Has there ever been anyone else like Ian Dury? With his razor-sharp wit, anarchic demeanour, penchant for rhymes that are steeped in real, gritty life but also tempered with a massive dose of humour and vocals characterised by his rough-round-the-edges, cheeky London patter. One of the most unique voices of new wave and backed (mostly) by his Blockheads, a superbly tight group who knew how to groove as well as rock, they were well known as one of the must-see acts of the late seventies and early eighties. This three CD set, “Hit Me” compiles the very best of Ian Dury and The Blockheads, as well as some superb choice cuts from his stint with Kilburn & The High Roads (his first band which he was in from 1971 to 1975) and his many solo hits and, unless you wanted to own every single album Ian released, is probably all the Ian Dury a casual fan would ever want.
Dury's music isn't for the faint of heart or prudish; there are plenty of sexual references, lots of swearing and, as they'd say before a film these days, adult themes. The great thing about this music is that it is all delivered with such heart and humanity it's difficult to listen to even the filthiest of his tracks without a big daft smile on your face. There are genuinely touching moments too, such as Dury's paean to Sweet Gene Vincent (the “white face, black shirt, white socks, black shoes” moment is pure magic) and his touching tribute to his bus driving boxer father, My Old Man. However, as lovely as those songs are, you may want to cover the kids' ears when Plaistow Patricia starts, as that song is anything but sweet and touching. There are plenty of fan-pleasing album tracks to be found here, but the real reason most people will buy this is the huge amount of diamond encrusted Dury hits just packed onto these discs.
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Wake Up And Make Love To Me, Clevor Trever, Billericay Dickie, Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3), Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, What A Waste, I Want To Be Straight, This Is What We Find, There Ain't Half Been Some Clever B-----ds... every single essential Ian Dury track is present and correct here (and a lot more besides – one of my personal favourites is the brilliant Itinerant Child from the 1997 album Mr. Love Pants) and will appeal to the die-hard Blockhead as much as it will somebody who knows a few of the songs but doesn't yet own any Ian Dury of their own. The only track that isn't on here that would have been a nice inclusion is the track he recorded with Madness, Drip Fed Fred, a track that Ian very much makes his own (but you can check that out on their 1999 album, Wonderful). He was a huge talent and is sadly missed, but compilations like this help keep his memory and music alive... and what great music it truly is.
|1. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll - Ian Dury|
|2. Wake Up and Make Love With Me - Ian Dury|
|3. Sweet Gene Vincent - Ian Dury|
|4. Clevor Trever - Ian Dury|
|5. Billericay Dickie - Ian Dury|
|6. My Old Man - Ian Dury|
|1. Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 3 (12" Version) - Ian Dury & The Blockheads|
|2. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury & The Blockheads|
|3. What A Waste - Ian Dury & The Blockheads|
|4. Inbetweenies - Ian Dury & The Blockheads|
|5. I Want To Be Straight - Ian Dury & The Blockheads|
|6. This Is What We Find - Ian Dury & The Blockheads|
|1. Mash It Up Harry - Ian Dury & The Blockheads|
|2. Dance Little Rude Boy - Ian Dury & The Blockheads|
|3. Sueperman's Big Sister - Ian Dury & The Blockheads|
|4. Spasticus Autisticus (Live) - Ian Dury & The Blockheads|
|5. You'll See Glimpses - Ian Dury & The Blockheads|
|6. F*cking Ada - Ian Dury & The Blockheads|