Hotlegs were comprised of Eric Stewart, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley.
Graham Gouldman had to come back from New York, where he had been writing songs for Kazenatz Katz, to play bass with them on tour when they supported The Moody Blues, and they started off with this amazing gig at the Festival Hall, playing all these fabulous songs like “All God’s Children“, “Um Wah, Um Woh“, “Desperate Dan” and “Take Me Back“, and not bothering to play their only hit “Neanderthal Man”.
They had marvellous reviews, but when they released the follow-up single, “Lady Sadie“, in September 1971, it just didn’t happen at all.
When I first heard “Neanderthal Man” in ’70 I thought it was amazing, so different and yet so simple. It was totally original, but one of those singles you either loved or you couldn’t stand – Kenny Everett really hated it! I’m not so certain that the group themselves were too sure about it, but after only six plays on Radio One they found themselves with a hit in the U.K. (that peaked at No. 2) and all across Europe too.
Hotlegs: Thinks School Stinks (’70) Alice Cooper: School’s Out (’72)