Dr. Feelgood

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A Pub Rock band formed out of Canvey Island, Essex, UK, in 1972. It would seem that they took some influence from some of the Protopunk, and Garage Rock artists that were their predecessors.

Probably best known for their early singles like "Back in the Night" and "Roxette", with their most rembered hit being "Milk and Alcohol".

Their sound was distinctively British Rhythm and Blues, and centred on Wilko Johnson's choppy guitar style.

Alongside Wilko, the original line-up included;-

  • Lee Brilleaux on vocals
  • John B. Sparks, known as "Sparko", on bass guitar
  • John Martin, known as "The Big Figure", on drums.

Not totally sure that we would agree with the presenters at the start of the above video, but it is still a great track.

Although their most commercially productive years were during the '70s, and in spite of Lee Brilleaux's untimely death in 1994 from lymphoma, a highly rated version of the band (featuring none of the original members) continues to tour and record to this day.

Classic Band Member Quotes

  • "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."

Lee Brilleaux

  • “'People don't talk about an orchestra and say, 'Oh. are ya still playing that f*cking old Beethoven stuff? Why should they say the same to us?

Lee Brilleaux

  • I don't really know whether I've wasted my life but, probably not

Wilko Johnson

  • Pedals? I'm a guitarist not a cyclist

Wilko Johnson

Albums List

1) January 1975 Down by the Jetty

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2) October 1975 Malpractice

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3) September 1976 Stupidity

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4) May 1977 Sneakin' Suspicion

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5) September 1977 Be Seeing You

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First album with Gypie Mayo on guitar

6) September 1978 Private Practice

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7) June 1979 As It Happens

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8) September 1979 Let It Roll

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Guest appearances by Steve Gregory on tenor and alto sax; 'Shotgun' Roy Davies on organ plus Mike Deacon and Geraint Watkins on piano

9) September 1980 A Case of the Shakes

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10) August 1981 On the Job

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11) November 1981 Casebook

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12) October 1982 Fast Women and Slow Horses

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Only album release with Johnny Guitar

13) October 1984 Doctor's Orders

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First album with Gordon Russell, P H Mitchell and Kevin Morris

14) October 1985 Mad Man Blues

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Originally only available as a French Import.

15) August 1986 Brilleaux

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16) April 1987 Case History: The Best of Dr. Feelgood

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17) September 1987 Classic

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18) May 1989 Singles – The UA Years

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19) May 1990 Live in London

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20) March 1991 Stupidity Plus (Live 1976–1990)

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Compilation of live recordings

21) June 1991 Primo

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First album with Dave Bronze

22) July 1993 The Feelgood Factor

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23) April 1994 Down at the Doctors

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Lee Brilleaux's final live concert

24) October 1995 Looking Back

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Five CD box set in tribute to Brilleaux.

25) August 1996 On the Road Again

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First album with Pete Gage, P H Mitchell returns. Guest appearance by Alan Glen on harmonica

26) April 1997 Twenty Five Years of Dr. Feelgood

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27) September 1997 Centenary Collection: (The Best Of Dr. Feelgood)

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28) June 1999 Live at the BBC 1974–75

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29) May 2000 Chess Masters

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First album with Robert Kane A celebration of the output of the Chess Records label

30) September 2001 BBC Sessions 1973–1978

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31) September 2001 Singled Out: A's, B's & Rarities

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32) October 2002 Finely Tuned

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33) November 2002 Down at the BBC:

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In Concert 1977–78

34) June 2003 Speeding Thru Europe

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35) November 2005 The Complete Stiff Recordings

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36) September 2006 Repeat Prescription

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Studio album with new renditions of old favourites

37) April 2012 All Through the City (With Wilko 1974-1977)

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Box set, Original recordings, remastered, Audio CD, plus bonus DVD

38) June 2013 Taking No Prisoners (With Gypie 1977-1981)

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Compilation album and DVD

Members Name Check

  • Kevin Morris – drums (March 1983 – present)
  • P H (Phil) Mitchell – bass (March 1983-March 1991, May 1995-present)
  • Steve Walwyn – lead guitar (June 1989 – present)
  • Robert Kane – vocals (1999–present)
  • Lee Brilleaux – vocals, harmonica, occasional slide guitar (January 1971-April 1994)
  • John B Sparks – bass guitar (January 1971 to April 1982)
  • The Big Figure – drums (January 1971-April 1982)
  • Wilko Johnson – lead guitar (January 1971-March 1977)
  • Gypie Mayo – lead guitar (April 1977-March 1981; substitute for Gordon Russell March 1989-April 1989)
  • Johnny Guitar – lead guitar (March 1981-December 1982)
  • Buzz Barwell – drums (April 1982-December 1982)
  • Pat McMullen – bass (April 1982-December 1982)
  • Gordon Russell (born 4 June 1958, Hammersmith, West London) – lead guitar (March 1983-May 1989)
  • Dave Bronze – bass (March 1991-September 1991, May 1992-April 1994)
  • Craig Rhind – bass (September 1991-May 1992)
  • Pete Gage – vocals (May 1995-September 1999)

Substitute musicians

  • Henry McCullough – lead guitar (March 1977-April 1977; following Wilko Johnson’s departure)
  • Barry Martin – lead guitar (May 1989-June 1989; following Gordon Russell’s departure)

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Discography on Discogs