Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Eddie and the Hot Rods

  • Teenage Depression [Island, 1977] C+
  • Life on the Line [Island, 1977] B-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Teenage Depression [Island, 1977]
This is "punk" for old-time rock and rollers frightened by the concept; these guys even claim to snort coke, and do speeded-up homages to Peter Townshend, Van Morrison, Mick Jagger, and Bob Seger. Rock on. C+

Life on the Line [Island, 1977]
I'm not inclined to get judgmental here. It's true that Eddie's sunlamp tan and health-club bod make him the logical successor to Shaun Cassidy. True too that the teen-militant lyrics are strictly rote, and that their hooks hardly compare with Mann & Weil's. Still, this is quite a bit solider than any album Paul Revere and the Raiders or the Dave Clark Five ever made--not counting greatest hits collections, of course. B-