HISTORY – 27 March 2000 – IAN DURY Passed Away…

27 March 2019

Nineteen years ago today, on 27 March 2000, the brilliant
singer-songwriter and actor IAN DURY died of cancer, only 57.

It was in 1977, after his former band Kilburn and The High Roads split, that Ian Dury
formed and fronted The Blockheads and became an idiosyncratic star. It was the era of punk, but Dury had his own musical vision (a mix of jazz, funk, rock, disco and music-hall) and his own particular way of poetic story-telling. He became a sort of singing stand-up comedian as his lyrics were full of wordplay, clever humour, sharp impressions of daily
life in good old Britain and weird characters wrapped in splendid tunes. To remember
this wayward and one-of-a-kind artist and performer Turn Up The Volume! picked these
three timeless crackers…




IAN DURY: Biography – Facebook Page

(photo on top: AP Press / FB Ian Dury)

Anniversary Albums – IAN DURY Released His Cockney Music Hall Punk Debut ‘NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES!!’ 40 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history…

29 September 2017

Artist: IAN DURY (his fab band ‘The Blockheads’ formed ‘officially’
a month after the LP’s release, therefore only Dury was credited


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! says: unique voice, impressive razzle-dazzle tunes and crazy stories (which I only could fully understand after a speed course ‘learn cockney in 48 hours‘) – his best ever achievement…

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

* WAKE UP AND MAKE LOVE WITH ME (lyrics video) – this gem hasn’t aged one bit

* SWEET GENE VINCENT cracking rocker

* BLOCKHEADSArrrrrrrrrggghhhhhhhhhh

Full album…

IAN DURY: Website – Facebook – Discography

R.I.P. legend… (Harrow, 12 May 1942 – Londen, 27 March 2000)

10 Historic Debut Albums Turning 40 in… 2017

Looking back in time… monumental moments in sonic history!


Here are 10 memorable debut albums from 1977. A 24 Karat Gold year for alternative music. The undisputed heydays of Punk and New Wave it was, with remarkably inventive and new sounding music coming, mostly, out of the UK and America. No more mega stars, no more special effects to hide the ‘safety and money first’ attitude, no more old-fashioned and unworldly rock and oll pricks acting like doped gods. It was the blessed year when a new generation of young, unexperienced but open-minded and highly talented musicians came out of their smelly basements with impressive longplayers. Unknown adolescents who had the guts and the immense creativity to explore different sonic fields and/or vitalize older vibes with a totally fresh, modern & most exciting approach. Check these
ten masterpieces – turning 40 next year – they still shine LOUD and CLEAR…

1/ ‘Marquee Moon’ by  TELEVISION
Guitar rock never sounded so revolutionary and innovatory. Electrifying garage poetry…

2/ ‘Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols’ by THE SEX PISTOLS
The grinning filth and the working class fury. Best punk rock album ever to my ears…

3/ ‘The Clash’ by THE CLASH
Machine-gun riffs, radical sloganeering and kick ass anthems for the desperate ones…

4/  ‘1977’ by TALKING HEADS
A landmark LP in sound and rhythm with a psycho killer like voice on top of it. 1977 indeed!

5/ ‘New Boots And Panties!!’ by IAN DURY
Dury’s razor sharp observations on British life wrapped in stellar pub-rock-disco tunes…

6/ ‘My Aim Is True’ by ELVIS COSTELLO
Before turning in a more classic singer-songwriter Costello showed his Zeitgeist teeth too…

7/ ‘In The City’ by THE JAM
Angry young man Paul Weller and his sidekicks talked fiercely about their generation…

8/ ‘Suicide’ by SUICIDE
Martin Rev‘s deranged electro machines and Alan Vega‘s chilling vocals. S-C-A-R-Y!…

9/ ‘Pink Flag’ by WIRE
Probably the most adventurous and unconventional album of all this 1977 madness. ACE!

10/ ‘Damned Damned Damned’ by THE DAMNED 
First punks to release a single (the brill New Rose), first to release an LP. Underrated havoc!


IAN DURY – 12 May 1942 / 27 March 2000

IAN DURY was a compelling storyteller
a captivating artist & a genuine entertainer
a singer-songwriter, an actor and a poet…
Born in Harrow, London on 12th of May 1942
he died far too soon at only 57 – rest in peace…
Here’s one of his remarkable songs co-written with
Chaz Jankel, musical maestro of The Blockheads

In the deserts of Sudan
And the gardens of Japan
From Milan to Yucatan
Every woman, every man

Hit me with your rhythm stick
Hit me, hit me
Je t’adore, ich liebe dich
Hit me, hit me, hit me
Hit me with your rhythm stick
Hit me slowly, hit me quick
Hit me, hit me, hit me

In the wilds of Borneo
And the vineyards of Bordeaux
Eskimo, Arapaho
Move their body to and fro

Hit me with your rhythm stick
Hit me, hit me
Das ist gut! C’est fantastique
Hit me, hit me, hit me
Hit me with your rhythm stick
It’s nice to be a lunatic
Hit me, hit me, hit me

Hit me, hit me, hit me

In the dock of Tiger Bay
On the road to Mandalay
From Bombay to Santa Fe
Over hills and far away

Hit me with your rhythm stick
Hit me, hit me
C’est si bon, mm? Ist es nicht?
Hit me, hit me, hit me
Hit me with your rhythm stick
Two fat persons, click, click, click
Hit me, hit me, hit me

Hit me, hit me, hit me
Hit me, hit me, hit me, oww
Hit me, hit me, hit me, hit me
Hit me, hit me, hit me, hit me, hit me
Hit me, hit me, hit me, hit me

IAN DURY: Biography – Discography

With his legendary band The Blockheads…

MAGNETIC ALBUM COVERS! 7 Historic Debut LP’s from 1977…


It’s all about the music as we know it
but powerful images are the timeless
faces for all big albums made then & now…
Here are the covers from 7 most memorable
punk/new wave debut LP’s released in 1977…

1/ ‘Marquee Moon’ by TELEVISION

2/ ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ by SEX PISTOLS

3/ ‘Rattus Norvegicus’ by THE STRANGLERS

4/ ‘Damned Damned Damned’ by THE DAMNED

5/ ‘Talking Heads: 77’ by TALKING HEADS

6/ ‘In The City’ by THE JAM

7/ ‘New Boots and Panties!!’ by IAN DURY


IAN DURY – ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’ – Live On Dutch TV 1978…


Legendary singer/songwriter and especial Cockney live performer IAN DURY (12 May 1942 – 27 March 2000) scored his biggest hit – together with the BLOCKHEADS – with ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’ – a brilliant track & single from his magnificent and classic debut album ‘New Boots and Panties !!‘ (released 30 September, 1977). Due to Dury’s policy of not including singles on albums the song only appeared on repressings of the LP.


On January 28, 1978 Ian Dury and The Blockheads appeared on the weekly and highly succesful Dutch ‘Top Pop’ TV show. Great fun to watch. Let’s go back in history…

IAN DURY: Biography – Impressive Discography