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, reaching #50 on the UK Albums Chart. [2] Released in 1979, it was produced by Peter Ker. The album builds on the sound they established on the previous studio record 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 LP.


The album featured two singles: "Media Messiahs" and "The Power and the Glory", neither of which charted on the UK Singles Chart.

Linda McCartney provided backing vocals on "The Power and the Glory". [3] Reception of the album was muted. [4]

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


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  1. Thriller at AllMusic
  2. "Official Albums Chart Results Matching: Thriller". Official Charts. Retrieved 2021-08-23.
  3. 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...."
  4. 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."
  5. Eddie and the Hot Rods, Thriller credits Retrieved June 22, 2016.