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Partial to his Abracadabra,
This review is from: Do It Yourself [2CD Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
Look beyond the commonly-held image of Ian Dury and the Blockheads as riotous, sweary and irreverent, and you'll find one of the tightest bands that ever trod a stage, and a frontman who wrote about the whole range of human emotion - not just Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll.
"Do It Yourself" is more complex lyrically and musically than "New Boots and Panties", but doesn't suffer by comparison. "Inbetweenies" and "Sink My Boats" verge on introspective, but the vice-like funk of "Quiet", the bravado of "Mischief" and the infectious energy of "Dance of the Screamers" make sure that the album isn't downbeat at all. The band's on top form throughout, and Ian's lyrics are never less than thought-provoking. And in "Lullaby for Franci/es", we're given one of the finest album-closers ever.
The extra tracks are phenomenal too; the brilliant "What a Waste", "Reasons to be Cheerful, Pt 3" and "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" (the band's best ever track) - and then THE WHOLE of "New Boots" live from the Stiffs tour on the extra CD. Bargain!
By his own admission, Ian went musically AWOL in the '80s (which was a shame), but his legacy remains an astonishing achievement. If you own "New Boots" but are unsure about the rest of his work, this one's just as good - buy it.