THE BLOCKHEADS + The Crosstown Trio
“Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick”
“Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3″
“Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll”
Rarely off the road since the demise of Ian Dury in 2000 there’s no doubting that the most lovable, cocky, funny, schoolboy-rude and artful characters from the punk generation are The Blockheads. The band return to the Jazz Cafe to celebrate their 35th Anniversary and for a 2 night residency which will promise a slightly different set on both nights.
Dury’s lyrics were a unique combination of poetry, word play, earthy humour and deadly-accurate observations of everyday, British working-class life and Derek Hussey’s ruminations in the bands new songs keep those themes with an added bite for the 21st century..Hussey is known to the bands followers as Dury’s best friend and minder (memorably singing with Ian and the band in a televised concert from the late 90’s). Combined with the Blockheads’ jazz, rock’n’roll, funk, and reggae steamroller sound Dury’s (and now Hussey’s) verbals have created a sound that’s hard to pigeon hole and has become its own genre.
An album of new material in 2009, “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” (the recent biopic of their erstwhile front man and lyricist Ian Dury) and the musical Reasons To be Cheerful has seen a resurgence in the bands popularity. Along some new material you can expect to hear “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick”, “Wake Up And Make Love With Me”, “Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3”, “What A Waste”, “Clevor Trever”, “Sweet Gene Vincent” and many more from the illustrious back catalogue.
The Blockheads are fronted by Derek ‘The Draw’ Hussey; Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher still remain from the original band and the current line-up is augmented by John Roberts on drums, Lee Harris on guitar and a rolling line up of saxophonists that includes Gilad Atzmon, Terry Edwards or Dave Lewis.