New Boots And Panties!! [30th Anniversary Edition]
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NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES!! 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION WITH DVD
- Thirty years after its release, Ian Dury’s first album released under his own name remains an undisputed and timeless classic. Uniquely, every song on the album is known and celebrated as though they were all released as singles.
- Accompanying the album was the single “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” (included here with its b-side), a song title so well-known that it is included in the Oxford English Dictionary, along with several other Dury song titles and phrases.
- Also included here (for the first time on CD) are two bonus Dury rarities: “Close To Home” (recorded in 1977) has only ever been issued on an NME cassette in 1981, and “Two Steep Hills”, only ever issued on the b-side of an extremely limited NME competition winners 7” release.
- And now on DVD (and for the first time on any format), fans can watch the spectacle of Ian and the Blockheads romping through the album’s highlights live at Queen Mary’s College in Mile End, London on 10th December 1977 for the BBC’s fondly-remembered “Sight And Sound In Concert” series.
- Recorded soon after the famed “Live Stiffs” package tour of Autumn 1977, this concert captures one of the most exhilarating live bands ever at the peak of their game.
- The Blockheads with guest Phill Jupitus continue to tour the UK on their 30th Anniversary Tour, and play “New Boots And Panties!!” in its entirety in its original sequence.
|| ||Wake Up And Make Love With Me|
|| ||Sweet Gene Vincent|
|| ||I'm Partial To Your Abracadabra|
|| ||My Old Man|
|| ||Billericay Dickie|
|| ||Clever Trevor|
|| ||If I Was With A Woman|
|| ||Plaistow Patricia|
|| ||Blackmail Man|
|| ||Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll (Bonus Track)|
|| ||Razzle In My Pocket (Bonus Track)|
|| ||Close To Home (Bonus Track)|
|| ||Two Steep Hills (Bonus Track)|
|| ||Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll (DVD)|
|| ||I'm Partial To Your Abracadabra (DVD)|
|| ||Wake Up And Make Love With Me (DVD)|
|| ||Clever Trevor (DVD)|
|| ||Billericay Dickie (DVD)|
|| ||Sweet Gene Vincent (DVD)|
|| ||Blockheads (DVD)|
Fleshing out the original album with a quartet of bonus tracks and adding a seven-song DVD of Dury & The Blockheads screened as part of the BBC’s Sight & Sound In Concert series, this 30th anniversary reissue of New Boots And Panties is definitive. Dury’s clever wordplay, strange subject matter and a mesh of musical styles have rightly seen the album recognised as a classic.
Birmingham Sunday Mercury
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Ian Dury’s classic album, here it is re-released on CD with bonus tracks. What’s more, there’s a DVD featuring Dury and his band The Blockheads in concert at Queen Mary’s College in Mile End, London on December 10, 1977. Tracks include Sweet Gene Vincent, Clever Trevor and, of course, the great Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll. Ian Dury had suffered from polio since childhood, and died in 2000.
Mojo, February 2008
The most unlikely pop star ever’s rude and funky vignettes of sex, family, and the dreams of youth are, 30 years on, still hard to listen to without smiling. A bonus live ’77 DVD is great.
3ammagazine.com, December 07
“Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll”
Ian Dury may no longer be with us, having passed on in 2000, but his presence in music was so strong somehow it doesn’t feel as if he has gone. A true renaissance man with success in art, music and as a playwright, Dury is doubtless remembered for his substantial contribution to British music and is held with a great affection by music lovers the world over. Growing up in the bleakness of post-war Essex he made his way to the Royal College of Art via Walthamstow Art College, he rose to become an art lecturer himself. With the death of Gene Vincent, Dury was inspired to try his hand at music recruiting students from Canterbury School of Art he formed Kilburn and the High Roads, who rose to cult status in the music world. It was when he found his writing partner Chaz Jankel in a musical instrument hire shop that Dury’s lyrics were finally given wings and with the recruitment of Charley Charles (drums), Norman Watt-Roy (Bass) The Blockheads were born. Only lasting two years, producing only two albums and five top ten hits, for those growing up in the 70s his dark hoary face and East End skanking vocals were iconic. Passed over by the majors, with the completion of New Boots and Panties they were signed to Stiff Records, and went to enjoy 90 weeks in the album charts alone. More gentle and humorous than his punk contemporaries, with more than half a foot in the door of East End pub minstreldom Dury gave us classics such as ‘Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll’ from the platinum selling New Boots and Panties and the infectious and unfathomable ‘Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick’. Whereas contemporaries were revelling in punk angst and rebellion, Dury told stories from his life and East End/Essex life with both a gentle wit and a filthy sense of humour, all suffused by jazz and impregnated and low down dirty funk that probably meant he got away with an awful lot more than the angry young men of bands like The Clash and The Buzzcocks. In a way Ian Dury and the Blockheads were perhaps, a more true representation of Britain in the late 70s and running in sharp contrast with edgier bands of the time that were coming out of the north like Joy Division. His work has a disarming honesty, an endearing roughness coupled with moments avant-garde genius such as the dissonant chorus of “laughing” the end of “If I was a with a woman” that made them stand out as figures in music history. Latter day stars like Blur and Lily Allen with their cheeky London lad/laddess posturing can but doff their caps and bow in veneration to the original London storyteller Ian Dury.
The Blockheads split in 1980, Ian Dury continued for a while with a solo career before temporarily bowing out of music to concentrate on his writing penning the musical Apples, and Roman Polanski’s film Pirates and not to mention his famous voice over for the Toshiba advert “ ‘ello Tosh got a Toshiba?”. With the discovery of drummer Charley Charles’ cancer The Blockheads reformed to raise money for Charley through a series of benefit concerts. Charley Charles was not to see the concerts but the Blockheads carried on together culminating with the release of their first album in 21 years Mr Love Pants. Sadly it wasn’t long before Dury too was diagnosed with cancer, but this didn’t slow him down as he continued to do his extensive charity work including the fight against Polio, the disease that had cruelly disabled him in childhood.
Now 30 years on, his life and that of the Blockheads is celebrated with the re-released of their first album, New Boots and Panties, accompanied by bonus tracks and a never before seen DVD of their live concert Sight and Sound in Concert of 10th December 1977. It is a cute little collector’s package, though it’s not made clear who (probably the record company) benefits from the sales of this release, but for all Ian Dury and the Blockheads fans it’s a little gem to treasure. The Blockheads it seems keep touring and this time it is Phill Jupitus standing in for Mr Dury, make of that what you will.
Ian Dury reveals the jazz origins of ‘Sex And Drugs And Rock & Roll’
It Goes That Way
It goes that way and it goes that way and it goes that way
Chess Jenkins and myself chinned the riff on our song ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’ from a Charlie Haden bass solo on the album ‘Change of the Century’ by the Ornette Coleman quartet: Ornette, Don Cherry, Haden & Billy Higgins. (Those sweet 16 bars had been a true friend for as many years, and it was only after allowing a mildly critical lyric to be usurped into anthemic proportions for the greater good of my back pocket that they grew wearisiome).
In 1978, one went down the Cave de la Lombards in Paris to see Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell. Blackwell was conserving his energy, playing restrained beauty drums. He had to visit a kidney machine three times a week. Cherry was playing piano, pocket trumpet from the Josephine Baker revue and African gourd guitar. I was a very transfixed person.
After the last set, Cherry stepped off stage towards the door, past me, and stopped. I saw his feet beneath a shy brim and he said, Are you Ian? He invited me to come to his dressing room in a minute, so I went to have a drink, my first, at the bar, and a Swedish person, subsequently named Moki, said, Hey Ian my son Eagle-Eye loves your record S & D & R & R, and I said my Brian Case version of shucks, and may I have a glass that doesn’t shake, please?
I went upstairs, tapped and entered the Cherry dressing-room. If Otis Redding had invited me, or Mingus or Gene or Roland, but not Elvis, I would have been the same nervous wimp with a different hero.
I sat down and Don played me gourd guitar & Xhosa click song for ten minutes, during which time said Moki entered the premises and my brain told me that Eagle-Eye was their son who liked the record that me & Jankel had clouted from his father’s bass player.
My bum had gone stereo. As we all smiled, my turn had come to speak. Do you remember a record you made with Ornette in 1961? Well, we recorded S & D & R & R and stole Haden’s licks and your son likes it.
And Cherry said
It goes that way
and it goes that way
and it goes that way
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