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Oil City Confidential [DVD]
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This documentary about pub rock band Dr Feelgood is director Julien Temple's third film in his trilogy on 1970s British music. Formed in the Canvey Islands in 1971, Dr Feelgood released their first track 'Roxette' three years later and went on to find UK chart success during the mid to late '70s. The film features input from, among others, Joe Strummer, Glen Matlock, Jools Holland and Alison Moyet.
A rip-roaring account of one of the best bands Britain ever produced by a film-maker who looks increasingly like our very finest rockumentarian. -- Mark Kermode, The Observer, July 18, 2010
Recommended, unreservedly - ****
Winner of the MOJO Vision Award 2010
--MOJO, August 2010
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I have listened to Dr Feelgood for over 30 years, returning to them periodically, always happily surprised at how well the music had stood the test of time. Quality is quality: simple as that. And now there is this wonderful film.
This is far most interesting than most rock docs, not just alternating shots of footage/interview ad nauseum. It's intelligent, HILARIOUS, moving, and a giant piece of work. I can't recommend this highly enough. I have spent 3 decades being occasionally mocked, enduring blank looks and head-scratching, and confusion with Dr Hook (??????!!!!) whenever I mentioned this band.
Maybe, MAYBE now my life will be a little easier.
If you think you know the history of rock and roll, and you don't know Dr Feelgood, you don't know nothin'. Time to fact up.
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!
Not enough to affect my 5-star rating but my copy has a rather disconcerting level difference between the under-recorded interviews and the very powerful level of the musical segments.
I know....it's designed to show off the band's live impact but I'd be happier with a more even sound level and crank it up for myself. Anyone else of the same view?
Whatever, it's a terrific film about a wonderful band. Congratulations to all concerned, 100% recommended!
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Excellent, well made film packed with music and anecdotes of Dr Feegood. I was never a fan until I saw this. Now cannot get enough of Feelgood and WilkoPublished 4 months ago by Nigel Fryer
A superb documentary that anyone who lived through and enjoyed 70s R&B should not be without. Dr Feelgood were the start and the admiration of so many pub rock and punk bands and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent production using interviews, old movie clips & performance footage of the rise & rise of Dr Feelgood & it's prime moversPublished 11 months ago by Kev Johnson