Hotlegs: “Neanderthal Man” (1970)

This is the pre-history of 10cc, a novelty number that sits somewehere in time between John Lennon’s “Give Peace A Chance” and The Kinks’ “Apeman.” The mix today sounds remarkably stifled, like a bad case of mono, with a barely audible chant of “I’m a Neanderthal man / You’re a Neanderthal girl / Let’s make Neanderthal love / In this Neanderthal world” behind strummed acoustic guitars and a thumping drum beat that throbs like a headache. Not the most immortal piece of plastic on the planet, but even in this early incarnation Godley, Creme and Stewart had a knack for grabbing your attention with something different. That they would evolve into challenging pop auteurs is evident on the B side, “You Didn’t Like It…,” which mixes elements of Jimi Hendrix and Paul McCartney into a, qu’est-ce que le mot juste?, mélange. (And, yes, I’m making fun of myself for using the word “mélange,” not showing off my crappy French.)

Original 7-inch single version
A1. Neanderthal Man (Kevin Godley/Lol Creme/Eric Stewart) (4:29)
B1. You Didn’t Like It, Because You Didn’t Think of It (Kevin Godley/Lol Creme/Eric Stewart) (4:29)

Starline 7-inch single reissue
A1. The Pipkins: Gimme Dat Ding (Albert Hammond/Mike Hazlewood) (2:10)
A1. Hotlegs: Neanderthal Man (Kevin Godley/Lol Creme/Eric Stewart) (4:29)

Old Gold 7-inch single reissue
A1. Hotlegs: Neanderthal Man (Kevin Godley/Lol Creme/Eric Stewart) (4:29)
B1. Herd: I Don’t Want Our Lovin’ To Die (Ken Howard/Alan Blaikley) (2:56)

The Plastic
Released on 7-inch single on June 19, 1970 in the UK, Germany and Norway (Fontana, 6007 019), the US (Capitol, 2886), Brazil (Philips, 6007 19), Mexico (Philips, 6205 004), South Africa (Fontana, TOS 728), Turkey (Philips, 6006 053) and Yugoslavia (Fontana/RTB, S 53594); reached #2 on the UK charts and #22 on the US charts. Regional versions feature unique picture sleeves.

  1. Re-released as back-to-back hits mono 7-inch single in 1972 in the US (Capitol Starline, 6210).
  2. Re-released as back-to-back hits 7-inch single in 1982 in the UK (Old Gold, OG 9245).

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