just found the 'Doctors' web-site for the first time and, as
the saying goes, it sent a tingle down the spine... what memories
of '76 and '77. We saw them three times, all at the Outlook
club in Doncaster as I remember?
The Doctors of Madness, were never punk, they were never anything
that could be categorised, just fantastically unique live, and
memorable on vinyl for some of the best tracks, Waiting, Mainlines,
and Suicide City - 'Pretty as a razor blade, on a bloody day,
pretty as the mess you made of getting laid !'
I'm 41, married, respectable, three kids. Then, the first time,
I was Sixteen, four of us went to the Outlook, a Monday night,
naive, our first real gig - I'd been to Birmingham to see Kiss
at the Odeon a few weeks before, but this is real stuff, inches
away from the action.
be known we failed to get in first time, dressed too normal,
we stood out, and the bouncers copped our ages. We spent all
night at the top of the fire escape listening to the gig through
the doors and taking turns to peek in through the vented extractor
Doctors were always stunning; if only you could recreate those
feelings at will. Urban's electric violin, Stoner's bass, and
Kid's guitar/vocals, the strobe lighting, everything was just
total immersion in the experience. I've only just remembered
the white coats and dummy after reading Kid's notes on the site,
as he says "you have to have been there".
him on telly a few times adverts and things, you see the face
and think, 'that's Kid Strange', then you have to wait months
'til you see it again in a film or something, wait for the credits
and think, 'yes, that's where he went!'
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