Such a weird act would never get off the ground these days but Ian Dury deserves the cult following. I've never listened to a full Blockheads album before and I thought this one was terrific! Humorous lyrics but the songs are also catchy and get the foot tapping. Good stuff all round
When I first started listening to this I was definitely at a one or a two phase, but through a forced break in my listening and coming back to it later it allowed me to take a step back from the shock value and truly appreciate the lyricism and instrumentals that were actually really quite good, I’m gonna be coming back to this one for a while
Wow. I have a new favourite thing. I’d heard of this dude but never listened. Not too late to the party, but late.
A very amusing album. The quality of the singer isn't anything special. This album is for the lyrics. Instrumentation is pretty good.
Enjoyed this! Bit of a punk influence. Ended up checking out his Sex Drugs and rock and roll album afterwards too!
Funky and intelligent lyrics. Simple and down to earth. It's starting to feel like punk is a catch-all.
I didn't stop smiling throughout this entire album. It's wonderfully quirky, musically gorgeous, and tells a whole bunch of stories. The mainstream media always painted Dury as a novelty act, this album puts that idea to bed almost immediately. Great stuff.
When I started listening to this I was confused and almost offended. Like I thought I was being pranked. I thought somebody recorded randy newman trying to do an impression of the clash, and I was not sure at all why this album was so critically praised. As I listened through I warmed up to it a little bit, I enjoyed the more punk-type stuff at the end of the album, and overall it was a mostly enjoyable if not strange album.
Quite a hodge-podge of styles on this one, from disco, to downtempo funk, to rock&roll to sing-along pub songs. I love the opener, with Chaz Jenkels’ keyboards up front, and I always thought it should have been covered by a disco band and a singer with a good voice. I found on first listen that Ian's voice gave the whole album a novelty feel and gave it a 2. But then I read some reviews and listened again, focusing on the lyrics which gave a squalid depiction of life in the working class boroughs of London in the 70s (with some sexual humour thrown in). This was a brave release in the UK in 77 and it would have been much easier for him to stick to more straightforward punk tunes.
I really like Ian Dury, he's a proper rock'n'roll guy and he's got such a strong attitude and charisma. Unfortunately, that did have to carry some of this. The energy is good, the vibe is great, the tongue-in-cheek humour is there - all it's missing is consistently good songs. Some of them were very good. A lot of them missed the mark
Alors que je travaillais dans mon précédent cabinet d'avocats, ma supérieure hiérarchique avait l'habitude, quand je lui remettais le travail qu'elle m'avait commandé, de dire à haute voix "Mais qu'est-ce qu'il m'a fait ?!" en posant son regard éberlué sur mes écrits. Je fus viré moins de trois semaines après le début de mon contrat. Cette phrase, je l'ai répétée tout au long de l'écoute de cet album. Aucun moyen pour moi néanmoins d'y mettre fin prématurément.
So fucking good
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll entre otras.
Such a delight!
Wow, I was shocked how much I loved this. Absolutely based.
It took a second for me to warm up to this album, but my god it’s very very good. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll all the way! Gonna look for it on vinyl next time I’m out
Clever trevor lever
Holy moly! What a unique, fun album. I love this guy's style, and his lyrics are goofy. Reminds me a bit of Taco, but this guy is 100% original.
This is some delightful pub rock. One or two songs got a little obnoxious, but a truly and definitively cheeky record.
Disco heterodoxo donde cabe el rock&Roll, el punk y el funk, entre otros, de espíritu social y burlesco. Raro y atrevido, no deja de ser divertido y único.
I've heard the off Drury track over the years, even favouring his son lately, but this was solid :)
Erkebritisk, god stemning og fantastisk vokal delivery.
Var opprinnelig skuffet av at Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick ikke var på dette albumet, men det kom seg fort. Dette må være noe av den mest britiske musikken jeg har hørt. Veldig varierende og stemningsfullt, liker veldig godt den lighthearted stemninga. Starten på Plaistow Patricia er jo kunst. Beste sanger: Wake Up And Make Love With Me, Billericay Dickie og Blackmail Man.
Muy interesante, punk en esencia y entre otras cosas. Lo volvere a escuchar
This one is hard to rate; vocals sound like they were recorded during a drunk karaoke night in a British pub, and every song misses the mark in terms of lyrics and mood by such hilariously wide margins, it deserves to be treated as a masterpiece.
I like this album . Been a while since I listened to it. Real nice to re-discover it. 4 🌟
I’ve never heard of this artist before, but they have some really cool instrumentals and the vocals match up perfectly for some very catchy songs.
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Lots of fun, clever (if occasionally dubious) lyrics, catchy tunes and superb musicianship. What's not to like?
A pretty good album.
Bloo’y brill’iant innit! This album was on heavy rotation in the late 70’s by CFNY in Toronto and it still sounds fresh today. Love the jazz and funk influences overlaying the punk and Drury’s cockney accent singing very witty lyrics. Hit me with your rhythm stick isn’t here but other great songs such as Wake up and make love, Sex and Drugs, and Clever Trever are pretty damned great
I gave this a quick listen and quite liked it. I need to listen again but got busy with Halloween festivities. His voice is one that makes it hard for him not to be entertaining. I'm sure I would get to a 4 if I had the time to listen again but since The White Album is on deck, I need to move on. That's as detailed as I'll get this time but I'll make up for it w the Beatles.
I…I don't know what I listened to, but I like it I think? 4.0
Oke echt een tof album met veel toffe nummers you're more than fair...wel wel wel interessant
El fet que es publiqués l'any del punk i que el seu protagonista fos un personatge perfectament catalogable dins el génere podria portar-nos a engany, ja que els temes que composen el disc no poden estar més lluny de la improvisació i la ràbia espontànea. Més a prop del pub rock, amb cançons més properes al rock més clàssic i altres gairebé tocant el music hall, la col.lecció que engloba el disc és original i un bri d'aire fresc entre géneres. Sempre estimula quan s'escolta de nou
not this againnn. lol it's very 'rude' but kind of funny and surprisingly fun and varied instrumentals
A mixture of funk, Punk, and a very British sense of humour make this a must listen of the late '70s.
Silly little record, that verges on creepy at many points. The singing is not particularly good but has a certain charm that makes the songs sound sort of playful, which I ended up enjoying, and the song topics are pretty hilarious to begin with too. 8/10
It's hard to go back and remember how shocking this was. It seems more naughty little boy nowadays, although Blockheads and Blackmail Man have a bit of serious bite to them. My Old Man is quite lovely. The less said about Billeracay Dickie and You're More Than Fair, the better.
His vocal style is probably not everybody's cup of tea. But there's some really great stuff on here.
Enjoyed this alot more on second listen, it's funny and well put together, his voice gets a tad annoying at times but still worth your time
This was a fun listen, especially in that every song sounded like it could be on a different album. Hard to trace both it's influence and who influenced it!
Full of energy and humour this one, not really my cup of tea, glad I heard the rest of the album, not just the, single, 'popular' song.
é daora mas perde um cado pros lançamento da época
Very NY. I'd listen to this again.
Very good. 4 / 5 Classic: Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll Standouts: Wake Up and Make Love With Me, Sweet Gene Vincent, My Old Man, Clevor Trever,
Interesting album. I really like the varied instrumentation, and a lot of the songs are very catchy, but some songs just downwright annoying, and the album name is trash. Closer t0 a 3.3
Not a bad album, but not my type. Some songs were pretty good and had killer guitar.
After a couple of listens, it has some appeal! Loved all the Essex references
AGGRESSIVELY HORNY. Like, seriously. This guy is so horny. But it has this really fun, classic feel to it, and his British accent is really thick, which kind of adds to the fun.
This is actually a very funny album with some real guitar riffs/rock accents.
Better than Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, but not something I much listen to any more.
I actually liked this more than I expected to. A lot of NSFW content but I never got the appeal of Ian Dury growing up. This is far more melodic than I expected.
Like Leonars Cohen but more vulgar which I respect.
Was ok - not my taste
ok so this album is kinda bad but in a good way, the songs aren’t that great but still funny, his voice is a bit annoying but it’s sorta catchy and overall it all works together … but i most likely wouldn’t listen to the whole album again, sorry
Funky, catchy, and downright bizarre. Really enjoyed the jazz/funk/reggae fusion of the music and thought the weird lyrics were funny for the most part. Reminds me of Warren Zevon and Frank Zappa. Highlights: -Wake up and Make Love With Me -Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll -
What a weird mashup of an album! Fave track - "Clevor Trever", maybe - or "Wake Up and Make Love with Me" I think this is a pay-attention-to-the-lyrics album, so probably need to relisten with more focus!
starts very good but it doesn't hold, has some cringey choruses
Musically it's quite good. Lyrically...I feel transgressed and violated.
1977, Punk Rock, Pub Rock, disco, Music Hall, geht klar, nichts besonderes
6/10. A strong British accent does make bad sex jokes about 20% funnier, which brings this up from a 5/10. I think it might have been more enjoyable if I'd been able to focus on it a bit more, because I could tell there were some jokes that I missed, but I don't think that would bring the rating significantly higher.
Vocals were pretty bad, music was sometimes interesting. I’m not gonna listen again but it was entertaining 6/10
Har inte så mycket att säga vissa va okej, vissa va jobbiga—> 2,5/5
Great album with some good tunes with excellent lyrics.
Malgré la recherche desesperée de bad buzz de Ian Dury, faisant regulièrement allusion au sexe et aux femmes de manières generale, cet album restera eternellement aux oubliettes. Et pour cause, la qualité de ce dernier est hautement discutable, je mets neamoins 3 car je n'ai pas été dérangé non plus outre mesure
This guy must get so much old lady poon. Good for him. Also Clevor Trever is the first rap song don't @me
Punk/disco rock from England with pretty cool vocals and deep basslines. Definitely can tell it came out of the 70's - this album lets the good times roll!
Intriguing but ultimately mediocre. 7.4/10
Hmmm, it was fun but I don't know if I will ever listen to it again 2.5?
Super fun and lyrically a little bit shocking ahaha
“Will you be... I hope you’ll be... I hope you’ll be showing your pussy tonight baby! Cause I’m gonna be wanking my fucking cock to you naked.”
An eclectic mix of musical styles from Disco to Punk Rock. The album seemed pleasing, but since this was a first listen for me, it didn't grab me right away. Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll is a song that I've heard before and recognized it right away. I had no idea previously, who sang it or when it was from. Stand Out Songs: Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll
Drugs & Rock n Roll. Not so sure about the Sex.
Good album, but nothing memorable
Don’t know how to pin point it other than the obvious accent but big Brit vibes
Pretty good. Some cool punk and new wave vibes going here. Some strange songs. I enjoyed it but wasn't overly excited.
Haven’t heard before. Just okay.
In what turned out to be an enormous error, I had a big, big wank on the morning of an IVF appointment, where I had to go into a little room and provide a sample. So, by the time the moment arrived, no matter how hard I went at it, I couldn't get anything out. In the end I just got some flour and milk and mixed it together with some spit and legged it out of there. My wife was not happy.
arseholes bastards fucking cunts and pricks. my kind of lyrics. started a bit slow and a bit too knees up mother brown, but the second half picked up speed and was pretty bloody good. all of it was better than the album i accidentally started to listen to where robbie cunting williams was doing a cover version.
I can see how this slapped in UK
A unique album to me. Worth a listen to for the lyrics, and I quite like the style of his voice. Some nice instrumental parts for example on "If I was with a woman".
Very cool and funky
Stompin' band at the height of their powers, and a charismatic front man. Sometimes the lyrics are little overly clever (Dury never saw an easy rhyme he didn't like; Billericay Dickie is an example there), and the line between sexy and sexist is often crossed, and has dated especially poorly. Still, Dury is trying to shock and provoke a sense of fun. It's hard to be too outraged when you're dancing, after all. Dodgy sexual politics aside, this is a fun listen. Would buy.
Very good and layered punk album.
speciaal mijn papa is fan aha
Bit of fun innit - something a little different. Some infectious grooves and I find the accent quite endearing.
Y'all know I love comedy music especially when the music is very enjoyable too. Some of the basslines and grooves are awesome and really compliment the funny lyrics
I enjoyed some songs, but most of it didn't grab me.
on second listen pretty good, lyrics are solid. 3
I like the cheekiness of the lyrics and delivery style. Not blown away but interested to hear more.
Fine - actually better than I expected. A unique British talent.
No sire, not for me.
Durchwachsen. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll hat natürlich Hymnen-Charakter, war aber das einzige, das ich kannte. Die anderen Songs sind mir größtenteils zu punkig; Wake Up and Make Love with Me, Clevor Trever und If I Was with a Woman fand ich zusätzlich zum erstgenannten allerdings recht pfiffig und außergewöhnlich.
When I was about 9, I had a mix tape that had Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick on it - I had no idea who was singing it, or why, but I found it mesmerising.
Thanks 1001 albums, I never would have listened to this and my son never would have been introduced to the f-bomb c-bomb combo without you.
Middle of the road
It was fun
Odd and unexpected. Will revisit someday.
Slightly unhinged album. Can appreciate it
The more I hear it, the more I like it. Standouts: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Clevor Trevor, Wake Up and Make Love With Me, My Old Man Others: Sweet Gene Vincent, Plaistow Patricia 3.5 / 5
Rockabilly is back or never left Very good compositions but I really hate the guy's voice
J'imagine ça a du être une immense influence pour la scène punk émergente des années 70s, le chanteur fait un peu penser à Damon Albarn, mais pas full mon genre
Bardzo ciekawa progresja albumu, zaczynając od wolnijeszych ballad, a kończąc na rockowym, prawie punkowym brzmieniu. Co do warstwy lirycznej niestety nie wciąnęła mnie za bardzo.
Mildly entertaining. Like the vocalist's voice and overall style of the album. Nonetheless, there wasn't anything outstanding. Tounge-in-cheek lyrics.
While the album is a fun romp that does not overstay it's welcome, the vocals are a bit too indistinct. The musical variety on the track helpsa lot, but the style of delivery really feels like it holds the album back. Highlight: Clevor Trever, Blockheads
Not really for me, but much better than I expected. Only knew the hits before, which aren't on this record. 2.7
Not my style
Eh, it's okay but not really resonating with me. 2 stars.
Not my thing
The first song is OK, but the rest of the album just fails to catch my attention. Sorry, next.
I can get down with the music on this album, but the lyrics (and to an extent the vocal performance) knock it way down for me. If somebody else was singing about just about anything else over the music on this album, it would be an easy 4, maybe even a 5 if the singing and lyrical content was really stellar, but I’m disappointed in you Ian....
Quite kitsch, but still has a bit of humour. 4/10, not a big fan.
Dreadful vocal performance. I mean, it’s just completely uninspired. Every song that starts out interesting is utterly destroyed the second his voice comes in. 3
started fun then... became less fun
One good song, but - outdated
Saved Prior: None Off Rip: I'm Partial to Your Abracadabra, My Old Man Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Maybe the most british album I have ever heard. If I was an english bloke in the late 70's who felt jilted by the system this would BUMP. Unfortunately, I am not any of those things. Some pretty crash bars all over this thing, and I want to believe he's playing a character but sheesh. I'm glad this exists for people who enjoy it.
An interesting album, but not quite sure to make of it. A little too abrasive at times for my liking
Fun at times, but annoying at more times. I read that a lot of the acclaim for the album comes from the lyrics, but I really just don't see it.
More like Ian Dreary
No me agradó del todo
not for me
Kind of gimmicky but I like some of the music
I could not help feeling the whole time like I was listening to the soundtrack to 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show.' (Frankly -- no pun intended re the character, Frank -- I prefer 'Rocky Horror' to this; it's more fun.)
it was fine.
instantly thought about Bruce Hornsby and the Range, which put me a mood to listen to this album. He's certainly not shy about his approach to the lyrics. Overall to many different genres and jumping around...
I did not know any of the songs and there is probably a good reason for that because they aren't good.
'70s music that could be forgotten. Not the type of music Id like.
A cult hero. Like Steven Gerrard is soon to be at Villa. Absolute cum goblin.
Δεν ήταν κακό. Απλά δεν κατάλαβα πώς συνδέονται τα τραγούδια, τι είδους είναι κλπ
Not for me. Too much mysogyny.
England what the fuck
Juvenile, not a fun listen
I come awake with a gift for womankind You're still asleep but the gift don't seem to mind Rise on this occasion, halfway up your back Sliding down your body, touching your behind You look so self-possessed I won't disturb your rest It's lovely when you're sleeping But wide awake is best Wake up and make love with me, wake up and make love
Not my cup of tea, slightly odd lyrics and the music wasn't quite my jam
Super simple and boring. Not sure if this guy was singing, sounded like he was just kinda talking. Couldn't listen to all of it, bored the hell out of me. The beats were maybe decent for the time (not really but trying to be nice). There is a lyric on the most popular song where he says this is my tailor, hes called Simon, he is sure it will fit, lol.
If I was sitting in a pub listening to this live while downing a few pints, I would like it! However, sitting here cold sober and listening to it, not so much. A couple songs even annoyed me. 2
Something about this rubbed me the wrong way. It’s not horrible but nothing produced here needs to exist, which maybe is the tragedy.
I dont know man. What the hell? That first track. idk
'Sweet genie Vincent' non malvagia. Un sound accattivante, ma in generale un ascolto che mi da poco.
Kind of new wave sounding. Kind of fun.
Pretty all over the place with this album. First couple songs I thought were awful but it grew on me a little bit as it went on.
I'll give'm this. They knew the sound they were aiming for and they nailed it. Not sure I'm very into it though.
This guy wants to have sex with your ear holes. Vocals get pretty pitchy. The lyrics sound like they're supposed to be funny but I can barely understand him, and when I can, I don't get the references. Music is good and tight but pretty straight forward. Not bad. Not great.
First dud of the week. The artist and title was enough to tip me off that we were in for some quirky British tunes. Very tongue-in-cheek humorous, which is fine in doses, I just didn't find much of the music interesting. I suppose if I were British I'd call Ian Dury a cheeky bastard 'avin' a wank or takin' the piss. I will compliment and say it sounded quite ahead of it's time, seems like '80s or even '90s era music. But still not much for me, sorry bruv. Favorite tracks: Clevor Trever, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. Album art: Also ahead of its time, this would've made me guess '80s or '90s. It's a black and white photo and nothing too elaborate but still manages to feel lively with that text. 2.5/5
Enjoyed the music, not the voice or lyrics.
Best Song: Plaistow Patricia. Pure cacophonous filth. Worst Song: Wake Up And Make Love With Me. This sounds like if Lenny from Of Mice and Men tried to write a song to woo Curley's wife. Overall: I hope one day the creator of this list encounters a globe so they can fully appreciate the size of the world they ignore in favour of including the work another bloke who just happened to grow up in the same backyard.
Kinda funny and bizarre but I just couldn't get into any of it and I can't understand its significance to the list
Would not recommend to anyone, would only bring up in conversation to state how bad it is
Liked track 1
1/5 very irritating songs!
Liked some parts of most songs but they all outstayed their welcome. Lyric themes were pretty crude.
Not an enjoyable listening experience which surprised & disappointed me
creepy and horrible!
The instrumentals are pretty good on most of the songs, but that is it. Nothing else is good about this. 1/5 stars.
This is a joke, right?
This album is too horny and also not good at all
This is virgin. Like take away the weezer radiohead virgin jokes because this is virgin. I do not enjoy this album Favorite song: None I wanted to die listening to this lmao
What a dyslexic nightmare of an album. British 2nd or 3rd wave ska, mixed with punk and funk.... some very low brow content. Did not enjoy.
12th August 2021 Listened while clearing the house and getting ready to go to Suffolk for the weekend with Gareth's Sheffield crew. Weird one. Very of it's time with sexist and mysogenistic lyrics. Sounds like a bad stand up set put to music.
This isn't a joke? I'm not being put on here, am I?
I have no idea where this recommendation came from and no idea why it would still be on the list. It's like Wayne & Garth wanted to take themselves seriously and make a comical record with no humor. Its hard to find something good to say about any song, though there are plenty that are standount unpleasant (billericay dickie, blockheads, blackmail man, sex & drugs, clevor trever). Ugh.
I don’t get it
The groove on this album is great, I just feel like I'm listening to Bert from Mary Poppins sing about sex with an extra song about his dad. All jokes aside, the instrumentation on this album is really fun. The switch on "Sweet Gene Vincent" is really exciting and is the first time Ian Dury's voice is actually kind of okay. "Blockheads" is pretty okay as well because Ian's voice really comes out for real (if only he had someone else write the lyrics - it literally sounds like something out of Spongebob). "Billericay Dickie" is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard. If he rhymed anymore than he already did on this album, I think I wouldn't have minded if we nuked the United Kingdom. It's like he's rapping at some parts but it's the whitest rap I have ever heard in my life. It's really a shame, because there are a lot of times the instrumentals/production are really exciting - and then he actually starts singing and I wish I were dead. I guess I could mention the first half of the album is very different from the second, but it's honestly pointless because both sides are really god awful. Needless to say, this album did not age very well. 1/10 not very good in deed at all.
Well this album was.... weird. Sonically diverse as they come, I'm initially inclined to give it some props for demonstrating such versatility. But I can pretty much guarantee I'm never coming back to this or nearly any of its tracks ever again. This music sounds like it was made Bert from Mary Poppins, if he was ragingly horny nearly all the time. The lyrics are insufferable, almost to the point of being charming, but only almost. The low point is hard to pick. There's "Billericay Dickey", a song so cringey I almost believe it was intentional. But I think the most genuinely disturbing song is "If I Was a Woman", which has some really rapey and abusive lyrics, not to mention the skin-crawling outro of "lawghing, lawghing, lawghing"... yeah I can't get behind that one. There are some cool instrumentals here, some compelling grooves, and some solid vocal lines. But I struggle to find anything here that I would return voluntarily, mostly due to the flat, ugly singing (which is often not even in tune) and the kind of gross, nursery-rhyme lyrics.
Listen to Madness better
The instrumentation is decent but couldn't stand the vocals. There are a couple of songs I didn't mind like My Old Man and Wake Up And Love Me but overall was pretty unenjoyable.
Weird lyrics. Instrumentation wasn't that interesting. Not really for me.
British. Can't sing. Can't pick a genre, can't do most of them particularly well. Perfect for this list.
Couldnt get past two songs
Can't say I enjoyed this. The vocal delivery style is so flat and lazy I don't understand how he was the vocalist. I don't find him a particularly effective screamer either. Certainly someone else in The Blockheads had to have had a better voice? Also, obnoxious cleverness really isn't my thing when it comes to lyrics, especially when it's just a relentless barrage of it. Musically it's fine I guess? Nothing that grabbed me enough to distract me from the vocals or lyrics though. Definitely wanted to skip a few tracks as I went through but I persevered, for what it's worth, which wasn't much. Seemed to get worse as it went on. Will be avoiding in the future.
Not for me.
Sorry dude, your gross lyrics made me turn this off right away
And now we are back to UK Rock...no thank you.
Did not like this one