Mastertapes: Down by the Jetty

by Harry on May 30, 2013

Wilco Johnson discusses the making of Down by the Jetty in the first of the new series of Mastertapes. I’m not a special fan of Johnson, or of Dr. Feelgood, but listened to it the other day while making a birthday cake for my wife, and really enjoyed it. Johnson is dying of cancer, and has chosen to let it run its course; listening to him talking about that, about life, and about music, is really, really, fun. Apparently there is more than a year left to listen — so you can wait till he dies to listen to it if you like! Series one, with Susanne Vega, Ray Davies, Paul Weller, the Zombies, and Brinsley Ford, is archived here — also with more than a year left to listen!



Tom Slee 05.30.13 at 1:20 pm

Thank you for posting this. I am a special fan of Johnson, although less so of Dr. Feelgood. I firmly believe Dr. Dupree to be one of the great underrated songs of all time, and he was fantastic in concert when I saw him in 1980. I can’t listen to the interview until later on in the day (work etc) but will look forward to it.


Tom Slee 05.30.13 at 5:04 pm

I did not intend to shout the whole comment. Close tag snafu.


Tom Slee 05.31.13 at 12:55 am

What a gorgeous interview: the man is an absolute gem crossed with a hero isn’t he? So no one else is commenting, I’ll just rhapsodize by myself.

“Pedals? I’m a guitar player, not a cyclist.”


Chris Bertram 05.31.13 at 10:35 pm

If you can catch Julian Temple’s recent film about the Feelgoods, Oil City Confidential, do so.

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