Are they still together? Nope. Ian Dury died a while back.
Did you ever see them play live? No.
Anything you want / need by them? Japanese paper sleeve CD for “New Boots & Panties”; any CD edition of “4,000 Weeks Holiday”.
You really should own / hear:
- New Boots and Panties (1977)
- Do It Yourself (1979)
- Juke Box Dury (Best Of) aka “Greatest Hits”
R.I.P. Ian Dury (1942 – 2000)
I have Lou Reed to thank as to why I never got the chance to see them play live. Dury & Co. (US Arista label-mates) were the opening act for Mr. Reed, and Velvet-U heads snapped up all the advance tickets. The show was so outré that even the touts were nowhere to be seen. I didn’t get in.
But I absolutely love “Do It Yourself”, the 2nd Blockheads album! “What A Waste” was the single that got me started on The Blockheads. I had to go back and get the debut album. Too bad Chas Jankel couldn’t hang on, as “Laughter” (1980) is an appropriately slight effort, in my humble opinion.
But I continued to have a soft spot for Mr. Dury. “Profoundly In Love With Pandora” was a delightful single in ’85. It’s not on “Juke Box Dury”, his old Stiff label “Best Of”, however. It was on EMI UK (a label he never gave an LP to, that I am aware of). And then there’s his stint with WEA, “Apples” – a pretty decent album.
And definitely worth hearing is the latter day Blockheads album, “Mr. Love Pants” (1998), with Chas Jankel back in the fold. Why isn’t the 2nd Chas Jankel solo album on CD? The debut solo Chas J album is!
Mr. Dury certainly had a way with words. I miss his humor a lot.