Long lost pub-rock progenitors EGGS OVER EASY have their complete works reissued later this month. And to get you in the mood, they're premiering a fascinating mini-documentary exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
This little-known New York band arrived in the London in late 1970 to record with former ANIMALS bassist and JIMI HENDRIX manager Chas Chandler at Olympic Studios. The following year, with the album in the can but a promised record deal evaporating, the struggling band went down to their local boozer, The Tally Ho in Kentish Town (don't look for it - it's not there anymore), and blagged a gig.
At a time when live music in pubs was generally limited to jazz, this was a novel approach which appealed to future Stiff Records supremo Dave Robinson and his managerial charges BRINSLEY SCHWARZ, featuring a young Nick Lowe, and before long, many more pub venues had come on-stream.
Thus pub-rock was born: a no frills cheap'n'cheerful approach to gigging, a reaction to the overblown prog and glam of the day, taking live music out of the Earls Courts and Olympias and giving it back to the people. Opening doors for the likes of DR FEELGOOD, IAN DURY, JOE STRUMMER, EDDIE & THE HOT RODS, GRAHAM PARKER, ELVIS COSTELLO, THE STRANGLERS, THE VIBRATORS and more, the scene arguably paved the way for punk.
Good'n'Cheap: The Eggs Over Easy Story features their eventual Link Wray-produced 1972 debut album for A&M, the hard-to-find 1980 follow-up Fear Of Frying and, for the first time ever, those original previously unreleased Olympic sessions. Scheduled for release on 24 June through Yep Roc, it's available to pre-order on double CD, triple vinyl and download.
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