Doctors' Mob "Headache Machine" has been one of my favorite records practically since I first listening to records-- meaning the indie/punk kind, of course-- and I was still listening to it regularly enough to put it on the "Currently Listening To" list in one of the middle issues of Brushback, ten or eleven years after I first bought it. I've had to buy this LP three times from playing it so much, although all that buying has netted me only two copies of the actual record, which is a story that I'll be getting to in a minute.
Steve Collier was in the Big Boys before starting Doctors' Mob, who were the first and only "cow-punk"-type band back in the '80s to really grab me. Rank and File might've been doing it sooner, but they pretty much sucked as far as I was concerned (one of the worst shows I've ever been to was the time I got stuck seeing Rank and File in Boston, which is a story and a half by itself). Doctors' Mob, on the other hand, were basically the Replacements only with a lot more slide guitar, and I had no problem dealing with that. (For reference, check out "See Monkeys", which is a lot like "Seen Your Video" and "Buck Hill" mixed together.)
That's not to say that Doctors' Mob were some kind of knock-off band, because "Headache Machine" was definitely head and shoulders above almost everything else that was going on in rock at the time. For mid-'80s rocking I would place this slightly behind "Let It Be" and solidly ahead of "Done With Mirrors", and I'm being completely serious here.
My original copy of this had gotten worn to death, of course, so when I bought a USB turntable about a year ago, I figured it was time for an upgrade. I found a used copy at a reasonable price on eBay, but like most of the records that I've been buying lately (especially ones that I've already owned once), I filed it away without even looking at it. When I finally took it out of its sleeve a few months later, it turned out that the record inside the sleeve was actually a 12" single of Len Jewell doing "Slam Dunk" ("I sure love this full-court action, baby"), which woulda pissed me off if it wasn't so hilarious. I mean, at least the labels look sorta similar... anyway, I found a sealed copy not too long ago, so now I've got three "Headache Machine" jackets but only two records. I guess if I ever pass my records on to somebody, I'll have some explaining to do.
Doctors' Mob -
"Why Should You Care Now?"
(these files are now listen-only)
Now, here's your bonus:
Len Jewell -
(this file is now listen-only)