Unforgettable also his gig here on the isle with (of course) the wonderful Amy Rigby.
Eric Goulden, who’s been at it for close to 40 years, is a British iconoclast and wildcard survivor of the early Stiff Records and Amy is a name and heroine of the New York Pop scene. Together they came up with their 2008 debut, the straight-titled, auspicious «Wreckless Eric & Amy Wrigby». Way before that in 1977 with Stiff - where he was in the illustrous company of champs like Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Madness and the inimitable Ian Dury (he of: hit me–with your rhythm stick–it’s nice to be a lunatic) - he penned the supreme single «Whole Wide World» which was produced by Nick and which turned into a global hit. On it, our Mr. Cockney easily mixed pop with punk and also doused the concoction with a dash of 50’s sensibility.
After spending some years in France, notably creating the somewhat autobiographical album «The Donovan of Trash», he followed up with his written autobio «A Disfunctional Success – The Wreckless Eric Manual». It also speaks volumes that musically he’s been working with or has been covered by notables like The Proclaimers, Yo La Tengo, The Blockheads, The Lightning Seeds, Holly Golightly, The Monkees (!), Cliff Richard (!!), Die Toten Hosen and the great Ian Hunter from Mott The Hoople, to list a few. (Please also note that Fire Records has been gradually re-releasing all of Eric’s records.)In 2012, he relocated to New York City and he is leaving his lair there for another swing at Europe with his musical wrecking ball. Needless to say, he’s a longstanding member of our Hall of Fame where the world’s been meeting the famous and the infamous alike.