TUESDAY 27TH MAY 2014
Over 18 Only
In his thirty-seven year career Wreckless Eric has made seventeen albums and worked with, or had his songs covered by artists as diverse as The Proclaimers, TThe Pretty Things, Yo La Tengo, Ian Dury, The Lightning Seeds, Holly Golightly, Nick Lowe, Andrew Weatherall / Two Lone Swordsmen, Cliff Richard, The Monkees and Ian Hunter, to name a few.
His first record, Whole Wide World, released by the newly formed Stiff Records in 1977 was (and continues to be) a huge hit. However Eric proved to be too maverick for punk and the mainstream and all but disappeared from view, surfacing in various guises and eventually finding his place as Britain’s biggest underground household name, much loved and much misunderstood.
In 2012, the painter Peter Blake named Wreckless Eric as one of the most important pop icons of the past forty years, and included him on the remake of The Beatles Sergeant Pepper’s cover where he takes his place between David Hockney and Grayson Perry.
Eric, who has recently signed to Fire Records lives in bohemian splendour in upstate New York where he spends his time painting, writing and recording.
Eric will appear alone with electric and acoustic guitars, a gummed-up electrified harmonica, and the occasional off-kilter loop, highlighting songs from Le Beat Group Electrique and The Donovan Of Trash (recently reissued on the Fire label), two albums which were overshadowed by his more well-known Stiff recordings but contain some of his best songwriting and are just now receiving the acclaim they deserve.
And of course, there’s every possibility of Semaphore Signals, Reconnez Cherie, The Final Taxi, I Wish It would Rain, Walking On The Surface Of The Moon…or even Whole Wide World.