock, punk rock
Label Island
Producer Peter Ker
Eddie and the Hot Rods chronology
Life on the Line
Fish 'N' Chips
Singles from Thriller
  1. "Media Messiahs"/"Horror Through Straightness"
    Released: January 19, 1979
  2. "The Power and the Glory"/"Highlands One, Hopefuls Two"
    Released: March 9, 1979
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Thriller is the third studio album by pub rock band Eddie and the Hot Rods and it reached #50 on the UK Singles Chart. Released in 1979, it is produced by Peter Ker. The album builds on the sound they have established in the previous studio album Life on the Line . Shortly after the release of Thriller, the band was sacked by their record company and forced to join EMI Records. The album was reissued in 2002 with two bonus tracks: "Horror Through Straightness" and "Highlands 1 Hopefuls 2". These songs had been the B-sides to the singles released on the album.

Eddie and the Hot Rods British band

Eddie and the Hot Rods are a pub rock band from Essex founded in 1975. They are best known for their 1977 UK top ten hit "Do Anything You Wanna Do", released under the name The Rods. The group broke up in 1981, but have reformed several times since. Singer Barrie Masters was the only constant member until his death in 2019.

UK Singles Chart British singles sales chart

The UK Singles Chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC), on behalf of the British record industry, listing the top-selling singles in the United Kingdom, based upon physical sales, paid-for downloads and streaming. The Official Chart, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, is the UK music industry's recognised official measure of singles and albums popularity because it is the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, today surveying over 15,000 retailers and digital services daily, capturing 99.9% of all singles consumed in Britain across the week, and over 98% of albums. To be eligible for the chart, a single is currently defined by the Official Charts Company (OCC) as either a 'single bundle' having no more than four tracks and not lasting longer than 25 minutes or one digital audio track not longer than 15 minutes with a minimum sale price of 40 pence. The rules have changed many times as technology has developed, the most notable being the inclusion of digital downloads in 2005 and streaming in July 2014.

<i>Life on the Line</i> 1977 studio album by Eddie and the Hot Rods

Life on the Line is the second studio album by English rock band Eddie and the Hot Rods. The album was mixed by Ed Hollis and Steve Nicol, produced by Ed Hollis and engineered by Steve Lillywhite. The album is considered a step in the Punk direction for The Rods sound.


The album featured two singles: "Media Messiahs" and "The Power and the Glory", both of which did not chart on the UK Singles Chart.

Linda McCartney provided backing vocals on "The Power and the Glory". [2] Reception of the album was muted. [3]

Linda McCartney American photographer

Linda Louise McCartney, Lady McCartney was an American musician, photographer, animal rights activist and entrepreneur. She was married to Paul McCartney of the Beatles. Linda was a professional photographer of celebrities and contemporary musicians. Her photos were also published in the book Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era in 1992.

Track listing

  1. "The Power and the Glory" (Graeme Douglas) - 4:16
  2. "Echoes" (Paul Gray, Steve Nicol) - 2:54
  3. "Media Messiahs" (Graeme Douglas) - 2:54
  4. "Circles" (Dave Higgs) - 2:55
  5. "He Does It with Mirrors" (Dave Higgs, Graeme Douglas) - 4:12
  6. "Strangers" (Graeme Douglas) - 2:46
  7. "Out to Lunch" (Dave Higgs) - 4:48
  8. "Breathless" (Graeme Douglas, Paul Gray) - 3:33
  9. "Take It or Leave It" (Barrie Masters, Graeme Douglas) - 4:12
  10. "Living Dangerously" (Dave Higgs) - 3:36
  11. "Horror Through Straightness" (Dave Higgs, Steve Nicol, Paul Gray) - 4:25
  12. "Highlands 1 Hopefuls 2" (Dave Higgs, Barrie Masters) - 3:00


Eddie and the Hot Rods
Guitar Fretted string instrument

The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

Paul Gray (English musician) British bass guitarist (The Damned, UFO)

Paul Gray is the bassist for the Southend-on-Sea rock band Eddie and the Hot Rods, which had several hit singles and albums in the late 1970s, including "Do Anything You Wanna Do". In early 1980, he joined the punk rock band The Damned to replace Algy Ward on bass. Gray contributed to two studio albums, The Black Album and Strawberries, but left the band in February 1983. After a brief stint with Swedish metallers Heavy Load in 1986, he joined UFO and remained until their split in 1987. He has also sessioned live and on records for artists including Johnny Thunders, Rob Tyner (MC5) and Andrew Ridgeley.

The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric or an acoustic guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and typically four to six strings or courses. Since the 1960s, the bass guitar has largely replaced the double bass in popular music.


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  1. Thriller at AllMusic
  2. Harry Castleman, Walter J. Podrazik -The end of the Beatles? 1985 p 294 "However, for the 1979 Thriller album by Eddie and the Hot Rods (recorded at Abbey Road studios), only Linda made the album credits as a backing vocalist. Though the liner notes did not offer a track-by-track listing of personnel, she most likely appeared on the Power And The Glory cut, also issued as a single...."
  3. Peter Buckley The Rough Guide to Rock 2003 "Eddie and the Hot Rods .... THRILLER (1979) was a disappointment, and when Douglas left, the writing was on the wall."
  4. Eddie and the Hot Rods, Thriller credits Retrieved June 22, 2016.