Manifesto-klubi proudly presents
DOCTORS OF MADNESS (GB)
"The missing link between David Bowie and Sex Pistols"
- LILY BUD (GB)
- SISTER PAUL (JPN)
Liput 17 € / ennakko Tiketti 16,50 € (12.2. alkaen)
"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!" - Vic Reeves (Comedian and Artist)
The Doctors of Madness are “the missing link between David Bowie and The Sex Pistols” (The Guardian May 2017).
Exploding onto the music scene in 1975 with their theatrical, William Burroughs-inspired Sci-fi nightmare, they were misunderstood by many, but those who knew understood the importance of the band’s dangerous, uncompromising approach to lyrics, to music and to performance. Among the many fans of the band were acts as diverse as The Damned, Vic Reeves, Joy Division, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Spiritualized, Julian Cope, The Adverts, The Skids and Simple Minds. The Sex Pistols supported them, so did The Jam. They were the first to combine the avant-garde approach of The Velvet Underground with a distinctly European aesthetic. The blue hair, exotic stage-names, the lyrical themes of urban decay, political propaganda, mind control and madness were all taken up by the punk bands who followed in their wake. The Doctors of Madness were trailblazers, pioneers, adventurers… pushing the boundaries of rock music and theatre to see how far it would go before it bust. What happened after them was due, in no small part, to what they achieved in three short years.
They may not have been Jesus Christ, but they were, arguably, John The Baptist!!!
Now, forty years later, they are back with a 3xCD boxed set of their entire catalogue, plus exclusive, never-before-heard bonus tracks, released May 8th on Cherry Red Records, to unanimously critical acclaim, plus live dates to follow in the UK, Europe and Japan.
In the period since the last Doctors of Madness gig in 1978, Richard has written a memoir, collaborated on a cantata with Gavin Bryars, made films with Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese, Harmony Korine and Jack Nicholson, toured the world in a Russian version of Hamlet with Jimmy Nesbitt his grave-digging co-star, played Glastonbury, sung baritone in the British premiere of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels at the Royal Festival Hall, executed John Cleese in nine different ways for a Norwegian chocolate commercial, directed a multi-media evening celebrating the life and work of William Burroughs, won Best Art Film Prize at the Portobello Film Festival last year, had his own live talk show, opened a Cabaret club, played a butler on a long running German TV show, worked with Tom Waits and Marianne Faithfull on the William Burroughs/Robert Wilson stage play The Black Rider, curated events for the Tate Gallery, sung Walt Disney songs with Jarvis Cocker and become a teacher and grandfather.
What they have said about Richard Kid Strange and The Doctors of Madness:
“The Doctors of Madness were the best! 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 & performers of my generation.”
Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
“18 years after first meeting him, just thinking about Richard still reduces me to a state of near hysteria…and terror. He restores one’s faith in the ability of the human spirit to soar.”
James Nesbitt (Actor)
“Absolute GENIUS. As reunions go, for me this eclipses the Velvet Underground in 1993”.
Atilla The Stockbroker
“In my Version of Rock History, Richard “Kid” Strange looms a lot larger than Pete Townsend”
Paul Morley (Journalist and Broadcaster)
“When Ziggy shagged all of Amon Duul 2 at the Berlin premiere of “A Clockwork Orange”, their divine progeny was undoubtedly Richard “Kid” Strange and The Doctors of Madness.’
Julian Cope (The Teardrop Explodes)
“The Doctors of Madness - now THERE was a band!”
Jim Kerr (Simple Minds)