Thriller (Eddie and the Hot Rods album)

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Thriller
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Studio album by
Released March 9, 1979
Recorded1979
Studio Abbey Road Studios, London; mixed at Roundhouse Studios, London
Genre Pub rock, punk rock
Length43:25
Label Island
Producer Peter Ker
Eddie and the Hot Rods chronology
Life on the Line
(1977)
Thriller
(1979)
Fish 'N' Chips
(1981)
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.

Contents

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

Personnel

Eddie and the Hot Rods

Charts

Chart (1979)Peak
position
UK Albums Chart50

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References

  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.