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Name: GORDON RUSSELL
Born: 04/06/58 Hampstead, London
First Band: At about sixteen years old. Can't give a name because we used to change it every week.
Influences: Eric Clapton, Keith Richards to name but a few
Previous Bands: First Professional Outing was backing soul singer Geno Washington. Since leaving Feelgood have done session work and acted as sideman to French and American singers until forming duo TWO TIMERS in 1993.
Records: Put Out The Cat (with Geno Washington), Doctors Orders, Madman Blues, Brilleaux, Classic and one album with Two Timers.
How did you join Feelgood: Went to audition after Gypie left the band. Got second place after Johnny Guitar (although later, Lee told me I was his first choice). About 3 month's after that Lee saw me play a concert with Geno and about 18 month's later after searching all over London for my phone number called me up and asked if I would be interested in a playing a new line up of Dr. Feelgood. It didn't take me long to make up my mind.
Favourite Feelgood Tracks: She Does It Right, She's A Wind Up and always proud of Mad Man Blues
Off the road activities: Always listen and writing music. Plus cinema, Reading.
(Source: "FEELIN' GOOD" newsletter Issue 10/January 1998)
Born: Northampton, England
First record: 45rpm - "Floy Joy" by the Supremes, 33rpm - "The Dean Sings", Dean Martin
First instrument: Violin
Previous bands: Busker on London Underground as a student; singer with French cover bands in South of France. Singer, harmonica / percussion player in various bands and on too many forgotten records in Paris! Formed Two Timers in '92 with former (French!) guitarist before finally running into a bloke with a cockney accent in a cellar bar (Gordon Russell). It was an accident just waiting to happen...
Why a two-piece band?: Well, actually we tried to be a four-piece for a while and we wrote some rockier songs for that band which I'd still like to record one day. But it was destined to failure - sort of like being married to four people at the same time! Anyhow, we started to really enjoy the buzz of being a little big band, and a whole new style just happened without us thinking about it.
Where did the percussion thing come in?: Gordon especially missed not having a drummer, being a seasoned rock'n'roller, so he started stomping a case as a bass drum, which is an old blues trick, and I gradually picked up anything I could shake or whack and fit in the case.
Is it a special suitcase?: No, it's an old leather case we bought for $10 in New Zealand - it's done some miles I can tell you!
Musical influences: Alex Harvey, early Stevie Wonder, Led Zep, Billie Holliday, the Staples, Mingus... everything I listen to influences me in some way
Off-road activities: Good wine and genuine people
For more information check the QUESTIONAIRE which I have passed on to Gordon in May 1997.
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