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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant essay on madness. Wonderful and painful
The Blockheads were top dogs after the singles S&D&R&R, What a Wate, Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick & Reasons To Be Cheerful, however, some lost the faith over DO-It-Yourself although it was an excellent cohesive collection of songs.
When Laughter came along though the knives were out for Mr Dury and the chinks in his armour came courtesy of a "minor"...
Published on 21 Mar. 2006 by Kevin Mcclure

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3.0 out of 5 stars Who'd have thought?
I bought this on beloved vinyl when it was 1st released.
It wasn't their best release but there are some gems in there (although you've got to be careful who else is listening!).

At such a great price for the original tracks plus the bonus tracks and extra disc I decided it was worth the investment to listen to Wilko and Norman Watt Roy again...
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant essay on madness. Wonderful and painful, 21 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Laughter [2CD Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
The Blockheads were top dogs after the singles S&D&R&R, What a Wate, Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick & Reasons To Be Cheerful, however, some lost the faith over DO-It-Yourself although it was an excellent cohesive collection of songs.
When Laughter came along though the knives were out for Mr Dury and the chinks in his armour came courtesy of a "minor" line-up change. Wilko Johnson had replaced Chaz Jankel (who was writer and arranger as well as guitarist and therefore Wilko could only partly fill his shoes.) The opening Sueperman's Big Sister seemed to put a lt of people off. The strings backing seemed to irritate people, they thought it was some sort of sell out, which it wasn't. Dury was never a straight ahead punk. There were the shows with Max Wall as a warm up act to evidence the range of influences he drew on. The result of the preconceptions that preceded this album meant that nobody really listened to it because they had decided from the off that Dury was past it.
The style was far less cohesive than Do-It-Yoiurself because of the need to draw on various band members as writers which was much less the case before. I always loved this album. The subject matter (if not the musical syling) is extremely cohesive. it is almost a concept album on aspects of madness. Very sensitive in places and appaulingly brutal in others. There is much here that reflects Mr Dury's own psychological turmoils of the time. Delusions Of Grandeur is a song that many a current act could do with listening to to bring them back down to earth. Over the Points is a perfect foil for Wilko's guitar and son great imagery in there. I guess the song that killed this album off for many was the closing track F------ Ada. 5 or 6 minutes of that susstained chorus does put granny off her elevenses I know but it also demonstrates that the strings were not there to make this band head down the easy listening route. The bonus stacks and disc bring some great intrumental demos of the songs and draw the album together with the single tracks that were previouly separated off on Juke Box Dury and also includes That's Not All, Duff ‘Em Up And Do ‘Em Over (Boogie Woogie,You Are Here and Come In No. 9. There are few artist who can really take this sort of plundering of the vaults but Ian Dury and the Blockheads come up shining bright even if the opening threat at the begining of Duff 'Em Up... is not the most lyrical phrase to come from the pen of Lord Upminster.
This is great (very rude inplaces but still great) It is time to find out what you missed first time around. Buy this allbum and you will have something to get your ears and head around.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who'd have thought?, 1 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Laughter [2CD Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
I bought this on beloved vinyl when it was 1st released.
It wasn't their best release but there are some gems in there (although you've got to be careful who else is listening!).

At such a great price for the original tracks plus the bonus tracks and extra disc I decided it was worth the investment to listen to Wilko and Norman Watt Roy again!

Put things into perspective - most people could buy 7 copies of this release for the price of filling the car with petrol/diesel.

Buy it but be prepared for some strong language (just in case you've never listened to the late Mr Dury before!)
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