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"Seeing her live, I thought, hang on, something is happening here". The Doctor 2022

Updated: Mar 2, 2023

Dr and the Medics is a British glam rock band formed in London in 1982. The band's founding members were Clive Jackson, Steve McGuire, and Tim Ritchie. They started as a cover band, playing gigs in pubs and clubs around London.

In 1985, Dr and the Medics signed with IRS Records and released their debut single, "The Prisoner." The song was a cover of the theme tune from the cult TV show of the same name, and it reached number 22 on the UK singles chart.

The band's breakthrough came in 1986 with their cover of Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky." The song was a huge hit, reaching number one on the UK singles chart and staying there for three weeks. It also made the top ten in several other countries.

Dr and the Medics followed up their success with a string of singles, including "Burn" and "Waterloo," both of which made the top 20 in the UK. They also released several albums, including their debut album "Laughing at the Pieces," which reached number 25 on the UK album chart.

In the late 1980s, the band's lineup underwent several changes, with Jackson being the only constant member. They continued to release music throughout the 1990s and 2000s, but without the same level of commercial success as their earlier hits.

Despite their changing lineup and fluctuating success, Dr and the Medics continued to tour and perform throughout the UK and Europe, gaining a loyal fanbase. They also released several live albums and compilations and collaborated with other artists.

Today, Dr and the Medics continue to tour and perform, with Clive Jackson as the lead singer and only original member. They are regarded as one of the iconic bands of the 1980s, and their hit song "Spirit in the Sky" remains a beloved classic.

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