IAN DURY Released His Cockney Music Hall Punk Debut ‘NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES!!’ 45 Years Ago

Back in time

1 October 2022

Artist: IAN DURY
Harrow, 12 May 1942 – Londen, 27 March 2000
(His fab band ‘The Blockheads’ formed ‘officially’ a month
after the LP’s release, therefore only Dury was credited)

Anniversary album: NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES!!
Released: 30 September 1977 – 40 years ago

Note: Notorious single ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
was not on the first pressings of the LP

Roy Carr wrote in NME: “It’s impossible to bag Ian Dury, except to say that he has taken the essence of the Cockney music hall and utilised rock as a contemporary means of expression.
On occasions, Ray Davies has dallied with a similar approach, but Dury has none of the self-conscious pretensions that Davies exposed in his flawed ‘Flash Harry’ caricature. Ian Dury feels no need to adopt a transatlantic voice to comply with his subject matter, preferring to deliver ribald and bittersweet monologues in the tone of voice he was born with. Whether or not you buy New Boots and Panties at least make hearing the album a priority.”

Turn Up The Volume!: Unique voice, top razzle-dazzle tunes,
and weirdo stories (which I only could fully understand after
a speed course ‘Learn cockney in 48 hours). Sublime!

Three Top Tracks: Wake Up And Make Love With Me / Sweet Gene Vincent / Blockheads




Full album stream on Spotify.

IAN DURY: Website – Facebook – Discography

IAN DURY And His BLOCKHEADS Released 2nd Album ‘DO IT YOURSELF’ 40 Years Ago Today…

18 May 2019

Today 40 years ago, on 18 May 1979, the late great IAN DURY and his BLOCKHEADS orchestra released their second longplayer DO IT YOURSELF. The first time actually that his band was credited on the sleeve(s). Just like debut album New Boots and Panties!! this more dancey/vibey/lively/spicy/funky follow-up LP went Platinum in the UK.

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Do It Yourself is a record of mid tempo pub rock disco and remains one
of Dury’s very best records, since his lyrical facility throughout the album is simply amazing.”

Album in full…

IAN DURY: Facebook – Albums

The whole orchestra