DR. FEELGOOD Mad Man Blues (1986)

Mad Man Blues (1986)
Not A Rebirth, But A Solid Set Nonetheless

It wasn’t easy being a stateside Dr. Feelgood fan. Their trio of great releases, Down By The Jetty, Malpractice and Sneakin’ Suspicion, were righteous, pre-punk blasts of working class pub rock, circa 1975-1977. But then… punk came along, goose-steppin’ all over the band’s stylistic turf of stripped and edgy rock and roll. One year, the Feelgoods were this fresh, energetic new thing. One year later, punk made it all seem tame. Go figure. After Wilko Johnson split in ’77, the group’s footprint in America became almost non-existent, as Sneakin’ Suspicion would be their last released in the USA. Lead vocalist Lee Brilleaux, just like the working man he plays on TV, devoted all his energies to the Feelgood’s live shows, releasing numerous live albums up until his death in 1994. Here’s a great, under-the-radar example from 1986. A raw, rigid collection of oldies and blues numbers given the Feelgood’s distinct 4/4 rhythms and Brilleaux’s pub crawling shout. No substitute for the mid-70s, of course, but a solid resurgence for Brilleaux’s lifelong baby. Keep an eye out for Oil City Confidential, the excellent documentary on the band. Amazon.


Dust My Broom (2:58)
Something You Got (2:40)
Dimples (2:59)
Living On The Highway (3:37)
Tore Down (2:40)
Mad Man Blues (2:25)
I’ve Got News For You (3:57)
My Babe (2:23)
Can’t Find The Lady (3:32)
Rock Me Baby (4:32)

6 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    November 29, 2011 - 08:42 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    November 29, 2011 - 23:28 | Permalink

    Willard, I don’t delve into everything you post, but any day I visit and see something new is a good day. Please don’t stop, unless you absolutely have to. And thanks.

  • 3
    Jerry Lee
    November 30, 2011 - 23:40 | Permalink

    These guys kicked ass, I think I learned about them via Trouser Press, I doubt they got much radio play in Philly. The post-Wilco material was good, especially “Case Of The Shakes” on Stiff, produced by Nick Lowe. Thanks for this Willard, it’s one I don’t have.

  • 4
    December 4, 2011 - 05:46 | Permalink

    There are a handful of bands who set the table for the punk movement and Dr. Feelgood was one of the most important (and subsequently, most forgotten). Their importance to the music scene of the mid-seventies can be marked not in their originality but more for their raw energy and immediacy. Thanks for reminding all of us about these guys Willard.

  • 5
    December 11, 2011 - 22:17 | Permalink

    Have to state my case for Be Seeing You as the best post-Wilko Feelgoods record, with Gypie Mayo on guitar, though I must say when Wilko and Lee were together, they could do no wrong.

    • 6
      Willard
      December 12, 2011 - 06:15 | Permalink

      Thanks Captain.

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