"With his whiny, slurred cockney voice, Eric couldn't always carry a tune, but that didn't prevent him from being an enjoyable, rough-hewn rock & roller with a clever streak. With his early Stiff singles "Whole Wide World," "Semaphore Signals," and "Take the Cash (K.A.S.H.)," Eric bashed out a series of ragged, chaotic, three-chord punk-pop singles driven by his pent-up energy and a knack for melodic pop hooks. Wreckless Eric never had a big pop hit, but his engaging sense of humour and fondness for simple rock & roll helped make him a cult figure who continued to have a following into the '90s and beyond." 
Goulden launched a low-key comeback in the 2000s and subsequently went to live and work in the States.
Links to Peel
Stiff Records had a do-it-yourself approach that was catnip to JP as a dyed-in-the-wool supporter of independent labels, and Wreckless Eric was without a doubt one of its most eccentric artists. Since each single on the label had a BUY prefix to the catalogue number, the feted Whole Wide World was BUY 16, and Peel was taken with the song to the extent that it made the top 50 of his 1977 festive chart. The two sessions followed in fairly rapid succession, and JP featured his debut LP over two nights (JP commenting wryly, "We enter The Wonderful World of Wreckless Eric – we decide we don't like the carpets and leave again."). Interest gradually petered out until he appeared in John's playlists no longer after 1980.However, he returned to BBC Radio with a session for Andy Kershaw in 2001.
In 2016, Goulden acknowledged Peel's formative part in his musical tastes: "Then there was “Top Gear” with John Peel. He played bands like Led Zeppelin before they were anything. The first time I heard them on John Peel they were called The New Yardbirds."  He added: "He was the only DJ playing obscure stuff at the time." 
Festive Fifty Entries
- 1977 Festive Fifty: 'Whole Wide World' #47
- Two sessions. #1 (except Rags And Tatters) and #2 (except Semaphore Signals) available on Almost A Jubilee: 25 Years At The BBC (With Gaps) (Hux). Keeping It Peel and Ken Garner's The Peel Sessions differ on the personnel for #1, in particular, Garner lists Ian Dury on drums instead of Davy Lutton (it seems #2's band member names have been copied over in error by the BBC).
- Whole Wide World / Semaphore Signals / Personal Hygiene / Rags And Tatters / Reconnez Cherie
- Semaphore Signals / Waxworks / Grown Ups / Brain Thieves
Other Shows Played
- 19 May 1977: 'Whole Wide World (LP - Bunch Of Stiffs)' Stiff
- 25 August 1977: 'Whole Wide World (7")' (Stiff)
- 22 December 1977: 'Whole Wide World (7")' (Stiff) 1977 Festive Fifty #47
- 23 October 1978: 'Veronica (LP–The Wonderful World Of Wreckless Eric)' (Stiff)
- 23 October 1978: 'Roll Over Rock-Ola (LP–The Wonderful World Of Wreckless Eric)' (Stiff)
- 23 October 1978: 'I Wish It Would Rain (LP–The Wonderful World Of Wreckless Eric)' (Stiff)
- 25 October 1978: 'The Final Taxi / / (LP - The Wonderful World Of Wreckless Eric) Stiff
- 25 October 1978: 'The Final Taxi (LP-The Wonderful World Of Wreckless Eric) Stiff
- 25 October 1978: 'Let’s Go To The Pictures (LP-The Wonderful World Of Wreckless Eric)' (Stiff)
- 25 October 1978: 'Girlfriend (LP-The Wonderful World Of Wreckless Eric)' (Stiff)
- 01 February 1979 (Paul Gambaccini) (with Four Rough Men): 'Be Stiff (Compilation mini LP-Be Stiff Tour)' (Stiff) PG compares the number of the above record in the Peel cataloguing system to the Polydor compilation to demonstrate its age
- 28 January 1980: 'Popsong (7")' (Stiff)
- 07 February 1980: 'Popsong (7")' (Stiff)
- Karl's Tape July 1986: 'Hit And Miss Judy'