Brewers Droop

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Brewers Droop
Brewers Droop publicity.jpg
The original Brewers Droop, taken in 1972
Background information
Origin High Wycombe, England
Genres Blues rock, pub rock
Years active 1971–1973
Labels RCA Records
Red Lightnin'[1]
Members Ron Watts (vocals)
Steve Darrington[2] (keyboards)
John McKay (guitar)
Malcolm Barrett (bass)
Bob Walker (drums)
Past members Pick Withers
Mark Knopfler

Brewers Droop was a Southern English band (whose history can be followed in "Hundred Watts" by Ron Watts) in which Mark Knopfler played for a few months in 1973. Knopfler split his time between teaching part-time, and playing with the band. Later, the Dire Straits song "Industrial Disease" (which Knopfler wrote and performed) mentions a malady (alongside smoker's cough) which shares its name with that band. The name is a reference to a slang expression for erectile dysfunction brought on by heavy drinking.


  • Opening Time, Album, 1972
  • Sweet Thing, 7" Single, 1972
  • The Booze Brothers, Album, 1989 (recorded 1973)