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Doctor & The Medics Biography

This UK pop rock outfit was the most successful act to emerge from the psychedelic revival of 1981. The band was formed in the early 80s by Clive Jackson (7 July 1961, Liverpool, England; vocals), Steve McGuire (guitar), Richard Searle (bass), Vom (drums), and backing vocalists Wendi West and Collette. Jackson was a part-time DJ who had formed the underground club The Clinic in 1981, and was also instrumental in running the popular nightclub Alice In Wonderland in London’s Soho district. Doctor And The Medics released ‘The Druids Are Here’ 7-inch single on the Whaam! label before landing a major label recording contract with I.R.S. Records. The band came to prominence in 1986 with a cover version of Norman Greenbaum’s 1970 hit ‘Spirit In The Sky’. The single was promoted by a memorable video that spotlighted the heavily made-up and eccentrically dressed Jackson (the Doctor) as the focal point of the band. Doctor And The Medics hit number 1 in the UK, but they found it difficult to consolidate their success, with the subsequent ‘Burn’ and ‘Waterloo’ (featuring Roy Wood) only achieving UK chart placings of 29 and 45, respectively. The same year’s Laughing At The Pieces peaked at number 25 in the UK album charts, primarily on the back of the band’s major single success. Following this every release sunk without trace and the band was dropped by their label. Jackson and McGuire have continued to record and tour as Doctor And The Medics, joined by Wendi (Jackson’s wife) and Collette from time to time. The band also run their own Madman Records label. Former bass player Richard Searle enjoyed success in the 90s as a member of acid-jazz outfit Corduroy.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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