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Aretha Franklin - Dr Feelgood ( check back in 24 hours for soundtrack)


This month I am going to concentrate on the up and coming film in early Febuary. Oil City Confidential, a film about Essex’s finest band, Dr Feelgood. The track I am reviewing is not the one that all the rnb bands such as the Feelgoods, Pirates, Wilko Johnson and a host of others do, but a self penned song by Aretha of her first Album from 1967 “I never loved a man, the way I love you.” This album has Aretha singing Otis Redding’s “Respect,” and “Do right Woman, Do right man.” The feelgood song is a typical track from the Queen of Soul from this era. A powerful, soulful, gospelly, ditty, which has nothing at all to do with the band, but it, mentions their name and I like it.



Duncan Feb 10

Bob Marley and the Wailers - Punky Reggae Party

This is the second of my Dr Feelgood tracks this month. You are probably wondering what Reggae and Thames estuary blues have in common, well back in the day when Megastar Bob Marley was up and coming, Punk and Reggae sort of banded together as they were both anti-establishment and rebelling against the state. This is the bside of “Jamming.” I can remember going to see the Clash on the White Riot Tour in 1977, supported by Subway Sect, the Slits and I think the Buzzcocks, but I’m not sure about them. Anyway during the breaks for the bands they were playing really heavy dub reggae tracks. Getting back to Bob Marley, the song has references to the Damned, the Jam, the Clash, the Maytails and Dr Feelgood too. I would like to think that Essex’s finest not only inspire all the punk bands but also Bob Marley. I’m sure you can hear a bit of “Back in the night,” in “No woman no cry.” In honour of the Clash concert, I have used the dub version mixed by Spen (King Tubby)

Duncan Feb 10

Wilko Johnsonís Solid Senders - The Whammy


Wilko Johnson’s Solid Senders - The Whammy

This is my third pick this month and features top guitarist Wilko Johnson. This is to honour his forthcoming gig at The Koko in Camden. I was lucky enough to see Wilko with the original Feelgoods on home turf at the Kursall Ballroom, Southend in 1976 I think. I can remember the raw power of the gig even now. There was so much energy and electricity in the room it was really jaw dropping. I still have the ticket and I think the show was for the princely sum of 70p. The main thing I remember was the encore, “Riot in cell block No 9.” Wilko was demonic, if you have seen him, he has those mad eyes and the machine gun style guitar. My greatest regret was that my mates had seen them a few times before, as I was more into Reggae at the time. It was a great night and I made up for not seeing them earlier by seeing them at least once a year until poor Lee Brilleaux passed away in 94. There is nothing though that could compare with that first time. There is still a Dr Feelgood band doing the rounds at the moment. They are ok, but a pale comparison of the originals, Lee, Sparko, Big figure and Wilko. The track I have picked is “The Whammy,” which is recorded live at the Hope and Anchor, Islington. If you get a chance it is well worth tracking down this album (London R&B sessions), as there are lots of good tracks and bands on it. The Pirates which included Mick Green who sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago, Lew Lewis Reformer, The Bishops and a host of others.

I hope you enjoy the track and can also make Camden on the 2nd of Feb


Duncan Feb 10

Dr Feelgood - Stupidity - Southend Side


It was the second time I saw Dr Feelgood and it was November 1975 at the Southend Kursaal the last day of the Feelgood's tour filmed and recorded. I went with Trevor Wilson who got the the tickets Raymond Moony, Dick Mansfield. And Rowena Redfurn . My vinyl for this month is “Stupidity” side 1 recorded at the Southend Kursall and side 2 recorded at Sheffield City Hall. What else could I choose, its certainly had a massive effect on my life as this was one of the best concerts of all time, much of witch is included in the film Oil City Confidential. I went on to see Dr Feelgood so many times since that gig and we still go to the Lee Brilleaux memorial every year at Canvey Islands Oysterflleet hotel.

Having seen The Sensational Alex Harvey band and the Feelgood's in 1975 at the Kursall it was a great introduction into the mass music explosion that was starting, Feelgood set the fuse and along came  “Punk”, I bought The Clash White Riot single and Barry Magowan who Ii introduced to the Feelgood's in 76 managed to get hold of the Sex Pirtols Anarchy on EMI. It wasn't long before we became punk rockers on a Sunday night to the regular new wave bands playing the Chancellor Hall, all starting with the Clash White Riot tour in 77.

Feelgood at the Kursaal had some bad memories for a best mate of mine “Mark Harrison” who got beat up to a pulp in the toilets during the concert at the Kursaal in 76. He was quite drunk at the time as he had managed to get hold of a half size bottle of whiskey that he drunk before we went in, we were all about 16 years old at the time. His Mum was very upset to her son come home in that condition, Mark still has a bent nose to this day.

I feel very proud that I was at the Stupidity gig and if you look carefully at the crowd shots I am next to the chap (Dick Mansfield) who has a rolled up poster near the front. The LP is one of the best live albums of all time with not a bad track on it. You can see a review on the DVD on our web site at

Ther is a band called Dr Feelgood (best described as a tribute band)still going, but with no original members left they are a long way from the real sound that Lee Brilleaux, Wilko Johsno, The Big Figure and John b Sparks gave us.

Maurice Hyde Feb 2010




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