Dr. Feelgood – ‘Singles (The U.A. Years+)’ on vinyl

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Dr. Feelgood

Singles (The U.A. Years+)

The 1989 best-of to be released on black double-LP and on special edition unique recycled double-LP available exclusively at Dig!

Released 11 June 2021

Pre-order now from: https://lnk.to/DrFeelgood_TheUAYears

Dr. Feelgood’s best-of – ‘Singles (The U.A. Years)’ – is to be remanufactured and reissued on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1989. Available as a double-LP, there will be a black edition and limited-edition recycled vinyl available exclusively at Dig!with the latter made from scraps of unused colour vinyl, that will be reworked to create new vinyl. Each one is completely unique, each with its own colour combination, which will resemble splatter or marble vinyl, providing a comparable sound to normal coloured vinyl.

Released on 11 June, ‘Singles – The U.A. Years’ is a celebration of 26 tracks of Dr. Feelgood at their absolute peak. Having formed in 1971 in Essex, founding members Lee Brilleaux (singer), John B. Sparks (Sparko) on bass guitar, John Martin (The Big Figure) on drums and guitarist Wilko Johnson, whose iconic and renowned choppy style of playing saw the band build huge notoriety in London’s live music scene resulting in a record deal with US Artists in 1974.

That year, Dr.. Feelgood released their debut single ‘Roxette’, alongside other single ‘She Does It Right’, penned the night before a BBC Radio One Top Gear session. Both were included on their debut record – the iconic ‘Down By The Jetty’ that was met with huge acclaim and has since been noted by artists including Paul Weller, Bob Geldof, Blondie and The Ramones as having a huge impact on their careers. 

The bands popularity grew, and their notoriety expanded as they continued playing live as well as writing. 1975 saw the singles ‘Back In The Night’ and ‘Going Back Home’, alongside breaking into the UK Top 20 with their subsequent album ‘Malpractice’. Following this success, the band went on a UK headline tour, as well as a “Speeding Through Europe” tour, cementing the band’s success on the continent. This was followed up by their live album ‘Stupidity’ reaching number one in the UK Albums Chart. 

Following the release of minor hit ‘Sneakin’ Suspicion’ alongside the album of the same name, Wilko Johnson left the band and was replaced by John ‘Gypie’ Mayo. Under the new variation of the band, it yielded hits such as ‘She’s A Wind Up’, ‘Down At The Doctors’ and the Dr. Feelgood classic ‘Milk And Alcohol’, the top 10 single written by Gypie Mayo and Nick Lowe. 

Subsequently throughout 1979 and 1980, the band released various singles such as ‘Put Him Out Of Your Mind’, ‘Hong Kong Money’ and ‘Violent Love’. However, the year ended with Gypie Mayo leaving the band, with Johnny Guitar and Gordon Russell joining the latest form of the band. This led to the singles such as ‘Crazy About Girls’ and ‘Monkey’. Changes in the band’s personnel continued, with founding members John B. Sparks (Sparko) and John Martin (The Big Figure) also departing. 

Lee Brilleaux temporarily disbanded Dr. Feelgood in 1982 and started from scratch again, rehiring Gordon Russell, as well as Phil Mitchell on bass and Kevin Morris on drums. This new line-up were Dr. Feelgood’s most stable yet, leading to singles such as ‘Mad Man Blues’ and ‘Don’t Wait Up’, the latter of which received significant airplay.

It was an incredible and prolific first six years for the band and remains one of the most important bodies of work in British rock. ‘Singles – The U.A. Years’ is an encyclopedia of Dr. Feelgood’s greatest moments that saw the band’s biggest commercial successes but also some of their most influential moments.

Side 1

Roxette

She Does It Right

Back In The Night

Going Back Home

Riot In Cell Block No. 9

Sneakin’ Suspicion

Side 2

She’s A Wind Up

Baby Jane

Down At The Doctors

Milk And Alcohol

As Long As The Price Is Right

Put Him Out Of Your Mind

Side 3

Hong Kong Money

No Mo Do Yakamo

Jumping From Love To Love

Violent Love

Waiting For Saturday Night

Monkey

Trying To Live My Life Without You

Side 4

Crazy About Girls

My Way

Mad Man Blues

Don’t Wait Up

See You Later Alligator

Hunting Shooting Fishing

Milk And Alcohol… (New Recipe)

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!
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