This is a joyous, even moving celebration of one of Britain's greatest, though criminally underrated groups. Dr Feelgood were practitioners of no-nonsense, in your face, beer glasses at the ready Rhythm'n'Blues. Wilco Johnson, Lee Brilleaux and their gang narrate the whole amazing, funny, remarkably honest story with the help of some phenomenal film footage.
You just want to hug Wilco Johnson. This lovable, earthy, funny, honest and quite brilliant man deserves an award for being the rough gem at the heart of Canvey Island, itself a rough and somewhat misunderstood part of Essex. His relationship with Lee Brilleaux throbbed with affectionate energy on stage, but disintegrated under the pressure of over-work, writing difficulties and substance/alcohol abuse. As self-penned material grew harder to supply, Lee Brilleaux's mum wrote some songs! Touchingly, she displays great pride in her only son's acheivements, a life lived to the full in just 41 years.
Julian Temple has made yet another beautifull, moving, exciting, funny and intense film about Pub-Rock/Punk heroes. Oil City Confidential stands up proud next to Filth and the Fury and The Future is Unwritten. God bless the Feelgoods - and if there's anyone in Canvey who'll dare to, give Wilco a hug from me!