musicology #311

Live&Direct #7

(Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Blockheads)

Was intending on Slowing the tempo down for the next few cuts but then I came across this one from one of London’s favourite son’s Ian Dury featuring, of course, The Blockheads. So Influential were this group of Cats in themusicologist’s early life that I can’t overstate it. Not only that but in their earlier incarnation as Kilburn & the High Roads it was they, along with Doctor Feelgood and, for me, Steve Marriott that changed the trend, (at least on London’s scene) from listening to overhyped, overpaid and overrated so called supergroups of which I’ll mention no names to authentic, local, talent out of which sprung the attitude that became known as Punk. ‘The High Roads’ were vanguards and deserve recognition.

So without delay hold this, one of their classic cuts which brings memories flooding back..especially of my Uncle Phil who I can almost picture screaming the words…”BLOCK’EADS OI OI”…recorded live in 1990 showing that they had lost none of the energy and quality which saw them through from performing on the thriving ‘pub scene’, of the 70’s (which has now almost dissapeared), up to concert hall venues both here and ‘up and down a foreign’.

p.s after listening to this one at least four times ‘on the spin’ and rocking all round me ‘gates’ HAD to lay the lyrics down for yah…

“You must have seen parties of Blockheads,
With blotched and lagered skin,
Blockheads with food particles in their teeth,
What a horrible state they’re in,

They’ve got womanly breasts, pale mauve vests,
Shoes like dead pigs’ noses,
Cornflake packet jacket, catalogue trousers,
A mouth what never closes,

You must have seen Blockheads in raucous teams,
Dressed up after work,
Who screw their poor old Eileens,
Get sloshed and go berserk,

Rotary accessory watches,
Hire-purchase signet rings,
A beauty to the bully boys,
No lonely vestige clings,

Imagine one puffing and blowing in your ear’ole,
Thoughtful and kind with a well-stocked mind,
Blockheads can’t think very far,

Who wants tonight’s star prize?
Tonight’s star prize,
Is a solid gold Rolex watch,
It’s tonight’s star prize…..

Bigger brained Blockheads often acquire,
Black and orange cars,
Premature ejaculation drivers,
Soft-top’s got roll-bars,

‘Fill her up, they say the Blockheads,
Stick it where it fuckin’ well hurts,
Shapeless haircuts don’t enhance,
Their ghastly patterned shirts,

Why bother at all about Blockheads?
(Superior as you) are,
thoughtful and kind,
(with a), well stock, (mind),

Who want’s tonight’s star prize?
Imagine finding one in your laundrey basket,
banging nails in your big black dog,

Who wants tonight’s star prize?
Tonight’s, why bother at all about Blockheads?
Why should you care what they do
‘Cause after all is said and done,
You’re all blockheads too…ain’t cha,

Who wants tonight’s star prize?
A Rolex, original Rolex from Brixton market,
You can’t get any batteries,

Blockheads, who wants it?
Blockheads, who wants it?
Blockheads (oi oi)
Blockheads (oi oi)
Blockheads (oi oi)
Blockheads (oi oi)
Blockheads (oi oi)
Blockheads (oi oi)
(oi oi)

Taken from the Live! Warts ‘n’ Audience Set…What a performance…..


11 thoughts on “musicology #311

  1. A defining period in the history of music … more intelligent than most Punk stuff but of the same ilk (but musically far superior).
    Lyrics to die for. Social commentary at it’s best in my humble …
    “Cornflake packet jackets,catalogue trousers,a mouth wot never closes” … classic stuff from the one that is the Musicologist.


    1. Make you all right…grins, doing yer nuts, Social Coomentary at it’s finest

      Block’eads Oi Oi ringing out through the ages.

      with love and fondest of memories x


  2. absolutely bloody marvellous….I bet anyone
    who remembers Ian Dury and the Blockheads
    will have had a huge grin on their face throughout
    that performance!..choc full of energy from start to finish! a gem!


  3. Wooooh…. “Look At Them Dancing”.

    What’s this then, the Ian Dury Appreciation Society….. hahahahahaha. Seriously though, the man’s a legend. Cult status no less.

    P.S. I,m grinning!!!!


  4. NEW BOOTS & PANTIES. I dont think there is a duff tune on the whole album. What a cracker….Ian Chas and the boys smashing it!
    but like you son, for me the defining memory has to be Philly screaming this out mad eyed and stomping !!


  5. What a dick-head…. I left out the bbc bit! Don’t know what’s with me today but my thinking cap is not on. It should read…..



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