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Album Review

Ian Dury's music always bordered on the functional, since it was used as a backdrop for his wry vignettes and stories, but on his second album, Do It Yourself, that aspect came to the fore. Largely abandoning the punk inflections that were scattered throughout New Boots and Panties!, Do It Yourself is a record of midtempo pub rock disco — competently played, but rarely engaging. Dury's stories are all wonderful, filled with humor and penetrating detail, but only a handful of tracks, such as the terrific "Inbetweenies," are married to actual hooks, and by the end of the record, the steady disco throb has become a little numbing. Even with these faults, Do It Yourself remains one of Dury's very best records, since his lyrical facility throughout the album is simply amazing.

Customer Reviews

unknown awesomeness

happy mondays meets the specials meets wire. def a must have.

A Classic

I bought this in 1979 on Stiff/Epic and have played it at least once a month for the past 30 years. It's unfortunate that Ian + Blockheads only toured the US once and I missed it. This is a classic desert island disc for me. It's a shame that there extra's aren't on this edition (Hit Me With Your Rhythm SticK/Reasons to Be Cheerful Part 3). One of the brightest spots of 1979. And it may be sacrilige but I prefer this to New Boots and Panties. Favorite track: Dance of the Screamers. Ian and the Blockheads are on top form, with Norman Watt Roy on Bass and the late Charley Charles on drums. What a fantastic rhythm team! Chaz Jankel is musically direct indeed. Tommy the Talking Tool Box would agree I'm sure. Thank you Ian and Blockheads for such a wonderful record. Cheers!

Biography

Born: May 12, 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...
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