Review of: New Boots and Panties - Ian Dury and the Blockheads

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by AlanJ on 08 Jun 2007

being an old duffer and remembering when CD was an earth shattering change from carting around large plastic cases full of vinyl or wrapping your self up in C60's (apologies if the references mean nothing- Its good to find a forum where my terminology may baffle the cyber generation) I made the mistake in the early 90s of buying a few albumns re-issued on cd that had been my teenage raison d'etre in the late 70's. Unfortunately, on re aquainting myself with these seminal teenage heroes I realised that most of them were short of my remebered mark.
NOT SO WITH NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES
For those of you unfamiliar with the work of Ian Dury and the blockheads in the mid 70's it needs to be said that they only rode the crest of the wave of Punk because they were signed to Stiff "if it aint stiff it aint worth a f**k" records along with a rag tag of punk and other genres - Motorhead were signed to stiff.
The Blockheads are a cracking band, mixing funk, blues, rock and roll with some of the most down to earth lyrics you could ever want. No pretentions to hightened intelelectual understanding, understated and undersung but bloody brilliant.
I could bang on about it for hours but you are best off buying a copy and familiarising yourself with Sweet Gene Vincent, Billericay Dickie, Clever Trevor, Plaistow Patricia and check out the bass line on "wake up..."
Enjoy this master lyricist with his formidable backing band and then see if you can find a copy of Spasticus Autisicus.

New Boots and Panties - Ian Dury and the Blockheads

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Homepage: http://www.iandury.co.uk
See Also: http://www.theblockheads.com

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