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Ian Dury's sound was a syncretic but singular beast, drawing from a broad array of influences and creating an unprecedented musical blend. Though he was hailed as a hero of the punk and new wave era, Dury was nearly a generation older than most early punks; his sonic world was, for the most part, situated in a different solar system. His first solo outing after leaving U.K. pub-rockers Kilburn & The High Roads—1977's New Boots & Panties—must have been something of a shock when it appeared amid the onset of punk in England. Reggae, R&B, jazz, rock, and the British music hall tradition come together in Dury's mongrel mix of styles, all in support of a lyrical vision that’s undeniably English in its idiosyncrasy. With a well-weathered baritone and a thick Cockney accent, Dury delivers quirky character studies like "Billericay Dickey," "Clever Trevor," and of course the irresistibly impish anthem to hedonism "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll." The album made an unlikely star out of Dury and remains among the most sui generis recordings under the "new wave" rubric.

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THAN Q than Q than Q .. to Ian's estate !!! I burned through so many copies of NB&P ... This is THE BEST ALBUM OF TRUE PUNK & RR FUSION EVER ... Nothing but memories from the first time I heard it.. ITS KILLER !

Classic stuff

For those who don't know - Ian Dury is a god to many. This is his defining album - almost every song's a classic (and there's plenty more elsewhere). Music, lyrics (and these are funny lyrics even when taken alone!) and delivery all exceptional. Dury is a one-off ... 'sex and drugs' might be a good starting point (Blockheads is also a big hit) but more album-y tracks like Clevor Trevor and Billericay Dickie are where he really shines. I can't say you'll definitely like him but if you do, you're probably a fun, nice, Clevor person!

One of the greatest and most original R&R albums

I was hooked the first time I heard this album, in 1978. It's hard to believe that was 32 years ago. No one, in my opinion, has produced anything like it since. Only Elvis Costello's This Year's Model (released around the same time) is comparable in the sense that both were angry, funny, poetic, and totally unprecedented. New Boots and Panties is spare. Very simple clean production - guitar, bass, piano, sax and drums - recorded in flat compression. The album starts off with a smooth, almost disco (and hilarious) Wake up and make love to me, and slowly progresses with increasingly intensity to dissonant anarchy by the last song, Blackmail Man (Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll was not on the original UK release and was the first song on side two, before Clevor Trevor, on the almost never heard US release. If you buy the iTunes album, re-sort S&D&R&R to that position because Blackmail Man truly deserves to end the album in an orgasmic rush of open chords and screams.) I promise, you have never heard anything like this album. Dury never ventured into this sound again. The tribute album, recorded after his death, which includes Sinead O'Connor on Wake up and make love to me, Paul McCartney singing Abracadabra, and Shane MacGowan singing Blockheads is attractive for the stars, but doesn't capture the jawdropping originality of the, well, original. Buy this.


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 in his thick...
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