The short break is over – I’ll have to go back to my desk in the office. I don’t wanna know how much mails appeared in the last days that wanted to be answered. Anyway I think I’ll answer them step by step. A few days ago I was in contact with Mr. Mondo via twitter. We talked a little bit about Mickey Jupp and his early record ‘The Flaming Red Boot’-record. Mickey Jupp played guitar and piano in his band Legend. The released a few records in the early 1970s. They were all very good but too less people bought the records to be successful and the band split. In 1977 he started a career as a solo artist and made some good rhythm and blues records again. A lot of his songs was covered by Elkie Brooks, Joe Cocker, Kursaal Flyers, Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds. The most success he had when he signed to STIFF-records.
In the days STIFF-records were founded they signed a few bands from the so called pub-rock era as Dr. Feelgood , The Tyla Gang and Nick Lowe. All these bands were hardly trained playing in pubs for local audience. That might be the reason why they know how to handle their instruments and their feeling for good songs. In this background could raise also acts like Elvis Costello and The Pogues.
I remember the days in the early 1980s in my hometown when there were five or six pubs local bands could play. But more and more pubs like these disappeared or changed their style. Well, it might sound sentimentally but sometimes I miss these days when you go out for a beer and listen to some bands.
So enjoy these songs:
Mickey Jupp – Another Guy
Mickey Jupp – Lorraine (Part One)
3 thoughts on “What Happened To Pub Rock?”
Never heard of him, but Another Guy is a great song. Great. Thanks.
I was a big pub rock fan Walter – Dr Feelgood, Graham Parker, Brisley Schwartz, Dave Edmunds – great stuff
I used to listen to that pub rock stuff all over the years and thank you for reminding me to Graham Parker. I think I grab out his Howling Wind record as soon as possible.
Maybe it's a good idea to start a new small series about the pub rock heroes.