Dr Feelgood
Down By The Jetty


4.0
excellent

Review

by menawati USER (94 Reviews)
October 16th, 2012 | 26 replies


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dr Feelgood spear-headed the pub rock movement which acted as one of the catalysts for the emergence of punk rock . This is their debut album and arguably their best.

Dr Feelgood were a rhythm and blues outfit that achieved moderate commercial success in the UK during the 1970's. Their 1979 hit 'Milk and Alcohol' is probably their most famous song but prior to this the mark one incarnation featuring guitarist Wilko Johnson had churned out some pretty fine hard edged pub rock albums and had been a huge influence on British rock music. 'Down By The Jetty' is their debut release and undoubtedly captures some of the energy that made them such a celebrated live act.

A lot of people who have never heard of Wilko Johnson have probably seem him starring as Ser Ilyn Payne in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' adaptation. In that series he plays a big guy with a big sword that lops people's heads off. Since Wilko was renowned for his cutting rhythm guitar style this seems rather apt. He is actually one of the forgotten greats. The best guitar players are revered for several reasons including their technical ability and the feel and phrasing in their playing. However, the real greats are the ones who have developed such an inimitable style that you immediately know who is playing from hearing a piece of their music. David Gilmour with his feel, tone and incredible control is instantly recognisable, as are the likes of Hendrix, Lifeson and Beck. So is Wilko Johnson with his highly percussive style and the way he used his pickless right hand to interweave solos and licks alongside his jagged rhythms. Also known at the time for his robotic on stage persona and strange fashion sense Wilko was undoubtedly the creative force behind the early incarnation of the band due to being the primary songwriter. The co-founder member alongside Wilko was charismatic lead singer Lee Brilleaux and his nicotine growl and inspired harmonica work also helped in giving the group it's distinctive sound. Highlights on here include the relentless 'Roxette' with it's spiky riff and manic harmonica solo and 'All Through The City' which features Wilko in fine form whacking out solos and licks while still maintaining a thick rhythm sound.

The ideals of bands such as Dr Feelgood and Eddie & The Hot Rods, eschewing the prog and glam scene of the time and getting back-to-basics, were a catalyst for the punk rock movement of the late 70's. The likes of The Ramones and Paul Weller have acknowledged the influence of this album and even if you are not an R&B fan it's worth a spin just to see why.



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menawati
October 16th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Roxette - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nyeSGaBcrA&feature=fvwrel

she does it right - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rViBFgjChH0

all through the city - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjkFBfn7ymg

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2012


23788 Comments


Sounds sweet! Thank god for users like you I don't know what I would have done if another awful review was posted.

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menawati
October 16th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx bro, altho it isnt that hard to improve on mutherhubber really haha

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2012


23788 Comments


Lol you know what I meant. Your reviews stand out as it is even without people like muttherhubber.

also what happened! I thought this said it inspired punk rock?

menawati
October 16th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"also what happened! I thought this said it inspired punk rock?"

not sure what u mean ?

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2012


23788 Comments


Oh nevermind lol your summary mentions something about this being a catalyst to punk rock

menawati
October 16th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well, those anti prog/glam back-to-basics pub rock bands in the mid 70's were something that influenced it

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2012


23788 Comments


cool I'll add this band to my list.

menawati
October 16th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its more their attitude i think dude that was influential, cant say any pop punk lovers would get into this or any people who are into real punk

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2012


23788 Comments


I don't just only like pop punk lol. Hell I prefer metal over pop punk these days.

menawati
October 16th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i didnt mean you really just meant as a general guide, R&B isnt much loved

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2012


23788 Comments


Oddly this entire album is streaming on youtube. Not bad.

menawati
October 16th 2012


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wilko is really funny, check him out on the vids dude ;]

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2012


23788 Comments


Ok lol I haven't even seen Game of Thrones though.

zakalwe
April 2nd 2014


25795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Legendary

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 23rd 2014


14050 Comments


poor old wilko has cancer. shame, hes a great guitarist

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zakalwe
April 23rd 2014


25795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A total one off geezer who lives up the road and went to the same school as my uncle



Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 23rd 2014


14050 Comments


my dads a massive fan of them, he just busted out their first 2 cds and has been showing me them the last few days. fucking great band

zakalwe
April 23rd 2014


25795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"You don't have to be a musician to be in a rock n roll band. You just have to love it and want to play it"



Lee Brilleaux - Real fucking deal. R.I.P

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 23rd 2014


14050 Comments


hahaha I found


"Have you ever experimented with pedals?" Wilko: "Pedals?, Pedals!, I'm a guitarist not a cyclist"




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