- Audio CD (26 Jun. 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Code 90/Demon
- ASIN: B000G73Y0A
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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New Boots and Panties CD
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It’s a wonderful irony that the two lyricists who most embodied punk’s libertarian role in helping banish the last vestiges of straight-laced Victorian values in the mid-70s were the two who most resembled a Dickensian nightmare. Johnny Rotten and Ian Dury both sought release from a social system designed to keep working class oiks like them in their place, and although one approached the task through head-on confrontation and the other with art school nuance, the message was the same: Think For Yourself.
After hundreds of pub gigs as Kilburn & The High Roads, Dury went solo in 1975, writing New Boots and Panties!! over the following year with young and precocious multi-instrumentalist jazzer Chaz Jankel, recording it on the fly with session rhythm section Norman Watt-Roy (bass) and Charley Charles (drums), soon to be the core of The Blockheads. With major record companies running scared of the graphic lyrical content, independent label Stiff licensed it and stepped into a storm around Dury’s misunderstood signature single Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, which duly had him banned from BBC radio. Absent from the album’s earliest pressings, Sex & Drugs… was misconstrued as a celebration of debauchery and hedonism when it was actually a call for people to question their daily grind.
It was far from a lone jewel. Sweet Gene Vincent is a blast of rockabilly hero worship for a kindred spirit, felt by Dury not least because of their common disability – Dury’s leg wasted through childhood polio, the Virginia Whisperer’s through a drunken motorbike crash. Lustful opener Wake Up and Make Love With Me sets out Watt-Roy and Charles’s stall as the pub rock JBs; the squalid Billericay Dickie shows that TOWIE has no new light to shed on Essex ways; Clever Trevor and Plaistow Patricia (with its child-unfriendly opening gambit of "A***holes, bastards, f***ing c***s and p****s") were down-at-heel characters straight out of an imagined modern Dickens novel.
Dury’s work quickly mellowed (well, relatively), but the combination of cheeky ire, libertarianism and jazzed-up music hall punk on New Boots… was defiant, original and, 35 years later, stands as a mighty missing link between The Kinks and Blur.
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Even if you already own the CD you'll need this 30th anniversary edition for the short but stunning bonus DVD capturing Ian Dury & The Blockheads(minus their saxophonis Davey Payne who had other commitments) close to the peak of their powers.
'Sight & Sound In Concert' was my first encounter with Ian Dury & The Blockheads and I remember being mesmerised by their performance when I came across this extraordinary group on BBC TV in 1977. Why the BBC haven't repeated it at regular intervals is a complete mystery.
Anyway, it's wonderful to see the concert again and this DVD is essential viewing for all fans of the magnificent Ian Dury & The Blockheads.
He was the mouthy geezer always dropping wise-cracks and double-entendres, though as this was the 1970's rather than the 1870's the entendres tended to be more of the single variety. First with Kilburn and the High Roads and then with the Blockheads he ploughed his furrow (oo-er!) until a link-up with Stiff Records suddenly made him fashionable. This was his breakthrough album and despite its rather flat production fully deserves its continued status as his best.
I'm not a fan of the rather forced sentimentality of 'My Old Man' and 'If I Was With A Woman' gets right on my 'ampton but the rest are great. From the lustful good-humour of 'Wake Up' and 'Abracadabra', the touching hero-worship of 'Sweet Gene Vincent' and the music-hall bawdiness of 'Billericay Dickie' the music veers from funk to rock 'n' roll and back again before the final punky blast of the last three tracks; the very funny 'Blockheads', the very sweary 'Plaistow Patricia' and the very nasty 'Blackmail Man'. The Blockheads were mostly made up of session-musicians who suddenly found a chance to break into the mainstream and they responded with real enthusiasm and no little skill.
There are five bonus-tracks on my copy which, for once, are worth the trouble. The singles `Sex And Drugs etc' and `What A Waste`; and some B-sides, a tale of teenage thievery `Razzle In My Pocket', the saucy `You're More Than Fair' and the raucous `England's Glory'.
It's a shame about the production because they were a great live act and this album doesn't quite do them full justice - but still a worthy memorial to a true individual talent (must see that film!).
UK released/reissued March 2015 in a Hardback Book form – "New Boots And Panties!! Deluxe 2CD Edition" by IAN DURY on Edsel EDSK 7080 (Barcode 740155708030) breaks down as follows:
Disc 1 (50:06 minutes):
1. Wake Up And Make Love With Me
2. Sweet Gene Vincent
3. I’m Partial To Your Abracadabra
4. My Old Man
5. Billericay Dickie
6. Clever Trevor [Side 2]
7. If I Was A Woman
9. Plaistow Patricia
10. Blackmail Man
Tracks 1 to 10 are the album "New Boots And Panties!!" by IAN DURY – released 30 September 1977 in the UK on Stiff Records SEEZ 4. The 11-song American LP on Stiff STF 0002 was released in 1978 with "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" tagged on as an extra - Track 1 on Side 2.
11. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
12. Razzle In The My Pocket
13. You’re More Than Fair
14. England’s Glory [Live]
Tracks 11 and 12 are the A&B-sides of a non-album UK 7" single released August 1977 on Stiff Records BUY 17. "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" was also an extra track on the American version of the LP (Track 1 – Side 2)
Track 13 is the non-album B-side to "Sweet Gene Vincent" – a UK 7" single released November 1977 on Stiff Records BUY 23
Track 14 was the bonus track on the 1996 CD reissue of "New Boots And Panties!!"
Disc 2 – DEMO VERSIONS (68:13 minutes):
1. Wake Up And Make Love With Me
2. Sink My Boats
4. England’s Glory
5. Tell The Children
6. I Made Mary Cry
7. Sweet Gene Vincent (Backing Track)
8. Blackmail Man
9. My Old Man
10. Something’s Going To Happen In The Winter
12. Sink My Boats [Alternate Version]
13. I’m Partial to Your Abracadabra
14. If I Was A Woman
15. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
16. Clevor Trevor
Like the Todd Rundgren Hardback Book Editions of 2014 for "Runt", "Something/Anything?", "A Wizard, A True Star", "Initiation" etc (see reviews) - this is the first of six Hardback Book Reissues for IAN DURY (see list below). Each has the same August 2004 WILL BIRCH liner notes and photo-spreads - there appears to be nothing new added. "Booties" comes with a 30-page centred booklet that includes lyrics to the album and the 4 bonus cuts, trade adverts from the NME and New Musical Express and of course (expert) Birch’s witty and informative history of the band and Dury’s struggles to get the album made post Kilburn & The Highroads. The remaster is the same as was done in 2004 at Alchemy Mastering (no engineer name) – top-notch audio from original master tapes (even the Demo version on Disc 2 Rocks out). The four bonus tracks on Disc 1 turned up on the rarities CD in the "Studio Albums Collection" Box Set of 2014 – but so far Disc 2 on this edition remains exclusive.
I recall 1977 and long into 1978 when this LP seemed to be in every bedsit in the world (well England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales anyway) – and rightly so. The opening wit and sheer fresh-air-ness of "Wake Up And Make Love With Me" was like nothing that had gone before it – and that magic continued with "Sweet Gene Vincent" – a wickedly tender/wild homage to his British Rock 'n' Roll hero - "...I miss the voice that called my heart..." I first began to realise his poetic genius with "My Old Man" where the No. 18 to Euston is driven by his father and his cheeky-chappy persona beloved him to the young with "Billericay Dickey" where "...she took me to the cleaners...and other misdemeanours..." He rocked out with both "Blockheads" and "Blackmail Man" (probably the angriest song on the album). The Bonus Tracks on Disc 1 only add icing to a very tasty cake – my crave being the saucy and terrible UNPC "You're More Than Fair".
The DEMO VERSIONS disc gives us songs that aren’t familiar like "Sink My Boats" which you can’t help but think would have been a hit if included on the LP. It’s also a blast to hear a studio version of "England's Glory" rather than the familiar live version B-side we’ve known as these years. Although slight and at odds with the album’s wittier side – there’s something lovely about "Something's Going To Happen In The Winter" where he duet vocals with a squeaking Chaz Jankel. And I can never get enough of the Funk in "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" where Norman Watt-Ray slaps his bass and Charley Charles keeps that Rhythm Section cooking (even in Demo form this is so good).
A fantastic album and one that makes me miss him so much. There’s a 'Parental Advisory Explicit Content' sticker comes with this 2CD set of "New Boots And Panties!!" on the outer shrinkwrap. And with that - you just know you have to own it...
PS: releases in this IAN DURY Hardback Reissue Series on Edsel are:
1. New Boots And Panties!! (Edsel EDSK 7080, 2CDs)
2. Do It Yourself (Edsel EDSK 7081, 2CDs)
3. Laughter (Edsel EDSK 7082, 2CDs)
4. The Bus Driver's Prayer (Edsel EDSK 7083, 2CDs)
5. Mr. Love Pants (Edsel EDSA 5034, 1CD)
6. Warts 'N' Audience [Live] (Edsel 5035, 1CD)
PPS: Amazon lump all the 2004 and 2015 reviews together in the one place (a nasty habit of theirs) – so if you want the Hardback Book Edition I’ve just reviewed from 2015 – make sure to use the Barcode I’ve provided above to get the right issue...