I don't really understand how Dr Feelgood have over the years been categorised as "just" R&B or, even worse in the slightly derogative pigeon hole of "pub rock". Because, if you listen to them in the same sitting as, say, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, there just isn't any difference - they were THAT good. Even on the late-period Brilleaux recordings such as Fast Women & Slow Horses and The Feelgood Factor, long after Wilko had gone, this band just played the blues, straight up and pure.
Generations of white musicians have tied themselves up in knots trying to get a feeling for this music - and I think they've usually gone wrong when they tried to over-think and over-complicate it. This was always meant to be music for dancing, socialising, shaking off the week's real-life blues, and downright having fun. Intellectualising it spoils it.
And what of Malpractice? Probably Dr Feelgood's best album, an absolute gut-rocking masterpiece. Don't try to label it as anything other than the blues - and just buy it and enjoy it.
It's time we stopped patronising this band as "just" the best group of the pub rock era: they were one of the best blues bands ever, period. While John Mayall and Paul Butterfield get the plaudits, this lot made records that kicked everyone else's butts. And they did it without crawling up their own.
Dr Feelgood, I salute you.