Dury’s men keeping the punk poet’s spirit alive
The Blockheads, The Globe, Cardiff
HOW do you replace a musical icon like Ian Dury? That must have been the question facing The Blockheads, the backing band of the infamous punk rock firebrand, after he passed away in March 2000.
The answer is, you don’t even try – you just celebrate the incredible legacy of songs he left behind.
Thankfully, when you’ve got players in your line-up of the calibre of Norman Watt-Roy, Chaz Jankel, Mick Gallagher and John Turnbull, missing your figurehead becomes less of an insurmountable obstacle.
And the man at the mic with the unenviable task of filling Dury’s boots?
Why, it’s Derek the Draw, the late singer’s club funk and white-boy dance mate and minder who’s been handling grooves – once the perfect vehicle for vocal duties in the group since the Dury’s home-spun philosophy and start of the millennium. chirpy Essex charm – are still packing
Formed in ’77 to promote Dury’s them in at clubs up and down the land. album New Boots and Panties on the Like acts such as Banned from Utopia first Stiff Records tour of the UK, The – made up of acolytes from the late Blockheads have rarely been off the road Frank Zappa’s entourage – or Paul ever since. Weller’s former band mates From The
Several classic hit singles followed, Jam, The Blockheads will probably never including What a Waste, Hit Me With entirely assuage the loss of their main Your Rhythm Stick (top of the hit parade man, no matter how long they jam. in 1979 and the greatest musical However, even without Dury’s inimitable moment to namecheck Cardiff ’s Tiger presence, they remain one of the Bay), Reasons to be Cheerful Part Three greatest live acts the UK has ever produced. and party anthem-on-high Sex and The Blockheads play The Globe Drugs and Rock and Roll. in Cardiff on Friday, November 9. For And now, 40 years later, their workingmen’s tickets call 0871 220 0260.
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