This series about Pub Rock wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t write some words about Dr. Feelgood. They were the classical type of Pub Rock. Lead by the choppy style guitar of Wilco Johnson and the voice of Lee Brilleaux backed with a phenomenal rhythm section. It was pure energy to see them on stage. In my view the weight-bearing figure was in this group was Wilco Johnson. He was one of those guitar slinger who are able to play riffs and lead guitar at the same time. I recognized them with the release of they fantastic live record Stupidity from 1976. It was just the time when punk and new wave wasn’t present and the boring pathetically distended music was played in the radio. Then a band appeared that brought us back to the values of Rhythm and Blues. Songs like Roxette and Back in the Night were often played in our local pubs. My favorite song is the title track from their 1977 record Sneakin’ Suspicion. The song exists only of reefs – nothing more and nothing less. I don’t know much songs that make me shiver anytime I listen to it. Their music isn’t spectacular but at any time it is true and soulful. Of possible manner this music is not any more up-to-date, however, in spite of all I love them.
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