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A true gem,
This review is from: Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Best Of (Audio CD)I remember Dury mainly from the late 70s/80s era as he enjoyed his moment of chart stardom which coincided with the rise of punk: What a Waste, Hit me with your Rhythm Stick... I kind of lost touch with him since then, and discovering this excellent collection was a treat. It's bulging with delights, all for the price of a new pair of panties. Dury is a brilliant wordsmith and the Blockheads provide a unique backing which is a hybrid of pub rock, funk and reggae. Unlike most punk bands, the Blockheads are expert musicians and Dury is as adept a writer as the likes of Noel Coward - though somewhat more potty-mouthed.
As well as the old favorites, new discoveries for me were Razzle in My Pocket and Poo Poo in the Prawn (hilarious), the poignant My Old Man, the rage-fuelled Spasticus Autisticus and Pam's Moods (who else could use the word "contumely" in a song and get away with it?). You also get really good sleeve notes by Phill Jupitus. All in all, a bargain worthy of the Kilburn High Road.