ARTIST: Dr. Feelgood
TITLE: Down by the Jetty
YEAR RELEASED: 1975
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not it you were Americans
LINEUP: Lee Brilleaux, Wilko Johnson, John Sparks, The Big Figure
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Pub rockers go back to the future – their love of early rock and R&B established an early bridge from pub rock to punk rock.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: One name that came up a lot when doing some history of the formation of the various punk bands was Dr. Feelgood. They played stripped down rock and roll and R&B that eschewed the fancy trappings of prog and other rock excesses and put rock-and-roll back to its basic elements.
This album shows why early punks looked to them as an influence. It’s just rock-and-roll, really. Wilko’s guitar drives everything, especially on “She Does It Right”, which should be in a course for Rock-and-Roll 101. Soon, the Stranglers, the 101’ers and even the Jam took cues from them, and it was just another step or two till punk.
As for the album itself, there are a couple of all-timer cuts and some that don’t quite smoke as well as the others. It’s good though, especially if you want you some rock-and-roll.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The album was recorded and released in glorious mono, and it sounds great!
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. Live cuts and a stereo version – for why because I dunno.
GRADE: B+: You’ll find several songs to like and “She Does It Right” is an all-timer!