Wreckless Eric

New York

Wednesday 31st May 2017

My name is Eric Goulden, I’m also known as Wreckless Eric.

Describe your style in three words?
Elegantly scruffy, charming (mostly).

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
The Pink Floyd at the Brighton Dome in 1968. You could see how it was done, but it was still utterly cosmic. No band, sound system, light show or other paraphernalia has ever had such a profound effect on me.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The Byrds supported by Mighty Baby at Middle Earth in London in (I think) 1970. I’d be the solo second support, and I’d hang out with my dear late friend Martin Stone (guitarist in Mighty Baby), and we’d get to see the Byrds together.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
The British underground of the late sixties, Rave and DJ culture of the 1990’s though I couldn’t do the substances so I could really only view it from the sidelines.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
It wouldn’t work - the problem is that the person from history would have no idea who I was so the encounter would be very one-sided. But if pushed, Neil Young, with the proviso that he‘s completely aware of me and what I do, and it’s a meeting of minds.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
It’s always subject to change, but right now it’s Third Man Records in Detroit. It has Jack White’s personal imprint all over it. He understands the trials and tribulations of the touring musician, so there are people on hand to help bring in the equipment, there’s an incredibly well-appointed hospitality suite with a huge luxury bathroom containing every quality hair care product known to man, a clean stage with a great PA system... There were beautiful men and women in wacky black and yellow uniforms on hand to deal with the slightest mundane request and to just generally be kind... it made me want to cry!

Your greatest hero or heroine in music?
They all have equal placing - Syd Barrat, Jimi Hendrix, the Soft Machine, Bo Diddley, Hubert Sumlin, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Jarvis Cocker, Amy Rigby, Amy Allison (daughter of Mose Allison), Joe Ely, and seventy-two others.

Despite his reputation as an underground artist, Eric Goulden (better known as Wreckless Eric) became a household name in 1977 with songs such as 'Whole Wide World', released through Stiff Records. Eric released two albums during the Stiff heydey alongside his Stiff contemporaries Ian Dury and The Blockheads, Nick Lowe, The Damned and Elvis Costello. In 1980 Eric left the label but continued to perform and record prolifically throughout the '80s, '90s up to the present day, with works including his current album 'Construction Time & Demolition'. Catch Eric live in the UK throughout May (2018) including a gig at The 100 Club, London on 24th May.


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