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Pick up thy Telecaster and walk… an interview with Wilko Johnson

Biblical jokes aside, it really is a miracle, for if truth bears out, the second coming of Wilko Johnson will match, in modern terms, anything you might find in the good book. 18 months ago he sold out multiple nights at London’s Koko and other places, not only on the strength of his [...]

By | November 7th, 2014|Dr Feelgood|1 Comment

Alvin Stardust remembered

There was once a local rumour that his mum ran the newsstand on Wickford Station (eastbound side), but that may have been someone’s ‘Jealous Mind’ when the mighty Alvin Stardust dominated the UK hit parade, circa 1973. Despite his ludicrous leather cat-suit and platforms higher than, well, the platform at Wickford Station, I [...]

By | October 24th, 2014|Popular Music|1 Comment

40 years of Peace, Love, and Understanding

As this majestic song enters its fifth decade, some of us will recall those barroom comedians who couldn't resist uttering 'Yeah, peace and love, man', as one of our longer-haired brethren shuffled past. It was the predictable dig from hippie-bashers, post-Woodstock, as they taunted anyone in an ex-army greatcoat and loon pants - as later portrayed by Nigel [...]

By | May 30th, 2014|Nick Lowe|0 Comments

Lee Brilleaux 10 May 1952 – 7 April 1994

Main photo: Patrick Higgins To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Lee's death I offer the following article written for Uncut in 2004. An Officer and a Gentleman As the media trumpet the genius of Kurt Cobain, who shot himself in the head 10 years ago, let us not forget another rock’n’roll hero who died that same [...]

By | April 4th, 2014|Dr Feelgood|0 Comments