The story of Dr Feelgood. I watched this film that was shown on BBC4 on Friday - if you are quick you can catch a repeat tonight again on BBC4 or via the iplayer no doubt.
Brilliant film. It charted the Canvey Island boys early lives, talked a lot about the culture and atmosphere on Canvey in the 60s and early 70s which made them what they were. It then charted the bands genesis and sadly the departure of Wilko Johnson - there was a little bit of time given to the imediate time after that with Gypie Mayo when they still had some chart success. But let us be honest Wilko and Lee Brilleaux (now I know where that name came from :-)) were Feelgood. Lee with his agressive vocals and stance and Wilko his mad man side man flinging himself around the stage on the end of the curly lead with his telecaster his weapon. The Big Figure and John B Sharpe were one of the greatest rhythm sections ever - just there on the beat and solid whilst the too loonies at the front went nuts.
It is a shame they parted company too early really. The Feelgoods were such an influential band - punk would probably not have been the same without them and really they should be considered up with the legendary bands of the past. But not to be. However Stupidity is frankly a stunning album - second in my live albums of all time to UFOs Strangers In The Night.
They still are going but without any originals but it was Lee's wish they continue after his far too early death.
Here they are at their best with Back In The Night - the first track I heard of them.
And here is Riot in Cell Block No 9 - one of the first things I learnt on the guitar!
Lastly You Shouldn't Call the Doctor - just watch Wilko on this... brilliantly manic!