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Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. The band name is a reference to Captain Hook from Peter Pan; in fact, the original name proposed for the band was "Captain Hook and the Medicine Show".

The band hooked up with composer Shel Silverstein when their manager sent in a demo tape to Ron Haffkine, who was in charge of doing the music for the movie Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Silverstein was writing songs for the film, and he and Haffkine both liked the demo enough to get the band to do all the songs for the movie. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums.

"Sylvia's Mother," a ballad from their first album, became a big hit, and "Cover of the Rolling Stone" from the followup album, "Sloppy Seconds" attracted the attention of those who would like their silly stage show and its monologues done as fictional characters. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph.

The band toured constantly but spent all the money they earned on partying; their fifh album was aptly called "Bankrupt". Eventually they shortened the band's name to "Dr. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan").

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. Locorriere spent a few years relaxing, and then in 1989 performed a one-man show written by Shel Silverstein, "The Devil and Billy Markham," which made him enthusiastic to be on stage again. Since then he's released a few solo albums and toured, promoting himself as "the voice of Dr. Hook."


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Since then he's released a few solo albums and toured, promoting himself as "the voice of Dr. Hook.". Gothic rock. Locorriere spent a few years relaxing, and then in 1989 performed a one-man show written by Shel Silverstein, "The Devil and Billy Markham," which made him enthusiastic to be on stage again. In the words of their official web-site - "The Nephilim are here...". Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. The anticipation amongst their following - The Watchmen grows awaiting new material, taking their individual and intense sound and lyrics to new spaces and dimensions. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. The statement from the websites, both official and unofficial, surrounding the band, are that new material is being worked on. Live dates pencilled in were cancelled in 2003 as the band insist they will only tour with new material, refusing to join the other bands of their generation touring to old audiences playing old material.

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. The band reformed in the late 1990's, the collection of out-takes and assorted unreleased recordings "Fallen" was released in 2002 exciting many of the followers who had grown used to reading about imminent new material, but then disappointed as the tracks were definitely not new material, and the subsequent album has been disowned by the band who insist that the album was released by their old record label without their wishes or permission. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"). The collection of mostly hard metal and speed-metal tracks pointed in a new direction, but one that ultimately still awaits a follow-up. The band toured constantly but spent all the money they earned on partying; their fifh album was aptly called "Bankrupt". Eventually they shortened the band's name to "Dr. The remaining band members formed Rubicon, while McCoy began a new group called Nefilim. "Zoon was released in 1996, an album that largely disappointed followers of his former band. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. To the shock of their following, Carl McCoy left the band in 1991 (1991 in music), and in a subsequent interview uttered the immortal words "I am the Nephilim...".

"Sylvia's Mother," a ballad from their first album, became a big hit, and "Cover of the Rolling Stone" from the followup album, "Sloppy Seconds" attracted the attention of those who would like their silly stage show and its monologues done as fictional characters. The album was preceded by the single "For her light" which again followed the bands custom of charting highly one week courtesy of their army of followers, then dipping out of the chart listings the next. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums. Produced for the first time by ex-Pink Floyd producer Andy Jackson (taking over from previous band producer Bill Buchanan), the opus represented the band at the zenith of their creativity and powers. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. This single/EP was a candle-bearer for the polished and highly produced Elizium (1990 in music) album. The band hooked up with composer Shel Silverstein when their manager sent in a demo tape to Ron Haffkine, who was in charge of doing the music for the movie Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Silverstein was writing songs for the film, and he and Haffkine both liked the demo enough to get the band to do all the songs for the movie. "Psychonaut" was released in 1989; this ten minute track indicated a slight shift for the band toward a more experimental and intense sound.

The band name is a reference to Captain Hook from Peter Pan; in fact, the original name proposed for the band was "Captain Hook and the Medicine Show". The following live dates with the more spohisticated light show and effcts, and of course the larger venues, highlighted their inexorable rise in popularity and so confidence. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. The standout tracks were "The Watchman" (later released as a single), "Phobia" (a live favourite), "Love under will" and the anthemic "Last exit for the lost". Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. Displaying a more confident and polished sound, the band cemented their status as one of the biggest underground acts on the circuit. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. The following year the single "Moonchild" was released followed by their assured second album "The Nephilim".

The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. The single 'Blue Water' was subsequently released reaching the main UK charts for the first time, and making a big impact on the Independent chart listings for their label Situation Two. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. 'Dawnrazor' was a powerful, albeit standard Gothic rock collection of modern horror-film themed songs, standout songs were 'Dust' - a live favourite, 'Vet for the Insane' a quieter melodic showcase for Yates' guitar and McCoy's dramatic gruff vocals, and the tremendously powerful ten minute title-track. Dr. Both singles were alternative rock hits, and Dawnrazor (1987 in music), their debut album did similarly well. They signed to Beggar's Banquet in 1986 (1986 in music) to release "Power" and "Preacher Man".

Their debut release the "Burning the Fields" EP was released in 1985 showing the raw power and melody that began to earn them a big underground following. Lyrically, they incorporated mystical themes, epecially relating to The Cthulhu Mythos, Sumerian Mythology, and Aleister Crowley. Their sound was innovative in the Gothic scene, incorporating Heavy Metal elements to make a hard, bass and guitar driven sound underneath McCoy's growly, Doom Metal-esque vocals. The band's name refers to (magnetic) fields and the biblical Nephilim race.

Carl McCoy, Gary Whisker, Tony Pettit and Paul and Nod Wright were the starting lineup, and Peter Yates joined by the time of their first release. They formed in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in 1984 (1984 in music). Fields of the Nephilim is a Gothic rock band, active throughout the 1980s. Revelations, 1993.

Visionary Heads, 1991 (live). Morphic Fields, 1989. Forever Remain, 1988 (live). Fallen, 2002 (compilation).

From Gehenna To Here, 2001 (compilation). Revelations, 1993 (compilation). Laura, 1991 (compilation). Earth Inferno, 1991 (live).

Elizium, 1990. BBC Radio 1 - Live in Concert, 1988. The Nephilim, 1988. Dawnrazor, 1986.

Returning To Gehenna, 1986 (compilation). Burning The Fields, 1985. From The Fire, 2002. One More Nightmare (Trees Come Down A.D.), 2000.

Sumerland, 1990. For Her Light, 1990. Psychonaut, 1989. Moonchild, 1988.

Blue Water, 1987. Preacher Man, 1987. Power, 1986.

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