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Dr Feelgood - British TV 1975

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by ElJay370, Mar 6, 2021.

  1. ElJay370

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    Apparently this footage is somewhat legendary, and Wilko Johnson is someone I should know about. I had never seen or heard this until tonight.

    Holy s**t these guys were badasses.


     
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    Wilko Johnson and his Telecaster. Don’t get no badder.
     
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    Wilko Johnson is a baaaaad dude!

     
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    I watched the one from the Kursal in Southend two days ago, made me miss live music and those days long gone :(
     
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    Legend has it he changed his white pickguard to black and then red because his fingers used to bleed. Great band and playing. Nasty tone he had back then.
     
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    75 was my first year as a student, and first Dr Feelgood gig. Have been lucky enough to have seen the band with and without Wilko a few times since then. They have had other good guitarists since then. The loss of frontman Lee Brilleaux had the greatest impact on the band. I managed to see Wilko in France on his farewell tour in 2012, and again when he headlined the local Wallingford Beer and Blues Festival. If you do get chance to see him, bassist Norman Watt-Roy is every bit as good as Wilko. Norm will be familiar to many as bassist with the Blockheads.
     
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    Saw them support Squeeze in '79...top notch...Milk and Alcohol is one of my favorite tunes
     
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    My favourite band ever. Saw them many times. Check out the film Oil City Confidential.

    Trying to do this on my phone. Hope it's the right link

     
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    They were a fabulously tight band, Wilko's choppy guitar is still my favourite thing!
     
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    Wilko's style is so recognisable, it's perfect for the music. Always comes across as a really decent guy too!
     
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    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Wilko and Lee get the praise, and I've lost count how many times I've bled because I play rhythm like Wilko and get carried away, but let's also hear it for the fantastic strummed bass of Sparko and the super tight drumming from The Big Figure. Wilko needs a rhythm section like that to fill in over.
    His current band mates are near peerless too. Norman Watt-Roy is at least 50% of the reason I regularly listen to WJB, The Blockheads and Ian Dury & The Blockheads. Live, Norm is jaw droppingly good. Dylan ain't no slouch either, and he's a really nice guy too.

    Norman, backed by Wilko and Dylan

     
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    Wilko is the reason my first electric guitar was a Tele.

    And what a story.......both Wilko's and the band.

    Oil City Confidential is the best music documentary ever and Malpractice is one of the finest albums I've ever heard.

    Proper music.
     
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    My tribute to Wilko built a couple of years before the signature model came out, and my favourite T shirt from the "Farewell" tour;

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    Wilko was one of my influences in the 70's. He was ferocious. And Lee Brilleaux's approach was based on Howling Wolf's style. HUGE.

    If you have not seen The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, it is a must-see. It just may change your life for the better.

    Not kidding.

     
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    For some reason I avoided Dr. Feelgood for years, even though I love the pub rock bands they influenced and played alongside. Holy cats, what a mistake!

    The Oil City Confidential movie is finally available on DVD here in the States (and currently streaming on Criterion Channel). And for those looking to jump in there are two cheap box sets out, featuring the Wilko and post-Wilko years.
     
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    Not sure that presenter's actually a Geordie.. :lol:

    Howay! Canny bag a' Tew-da kidda.
     
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    That album he did with Daltrey is none too shabby either.

     
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    This is what I like about TDPRI. I haven't thought of the great Dr Feelgood for years.
    Just the right balance of tightness and looseness.
     
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    The once thing that often gets overlooked with Wilkos sound is that for many years he was using a SS amp. Not a valve (sorry tube!) in sight.

    His main amp was one of these.
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    ^ Bill Nelson used one too...
     
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