Legend Wilko Johnson is recording an album with Roger Daltrey

Other | Thursday 19th September 2013 | Poppy


Dr. Feelgood (named for friendly malpracticing doctors who overprescribed pain meds to those who wanted it) sired the punk movement with their choppy working class pub rock; if you don’t believe me, you need to listen to ‘Roxette’ and ‘I Don’t Mind’ again, and then probably Stranglers lead Jean-Jacques Burnel, who said “there is a bridge between the old times and punk times, and that bridge was exclusively the Feelgoods”. So, they have a lot to answer for. He didn’t stop after leaving Dr. Feelgood either, joining Ian Dury’s smooth-as-Angel-Delight Blockheads in 1980, famous for their hits ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’ and ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’.

Last November Johnson had to cancel a show after he was rushed to hospital, and in January he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which he said he reacted to with “strange euphoria”. He decided not to opt for chemo, preferring to do exactly what he did best –rocking our socks and toting his guitar like a gun- until he dies. The doctors said he’d be dead by October, but now he’s recording an album with Roger Daltrey. And fucking good on ‘em.

Poppy Walker