Thursday, February 24, 2011

Keeping Feelgood's memory alive

Listen to DR. FEELGOOD now, and it's easy to forget how revolutionary they were when they launched in the early 1970s, in the pubs of Essex.
The band's stripped down, R&B-influenced rock was worlds away from the prevailing trends in British music -- stomping glam rock or the 10-minute guitar solos of the prog rockers.

Dr. Feelgood's late vocalist Lee Brilleaux summed up the band's back-to-basics approach -- an approach that influenced the original U.K. punk rock crowd:

"You don't have to be a musician to play rock 'n' roll. You've just got to love it and want to play it."

I've listened to Dr. Feelgood the past couple of days. Their music somehow seems to suit our relentlessly grey days.

Filmmaker Julien Temple once described Dr. Feelgood as a band that felt like it had never existed, because they have fallen out of the public consciousness:

"There was this band that was the biggest in England for 18 months, that no one remembers."

I'm doing my little part to promote their memory. They deserve it.


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