Monday, June 17, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Doctor & The Medics

Artist:Doctor & The Medics
Song:Spirit In The Sky
Album:Party Time Vol. 2: The Ultimate Party Album

Doctor & The Medics had a number one hit in England in 1986 with their cover of the Norman Greenbaum psychedelic classic Spirit In The Sky. The record charted in the US but was not a big hit and the band's goofy look didn't catch on. The band was formed in London by DJ Clive Jackson in 1981 with guitarist Steve McGuire, bassist Richard Searle and drummer Steve Ritchie along with female backup singers and dancers known as The Anadin Brothers. Later it was changed to two girls but they kept the name. Doctor & The Medics released one single in 1982 and then signed with I.R.S. Records in 1985. After a couple of EPs, they recorded the 1986 album Laughing At The Pieces with producer Craig Leon. Their cover of the 1968 Norman Greenbaum classic Spirit In The Sky topped the British singles chart and reached #69 on the Billboard Hot 100. You can get the song on this various artists budget comp from SPG/Capitol. They don't mess with the song but the costumes and their look is a little odd. Apparently this is how they appeared on stage. Subsequent singles including a cover of Abba's Waterloo featuring Roy Wood didn't catch on. I guess looking weird for no reason doesn't lead to longevity in the music business. Doctor & The Medics recorded two albums for I.R.S. but recorded on their own label in the 90s. After appearing on the retro TV variety series Baby One More Time in 2002, Jackson formed a new version of Doctor & The Medics and they tour England today. Here's the video for Spirit In The Sky by Doctor & The Medics.

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