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article imageReview: ‘Totally British 70's Rock 'n' Roll: 1975-79’ Special

By Alexander Baron     Mar 17, 2013 in Entertainment
The second of a two-part BBC 4 music programme covering the 1970s begins with Dr Feelgood and ends with Graham Parker. But the music goes on.
Like the previous programme, this one runs to a full hour and can't really be called a documentary because it is all music, commercial rather than dedicated album tracks. It kicks off with Dr Feelgood, part of the 1970s Canvey Island scene along with Eddie & The Hot Rods. Down At The Doctors was probably their best single, but if you want something more substantial, check out their Shotgun Blues which features some blistering fretwork from Gary Moore clone Steve Walwyn.
The Rods also put in an appearance, although the featured Get Out Of Denver is not their best track. The uptempo selection includes Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe - but not together, a very American looking Steve Gibbons - all the way from Birmingham, England - and what is said to be the first ever TV appearance of Dire Straits, performing their monster breakthrough Sultans Of Swing on The Old Grey Whistle Test, and featuring of course the unique guitar virtuosity of Mark Knopfler.
The programme ends with Graham Parker And The Rumour, the only act to contribute two tracks. Like Steve Gibbons and Dave Edmunds, the London-born Parker sounds distinctly American, as does Chrissie Hynde, the only girl to feature in this programme, but she has every reason to, because although she was a founder member of The Pretenders, she was born in Ohio.
Pretenders founder member Chrissie Hynde performing in 2007.
Pretenders founder member Chrissie Hynde performing in 2007.
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The most striking thing about this line up is that most of those featured here are still around today. It may not be their original line up, but Eddie & The Hot Rods are still touring. Dr Feelgood are still around, although Lee Brilleaux, the original lead vocalist died in 1994 at the young age of 41. At the age of 71, Steve Gibbons is still on the road; and although Dire Straits may be no more, Mark Knopfler has scored a number of films, and is still performing solo. Living proof all that rock 'n' roll will never die.
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