IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS
THE STIFF RECORDINGS 1977 – 1980
- 4 LP BOX SET, PRESSED ON 180GM TRANSLUCENT VINYL-
INCLUDES ALL THREE STIFF RECORDING BLOCKHEADS ALBUMS
PLUS A BONUS LP OF NON-ALBUM SINGLES
Following the acclaim of last year’s New Boots and Panties!!! box set, on 30th November Edsel Records/Demon Music Group will release the first ever Stiff Recordings box set collecting together the first three groundbreaking and hugely influential albums by Ian Dury & the Blockheads.
The Stiff Recordings 1977 – 1980 begins with the truly classic debut album New Boots and Panties!!!, and also features the albums Do It Yourself and Laughter. The fourth LP features the non-album singles, including Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
Originally released in September 1977, New Boots and Panties!!! was the album that signaled the beginning of Ian Dury’s crossover as a major musical talent and extraordinary personality. Dury, along with songwriting partners Chaz Jankel and Steve Nugent, conjured up musical magic, combining Dury’s love of poetry, wordplay and rhyming slang with styles as diverse as rock’n’roll, music hall, funk and jazz. This was further enhanced by the album’s phenomenal rhythm section, Charley Charles and Norman Watt-Roy, not to mention saxophonist Davey Payne (who, once joined by keyboardist Mickey Gallagher and guitarist John Turnbull for the October ’77 Live Stiffs Live tour, were named The Blockheads after the album’s eighth track).
Following the single Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick reaching number 2 in the UK charts in late 1978, the band released the Do It Yourself album in May 1979. Like its predecessor the album was written at Dury’s home and recorded at The Workhouse Studios on the Old Kent Road, although only half the songs were Dury-Jankel co-writes as, for the first time, Dury involved the whole band in the songwriting process. This resulted in the Blockhead classics’ Inbetweenies and This Is What We Find. Dury’s policy of not including singles on albums meant neither Rhythm Stick, nor the follow up, the much-loved single Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3 (released July 1979, reaching number 3 on the UK singles chart) appeared on Do It Yourself (both do appear here on the bonus LP). The album was released with at least 34 sleeves, each from a different Crown Wallpaper design, designed by New Boots and Stiff in-house legendary designer, Barney Bubbles.
After the Do It Yourself tour, Jankel left the band due to the stresses of life on the road. He was replaced by former Dr Feelgood guitarist and songwriter, Wilko Johnson. Following the release of the non-album single I Want To Be Straight, in late 1980 the band released Laughter. Dury was to acknowledge years later that the title was, as suspected at the time, ironic: he had been suffering with alcoholism and drug addiction, which affected his mood and influenced several of the album’s songs. These included Uncoolohol, Manic Depression (Jimi) and Fucking Ada. For the first time a single was released that also appeared on a Dury album, Superman’s Big Sister. It was to be the final Ian Dury & The Blockheads album until they reformed nearly two decades later.
The bonus LP features the non-album singles, A and B sides, including the 12” version of Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3.
The Stiff Recordings 1977 – 1980 box set comes in a rigid case. All LPs are pressed on to 180gram, translucent vinyl.
THE STIFF RECORDINGS 1977 – 1980 track listings:
LP1: NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES!!
1. Wake Up And Make Love With Me
2. Sweet Gene Vincent
3. I'm Partial To Your Abracadabra
4. My Old Man
5. Billericay Dickie
1. Clevor Trever
2. If I Was With A Woman
4. Plaistow Patricia
5. Blackmail Man
LP2: DO IT YOURSELF
3. Don't Ask Me
4. Sink My Boats
5. Waiting For Your Taxi
1. This Is What We Find
2. Uneasy Sunny Day Hotsy Totsy
4. Dance For The Screamers
5. Lullaby For Francies
1. Sueperman's Big Sister
3. Delusions Of Grandeur
4. Yes & No (Paula)
5. Dance Of The Crackpots
6. Over The Points
1. (Take Your Elbow Out Of The Soup You're Sitting On The Chicken)
3. Hey, Hey, Take Me Away
4. Manic Depression (Jimi)
5. Oh Mr Peanut
6. F*cking Ada
LP4: THAT’S NOT ALL – Bonus LP
1. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
2. Razzle In My Pocket
3. You're More Than Fair
4. Close To Home
5. What A Waste
6. There Ain't Half Been Some Clever Bastards
7. Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3
1. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
2. Common As Muck
3. I Want To Be Straight
4. That's Not All
5. You'll See Glimpses
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