Stupidity is the first live album by Dr Feelgood. It compiled songs from two concerts – Sheffield in May 1975 and Southend in November 1975.
The album went to #1 in the UK album charts in October 1976 as British rock fans were waking up to a grittier experience.
At this stage, Dr Feelgood had only recorded two studio albums but it was felt that neither captured their true sound. While I’ve classified them as a pub rock group, this is energetic, sweaty R&B.
Beware there is also a Stupidity + with later bonus tracks.
Dr Feelgood Stupidity
- I’m Talking About You – 1:59 (Chuck Berry cover)
- Twenty Yards Behind – 2:06 (Down by the Jetty)
- Stupidity – 2:20 (cover of a Solomon Burke song)
- All Through The City – 2:54 (Down by the Jetty)
- I’m A Man – 5:10 (Bo Diddley cover, the B side to the Back In The Night single)
- Walking The Dog – 2:58 (Rufus Thomas cover)
- She Does It Right – 3:06 (Down by the Jetty)
- Going Back Home – 3:47 (Malpractice)
- I Don’t Mind – 2:13 (Down by the Jetty)
- Back In The Night – 3:09 (Malpractice)
- I’m A Hog For You Baby – 3:19 (cover of a Leiber & Stoller song)
- Checkin’ Up On My Baby – 3:15 (cover of a Sonny Boy Williamson)
- Roxette – 2:54 (Down by the Jetty)
- Riot In Cell Block Number Nine – 3:47 (Malpractice)
- Johnny B Goode – 3:57 (Chuck Berry cover)
4 songs from Down By The Jetty and 3 from Malpractice left plenty of room for Feelgood to put their stamp on various R&B covers.
Excellent. Dr Feelgood were an excellent live act with an added menace from their original guitarist and songwriter Wilko Johnson.
The group at this stage was:
- Lee Brilleaux – vocals, guitar, harmonica, slide guitar
- Wilko Johnson – guitar, backing vocals
- John B. Sparks – bass guitar
- The Big Figure – drums, backing vocals
Here are some videos of Dr Feelgood with Wilco Johnson from around 1975.
Going Back Home
She Does It Right
Atmosphere & Authenticity
This album doesn’t receive the credit it deserves.
Two things stopped Dr Feelgood becoming much more successful. Wilko Johnson left in March 1977 after disagreements with the lead singer, Lee Brilleaux and those who liked their rock music fast, loud and passionate were pulled into the growing punk movement.
What Others Say About Stupidity
I’ve only seen it once in the best live album ever lists but it is generally recognised as a great live album:
Mojo – 10th
Reviewers at Amazon are very positive.
Buying Stupidity by Dr Feelgood
These links will help you get to the albums quickly and easily but I recommend that you still search for the best deal.
Just be aware of whether you are buying Stupidity or the Stupidity + version of the album.
What Do You Think About Stupidity?
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Is Stupidity The Best Live Pub Rock Album?
Do you think it is the best live album from the pub rock groups?
I have created a poll to fin out the best pub rock live album.
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