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Album: Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll: The Best of Ian Dury and the Blockheads
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
2)    I Want To Be Straight
3)    There Ain't Half Been Some Clever Bastards
4)    What a Waste
5)    Common As Much
6)    Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 3
7)    Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll
8)    Superman's Big Sister
9)    Razzle In My Pocket
10)    You're More Than Fair
11)    Inbetweenies
12)    You'll See Glimpses
 

Album: Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll: The Best of Ian Dury and the Blockheads
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
2)    I Want To Be Straight
3)    There Ain't Half Been Some Clever Bastards
4)    What a Waste
5)    Common As Much
6)    Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 3
7)    Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll
8)    Superman's Big Sister
9)    Razzle In My Pocket
10)    You're More Than Fair
11)    Inbetweenies
12)    You'll See Glimpses
 
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Performer Notes
  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads: Ian Dury (vocals); John Turbull (guitar); Davey Payne (saxophone); Chaz Jankel, Mickey Gallagher (keyboards); Norman Watt-Roy (bass); Charley Charles (drums).
  • Producers: Peter Jenner, Nobody, Prince Charming, Pals, Chips Off The Old Block.
  • Ian Dury could make wonderful albums (and sometimes did, most notably the inarguable classic New Boots and Panties!!), but he saved many of his finest moments for his singles, which justifiably made him a legend in his native England between 1977 and 1980. With the most notable exception of Ray Davies and Paul Weller, few U.K. rockers embraced their Britishness with greater fervor than Dury, and he mined his for a wit, gleeful eccentricity, and street-smart intelligence no one could touch. And his band, the Blockheads, were as musos stronger than anyone to emerge during the British new wave explosion (their years of slogging it out on the pub circuit certainly paid off), but their curiously refreshing light funk also boasted an oddball good humor and cleverness that was the equal of their leader (no small feat). Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll: The Best of Ian Dury and the Blockheads collects 18 superb sides from the band's glory days, and while the bigger hits like "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick," "Reasons to Be Cheerful, Pt. 3," and the title cut are just as good as you remember, there are plenty of pearly lesser-knowns on board, such as the childhood tale of daring "Razzle in My Pocket," the charming "Common As Muck," the hilariously anthemic "I Want to Be Straight," and the odd but captivating prognostication of "You'll See Glimpses." While Dury made plenty of other records worth investigating, if you're only going to own one Ian Dury album, this is certainly the one to get, and it truly does capture the man's singular magic at its best. ~ Mark Deming
Professional Reviews
Q (3/95, p.109) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Those frightened by punk's snarling primitivism warmed to the music's obvious accomplishment and the jocund, fruity raconteur....[Ian Dury & The Blockheads] had something all their own and so far away from the formulaic as to gladden the heart."

Stereo Review (3/93, p.86) - "...[Dury's] literate, funny brand of Cockney funk resulted in some of the most appealing singles of the late Seventies..."

Q (Magazine) (p.109) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Steeped in music-hall ribaldry, with The Blockheads doing their funky, jazzy, reggae support, what fun it was..."
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