Ian Robins Dury (12 May 1942 – 27 March 2000) was an English rock and roll singer-songwriter, bandleader, artist, and actor who initially rose to fame during the late 1970s, during the punk and New Wave era of rock music. He is best known as the lead singer of the British band Ian Dury and the Blockheads.
The Blockheads’ sound drew from its members’ diverse musical influences, which included jazz, rock and roll, funk, and reggae, and Dury’s love of music hall. The band was formed after Dury began writing songs with pianist and guitarist Chaz Jankel (the brother of noted music video, TV, commercial and film director Annabel Jankel). Jankel took Dury’s lyrics, fashioned a number of songs, and they began recording with members of Radio Caroline’s Loving Awareness Band—drummer Charley Charles (born Hugh Glenn Mortimer Charles, Guyana 1945), bassist Norman Watt-Roy, keyboard player Mick Gallagher, guitarist John Turnbull and former Kilburns saxophonist Davey Payne.
In 1985, Paul Hardcastle was recruited to remix four of Ian Dury & The Blockheads most famous tracks, the remix EP reaching #55 on the UK charts.
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick 4:09
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll & Chaos 3:21
Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3) 4:51
Wake Up (& Make Love To Me) 3:01