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  • Ian Dury - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick Official Video

    3:48

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    Official video for Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick by Ian Dury and The Blockheads.

    Lyrics:

    In the deserts of Sudan
    And the gardens of Japan
    From Milan to Yucatán
    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
    (laughs)imo, 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 mmmeeee!
    Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!

    In the dock of Tiger Bay
    On the road to Mandalay
    From Bombay to Santa Fé
    Over the hills to Brixton Academy!

    Hit me with your rhythm stick
    Hit me! Hit me!
    C'est si bon, 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!
    Hit me!
    Hit me!
    Hit me!
    Hit me!
    Hit me!
    Hit me!
    Hit me!
    Hit me!
    Hit me!
    Hit me!
    Hit me!

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  • Ian Dury - Hit Me With Your Rythmstick • TopPop

    3:44

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    Broadcast date: 1978/12/30

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  • Ian Dury - Wake up and make love with me

    4:25

    From New boots and panties album.

  • Ian Dury and The Blockheads - What A Waste Official Video

    3:31

    Official music video for What A Waste, the classic track by Ian Dury and The Blockheads.

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  • Ian Dury - Sweet Gene Vincent

    3:34

    1977 Ian Dury and The Blockheads on Stiff records Ltd.

  • Ian Dury and the Blockheads - Blockheads, Live with Wilko Johnson

    9:13

    Ian Dury and the Blockheads (with Wilko Johnson of Dr Feelgood & Game of Thrones fame) - Blockheads, Live

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  • Ian Dury - What A Waste

    3:26

    Blinding Classic :-)

  • Ian Dury And The Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick 1978

    5:25

    Only High Quality Groove!

  • Ian Durys Desert Island Discs - Talks about Disability,Writing & more - Radio Broadcast 15/12/1996

    29:08

    Ian Dury talks about his Disability, Singing, Writing, Cockney, Childhood, Getting Polio, School, Art, Fame, Theatre and Family.

    Tracks Chosen:

    Bobby Charles
    Small Town Talk

    Dean Martin
    That's Amore

    Frank Crumit
    Abdul Abulbul Amir

    Gene Vincent
    Woman Love

    Taj Mahal
    Music Keeps Me Together

    Alma Cogan
    The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane

    Ann Peebles
    I Can't Stand The Rain

    Ornette Coleman
    Ramblin


    Book Choice :
    Macmillan Dictionary of Art

    Luxury Choice :
    Mixing Desk - Solar Powered

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  • Ian Dury and the Blockheads - Mischief

    3:36

  • Ian Dury And The Blockheads - Wake Up

    7:10








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    o coincide with Ian Dury's birthday @dicky-trisco has shared an edit of the great man's 1977 single 'Wake Up And Make Love With Me'.

    Dicky Trisco - 12th May 2017:

    The first 45 single I ever bought was by Ian Dury and The Blockheads and was called ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’. I bought it in a newsagent store called John Menzies, which had a black weekly chart board with plastic letters on it that was updated by hand each week.

    I can’t really remember how I came across the track, or if it was just potluck. I probably heard it on Top of the Pops, or on the weekly chart show on the wireless as it used to be called back in those days. Anyway I bought it and to this day it is a song that I love and would be happy to hear any time, any place and it introduced me to the music of Ian Dury and The Blockheads.

    Ian Dury for me reflected what pop music and music in general was all about back then – a longing to be different and to make a difference. He was a fascinating character. My Dad said he looked like a bloody idiot, which only made me admire him more. When he performed he had a real edge and his singing style was more like someone talking, or at times even shouting in his own London accent rather than something shiny and polished. And you have remember these were the days of The Bee Gees, Barbara Streisand, Leif Garrett and other such highly manicured artists. He also had a tremendous amount of personal style with his hats, braces, rolled up trousers and boots. And it was all this difference literally rolled together as well as the great music he made alongside The Blockheads, which pulled me in as an admiring youth.

    And the music…I couldn’t quite explain it at the time. But it was unmistakably ‘New Wave’ although I wasn’t exactly sure what that meant either beyond a handful of artists I was into like Blondie, Talking Heads and The Specials. It was a bit ‘Punk’ and DIY for sure and that was definitely a good thing. But it also had the funk. The Blockheads were a groovy outfit of great musicians. Much later I discovered that Chaz Jankel of The Blockheads went on to make some excellent disco influenced solo productions and that these tracks plus songs by Ian Dury and The Blockheads were played by groundbreaking NYC DJs like Larry Levan in the Disco scene out there and graced the floors of seminal clubs like the Paradise Garage and The Loft. My musical journey from awkward youth to being a DJ myself had come full circle all thanks to Ian Dury and The Blockheads.

    Anyway I can’t say I am an expert on Ian Dury or The Blockheads to be honest. I love a lot of their music and it has now been with me my whole adult life while many other things have come and gone. In fact at one stage I used to buy any copy of ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ on 45 that crossed my path. But the thing that seems of significance to me and that I wanted to share here with you is the DIY spirit and original style of those times. And they were great times! Acts like Ian Dury and The Blockheads did things differently and did it their own way and gained recognition for what they did via their music around the world. I salute them for that and it gives me, and I hope you, more than a few reasons to be cheerful.

    So as a tribute to the genius and spirit of Ian Dury and The Blockheads and as my own personal way of saying thanks for the influence it has had on my life, I would like to share this rework of one of my favourite tracks on this his birthday. THANKS IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS! Your music really has made me feel like a lucky bastard x

  • IAN DURY - Trust Disco Funk *Chas Jankel, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare

    6:50

    From The LP Lord Upminster PD-1-6337 Polydor (1981) US
    Produced By Ian Dury, Chas Jankel & Steven Stanley
    Written By Chas Jankel

  • Parkinson - Ian Dury Pt 1

    7:10

  • TOPPOP: Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Sex & Drugs & Rock n Roll

    3:05

    Artist: Ian Dury & The Blockheads
    Title: Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll
    Broadcast date: 28-1-1978
    TV program: TopPop
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  • Ian Dury and The Blockheads - Reasons To Be Cheerful Official Video

    5:05

    Official music video for Reasons To Be Cheerful by Ian Dury & The Blockheads.

  • Ian Dury and the Blockheads 1999 Live at Ronnie Scotts FULL

    47:43

    Live performance and interviews from legend, wit and diamond geezer Ian Dury. I found this in the annals of my hard drive. I doubt it will ever be shown again and it'd be a shame if it disappeared completely, so here you go. Enjoy.

    If someone fancies doing a track list for this with times they will have my warmest regards.

    *Obligatory disclaimer*
    I don't own this. I don't know who does, and I wouldn't be surprised if the original didn't exist any more. So let's keep this one online please.

  • Ian Dury/There aint half been some clever bastards

    3:02

    song

  • Ian Dury - clevor trevor

    4:56

    Artist: Ian Dury & TheBlockheads
    Album: new botts and panties
    Song Title: Clever Trevor


    just cos I ain't never 'ad, no, nothing worth having
    never ever, never ever
    you ain't got no call not to think I wouldn't fall
    into thinking that I ain't too clever
    and it ain't not having oen thing nor another
    niether, either is it anything, whatever
    and it's not not knowing that thier ain't nothign showing
    and I answer to the name of Trever, however

    Just cos I ain't never said, no, nothing worth saying
    never ever, never ever, never ever
    things 'ave got read into what I never sad, 'till me mouth becomes me 'ead
    which ain't not all that clever
    and it's not not saying one thing nor another
    neither, either is ist anything I haven't said, whatever
    and it ain't not proving that me mind ain't moving
    and I answer to the naem of Trever, however

    knock me down with a feather
    Clever Trevor
    widebrows wonder wether Clever Trevor's clever
    either have they got
    nor neither haven't not
    got no right to make a clot
    our of Trevor

    why should I feel bad about something I ain't 'ad
    such stupidness is mad cos nothing underfoot
    comes to nothing less to add to a load of old toot
    and I ain't half not half co there's nowhere to put it
    even if I 'ad i'm a bit of a Jack the Lad

    knock me down with a feather
    Clever Trevor
    widebrows wonder wether Clever Trevor's clever
    either have they got
    nor neither haven't not
    got no right to make a clot
    our of Trevor

    also, it takes much longer to get up north, the slow way

  • IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS: HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK live

    7:27

  • Ian Dury London Calling 2012

    6:38

    Ian Dury

    The Blockheads
    Kilburn & The High Roads

    Suggs

    Madness

    London Calling

    2012

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  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Hold On To Your Structure, 2003

    58:26

  • Ian Dury - The Gaby Roslin Show

    10:34

  • IAN DURY Sweet Gene Vincent

    5:18

    Théâtre de l'Empire Paris 26/11/1978

  • Ian Dury - Lord Upminster 1981

    37:48

    A1 - Funky Disco Pops
    A2 - Red Letter 3:37
    A3 - Girls Watching 7:30
    A4 - Wait For Me 12:06
    B1 - The Body Song 15:58
    B2 - Lonely Town 21:19
    B3 - Trust (Is A Must) 25:44
    B4 - Spasticus Autisticus 32:31

  • Ian Dury The Blockheads Wake Up And Make Love With Me Live

    4:31

  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads : Spasticus Autisticus

    2:56

    On Countdown (Australia) 1981. The Blockheads are the band performing, but the audio is the studio version which featured other musicians, notably Robbie Shakespeare and Sly Dunbar. The song also appeared on Dury's Lord Upminster album -

  • The Old Grey Whistle Test - Ian Dury and The Blockheads

    1:17

  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads - 78

    1:4:42

    Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Live At Rockpalast 21/2/78
    00:00:07 Sex And Drugs And Rock 'n' Roll
    00:04:20 I'm Partial To Your Abacadabra
    00:07:24 Wake Up And Make Love With Me
    00:12:18 Clevor Trever
    00:17:28 Woman
    00:21:50 Fair
    00:26:28 Billericay Dickie
    00:30:20 Sweet Gene Vincent
    00:34:32 Upminster Kid
    00:39:05 What A Waste
    00:43:25 Plaistow Patricia
    00:48:12 I Made Mary Cry In A Lonely Bus Shelter
    00:51:27 Black Mail Man
    00:54:10 ** Introduction of the band
    00:54:54 My Old Man
    00:58:35 Blockheads
    01:04:08 ** Credits

  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Reasons To Be Cheerful Part III

    4:46

    LP Greatest Hits from 1979

  • ian dury - this is what we find - live

    4:55

    ian dury - this is what we find - live

  • You,re My Inspiration/Really Glad You Came - Ian Dury & The Music Students

    9:23

  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads Billericay Dickie 1977

    4:21

  • Ian Dury & the Blockheads - Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 3 full 12” Maxi-Single

    11:27

    Vinyl, 12, 33 ⅓ RPM, Single, US - 1979
    Stiff-Epic – 48-50779
    1080p. 60

    00:00 - - - A — Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 3 (I. Dury - Payne - C. Jankel) - - - (4.53)
    05:00 - - - End Side a)
    05:29 - - - B — Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (Disco Version) (I. Dury - C. Jankel) - - - (5.20)
    10:58 - - - End Side b)

    Disco Single

    Track “A”:
    Chaz Jankel is musically direct
    ℗ 1979 Stiff Records

    Track “B”:
    Produced under the musical direction of Chaz Jankel
    ℗ 1978 Stiff Records


    Mastered at Sterling Sound
    Pressed by Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman
    Manufactured by Epic Recors
    (“Epic” is a trademark of CBS Inc.)

    Path to:
    Ian Dury - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (1977) full 12 Single:


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    'Reasons to Be Cheerful' - the Song:








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    Video (live & official VClips):

    Reasons To Be Cheerful [Official Video]


    Hit Me With Your Rythm Stick (live):



    Hit Me With Your Rythm Stick (Official VClip):


    Ian Dury & The Blockheads - I Wanna Be Straight (1980)
    (1980 promo-music-video-clip by UK artist/band taken from Australian music program 'rage’.):


    Ian Dury and the Blockheads 1999 Live at Ronnie Scotts FULL:


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    Photos (Creative Commons Attributions, …):

    “Ian Dury at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, 1978”
    By Dhphoto - Own work, Public Domain,


    “Wilco Johnson and Ian Dury & The Blockheads”
    By Photographer: F.Antolin Hernández Salguero.
    Stoned59 -

    originally posted to Flickr as Wilco Johnson and Ian Dury & The Blockheads.,
    CC BY 2.0,


    “in an open air concert in Hamburg, Germany at the Stadtpark, last millenia”
    By myself - Own work, CC BY 3.0,


    “Massey hall, Toronto, April 24, 1978”
    By Jean-Luc Ourlin -

    originally posted to Flickr as Ian Dury,
    CC BY-SA 2.0,


    “Ian Dury in concert”
    By goro memo - ian dury,
    CC BY-SA 2.0,


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  • Madness - Drip Fed Fred - Feat Ian Dury - Jools Holland.mp4

    4:18

  • Ian Dury & The Music Students - Friends

    3:15

    Ian Dury & The Music Students - Friends
    4000 Weeks Holiday
    Photo & Music are not my own. I made this myself because I couldn't find a decent audio YouTube. Enjoy

  • Ian Dury Speaks About Spasticus Autisticus

    4:54

  • Ian Dury - There Aint Half Been Some Clever Bastards

    3:01

    Double Blinding :-)

  • Ian Dury - New Boots And Panties Demos

    34:55

    0:00 Wake Up And Make Love With Me
    4:03 Sweet Gene Vincent
    9:41 I'm Partial To Your Abracadabra
    12:34 My Old Man
    16:01 Clever Trevor
    21:17 If I Was With A Woman
    24:41 Blockheads
    28:57 Blackmail Man
    31:10 Sex And Dugs And Rock 'n' Roll

  • Ian Dury & Mick Jones - Sweet Gene Vincent, Hammersmith Odeon

    4:26

    Ian Dury and Mick Jones perform Sweet Gene Vincent at the Hammersmith Odeon, part of the Concert For Kampuchea, on 27th December 1979

  • Ian Dury and the Blockheads - Billericay Dickie

    4:20

  • Ian Dury - Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3

    6:42

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    Franz Ferdinand are welcomed into the Late Night Tales family with a 20 track selection of musical influences, inspirations, diversions and discoveries.

    The quartet have released four studio albums as well as nabbing the Mercury Music Prize and a pair of Brits for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act. They've subsequently gone on to release You Could Have It So Much Better, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand and last year's Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

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    Hear them join the dots between Can, Serge Gainsbourg and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Sandy's Nelson's percussion work-out 'Let There Be Drums', the irrepressible Ian Dury, funky sensations Zapp and the Disco Dub Band and sonic explorer Lee 'Scratch' Perry.

    Record collectors will note the inclusion of Carrie Cleveland's rare, home produced Northern Soul anthem 'Love Will Set You Free' - the LP attracts sales of £300+.

    Also included are a set of waywardly brilliant cover versions: Justus Köhncke's dizzy interpretation of Neil Young's 'Old Man' and R. Stevie Moore's 'I'm Only Sleeping'.

    It wouldn't be right for Franz Ferdinand to produce a mix such as this without a nod to the country that brought them together, so Glasgow's Life Without Buildings, whose uplifting 'New Town' appears alongside 'Reach For The Dead' by Boards Of Canada.

    As they leave us wondering and wandering with American Spring's Brian Wilson-produced 'Sweet Mountain', we take leave of our senses and suitcases on this tour bus of your mind. We've visited soul, funk, reggae, pop, Krautrock and others besides, but before we depart, Franz frontman Alex Kapranos provides a final farewell with the self penned story 'Defibrillator'.

  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Peel Session 1977

    17:29

    The complete session recorded by Ian Dury & The Blockheads on 30 November 1977 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and broadcast on 12 December 1977.

    Tracklist:

    1. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (0:07)
    2. Clevor Trever (4:12)
    3. Sweet Gene Vincent (9:23)
    4. Blockheads (13:10)

  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads-Mischief @Hammersmith

    4:37

    Lionel touchs women as the,re walking through the park...

    BTW THIS IS FROM 1979 NOT 1978

  • Ian Dury: New Boots and Panties!! 40th Anniversary Exclusive Edition Unboxing Video

    40

    Take a closer inside the 40th Anniversary Edition of 'New Boots And Panties!!', the debut album for Ian Dury originally released in 1977.

    A 12x12 hardcover book containing 4CDs, the original album on vinyl, and a pull-out booklet. Alongside the original album there are 3 bonus discs containing Bonus Tracks, Demo Versions, John Peel Sessions and a full live performance not available before on CD.

    The Amazon Exclusive Edition comes with the album on limited edition clear vinyl:

    Amazon Exclusive:

  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads - What a Waste 1978

    2:57

    Ian Dury & The Blockheads - What a Waste 1978

    I could be the driver an articulated lorry
    I could be a poet I wouldn't need to worry
    I could be a teacher in a classroom full of scholars
    I could be the sergeant in a squadron full of wallahs
    What a waste
    What a waste
    What a waste
    What a waste

    Because I chose to play the fool in a six-piece band
    First-night nerves every one-night stand
    I should be glad to be so inclined
    What a waste! What a waste!
    But I don't mind

    I could be a lawyer with strategems and ruses
    I could be a doctor with poultices and bruises
    I could be a writer with a growing reputation
    I could be the ticket man at Fulham Broadway Station

    What a waste (4x)

    I could be the catalyst that sparks the revolution
    I could be an inmate in a long-term institution
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die
    I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by

    What a waste (4x)

    Because I chose to play the fool in a six-piece band
    First-night nerves every one-night stand
    I should be glad to be so inclined
    What a waste! What a waste!
    But I don't mind

  • Ian Dury & the blockheads:Sweet Gene Vincent:Belfast 1978

    3:46

    Ian Dury at Queens University,Belfast 1978.

  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Really Glad You Came

    4:52

    From the CD Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Best Of Ian Dury [2005]

    Lyrics:
    Although you think I'm sleeping as you get set to leave
    I can see your shadow packing from underneath my sleeve
    I swore I'd never live without your constant company
    Tomorrow's empty bedroom would be the death of me

    Times you tried to tell me today was not our day
    Would see me in a fury or begging you to stay
    When you told me there was someone else, self-pity filled my mind
    Mocking my assurance and leaving sense behind

    I'll keep the changes to myself - no chance that you'll respond
    So clear was my reflection - I couldn't see beyond
    And now you'll go and maybe so, I'll always be the same
    Well thanks for looking in on me, I'm really glad you came

    Now there's both sets of keys on the dresser and only one pair of shoes on the floor
    Of the cases on top of the cupboard - there's two where there used to be four
    Some sizable gaps in the bathroom and your presence is felt all the more

    Although you think I'm sleeping as you get set to leave
    I can see your shadow packing from underneath my sleeve
    And there you go and yes I know, I'll always be the same
    Well thanks for looking in on me - I'm really glad you came
    Cos it was good, wasn't it?

  • Skid Row Wine By Jack Kerouac

    2:20

  • Ian Dury and The Blockheads - One Love

    3:35

    ONE LOVE

    (Ten more Turnips from the tip)

  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads - What a Waste 1978

    3:17

    Ian Dury & The Blockheads - What a Waste 1978

    I could be the driver an articulated lorry
    I could be a poet I wouldn't need to worry
    I could be a teacher in a classroom full of scholars
    I could be the sergeant in a squadron full of wallahs
    What a waste (4x)

    Because I chose to play the fool in a six-piece band,
    First-night nerves every one-night stand.
    I should be glad to be so inclined.
    What a waste! What a waste!
    But I don't mind.

    I could be a lawyer with strategems and ruses
    I could be a doctor with poultices and bruises
    I could be a writer with a growing reputation
    I could be the ticket man at Fulham Broadway Station
    What a waste (4x)

    Because I chose to play the fool in a six-piece band,
    First-night nerves every one-night stand.
    I should be glad to be so inclined.
    What a waste! What a waste!
    But I don't mind.

    (Instrumental)

    I could be the catalyst that sparks the revolution
    I could be an inmate in a long-term institution
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die
    I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by
    What a waste (4x)

    Because I chose to play the fool in a six-piece band,
    First-night nerves every one-night stand.
    I should be glad to be so inclined.
    What a waste! What a waste!
    But I don't mind. (3x)

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