IAN DURY Released Third LP ‘LAUGHTER’ 40 Years Ago

29 November 2020

Artist: IAN DURY
12 May 1942 – 27 March 2000

Album: LAUGHTER Dury‘s third LP with
legendary guitarist Wilko Johnson as
one of the guest musicians.
Released: 28 November 2020 – 40 years ago

AllMusic / Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote: “Ian Dury gradually moves away from disco with ‘Laughter’. The steady dance pulse is still apparent, but it’s balanced by rockers and pub singalongs that give the album more depth. Dury’s humor is at its most basic, as the titles of “Uncoolohol,” “(Take Your Elbow out of the Soup) You’re Sitting on the Chicken,” “Oh Mr. Peanut,” and “Fucking Ada” indicate, and his lyrics aren’t quite as stunningly fluid as before. Still, the record is fun, and “Superman’s Big Sister,” “Yes & No (Paula),” and “Over the Points” are pretty infectious, but the record can’t help but illustrate that Dury’s peak period is over.’ Score: 3.5/5.

Ian Dury: “I called it Laughter to cheer myself up.”

Turn Up The Volume: Although his first two albums – New Boots and Panties!! and Do It Yourself – were almost impossible to match, ‘Laughter’ was/still is vintage Ian Dury cabaret and fun.



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