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      18.10.2001 22:37



      Ian Dury and the Blockheads are, well were, an amazing band who unfortunately not many people have heard of. Ian himself died of cancer a year or two ago at the age of 57. Ian and the Blox have an extremely individual sound. As Ian couldn't sing, he, well, talked over brilliant music. His band consisted of Chaz Jankel (guitar, keyboards, vocals), John Turnbull (guitar, vocals) Mick Gallagher (keyboards), Norman Watt-Roy (bass), Gilad Atzman (saxophone) and Dylan Howe (drums). The Blockheads are still together and playing, they have also released a tribute album (Brand New Boots and Panties) to Ian with various other celebrities "singing" (the problem is that they actually CAN sing!) old Ian Dury and the Blockheads songs. There are quite a few albums. The music is indescribable, if you look at the intruments played then you can get an idea of the band and the kind of sound they make. The songs are very quirky and aren't at all serious. They are really good fun to listen too and are very energetic. The most well known song must be "Hit Me With Your Rhythmstick" which reached number 1 in the late 1970s. Other brilliant songs include "Sex and Drugs and Rock'n'Roll", "Sweet Gene Vincent" and "Reasons to be Cheerful (part 3)". I honestly cannot describe the sound of Ian and the Blox, it is just so unique! It tends to be quite fast paced. The band is quite large and the saxophone features a lot, as do the guitars and keyboard. The lyrics are really good, they are very random and Ian speaks them in a Cockney accent. It is very enjoyable to listen to. They will make you laugh! I think it's difficult to pass judgement until you have listened to them. A lot of people I know hate them, but I have converted a few! I would say the best album to start with is "Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3): The Very Best of Ian Dury and the Blockheads" as it has a very wide s
      election of their music and also the very best of it, as suggested in the title! From there, there are many more albums but that honestly is the best. Listening to Ian Dury and the Blockheads is an amazing experience! You will either love it or hate it, but you won't know until you give it a go.


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