DR. FEELGOOD RARITIES
LEW LEWIS/WILKO JOHNSON
by Dave Sez: go get, you won't regret!
Lew Lewis was a seminal figure on the UK pub-rock scene and became its most famous harmonica player. Lewis grew up in the same Canvey Island, Essex street as Lee Brilleaux, future frontman of top UK pub blues act Dr. Feelgood; having learnt harmonica at Brilleaux's suggestion, schoolboys Lewis and Brilleaux formed the Southside Jug Band which included future Dr. Feelgood bassist John B Sparks and future Eddie and the Hot Rods guitarist Dave Higgs. When Eddie and the Hot Rods were formed in 1975, Lewis joined them, playing on their first two singles "Writing on the Wall" and "Wooly Bully" before being ejected for his wild offstage antics. He would then record with Dr. Feelgood members Brilleaux, Sparks, drummer The Big Figure and legendary guitarist Wilko Johnson, whose identities were disguised for contractual reasons on Lewis' first solo single, "Boogie On The Street"/"Caravan Man" on Stiff Records in November 1976. However, artistic tensions arose in Dr. Feelgood the following year, and Johnson left the group during the recording sessions for the 1977 LP Sneakin' Suspicion after a dispute about whether Lewis' "Lucky Seven" or Johnson's "Paradise" should be covered by the Feelgoods on the album - it would finally include both tracks. After one single on United Artists Records in February 1977, again backed by Dr. Feelgood, Lewis returned to Stiff for his next single "Lucky Seven" / "Night Talk" (1978), his most successful single, which led to his appearing on Top of the Pops. Lewis and Johnson would also record a track each with good Feelgoods friends the Stranglers in 1977-78. In 1979 Lewis' only LP, "Save The Wail" was released; the same year saw a Lewis/Feelgoods single under the name of the Oil City Sheikhs. In 1980, he contributed harmonica to the Clash's Sandinista! LP. In 1983, Lewis and Johnson would team up for a joint EP and a tour of France, where Lewis had always been popular. In 1987, Lewis was sentenced to seven years jail for a post office robbery. In 1999, a live album recorded by the BBC in June 1977 and July 1979 was released in Japan as Boogie on the Street Again! Save the Wail was re-released by Hux Records in the UK in 2002 with bonuses of two of Lewis' Stiff singles and some of the 1977/1979 live tracks, whilst a shorter version without the live tracks was released in Japan in 2006. Straightened out after his long slide, Lewis reformed a group in 2009 and played in London in 2010, doing a four-date Japanese tour in March 2011 with his band made up of former Hot Rods' guitarist Warren Kennedy and original Dr Feelgood bass player Sparko.
LEW LEWIS/WILKO JOHNSON RARITIES
1976 Eddie & The Hot Rods (Lew Lewis) - first two 45s
1977 Celia And The Mutations (JJ Burnel, Wilko Johnson) - You Better Believe Me
1978 Lew Lewis - Lucky Seven Stiff 45 (not on expanded Save The Wail releases)
1978 Stranglers - Old Codger (Lew Lewis, George Melly)
1979 Oil City Sheiks 45 (Lew Lewis, Dr. Feelgood)
1983 Wilko Johnson & Lew Lewis Band - Bottle Up And Go! 4-track E.P.
1983 Wilko Johnson - In Memory Of Muddy Waters 3-track bootleg E.P. live in France
163 MB, full biography, discography, cover and label scans, and further download links.
Download link: http://www.multiupload.com/JGM5OJOJJE
LEW LEWIS REFORMER - SAVE THE WAIL [Japan Mini-LP CD or UK expanded CD re-release]
Japan Mini-LP (CD) consisting of original ten-track LP (Stiff Records SEEZ 16, 1979) and bonuses of two Stiff Singles (November 1976 and March 1980)
@ 320, thanks to ratb0y69 here:
@ 256, alternative download thanks to chrisgoesrock here:
UK CD re-release consisting of all of the above plus seven live tracks from 1977 and 1979:
@ 192, thanks to the poster:
AOOFC has already posted these:
http://overdoseoffingalcocoa.blogspot.com/2010/01/ian-dury-blockheads.html (some Wilko)
(PS: other Dr. Feelgood posts on AOOFC contain neither Wilko nor Lew)
The great ratb0y69 has kindly provided us with:
http://ratb0y69.blogspot.com/2010/07/dr-feelgood-as-it-happens-wav.html (no Wilko or Lew)
The wonderful Boogiewoody has kindly offered us these albums:
Dr. Feelgood - Singled Out 3-CD rarities compilation 
Hope and Anchor Front Row Festival 1977 (two Wilko tracks)
The rare 45 by Steve Hooker And Wilko Johnson - Back In The Day 
Wilko Johnson - Red Hot Rocking Blues 
as well as
Eddie and The Hot Rods - Curse of the Hot Rods  (no Lew Lewis)
All of them here: http://boogiewoody.blogspot.com/2009/11/pub-rock-part-1.html
The inveterate concert taper Tarquin gives us two Wilko audience recordings (FLAC format) from this year:
Wilko Johnson-Sheffield Academy 25 Mar 11
Wilko Johnson-Manchester Academy 26 Mar 11
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Thanks to my musicologistical friend, Dave Dez for his priceless contributions to this blog. You're an ace geezer, Dave! Cheers...P