What does it sound like?:
I saw this lot Supporting Be Bop DeLuxe back in 1976. They looked like the future, and sometimes sounded like it, but listening 40 years on, their influences are very apparent; Dylan, iggy, Velvets, Cockney Rebel and artier glam (in some ways the DoM WERE artier glam, just 3 years too late), Van Der Graaf Generator), frenzied hoedowns, and a hefty bolus of 20th century theatre. At points, some good healthy rows and frenzies, at others, the earnest Dylan thing and the drearier dirges indicate why they may not have done as well as they could have amongst those seeking something new.
What does it all *mean*?
Lots of people sought something new by the mid-70s, and this was typically based on the darker and nosier bits of what had happened in the past 10 years. In the Doctors of Madness you can hear where The Damned and The Adverts got some of their riffs (“Bulletin” is a kick in the arse off “Too Young to be 21”, and “For Me and You” shares genes with a subsequent “New Rose”). They are touring again, and it might be fun to revisit if the knees can hold up to a night’s standing.
Goes well with…
See above: tea, “rocky”, shitty mid-70s lager of the kind sold in clubs back then, a sense of ennui that “Racing Cars” might really be the future of rock n’roll.
Might suit people who like…
Bowie, Cockney Rebel, SAHB, Peter Hammill, Roxy Music (pre-1979), early punk, Iggy, the Levellers, arch edgy art-poncery (in a good way).