Episode 174: Eggs Over Easy

29Jun

It’s hard to say whether their timing was extremely fortuitous or really unfortunate. After all, until this month’s Yep Roc reissue, Eggs Over Easy’s work had gone largely unheard in their own country. The UK, on the other hand, is another story. The California band’s country-tinged roots rock and explosive live shows inadvertently started a musical revolution in London, well after the band packed up and left, inspired the pub rock scene that would give rise to artists like Nick Lowe and the 101ers, featuring a pre-Clash Joe Strummer, making the band the unwitting link between Dylan’s Greenwich Village and British punk rock. All these decades later, Eggs Over Easy and their stellar and criminally under appreciated recorded work are finally getting their due, courtesy of a lovely reissue and a smattering of reunion shows featuring founding duo Jack O'Hara and Austin de Lone, two of the band’s three singer-songwriters (the third, Brien Hopkins, died in 2007), All of that only scratches the surface of a crazy rock and roll story that also includes members of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and songs with titles like "I'm Gonna Put a Bar in the Back of My Car (And Drive Myself to Drink).” Thankfully, both O’Hara and de Lone joined me at a friend’s East Village apartment to recount the story in all its gory detail.

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