Dr Feelgood. What a band! Wilko Johnson the forerunner for any wannabee punk guitarist with his snarling aggression and manic guitar style allied to Lee Brilleaux’s menacing lyrics were the perfect mix.
All attitude and angst…a bit like The Sweeney with guitars!
Although their biggest hit arrived when Johnson had left as Milk and Alcohol hit the charts in 1979 …see it here…
but for me Wilko added something to the band and this version of Roxette is a stonker off the OGWT.
Those of you tuning in expecting to read about pubs bear with me, as I’m getting there, as I paid a visit to THE gig pub in Derby.
567 – The Flowerpot DE1 3DZ is back up and running even though gigs aren’t back on the agenda yet, but I still remember my first introduction to this place.
Seven or eight years ago I saw a belting gig from Dr Feelgood (although I’m not sure there are any original members left) which was an R’n’B blast from Canvey Island’s finest.
I also saw a T Rex covers band here a couple of years ago for good measure who were good fun. However, Dr Feelgood were terrific and I can only imagine just how good they were back in their prime.
It was, of course, far more serene, when I strolled up on Tuesday at lunchtime for a pint in the pub. It’s noticeable that city centre boozers are far more vigilant on the track and trace, table service than pubs in the suburbs and either way, I’ve not got a problem.
Bow Wow Wow were on in the background with “I want candy” and I noticed that they are still running a remarkable amount of beers, but I can’t avoid Oakham Ales if it’s on…
A terrific pint of Bishops Farewell (Oakham) that would have pleased Citra and confirming the cask revival is still with us. I watched an old boy in the corner roll his own and complete a crossword whilst supping a pint and three other blokes have an animated pub discussion about ‘pub stuff.’
There were four or five punters in the beer garden too and all was good;
(proper pub menu)
but I really want to see a few more people in pubs otherwise it could be a long, hard winter for many of them.
(Yorkshire Beer triangle in Hermit’s home town of Rotherham)
The Flowerpot is a Free House and renowned for it’s cask ale and music and that only works in a certain amount of cities – Derby is one of them.
It’s very much a pub as opposed to a gig venue that sells beers and the stage area for bands is what you would call ‘sweaty’ and perfect for generating atmosphere.
As the posters show there are plenty more bands in the pipeline such as Nine Below Zero…
(eleven plus eleven anyone?)
and I can’t wait to see this place packed to the rafters (as much as it is allowed)
when live music returns.