Dury’s men keep­ing the punk poet’s spirit alive

The Block­heads, The Globe, Cardiff

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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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