Doctor Feelgood: heroes of pre-punk, or the Canvey Quo?

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Seeing Oil City Confidential made me wish I'd been young enough to see them: the live clips are just amazing (Lee Brilleaux doing press-ups during a guitar solo because he didn't want all the attention going to Wilko Johnson). So I went home and listened to a singles comp, which was dull as you like. The head of A&R from one of the majors told me not signing them was a terrible mistake he made: "They were an awful band, but they had something, and no one else had anything in 1975."

ithappens, Monday, 11 January 2010 20:42 (eleven years ago) link

punk was kinda already happening in the u.s. in 1975

rap wacksodic (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 11 January 2010 20:46 (eleven years ago) link

great band go buy Down By The Jetty

Pfunkboy : The Dronelord vs The Girly Metal Daleks (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 11 January 2010 20:46 (eleven years ago) link

Interesting that Doctor Feelgood were twice as fast and aggressive as any of the US punk bands of 75 (and a huge inspiration to them, as interviews in the film make clear), but no one would ever call them a punk band (and Down by the Jetty was Jan 75).

ithappens, Monday, 11 January 2010 20:51 (eleven years ago) link

I'll see yr '75 and raise it by 5 years:

great live, maybe not so good on record is kind of conventional opinion of Dr Feelgood? I think for a reason, it's true.

stegosaurus (Pashmina), Monday, 11 January 2010 20:58 (eleven years ago) link

yeah i mean third world war, edgar broughton, lil band called the stooges, radio birdman, etc

rap wacksodic (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 11 January 2010 20:59 (eleven years ago) link

Definitely something compelling about the pungent reek of ill will that these fellows gave off.

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Monday, 11 January 2010 21:05 (eleven years ago) link

As tight and steely as knuckle-dusters.

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Monday, 11 January 2010 21:07 (eleven years ago) link

nice clip!

wilko seems like he sussed out a rad guitar style that bridged the gap between andy gill and steve cropper

rap wacksodic (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 11 January 2010 21:08 (eleven years ago) link

Saw them live in early '76 at the National Stadium in Dublin - they weren't Punk and a year later they sounded out of date, but in '76, they suddenly put short hair, short songs and no guitar solos on the agenda...... (it also became clear where the Boomtown Rats had stolen their whole schtick). Wilko is an amazing player and presence, and i bet the Cropper/ Andy Gill line extends to Albini too.

sonofstan, Monday, 11 January 2010 21:20 (eleven years ago) link

Not trying to get into a pissing match over anyone's claim to be the first punk band - God knows I'm not trying to make a case it's for them. I think Birdman's an interesting comparison, though: I don't find them any great shakes on record - the ratio of heavy to punk in their rock is too steep for me - but the clips I've seen of them suggest they were terrific live. And in both cases it's based on the same thing: the sense that either of them might contain at least one genuine psycho - not something that comes over on record, in either case. Lee Brilleaux just looks feral in some of the 75 clips - wiping his nose and mouth on the sleeve of that filthy white suit, always staring furiously at the crowd, pumping his fist randomly ... he looks like he wants to kill everyone within 50 yards.

This is from the Kursaal in 1975: the kind of thing I simply couldn't listen to on CD, but I can watch this with tinny computer speakers all day - and with a cinema sound system it all sounds amazing.

ithappens, Monday, 11 January 2010 21:48 (eleven years ago) link

I seem to remember a run of pretty handy singles, though I haven't revisited them for years. Will have to see the documentary.

xpost:Blaming the Boomtown Rats on the Feelgoods seems beyond harsh. And, yes, can we not do the 'who invented punk' thread derail AGAIN?

Soukesian, Monday, 11 January 2010 21:50 (eleven years ago) link

This thread inspired me to check these guys out - I don't know about pre-punk, but I'll say this: I bet Bill Carter (of the much-missed Screaming Blue Messiahs) owns all their albums.

neither good nor bad, just a kid like you (unperson), Monday, 11 January 2010 22:02 (eleven years ago) link

another sweet clip! i might have to finally get an album by these guys

Na'vi Girls (Need Love Too) (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 11 January 2010 22:02 (eleven years ago) link

Malpractice was their ticket to nowhere in the US. I very much liked the album, still do. The famous Rolling Stone Record Guide -- the red version -- I seem to recall famously saying of the
album that it sounded like band setting the stage for a singer who never appears. Which was cruel but funny, even though it totally misses what Lee Brilleaux was doing. xhuxk still has a copy of the red book so he could check.

Anyway, "I Can Tell," "Don't Let Your Daddy Know," "Going Back Home," "Back In the Night" -- all great songs. After Johnson left I never liked them as much but with Gypie Mayo as guitarist they made a couple good ones. And you can still find good songs on albums up into at least the mid-Eighties.

"Milk & Alcohol," "Down at the Doctors," "Crazy 'Bout Girls" still summon a rise.

Gorge, Monday, 11 January 2010 22:29 (eleven years ago) link

Re the Feelgoods/ Rats thing - until the Rats signed they were a fairly unreconstructed pub-rock outifit and stole much of their material pretty directly from the likes of the Feelgoods and the Hotrods. In those days - height of the troubles - not many British bands came over here, so there was an appreciable time-lag then. They wen't through a pretty intensive re- imagining before their first single, when, after dissing punk for ages, suddenly they were 'Ireland's top punk band'. (I know this happened to lot of bands in those few frantic months - I don't even blame them for that. Just for everything else)

sonofstan, Monday, 11 January 2010 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

As a weekly-inkie music press junkie at the time, I can confirm that the standard pre-punk critical line re. the Feelgoods ran: a great live band who could never recapture their greatness in the studio. But there was a lot of goodwill attached to that, and a general hope and faith that one day they would indeed make a great studio album. In that context, releasing Stupidity was a smart move, and its vastly increased sales compared to anything else they did was no surprise.

As someone who was impatient for UK punk rock to start delivering on record, the likes of the Feelgoods/Hot Rods/Count Bishops/Gorillas/Graham Parker/101'ers/Tyla Gang/Lew Lewis/Little Bob Story were my John The Baptist figures, rather than the likes of Television/Patti Smith/Richard Hell/Jonathan Richman etc. They were as close as I could find to what I wanted punk rock to be, so I made do with them for a while.

(Ack, that sounds meaner than it should have done. I enjoyed them all hugely, but UK punk rock eventually resonated far, far deeper.)

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 00:04 (eleven years ago) link

A bit of the opposite for me. I don't listen to Television, Patti Smith or Jonathan Richman

But I can still find myself reaching for something by the Feelgoods or the Count Bishops, even the Tyla Gang. Surprisingly, I even have a Little Bob Story recording.

Oil City Confidential is definitely something I'll want to see. There's really no American counterpart to the beaten down lower working class thing going on in the trailer for it.

Gorge, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 00:22 (eleven years ago) link

Springsteen? Who is also surely a big influence on the Boomtown Rats.

everything, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 00:29 (eleven years ago) link

Watch the trailer. Having spent a lot of time in coastal NJ, there's no real comparison between it
and the Feelgood neck of the woods. Not much, if any, romanticism or myth-making in the early Feelgoods stuff. The Feelgoods defined taut.

Gorge, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 00:34 (eleven years ago) link

Wilko was a huge influence on a lot of post-punk guitarists. Erase the vocal tracks from just about any Gang of Four song and it sound uncannily like the Feelgoods.

Also, didn't Lee Brilleuex lend Dave Robinson and Jake Rivera several hundred pounds to start Stiff Records?

leavethecapital, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 00:51 (eleven years ago) link

Springsteen/ Rats

Only came out when they started making records: before that, definite Feelgoods/ Hotrods copyists.

Feelgoods/Hot Rods/Count Bishops/Gorillas/Graham Parker/101'ers/Tyla Gang/Lew Lewis/Little Bob Story

Still have records by nearly all of those. There was movie about Jesse Hector (Gorillas) wasn't there?

sonofstan, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 01:56 (eleven years ago) link

"Television/Patti Smith/Richard Hell/Jonathan Richman etc."

i'd take the count bishops over ANY of these people. but i'm in the minority. hell, i'd take ducks deluxe over any of them too.

scott seward, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 02:30 (eleven years ago) link

Re this thread, you're not in a minority. Stupidity attained a chart high water mark not equalled by any other pub rock band in the UK. I think.

Gorge, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 06:46 (eleven years ago) link

Unsurprisingly, the album was not released in the US. They were written off even faster than Slade and Status Quo in terms of being too English.

Gorge, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 06:47 (eleven years ago) link

Andy Gill is interviewed in the doco, and gives full regard to Wilko as an inspiration.

Here's the trailer:

ithappens, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 09:21 (eleven years ago) link

That does look good. Quite the pub rock revival kicking off at the moment what with this and the Ian Dury film.

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Tuesday, 12 January 2010 09:43 (eleven years ago) link

I'm gonna have to come out of semi-lurking for this thread! Totally great band and Wilko is absolute favourite guitarist, along with Verlaine/Lloyd. Dunno about them not being great in the studio - Jetty and Malpractice rock pretty hard IMHO - certainly they pack more of a punch than similar just-pre-punk stuff from the likes of The Count Bishops/Hot Rods etc. Part of the problem might be the FLOW of the studio albums, the Wilko-sung tracks break it up a bit, and there's always one where the mix is just plain wrong - e.g Vic Maile mixing the guitar too low in Going Back Home on Malpractice.

I think Mick Green is the biggest influence on Wilko along with Steve Cropper - have a listen to the Pirates or The Dakotas for that 'rhythm and lead together' style. Not easy to play - getting something like 'I Don't Mind' to flow is pretty difficult without using Wilko's fingers and thumbs method.

Like Mike T-Diva the more hard-edged pub-rock bands got me through in 1975 (as a 13 year old!) and I remember seeing this clip on the telly and being totally blown away. In Yorkshire, we used to get the Geordie Scene on a Saturday morning - compulsory viewing in my house. It was usually a mixture of glam, hard rock and the odd bit of proggy stuff, but done live in front of a TOTP-type audience. I can remember SAHB, Procol Harem, The Sweet, Mott on there. Oh and Nazareth were on every bloody week just about...

here's the clip...

Dr.C, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:37 (eleven years ago) link

Fuck - I just saw elsewhere that Mick Green died YESTERDAY :( RIP.

Dr.C, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:41 (eleven years ago) link

Saw that, was gonna say.

I guess that Vic Maile is a central figure here if we're plotting a course from the Pirates and the Animals through Dr Feelgood to the Screaming Blue Messiahs and the Godfathers.

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:48 (eleven years ago) link

The Godfathers - now there's a band who never captured their live energy on recd!

Dr.C, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:57 (eleven years ago) link

The Godfathers - now there's a band who never captured their live energy on recd!

except the live album of course. but yes, i totally agree.

mark e, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 12:09 (eleven years ago) link

Great clip there.
One way in which the Feelgoods, maybe more than others, preseaged punk was that they had a thought out look. It may seem unstudied now, but most of their contemporaries were still stranded in a no mans land of post hippie threads and beards, and pub rock authenticity. The Feelgoods, with the suits and short hair and Wilko and Sparks little walk forward, walk back, move, were, in that context, riveting. (obviously there were bands at the opposite extreme as well - SAHBs, Roxy etc - but glam and pub-rock were pretty discrete cultures, they those bands didn't impinge much on the audience the Feelgoods were getting)

sonofstan, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 12:41 (eleven years ago) link

Godfathers a good comparison - though the Coyne brothers did get the live sound down on record once at least:

ithappens, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 12:46 (eleven years ago) link

fu*ck. thats a good track, ta for that ithappens.
i was a big godfathers fan, but to this day i dont have any SPE material.
clearly i have been missing out.

mark e, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 12:51 (eleven years ago) link

that 'geordie scene' clip is fantastic. i think "stupidity' surprised both the band and their label by going to no. 1 in the album charts and very briefly the feelgoods were the biggest band in the uk. my entry point was through hearing "milk and alcohol" (their only top ten single) on the radio relentlessly throughout the summer of '79 though it is to my eternal regret that i never saw them live. i cannot wait to see the film.

stirmonster, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 13:04 (eleven years ago) link

due to this thread, i have just dug down by the jetty (2 cd collectors edition) out of its unloved place in the archive and given it a blast.
after a few days of not getting any real buzz from music, this was a very much needed boost.

mark e, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 13:25 (eleven years ago) link

I voted for down by the jetty in the 70s poll.

Pfunkboy : The Dronelord vs The Girly Metal Daleks (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 12 January 2010 13:31 (eleven years ago) link

another year, another chance to see them again dissipates (boring grown up shit).
the various times i saw them in 86-94 they never once disappointed, and in fact on a couple of occasions, scared the living shit out of me (was violence and audience antagonism part of all their shows ?)

mark e, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 13:41 (eleven years ago) link

i never saw them live but this is still one of my fave albums from the 80's:

scott seward, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 14:52 (eleven years ago) link

All their chorusses were the title repeated 4 times.

Except for "Birth School Work Death" which was only twice.

Mark G, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 14:54 (eleven years ago) link

scott, that was actually reissued by the band recently with an extra disc of session versions which are excellent, and live tracks, including a live rendition of that sid Presley experience track above that i didn't realise until 47 minutes ago.

and yes, mark g, i know of their limitations lyrically, but there was something about the venomous vocal attack and riffs that just hit this young impressionable 18 year old in 1986 hard.

mark e, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 15:37 (eleven years ago) link

I never saw them live, but they were on one of those late night live TV gig shows, and I had to really prove it to myself I wasn't actually there.

Or was I?

Mark G, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 15:41 (eleven years ago) link

That's the Godfathers I mean.

I did see Dr Feelgood, way after the 'glory' days, Lee Brilleaux plus various lads half his age. Bit disappointing. Was with a mate who used to 'roadie' for them occasionally, which may have clouded things.

Mark G, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 15:43 (eleven years ago) link

Saw the Godfathers a couple of times, and they were fun, but I never really got the point of them on record. At that time I was listening to a lot of 60s punk, so they seemd kind of superfluous. Saw SPE once, at Brixton Ritzy supporting Billy Bragg at a GLC Jobs for Change gig. I was 15 and they were great - the Godfathers were a definite disappointment after that. However, it's not like there's much to weigh them on - just two singles, I think, and a Peel session or two. The difference, in my memory, relates to what's exciting about Dr Feelgood in the live clips: the Godfathers looked like a rock band because of that guitarist with the shagpile hair, while SPE looked like a gang. Gangs look more exciting on a stage.

ithappens, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 17:48 (eleven years ago) link

the Godfathers looked like a rock band because of that guitarist with the shagpile hair,

good point, and very true. he certainly did not look part of the gang.
still, each time i saw them the experience was very intense.

mark e, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 17:56 (eleven years ago) link

Now I want to go dig out my Godfathers cd

Pfunkboy : The Dronelord vs The Girly Metal Daleks (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 12 January 2010 18:55 (eleven years ago) link

Couldn't resist knocking this up on Spotify:
Going Back Home: a UK pub rock sampler.

36 tracks, broadly chronological, mostly from 1975-77, with a little bit before and a little bit after. Strictly one track per artist - except for Dr. Feelgood, to whom the playlist is dedicated!

Track listing:
1. She Does It Right - Dr Feelgood
2. I Fought The Law - Ducks Deluxe (mis-labelled on Spotify, tsk)
3. Louisa On A Horse - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
4. How Long - Ace
5. Why Did You Do It - Stretch
6. Motor Bikin' - Chris Spedding
7. Home In My Hand (live at the Hope & Anchor) - Brinsley Schwarz
8. Going Back Home - Dr Feelgood
9. Teenage Letter - Count Bishops
10. Keys To Your Heart - The 101ers
11. She's My Gal - The Gorillas
12. So It Goes - Nick Lowe
13. Get Out Of Denver (live at the Marquee) - Eddie & the Hot Rods
14. Roxette (live) - Dr Feelgood
15. Between The Lines - Pink Fairies
16. Cincinatti Fatback - Roogalator
17. Hotel Chambermaid - Graham Parker & the Rumour
18. Styrofoam - Tyla Gang
19. Boogie On The Street - Lew Lewis
20. Hightime (live) - Little Bob Story
21. Showbiz - Downliners Sect
22. Police Car - Larry Wallis
23. Sneakin' Suspicion - Dr Feelgood
24. Mystery Dance - Elvis Costello
25. Razzle In My Pocket - Ian Dury (alas, no Kilburns on Spotify)
26. Whole Wide World - Wreckless Eric
27. Cat On A Wall - Squeeze
28. I Knew The Bride - Dave Edmunds
29. Mony Mony - Celia & the Mutations (aka Stranglers)
30. She's A Wind Up - Dr Feelgood
31. Dancing The Night Away - The Motors
32. Be Good To Yourself - Frankie Miller
33. The Walk - The Inmates
34. Driver's Seat - Sniff & the Tears
35. Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits
36. Back In The Night - Dr Feelgood

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 19:46 (eleven years ago) link

i used to have this on tape:

A1 Wilko Johnson Band - Dr. Feelgood
A2 The Stranglers - Straighten Out
A3 Tyla Gang - Styrofoam
A4 The Pirates - Don't Munchen It
A5 The Steve Gibbons Band - Speed Kills
A6 XTC - I'm Bugged
A7 Suburban Studs - I Hate School
B1 The Pleasers - Billy
B2 XTC - Science Friction
B3 Dire Straits - Eastbound Train
B4 Burlesque - Bizz Fizz
B5 X-Ray Spex - Let's Submerge
B6 999 - Crazy
C1 The Saints - Demolition Girl
C2 999 - Quite Disappointing
C3 The Only Ones - Creatures Of Doom
C4 The Pirates - Gibson Martin Fender
C5 Steel Pulse - Sound Check
C6 Roogalator - Zero Hero
D1 Philip Rambow - Underground Romance
D2 The Pleasers - Rock & Roll Radio
D3 Tyla Gang - On The Street
D4 The Steve Gibbons Band - Johnny Cool
D5 Wilko Johnson Band - Twenty Yards Behind
D6 The Stranglers - Hanging Around

scott seward, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 19:54 (eleven years ago) link

when i was a kid. i appreciate the mix of styles much more now than i did then!

scott seward, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 19:55 (eleven years ago) link

Level 5 guitar geek video of Wilko's black-and-red Telecaster being restored.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 10 January 2013 04:43 (eight years ago) link

Four farewell UK dates announced in March: London Koko, Bilston (West Midlands), Holmfirth (West Yorkshire) and Glasgow.

mike t-diva, Friday, 18 January 2013 11:30 (eight years ago) link

looked through thread for a reference to the following, didn't find none…

was watching the beginning of game of Thrones, and saw a familiar face: "shit, that looks like Wilko!" he plays a mute soldier…

thought that he must regard being on that show like walking around in the kind of Roger Dean album cover that he would have actively despised in Doc FG's heyday…

veronica moser, Friday, 18 January 2013 11:53 (eight years ago) link

link dnw

Mark G, Friday, 18 January 2013 12:14 (eight years ago) link

xpost -- Nah he gets to chop off heads and the like. Good for the aggression.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 18 January 2013 13:31 (eight years ago) link

he seems like a great guy:

Neil S, Friday, 25 January 2013 16:01 (eight years ago) link

Tonight on Radio 4 at 1915 GMT.

stirmonster, Friday, 25 January 2013 16:19 (eight years ago) link

Sorry for the bad form of posting one's own piece. I went to meet Wilko in Southend this week.

Manfred Mann meets Man Parrish (ithappens), Saturday, 2 February 2013 10:01 (eight years ago) link

You saw his battlements! I've often wondered about them.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 2 February 2013 10:18 (eight years ago) link

They are not big and dramatic, sadly.

Manfred Mann meets Man Parrish (ithappens), Saturday, 2 February 2013 11:03 (eight years ago) link

Great piece, thanks for sharing. Seems like a very dignified man, god bless him.

Jaap and roids (NickB), Saturday, 2 February 2013 12:22 (eight years ago) link

Thanks for sharing ithappens, really great article

downton arby (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 2 February 2013 19:17 (eight years ago) link

Very! Also how did I miss that was you before.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 2 February 2013 19:52 (eight years ago) link

Great piece. Thanks.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 2 February 2013 19:56 (eight years ago) link

Thanks all.

Manfred Mann meets Man Parrish (ithappens), Saturday, 2 February 2013 21:08 (eight years ago) link

i loved reading that ithappens .. fuck protocol ..
made me dig out my 3cd boxset of UA stuff ..
brilliant band ..
and a true hero of the era ...
(read the comments under the article to understand all the more as to why wilko is so loved ... )

mark e, Saturday, 2 February 2013 22:44 (eight years ago) link

great article and inspiring to see that it's possible for there to be a guardian article without negativity in the comments. wilko!

stirmonster, Sunday, 3 February 2013 04:06 (eight years ago) link

good job fleece

downton arby (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 20:27 (eight years ago) link

i'm shocked that a Knight of the Loyal Arthurian Warband would do such a thing

Number None, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 20:32 (eight years ago) link

yeah his FB page is definitely a peek into an interior life

ima go (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 20:40 (eight years ago) link

Religious Views: Christianity

he's going to tout hell.

stirmonster, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 21:58 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

oil city on bbc4 tonight !

mark e, Friday, 15 March 2013 21:18 (eight years ago) link

fuck i wanna see that
haven't been able to find it anywhere over here

brio, Friday, 15 March 2013 23:26 (eight years ago) link

He's called off the 'final' gigs at Canvey Island, which must be pretty heartbreaking for all concerned.

Anyways, if you saw his "guest spot" on the Madness BBC Broadcasting house closing gig, that's his last one (and because of howbad the weather was that day, why.)

Mark G, Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:14 (eight years ago) link

Dread this thread getting bumped now. The cancellation of the Canvey Island gigs doesn't sound too good.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:41 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...


apparently, there's an important announcement on his website, I got mailed it on FB but the mobile interface won't display it

Can anyone check it?

Mark G, Saturday, 13 April 2013 18:27 (eight years ago) link

Nothing new that I can see.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Saturday, 13 April 2013 18:31 (eight years ago) link

Mark G, Saturday, 13 April 2013 18:34 (eight years ago) link

It's a message from his manager. He's off on a trip to Japan, then when he comes back he'll complete a new CD, then a short tour of France, followed by some gigs in the UK. Also a forthcoming live DVD from the previous UK tour.

Will you see a political publicity stunt? (snoball), Saturday, 13 April 2013 18:39 (eight years ago) link

oh right, thanks for that.

Wonder what was bugging a friend of mine that messaged me about it.

Unless he was going to see him tomorrow or owt.

Sounds more promising, anyway.

Mark G, Saturday, 13 April 2013 18:43 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

Julien Temple's doc on Dr. Feelgood, "Oil City Confidential"
on DVD November 5th in the US (re-release?)

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 September 2013 18:36 (eight years ago) link

Never released on DVD in the U.S. before as far as I could tell

lucille baller (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 24 September 2013 14:45 (eight years ago) link

The All Through The city box set is very tasty. Especiaaly now taht it's come down heavily in price.
Might have been nice to get some of the nicknacks taht you got with the more expensive initial version of the box but the music is pretty cool anyway. Especially on material like the title track.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 24 September 2013 16:23 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Got my copy of Oil City Confidential in the mail. Subtitles in French, Italian, German, and Spanish, but no English, which sucks 'cause some of these guys are incomprehensible mumblers.

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Saturday, 19 October 2013 16:56 (seven years ago) link

five months pass...

Whole 1975 TV appearance (on "The Geordie Scene") in VHS fidelity. Fucking great.

Assholes on Boats: A Billy Zane Retrospective (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 13 April 2014 08:25 (seven years ago) link

That live in Finland clip is so fucking great. They look even more like psychopaths on cheap speed than usual.

Assholes on Boats: A Billy Zane Retrospective (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 13 April 2014 08:32 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Wilko Johnson has radical cancer surgery

Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson has had a major operation in an attempt to treat his pancreatic cancer.

Johnson was diagnosed at the end of 2012 and was given 10 months to live after rejecting chemotherapy.

But he defied the doctors' predictions and it was recently found that his tumour was less aggressive than normal.

He has now had the "football-size tumour" removed as well as his pancreas, spleen and part of his stomach. He has cancelled 14 concerts.

A statement said: "Doctors are hopeful that following the surgery the prognosis for Wilko will be positive."

Mark G, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 15:13 (seven years ago) link

Oh man, please let him be well again.

ricky don't lose that number nine shirt (NickB), Wednesday, 30 April 2014 15:15 (seven years ago) link

Still can't forgive him for not calling his collaboration with Roger Daltrey Roger Wilko, but other than that, fantastic news.

goth colouring book (anagram), Wednesday, 30 April 2014 15:16 (seven years ago) link

They must have avoided that one on purpose, as opposed to "never thought of it", but hey

Mark G, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 15:29 (seven years ago) link

Would be so great if he could "beat" cancer.

۩, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 15:49 (seven years ago) link

five months pass...

Would be so great if he could "beat" cancer.

― ۩, Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:49 AM (5 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It appears that he has!

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 17:27 (six years ago) link

This makes me very, very happy.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:34 (six years ago) link

seven months pass...

whoa, that's an amazing story.

been listening to them a lot lately, or watching as much as listening. the studio albums have great moments but there are always a few tracks that sound a bit too much like blueshammer for comfort. don't ever need to hear their version of "rollin and tumblin" again. but they had amazing stage presence.

i do wonder if in 50 years --presuming human civilization survives in some form-- the distinctions between the first wave of british R&B, the brit invasion stuff, mid-70s stuff like ducks deluxe and the feelgoods, and all the subsequent "revivals" of this sort of thing will mean anything whatsoever. it's tempting just to see it as one continuous thing that just happened to get more popular/surface nationally on occasion.

he quipped with heat (amateurist), Sunday, 31 May 2015 10:25 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

And a new interview with Wilko

Ned Raggett, Friday, 10 July 2015 18:44 (six years ago) link

Extremely moving paragraph:

He keeps chuckling while he says things like that, but the more he talks, the more clear it becomes how complicated his response to being cured is: he’s obviously incredibly grateful, but it isn’t as straightforward as “waving my arms in the air, going ‘I’m alive!’” After a lifelong struggle with depression, he found the illness evaporated when he thought he had 10 months to live. Now it’s back. “For instance, since coming out and recovering, oh man, I’ve started grieving for my wife, Irene, again. It’s 10 years, nearly 11 since she died, and I never, ever got over her. I just … ” He lets out a huge sigh. “I’m still in love with her. And it hurts now, to think of her. During all that year, I dunno, if you’ve got no future, you do think, ‘Well, I don’t have to sit here and think about how I’ve got to go on for years without her.’ So perhaps it receded a bit, just thinking about her every quarter of an hour instead of every minute. Now I’m recovered, I do find myself sometimes … ” His voice tails off, and there’s another mammoth sigh. “Oh man, it hurts.”

Ned Raggett, Friday, 10 July 2015 18:46 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

Man, Wilko's Ice on the Motorway album from 1980 is pretty satisfying. Basically a slightly punkier Feelgood vibe.

baffled, brooding (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 1 April 2017 07:47 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

they are playing berlin tonight. not sure if i should go.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 13:26 (two years ago) link

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