Rain Soaked Productions present Doctors of Madness w/ The Harveys
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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.
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. Combining
the avant-garde approach of The Velvet Underground with a distinctly European aesthetic the band
counted among their fans members of The Damned, The Adverts, The Skids, Joy Division and
Spiritualized. The Doctors may not have been Jesus Christ, but they were, arguably, John The
They were trailblazers, pioneers, adventurers…pushing the boundaries of rock music and theatre to
see how far it would go before it bust.
After producing 3 brilliant albums the Doctors called it a day and front man / lead singer and
songwriter went on to have a successful and varied career as a solo artist; producer; actor and
40 years after their initial split The Doctors Of Madness are back with a new album Dark Times and
an incendiary energy and a passionate fury that would be the envy of many bands just starting out.
Their songs are political, tender, and genuinely edgy, complex but forthright, melodic and epic, and
their live shows have been critically acclaimed in the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia and
Support is provided by Manchester’s The Harveys. Known in a previous life as Harveys Rabbit when
they did radio sessions for John Peel amongst others, toured with The Fall and had an underground
hit with their version of Robert Forster’s "Is This What You Call Change?" the band have now re-emerged as The Harveys. The band are known for their powerful live performances, and strong songs. They have had a number of singles released and made available on Salford based German
Shepherd records and are currently finishing off mew recordings, soon to be ready for release.