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Album Review

Ian Dury's primary appeal lies in his lyrics, which are remarkably clever sketches of British life delivered with a wry wit. Since Dury's accent is thick and his language dense with local slang, much of these pleasures aren't discernible to casual listeners, leaving the music to stand on its own merits. On his debut album, New Boots and Panties!!, Dury's music is at its best, and even that is a bizarrely uneven fusion of pub rock, punk rock, and disco. Still, Dury's off-kilter charm and irrepressible energy make the album gel, with the disco pulse of "Wake Up and Make Love With Me" making perfect sense next to the gentle tribute "Sweet Gene Vincent," the roaring punk of "Blockheads," and the revamped music hall of "Billericay Dickie" and "My Old Man."

Customer Reviews

The Bard of Essex

iTunes reviewer is obviously American and therefore not able to appreciate the wit and artistry in Dury's lyrics. This album is his best and captures perfectly life in Essex - a place where blockheads "often acquire black and orange cars" - sums it up beautifully. One of the best live bands I have ever seen. His like will never be heard again I fear.

An everyday tale of Essex!

Yeah! What a gas listening to this album after so many years. I had the pleasure of seeing Ian's show live in my local cinema, kitted out as a music venue, 30 years ago, and this brought it all back, it gave me shivers down the back. The fact that I saw him in my home county, Essex, and I knew plenty of Trevors, Dickies and Patricias made it all very accessible, and the whole cinema rocked. This excellent edition of what was an outstanding album captures the anarchical spirit of the time, and the contempt many of us felt for everything around us, just listen to 'Blockheads'. Superb band, great horn player, wonderful lyrics. What more do you expect from music?

The great Ian D and the Blockheads - Ledgends

In my top ten of best albums ever - Ian D is sadly missed especially in the music industry.


Born: 12 May 1942 in Harrow, Middlesex, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Rock & roll has always been populated by fringe figures, cult artists who managed to develop a fanatical following because of their outsized quirks, but few cult rockers have ever been quite as weird, or beloved, as Ian Dury. As the leader of the underappreciated and ill-fated pub rockers Kilburn & the High Roads, Dury cut a striking figure -- he remained handicapped from a childhood bout with polio, yet stalked the stage with dynamic charisma, spitting out music hall numbers and rockers in his thick...
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