Doctor's Order

DOCCD 3002 Doctor's Order "The Real Thing"
The setup:
One CD "Doctors In Disguise", one bottle of Highland Park 1957 cask strength single malt whisky and plenty of time. And the brandnew CD "The Real Thing". First, two complete runs through Doctor's Order's first album. Just to remind myself fresh and anew why Doctor's Order are such a great band (like I would have forgotten this!). "Doctors In Disguise" has never left the heavy rotation playing list in this household since that CD was originally received here sometime in the year 2000. Of course, such a CD leads to very high


Which, I had no doubt, Doctor's Order would meet with one hand tied behind their backs. Tales of bands having spent their creativity on their first release are legion. That "The Real Thing" would equal their debut album was not a matter of if, but just of when. The when is now and to spill the beans right now and here, I'm mightily impressed with their new

CD "The Real Thing" DOCCD 3002

The Music:

A total of fourteen songs, eleven of them original material and three cover versions wait for you. Of the cover versions, I'd like to mention especially "You've Been Misbehavin'", which is a Pete Gage original (on his CD "Give It With A Feeling"). The band does justice to the song, but it's not for me to say. It'd be interesting to hear Pete Gage's opinion.

The first runs of the CD had me grinning all the way through (no, it was not the whisky). All expectations met and then some more. While the band has definitely retained their trademark sound, they also sort of diversified musically. Do not fear, this is the kind of Rock'n'Roll and Rhythm'n'Blues you want.

The song "The Real Thing" sounds like Duane Eddy is back for good (all the twangin'). And that's only the starting point. There's Lil' Archie in full flight on "Los Mas Rapidos Muchachos". So is the MadMan on the very same song. Actually, that's what you can expect. The whole band just somehow clicks together. 

Looks like the Teddy Bear has finally convinced his fellow doctors to take up vocal duties. Although very briefly, they have bitten the sour grapes. You can hear this on "I've Heard It Before", although only in the short chorus sections. A nice and very surprising move. This goes very well with the "new" feel of Doctor's Order. Unusually, Ensio is given the credit for this song together with the Teddy Bear. Ensio being, of course, the special guest doctor on harmonica, who's giving the songs a kind of urgency.

"How Do You Sleep At Night" is another one of the great tracks on this album. I admit it, every time I hear this song, I'm making up my own mind and turn it around. Asking certain people "How Do You Sleep At Night?". Of course, I'm putting my own wishful thinking into the song. Some nightmares would do nicely and be just! Even if you don't know what I'm talking about, there's another song to enjoy.

At the moment, I still have to work on the lyrics. Listen good and make sense of it. Well worth it. And the Teddy Bear sings in a style that's easy to understand. There's not a foul track to be found on the whole CD (I know, this claim has been made for endless successions of albums and they were all as boring as can be). This however, is perfect. A party without Doctor's Order in the player? You must be joking! A "quiet" evening at home without your neighbours banging the walls, because you've turned your amplifier up all the way, blasting Doctor's Order through the flat? No way Jose!



I didn't think it possible, but in my book, Doctor's Order have topped themselves with their latest CD. No rehash of past glories. This sounds as fresh as a storm coming up. If there's such a thing as album of the year, we have a winner, ladies and gentlemen. "The Real Thing" will occupy my CD player for some time to come. All the new CD's that are in the pipeline, sorry, let me see if I have a free slot in about six months time. And the best is, now I can alternate between two Doctor's Order CD's.


You can order the CD as of now at the address mentioned below. When ordering, just send the cash along for the required number of CD's. They will be mailed to you starting beginning of September 2002. Still in doubt wether you want one? Two? Three? Let me tell you, they make for a fantastic gift as well. Your best mate, your girlfriend or everyone in your gang need a copy. And by copy, I mean a real original one. CD-R's are not cool if the stuff is available legally and without any hassle. Plus, you don't have the booklet and you're cheating the artist. And the latest in research says, people copying CD's on CD-R's are on average 225 times more likely to be hit by lightning. It's even slightly higher for the ones trying to copy a Doctor's Order CD. I think it said about 307 times on average.
August 4, 2002
Doctor's Orders are:
Timppa "MadMan" Väätäinen - Drums
Teppo "Teddy Bear" Nättilä - Bass & Vocals
Arto "Lil Archie" Hämäläinen - Guitars
Special guest on some tracks: Kaj Erik Ensio Takamäki - Harmonica

Information and bookings:
DocOrder Records, Aleksis Kivenkatu 4-8 D 84, 00500 Helsinki, Finland
phone: +358 40 730 1578

CD costs UK£ 15.00 or EURO 20.00 for each CD (includes postage)