YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE GOT TIL IT’S GONE
DOCTORS OF MADNESS
Despite gaining plenty of media exposure for their three, critically-acclaimed albums, Doctors of Madness made insufficient impact on the record-buying public to maintain the interest of their record company. Even the addition of former Damned singer Dave Vanian failed to turn around their fortunes and Doctors of Madness disbanded in 1978. Within two or three years of their dissolution however, they were being described as ‘ProtoPunk’, ‘The missing-link between David Bowie and Sex Pistols’ and ‘The Godfathers of Electronica’,
Bands as diverse as Joy Division, Human League, Simple Minds, The Teardrop Explodes and Spiritualized acknowledged Doctors of Madness as a major influence, but the Doctors were no more. Frontman ‘Kid’ Strange morphed into Richard Strange, Music and Arts Guerrilla and continued to be a hugely influential figure in those fields, but the other three members drifted-off into semi-obscurity, re-uniting briefly for a one-off performance in 2014. Shortly afterwards, original bass-player Stoner sadly passed away.
By this time and with hindsight, Doctors of Madness were being mentioned in the same breath as The Velvet Underground and New York Dolls, both cited as seminal influences on most of what followed. The comedian Vic Reeves, a huge fan, declared “If you have never heard the Doctors of Madness, you should. Musically they are the Velvet Underground, New York Dolls with shades of glam, hippie, prog and punk all rolled into one, yet are still totally original. Vastly underrated, they should have been huge. Pure genius"
Unfortunately, hindsight doesn’t pay the mortgage and despite their brief reunion, the Doctors were still no more!
Fast-forward to 2017 and hot on the heels of Cherry Red records announcing they were about to issue the definitive Doctors of Madness box-set, Richard Strange announced the band were set to ride again with a new line-up featuring himself and original guitarist/violinist Urban Blitz, together with Susumu (bass) and Mackiii (drums) from Japanese band Sister Paul.
Radio Scarborough, in conjunction with Market Hall Productions and Scarborough Borough Council are extremely excited to announce that Doctors of Madness will be appearing at the newly refurbished market hall in Scarborough, on Friday 26th May.
‘Blue hair, sequinned eyelids, a guitar that spelled-out ‘Kid’, space-age vaudeville, that tipped this 16 year old kid over the edge! One of the most original songwriters and performers of my generation’ Joe Elliot, Def Leppard