Wreckless Eric is one of the most influential artists to emerge from the Stiff Records stable. He went on to have one of punk’s biggest hits with “Whole Wide World” in 1977 and inspired a legion of artists from Yo La Tengo to The Vaccines and from Marianne Faithful to Lilly Allen. In his thirty-seven He has made seventeen albums and worked with, or had his songs covered by artists as Proclaimers, Blockheads, Lightning Seeds, Holly Golightly, Cliff  Richard, Monkees, Toten Hosen and Two Lone Swordsmen, to name a few.

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The British painter Peter Blake named Wreckless Eric as one of the most important pop icons of the past forty years, and included him on the remake of The Beatles Sergeant Pepper’s cover. (Blake has made the original one.) Another important pop icon Lou Reed played his Take The Cash on on his last ever radio show, recorded a week before he died. Fire Records will reissue his 1989 album Le Beat Group Electrique on Record Store Day. It will be on 19 April this year.

Mr. Wreckless also is a painter

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