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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Hammersmith Odeon '79

Ian Dury 1941-2000Formed in 1977 to promote Ian Durys' album 'New Boots and Panties' on the first Stiff Records tour of the U.K. Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, Charlie Charles, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher became known as 'The Blockheads' (a reference to a song on Ian's album). As 'Ian Dury & The Blockheads' they went back out on tour, this time without Chaz Jankel, and in 1978 released 'What a Waste' a single that reached number five in the U.K. charts. They were then joined by saxophonist Davey Payne and toured the U.S.A supporting Lou Reed across North America ending with their own dates in California (with backline roadie Pete Rush)
In late 1978 Chaz returned to the fold and composed 'Hit me with your Rhythm Stick' with Ian. The band recorded it in The Workhouse Studios, Old Kent Road, London and in 1979 had a number one hit record with it in the U.K. Ian Dury & The Blockheads went on to record the 'Do it Yourself' album and toured Europe and the U.K. recording 'Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3' in Rome. Released as a single in late 1979 it reached number three in the U.K. charts.

01 Clever Trevor
02 Inbetweenies
03 Don't Ask Me
04 Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3
Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Hammersmith Odeon, London 8-9-7905 Sink My Boats
06 Waiting For Your Taxi
07 This Is What We Find
08 Mischief
09 What A Waste!
10 Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
11 Sweet Gene Vincent

LOCATION / VENUELondon Hammersmith Odeon DATE08–09–79

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't seem to get this to download. Could you repost please?


1:39 PM  
Anonymous arpy said...

The download link doesn't seem to be working. Is it possible to resubmit the post?

7:04 AM  
Anonymous arpy said...

Hi again
Just to say, the alternative link works fine...

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Steve DiFranco said...

was the drummer for Bad Manners for many years, I got my start in drumming after attending this concert, seeing Charlie Charles, I said I can do that.
Here is my ticket, I found it yesterday 11 August 1979 Hammersmith Odeon......I became a blockhead, once a blockhead always a blockhead!

8:49 PM  

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