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Doctors Of Madness

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Doctors of Madness were a British protopunk rock band formed in 1974 in a cellar in Brixton, south London by the composer and lead singer/guitarist Richard Strange, known as “Kid” Strange. Active as a recording and touring band until late 1978, they found mainly cult level success and recognition that was not enough to sustain them, but they were later cited as a pivotal influence on the early British punk rock movement and their albums were re-released in 2002 on CD.

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To provide a platform for his musical ideas and compositions analysing urban neurosis and systems of control, Strange joined forces with Urban Blitz (electric violin, baritone violectra and lead guitar) Stoner (vocals, bass guitar) and Peter DiLemma (vocals, drums), ultimately providing a critical link between the early 70s progressive and glam rock of David Bowie and Roxy Music, and the later 70s punk rock of the Sex Pistols and The Clash. Doctors of Madness cited Velvet Underground and writer William Burroughs as major influences on their music.

Doctors of Madness toured extensively in Great Britain and in continental Europe, gigging in France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden.

Doctors of Madness stage shows incorporated costumes, make-up, projected backdrop images, smoke, strobe lights and theatrical spot-lighting and also taped sound effects. Stage props were occasionally used.

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