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A. FULL NAME:
Kevin John Morris
B. DATE &
PLACE OF BIRTH:
15 May 1955, London, England
C. WHAT ARE
FOOD & DRINK(S):
Italian, Japanese, Thai, Indian. Guiness and Wine!
F. WHAT IS
YOUR WORST FEAR OR PHOBIA?
G. WHAT MAKES
Not a lot! (Alcohol mainly)
H. WHAT MAKES
Cartoons - which I collect and Television
I. WHAT MAKES
YOU SAD OR ANGRY?
People and Television
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1. WHAT HAVE
YOU DONE (JOB/MUSIC) BEFORE BECOMING A "FEELGOOD"?
Between leaving school and joining Dr Feelgood I played in many groups including Love Affair, Deep Feeling, Red River Soul Band. Backing American soul artists, touring UK - Sam & Dave, Edwin Starr, Al Green, Stylistics, Detroit Emeralds, Oscar Tong Junior, recording also with these acts. - English Assassin, Trust, Mickey Jupp.
2. WHEN DID
YOU JOIN DR FEELGOOD?
3a. WHY DID
YOU JOIN DR FEELGOOD AND NOT ANOTHER BAND?
I had known Lee and Phil for years and had always loved the band and R&B style music.
3b. IF YOU
COULD TURN TIME BACKWARDS WOULD YOU DO THE SAME?
I would do the same!
4. ANY SPECIAL
EXPERIENCE OR MEMORIES FROM THOSE DAYS WHICH YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH
Too many to pick out but always a band to enjoy themselves.
5. WHAT DO
YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING PART OF DR FEELGOOD?
The time on stage - and some of the travelling experiencing other countries and cultures.
7. WHAT HAVE
YOU DONE WHEN DR FEELGOOD STOPPED AFTER LEE'S DEATH?
When we stopped touring during Lee's illness I worked with Ludwig and DW drum companys in sales and marketing their drums in the UK and liaison with drum endorsees etc. I still have contact with that side of music business as I am the distributor of Ufip cymbals in the UK. Also did gigs with Sid Griffins group "The Coal Porters" and "Mick Taylor´s Blues Allstars".
9. ON WHICH
OTHER RECORDS OR TAPES HAVE YOU PLAYED? (excluding Dr Feelgood ones)
Many soul sessions (see Q 1). English Assassin, Trust (double live CD), Coal Porters CD - Land Of Hope & Crosby.
10. WHAT INSPIRED
YOU TO BECOME A MUSICIAN, AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE INSTRUMENT YOU PLAY?
Keith Moon with The Who was the man who inspired me most, I always loved drums, and his enthusiasm was huge.
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11. ARE THERE
ANY OTHER INSTRUMENT(S) YOU ARE REASONABLY ABLE AT PLAYING?
No, - sadly, as it would be a real help with composition and arranging.
KIND(S) OF MUSIC/BANDS DO YOU ENJOY LISTENING TO? (Favourite bands/musicians,
I listen to all sorts of music, recently for example:
Sharon Shannon - Irish accordian player
Jimmie Vaughan - Bootleg of U.S. show
Miles Davis - Mostly Kind Of Blue, and Gil Evans stuff
John Coltrane - Love Supreme
Jimi Hendrix - All original recordings re-released, MCA
Donny Hathaway - Live
Curtis Mayfield - New World Order
ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DR FEELGOOD TRACKS AND WHY?
Favourite Feelgoods - obviously Wilko songs as they represent the original thrust of the band, but also "Case Of The Shakes" period had some great material.
KIND(S) OF MUSIC DON'T YOU LIKE?
Most musicals, and some opera makes my eyes and ears glaze over and shut down!
ARE YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE DR FEELGOOD TRACKS, WHY?
Some of the stuff in mid 80's when record company pressure led to attempts at commercialism not realistic to Feelgood, you know the ones I mean!
(Note by Gabi: You're so right, Kev! "Brilleaux" and "Classic" are not the REAL Feelgoods, but if you would take the time to listen to both albums again concentrated you will find some interesting tunes on it, worthy to become re-recorded with the typical Feelgood power and rawness!)
14. WHAT ARE
YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
To maintain the bands place in the world of R&B continue to enjoy life to the full.
15. WHAT ARE
YOUR WISHES FOR THE FUTURE MUSIC WISE?
Get better, expand the record company possibly releasing other peoples material.
16. WHAT ARE
YOUR PERSONAL WISHES?
17. IF YOU
COULD SETTLE DOWN SOMEWHERE ELSE, WHICH COUNTRY OR TOWN WOULD YOU LIKE
TO LIVE AND WHY?
The great thing about travelling for a living is that you visit so many places on a regular basis that they are like second homes, and I have many places I enjoy returning to each year, among them for example Barcelona, Sydney, Monmouth, Hamburg, Sete, Milan.
18. WHAT IS
YOUR FAVOURITE COUNTRY FOR TOURING/GIGGING AND WHY?
I am particularly fond of Italy and Switzerland, for the food and the scenery, but we have great gigs in all places.
19. WHAT IS
YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE COUNTRY FOR TOURING/GIGGING AND WHY?
Russia was interesting but when we went the food was really awful, I hope it's better now.
20. WHAT MAKES
SOME GIGS MORE ENJOYABLE THAN OTHERS?
Many things can affect your feelings about a certain gig but it's mainly down to communication on the night with the audience which can be quite magical.
21. HAVE YOU
EVER BEEN BORED FROM BEING ASKED TO PLAY A SONG AGAIN AND AGAIN? WHICH
No! If people want to hear songs we'll play them.
22. WHAT SPECIAL
QUALITY DOES DR FEELGOOD HAVE WHICH OTHER BANDS LACK?
Perspiration! We never hold back and we give it our best shot every night. What other bands lack is down to them, I wouldn't like to say.
23. WHAT WOULD
Y O U LIKE TO BE MOST REMEMBERED FOR?
I'd most like my children to remember me fondly - Fat chance!
24. LIST YOUR
STAGE EQUIPMENT (INSTRUMENT(S)/AMPS ETC):
Premier signin kit - silver glitter, July '97
Ludwig Super classic - white pearl, 1966
Ludwig Super classic - grey stain, 1995
Gary Noonan custom kit - blue glitter, 1997
Gary Noonan custom snare drum, spun brass, 14"x6 1/2", 13"x5"
Various snare drums (too many)
Ufip cymbals, Experience series, from 16",17",18",19",21"
Ufip cymbals, Experience series, 13", 14" hi hats
25. HAVE YOU
ANYTHING TO SAY TO YOUR FANS?
Thank you for giving the band your support over the years, especially those who trusted us and gave Pete Gage such a warm welcome!
[Dave Bronze][Pete Gage][Robert Kane][Gypie Mayo]
[Kevin Morris][Phil Mitchell][Gordon Russell][Steve Walwyn]
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