Oil City Confidential
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Outside of the United Kingdom, only the most obsessive music fans were aware of what was known as "Pub Rock" during its brief heyday in the early to mid-1970s. But in England, Pub Rock was a important precursor to the punk and new wave scene; the Pub bands rejected the growing pretension of glam and progressive rock, and instead embraced a back-to-basics sound rooted in stripped down R&B and country rock. The toughest of the Pub Rock bands was Dr. Feelgood, a quartet whose revved-up, no-frills music was more tuneful and celebratory than punk but communicated much of the same swagger… More
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"What emerges is a film to rank alongside Temple's own Joe Strummer elegy 'The Future is Unwritten' as the very best in British rock documentary. Riveting, even if you don't like the music."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"I don't think [Julien Temple's] ever made a film as good, and purely insightful as this one."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"A clearly affectionate homage to the Canvey Island foursome whose incendiary R&B paved the way for punk."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"Julian Temple's messy, whimsical look at the rise and fall of the British pub rock band Dr Feelgood packs a bigger punch than expected."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Authentic feel to this good-looking biopic of the ill-fated band."
‑ Philip Wilding, Empire Magazine
"The splicing of old home videos, archive footage and new interviews is handled with real finesse, and in the band's mad-eyed, quixotic guitarist Wilco Johnson, the film has a tirelessly charismatic ringmaster."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"It's Wilko's peremptory, offbeat monologues that provide Oil City Confidential with its through-line and several of its funniest moments, not least when he describes the clouds and flames of the Shell Haven Refinery as "Miltonic""
‑ Neil Spencer, Uncut Magazine [UK]
"Julien Temple concludes his cinematic history of punk with an origins story, making a persuasive, highly entertaining case for why rabble-rousing musical renegades Dr Feelgood are the unsung progenitors of the movement."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Julien Temple's rockumentary Oil City Confidential looks like a series of Martin Parr photographs of the British by the seaside, and then segues into thrashing guitars on the Seventies New York stage."
‑ , Times [UK]
"A rugged piece of pulp entertainment charting the unlikely rise of UK blues outfit Dr Feelgood."
‑ Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies
"Temple tries his best to make the story lively and interesting (even embarking on a brief history of the Thames estuary), but Dr Feelgood remains an R&B band of limited appeal, and Oil City Confidential won't create many new converts."
‑ Damon Wise, Radio Times
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