I recently watched a biography of Ian Dury and it all came flooding back:
……. Ian Dury, Chaz Jankel, The Blockheads.
Born Ian Robins Dury on 12 May 1942 in Harrow, he contracted Polio as a child and was classed as disabled and yet in 1981 , the International Year of Disabled Persons, Dury showed his disdain in his song “Spasticus Autisticus”. He thought it was patronising and unhelpful
He died at the age of 57 on 27th March, 2000.
He was a surprising and highly individual man having a musical style of his own somewhere between Rock and Roll, Punk, New Wave, Funk, Jazz, Good Old Cockney and all including his own unique poetry – usually adult.
Later in life he was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company – such was the depth of his talent
Chaz Jankel’s song ‘Ai No Corrida’ was covered by Quincy Jones, who had a smash hit with it. You can gather from this the talent. Chaz Jankels’s sister Annabel Jankel was the creator of ‘m-m-m-m Max Headroom’
I came across Dury watching a Simulcast on BBC 2 television with BBC Radio 1. Television sound was Monaural but with Radio 1 producing Stereophonic sound. This was the time of his superb album “New Boot and Panties” – not for the faint hearted!!
1. Wake up and Make Love With Me (Dury/Jankel) – 4:21
2. Sweet Gene Vincent (Dury/Jankel) – 3:32
3. I’m Partial to Your Abracadabra (Dury/Jankel) – 3:12
4. My Old Man (Dury/Nugent) – 3:38
5. Billericay Dickie (Dury/Nugent) – 4:15
6. Clevor Trever (Dury/Jankel) – 4:53
7. Is I Was With a Woman (Dury/Jankel) – 3:23
8. Blockheads (Dury/Jankel) – 3:30
9. Plaistow Patricia (Dury/Nugent) – 4:12
10. Blackmail Man (Dury/Nugent) – 2:14
11. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll [#] (Dury/Jankel) – 3:12
12. Razzle in My Pocket [#] (Dury/Jankel) – 2:55
13. You’re More Than Fair [#] (Dury/Hardy) – 2:58
14. England’s Glory [live/#] (Dury/Melvin) – 3:27
15. What a Waste! [#] (Dury/Gallagher/Turnbull/Watt-Roy/Charles/Melvin) – 3:26
This album contained tracks like “Billericay Dicky” about the explicit love life of Billericay Dicky. …. # Had a love affair with Nina in the back of my Cortina (Ford) ….#
and yet despite all this he and the Blockheads had extraordinary talent and produced extraordinary lyrics:
“Einstein can’t be classed as witless.
He claimed atoms were the littlest
When you did a bit of splittin’-ness
Frightened everybody ****less”
~ from There ain’t half been some clever ***tards
(very naughty but nice)