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At number 49 in BBC Radio 2’s poll of the 100 greatest guitar riffs (as voted by listeners) is “Milk and Alcohol” by Dr. Feelgood. This song was released in January 1979, and I well remember it from my teenage years. It got to number 10 in the DUK singles charts, and was the band’s biggest hit.



At number 49 in BBC Radio 2's list of the 100 greatest guitar riffs is "Milk and Alcohol" by Dr. Feelgood.

At number 49 in BBC Radio 2’s list of the 100 greatest guitar riffs is “Milk and Alcohol” by Dr. Feelgood.



The song was written by Nick Lowe and John “Gypie” Mayo. Lowe played in 1970s group Rockville with Dave Edmunds, and subsequently had some solo hits of his own which I will blog about in the future. For me, this song is very reminiscent of teenage parties, and lay somewhere between punk rock and glam rock, neither one nor the other. I liked it at the time, and it does have a great riff.


White boy in town
Big black, blue sound
Night club, I paid in
I got a stamp on my skin

Main attraction dead on his feet
Black man rhythm with a white boy beat
They got him on milk and alcohol
They got him on milk and alcohol

Stay put I wanna go
Hard work, bad show
More liquor, it don’t help
He’s gonna die, it breaks my heart

I decided eventually
This ain’t doing a thing for me
They got him on milk and alcohol
They got him on milk and alcohol

– guitar solo –

They got him on milk and alcohol
They got him on milk and alcohol
They got him on milk and alcohol
They got him on milk and alcohol

Got up, I walked out
To the car, start it up
Feel bad, sad night
I never saw a red light

Sirens were a screamin’ all around
I pulled on over and I shut her down
A black cop gave me a shove with his gun
Said up against the wall and don’t make a run
They got me on milk and alcohol
They got me on milk and alcohol


Here is a video of this song. Enjoy!





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