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Hotlegs was a short-lived English band best known for its sole hit single “Neanderthal Man” in 1970. The band consisted of Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. In 1972 the band was joined by Graham Gouldman and changed its name to 10cc.

Stewart had earlier enjoyed success as a member of the 1960s pop band The Mindbenders and had delivered the vocals for that band’s best-known track, “A Groovy Kind of Love”. The Mindbenders disbanded in 1969 and Stewart teamed with fellow Mindbender and aspiring songwriter Gouldman to become part-owners of a Stockport recording studio which in 1969 was renamed Strawberry Studios (after the Beatles hit “Strawberry Fields Forever”). The pair, along with Godley and Creme, longtime friends of Gouldman, gained work writing and performing bubblegum songs under a variety of band names for US producers writer-producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz of Super K Productions.
German cover of “Neanderthal Man”
German cover of “Neanderthal Man”

“Neanderthal Man” was created by the trio of Stewart, Godley and Creme as they dabbled with recording equipment at Strawberry Studios, perfecting drum layering. The song consisted primarily of the chant “I’m a Neanderthal man/You’re a Neanderthal girl/Let’s make Neanderthal love/In this Neanderthal world”, backed by Stewart’s and Creme’s acoustic guitars and a lumbering drum rhythm provided by Godley. The song was released as a single under the moniker Hotlegs (a name chosen in honour of a secretary at the studio[1])and reached No.


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  • captaincascade

    I love this band, Suite F A is brilliant!

    16 Jun 2009 Reply
  • MrLark

    isn't justin hawkins new band called hot legs?

    10 Dec 2008 Reply
  • thatsmethatis

    not heard this since it was a hit !!! such memories

    27 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Baccivorous

    welcome to the world is rad!

    8 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Baccivorous

    I just found out about hotlegs, How dare you, rocks but I like everythin' in the 70's and the early 80's 10cc fuckin' rocks.

    8 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Don_Diego

    Avete visto il balletto di Don Lurio su questa canzone, con Fabrizi, Panelli, la Ninchi e la Valori? Stupendo!

    10 Oct 2006 Reply

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