RPM Records is proud to release Perfect Past: The Complete Doctors Of Madness, the first ever all-inclusive anthology of this important British band.
Doctors Of Madness were the missing link between Bowie and the Sex Pistols. Formed in 1974, they were too early for punk but their music was abrasive, angular and uncompromising.
Members of The Adverts, The Damned, Penetration and The Skids were in their audiences. The Sex Pistols were their support band. Doctors Of Madness split in 1978 and have been tagged “punk before punk”: as author Simon Reynolds put it in his 2016 book Shock And Awe: Glam Rock And Its Legacy.
Over three discs, their three classic albums – Late Night Movies, All Night Brainstorms (March 1976); Figments Of Emancipation (October 1976); Sons Of Survival (March 1978) – are each supplemented with never-before-heard recordings from June 1975 and late 1976, along with live recordings of songs they never tackled in the studio (including one with The Adverts’ TV Smith), and a prospective 1978 single made with The Damned’s David Vanian on vocals. All tracks are newly remastered.
In-depth liner notes by MOJO magazine’s Kieron Tyler, the reissue’s producer, draw on exclusive new interviews with the band’s charismatic, outspoken frontman and songwriter Richard Strange and their violin/guitar player Urban Blitz.
Presented in a clam shell box, with facsimile LP wallets and a fully illustrated booklet featuring illustrations from Richard Strange’s personal archives, the band-approved Perfect Past: The Complete Doctors Of Madness is the last word on Doctors Of Madness and essential for anyone with any interest in British rock and how punk evolved.
Doctors Of Madness play live in the UK, continental Europe and Japan over summer 2017. UK dates commence May 2017.
Late Night Movies, All Night Brainstorms (Polydor 2383 378, March 1976)
3. Mitzi’s Cure
4. I Think We’re Alone
5. The Noises Of The Evening
6. Billy Watch Out
7. B-Movie Bedtime
9. Doctors Of Madness (Late Night Movies, All Night Brainstorms outtake, recorded October 1975)
10. Ballad Of A Thin Man (rehearsal, recorded June 1975)*
11. We Don’t Get Back (demo, recorded June 1975)*
12. B-Movie Bedtime (demo, recorded June 1975)*
13. Out (demo, recorded June 1975)*
Figments Of Emancipation (Polydor 2383 403, October 1976)
1. Brothers (For John & Brian)
2. Suicide City (For Jacqueline)
3. Perfect Past (For Rene)
4. Marie & Joe (For Marie & Joe)
5. In Camera (Huis Clos)
6. Doctors Of Madness (For Me & You)
7. Out (For Mitzi)
14. Frustration (demo, recorded November 1976)*
15. I Make Plans (demo, recorded November 1976)*
16. Triple Vision (acoustic demo, recorded November 1976)
Sons Of Survival (Polydor 2383 472, March 1978)
1. 50s Kids
2. Into The Strange
3. No Limits
6. Sons Of Survival
7. Back From The Dead
8. Triple Vision
9. Kiss Goodbye Tomorrow
10. Cool (Live In The Satin Subway)
11. Don’t Panic England (with Dave Vanian, recorded April 1978)
12. William Burroughs Intro Tape (the last Doctors Of Madness concert, The Music Machine, Camden Town, 26 October 1978)
13. Trouble (live, the last Doctors Of Madness concert, The Music Machine, Camden Town, 26 October 1978)
14. Making Machines (with TV Smith, live, the last Doctors Of Madness concert, The Music Machine, Camden Town, 26 October 1978)*
15. Who Cries For Me? (live, the last Doctors Of Madness concert, The Music Machine, Camden Town, 26 October 1978)*
* previously unreleased
Feature image © Doctors of Madness