Believe it or not, this was a Top 20 hit in the US and a Number 2 hit in the UK back in 1970. Two of the key members of Hotlegs (Kevin Godley and Lol Creme) later became pivotal members of the band 10CC (“I’m Not in Love,” “The Things We Do For Love”) and then later went on to greater fame as music video directors in the early MTV era (The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit,” and Duran Duran’s notorious X-rated “Girls of Film”). Note the “neanderthal” women who appear later in the clip are wearing knee-high leather boots. My only question is why didn’t the notorious SF punk rock band Flipper record a 4-hour version of this song?
In honor of Halloween, this has to be one of the most disturbing and scary recordings ever made. This is Flipper’s “Love Canal,” their song about the notorious environmental disaster that came to light during the late 1970s. The song may not be in the best of taste … but neither is the failure of companies to properly dispose of toxic waste that they created.
You can read more about this legendary debacle here:
The San Francisco punk legends once spraypainted on their tourbus: “Flipper suffered for their music, now it’s your turn.” Well said … except for the fact that I love Flipper. If anyone knows where I can track down their legendary cover of Rick James’s “Super Freak,” you’ll be my new best friend.