Headline Maniac Premiere New Video for ‘Idiot Me’

Headline Maniac premiere new video for ‘Idiot Me’; first single to be taken from debut album ‘Headline Maniac’, out 8th July via Rod Hot Records


Headline Maniac

Dynamic new Thames Delta power trio Headline Maniac have shared a brand new video for ‘Idiot Me’, the first track to be taken from their accomplished and massively hook-laden self-titled debut album, which is released on 8th July through Rod Hot Records.


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Formed of long-serving Eddie and The Hot Rods members Ian ‘Dipster’ Dean (bass/lead vocals), Chris Taylor (guitar/vocals) and Simon Bowley (drums/vocals), Headline Maniac came together in mid-2015 to open for the original Hot Rods line-up at a series of 40th anniversary shows. Encouraged by a phenomenal response at those dates, they’ve swiftly grown into their name while honing their sound at a series of high-energy club shows, and are now poised to unleash their catchy and compulsive debut.


Explaining why ‘Idiot Me’ was the obvious track to introduce Headline Maniac’s blend of solid blues-based rock ‘n’ roll, punchy contemporary punk, and earworm pop hooks to listeners, Dipster says “it’s the perfect song as the first single, as it represents what the band is about.  It has a great catchy hook, it’s got elements of rock and punk throughout, and once you hear it you’ll be humming it all day”.


The accompanying video, which premiered exclusively with Vive le Rock magazine on Tuesday, cleverly mixes silent movie clips matched to the song’s lyrics, with live footage shot at one of the band’s first shows supporting the Hot Rods.  Based on an idea from Simon, who was inspired after seeing a YouTube clip of Laurel and Hardy dancing to AC/DC, the video was brought to life by the band’s friend and filmmaker Phil Calland.

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!