Talk about Wreckless Eric and what immediately comes to mind is his enduring hit ‘Whole Wide World’ – covered in stadiums and sheds from Aberdeen to Alabama – but there’s a whole lot more to the story than just that.
With over 40 years of recording and touring behind him he shuns the dictates of nostalgia and doesn’t do comebacks for the simple reason that he never went away.
Except maybe where the Antipodes are concerned.
An original Stiff Records artist in 1977 alongside Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, the Damned and Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric is one of England’s great underground songwriters. His classic ‘Whole Wide World’ has been covered by the Monkees, Green Day, the Replacements, the Proclaimers, Will Ferrell (in Stranger Than Fiction) and even Marilyn Manson. Mental as Anything had a hit with the song themselves in the ‘90s. It stands alongside the Only Ones’ ‘Another Girl Another Planet’ and the Undertones’ Teenage Kicks’ as one of the evergreens of the punk era.
Wreckless Eric has not toured in Australia and New Zealand since 1980. He says he was busy, it was a long way, and nobody ever asked him.
Eric will perform completely solo with acoustic and electric guitars – he has no need of a band, so please don’t ask – his shows are loud, dissonant, lyrical, gently melodic, uplifting and strangely moving. He plays material spanning his whole career, including tracks from his acclaimed new album Construction Time & Demolition, a musically complex trawl through the psyche of a man with plenty to say and nothing to lose.
WRECKLESS ERIC AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2018
Saturday November 17
Hardys Bay Club
with DJ Rusty Hopkinson (You Am I)