New Boots and Panties!!

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New Boots and Panties!!
Studio album by Ian Dury
Released 30 September 1977
Recorded 1977
Genre Punk rock, pub rock, new wave
Length 53:08
Label Stiff
Producer Peter Jenner, Laurie Latham, Rick Walton
Ian Dury chronology
Handsome
(with Kilburn and The High Roads)
(1975)
New Boots and Panties!!
(1977)
Do It Yourself
(1979)
--
Wotabunch!
(with Kilburn and The High Roads)
(1977)
Singles from New Boots and Panties!!
  1. "Sweet Gene Vincent"
    Released: 25 November 1977

New Boots and Panties!! is the debut album by Ian Dury, released in the UK on Stiff Records on 30 September 1977. Usually thought of as the first album by Ian Dury and the Blockheads (his backing band from 1977 to 1982), the album is credited solely to Dury as the Blockheads were not officially formed until Stiff's 'Live Stiffs' package tour the month after the album's release, and two members of the Blockheads do not play on the album. Although the album is often cited as one of the first classic UK punk albums, the record covers a diverse range of musical styles reflecting Dury's influences and background in pub rock, taking in funk, disco, British music hall and early rock and roll, courtesy of Dury's musical hero Gene Vincent. Dury's lyrics also eschew the anti-establishment stance associated with punk music, preferring cheeky love songs or character stories based on the working-class people of the East End and Essex Estuary areas where he grew up. The songs are frequently ribald and profane, but also contain humour and affection for his characters.

Widely considered to be the best album of Ian Dury's career,[1][2] it is also his biggest selling, having been certified platinum status in the UK for 300,000 sales.[3] Sales of the album during the first few months after its release were modest, and the album's only single, "Sweet Gene Vincent", failed to chart. However, the success of the next three Ian Dury and the Blockheads singles, "What a Waste", "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick" and "Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3", all of which reached the top ten of the UK Singles Chart, kept the album in the spotlight and ensured consistent sales over the next two years. New Boots and Panties!! was among the UK's top 30 best selling albums of both 1978 and 1979, and eventually peaked at number 5 in the UK Albums Chart in February 1979, some 17 months after its release, in the wake of "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick"'s chart-topping success.

The album's title derives from Dury's habit of buying clothes second hand, and refers to the only items of clothing he insisted on buying new. According to Ian Dury & the Blockheads: Song By Song, the name was chosen by Dury from a list of twenty potential titles drawn up by compere Kosmo Vinyl.

Background[edit]

Much of the album was written by Dury, nearly a year before its release, at Oval Mansions (the top floor flat at 40, Oval Mansions, Kennington which he shared with Denise Roudette, and which he nicknamed 'Catshit Mansions') and was the fruit of Dury's successful writing partnership with Chas Jankel. Some of the tracks that could be considered to be the most 'English' were actually co-written with American Steve Nugent. Jankel was later given a third writing credit for these songs ("Billericay Dickie", "Plaistow Patricia", "My Old Man" and "Blackmail Man") on the album's original press and some subsequent compilations[citation needed]; however, over the years this credit has been gradually phased out and the current Edsel Records re-issue of the album credits all of the tracks to 'Dury/Nugent' solely.

Dury and Jankel recorded demo tapes of many of the songs in April 1977, joined in the session by Nugent, at Alvic Studios, Wimbledon (run by two musicians, Al James and Vic Sweeney). Jankel played the bass, guitar and piano parts, while Dury sang and played drums. These recordings have since been included as part of Edsel's current re-issue of the album. The studio engineer at Alvic told Dury about a rhythm section who were acting as session musicians for a bit of extra money; bassist Norman Watt-Roy and drummer Hugh "Charley" Charles. As well as playing on New Boots and Panties!! the two would become key members of the Blockheads.

If the account of Wreckless Eric (aka Eric Goulden) is to be believed, then the song "Sweet Gene Vincent" was composed on 1 December 1976, the same day as the Sex Pistols' infamous appearance on the Today show hosted by Bill Grundy. In Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll: The Life Of Ian Dury Eric describes being invited round to Dury's flat that day, only to interrupt Dury and Jankel working on a new song. When Eric asked what the song was called, Dury replied that it was named "Sweet Gene Vincent".

Recording[edit]

A week after the demos were finished the final album was recorded in The Workhouse Studio on the Old Kent Road. Dury's management company Blackhill – who would also manage the Clash – owned a 50 percent share in the studio (along with the group Manfred Mann), and put up the £4,000 to pay for the group to record the album in 'dead time' (that is, when the studio was empty – usually late at night). It is quite uncommon for an album to be recorded without the artist being signed to a record label.

The album was produced by Peter Jenner, Laurie Latham, and Rick Walton. Jenner was one of the two partners in Blackhill Management, and had been producing since the late 1960s, having worked with Kevin Ayers and David Bedford among others. Although Jenner was the experienced producer at The Workhouse, in practice he left most of the production for New Boots and Panties!! to his young protégée Latham, who had joined the studio four years previously and who also engineered the album, with Walton carrying out production duties on those occasions when Latham was unavailable. Latham later recalled that Jenner's technical input on the album had been minimal, and that he had more of an overseeing role:

"Peter would sit there rolling joints all day and I'd do all the bloody work, but in fairness I also have to say that he taught me an awful lot. He wasn't particularly hands-on, but he would always say things like, 'Laurie, are you sure the bass drum's loud enough? Maybe you should nudge it a bit.' It was always the bass drum or the bass, and if you think about it, the rhythm section is what really defines that record... I think [Peter] was really undervalued in the end. He recognised that the bass drum and bass were potent, very integral ingredients of the overall sound – the idiosyncratic, mad Cockney-type thing on top of this quite slick, funky sort of rhythm section. And he was also very good at making sure that Ian was on the ball in terms of his vocals."[4]

Davey Payne and Ed Speight of Dury's old band Kilburn And The Highroads, were invited to fill out the sound of the album. Payne, who played saxophone, would stay with Dury for much of the rest of his career. Geoff Castle, who played Moog synthesizer on "Wake Up And Make Love With Me" and "Blockheads", was actually a friend of Speight's who was asked in to help out. During these sessions a chance remark by Charley Charles would later give the name to The Blockheads; while reading the words to the song "Blockheads", the name stuck after the Stiff tour; exactly how is under dispute.

Release and promotion[edit]

Attempts to find a record label to publish the completed album were unsuccessful. Dury's lack of commercial appeal and his unorthodox look worked against him even in the year of the punk rock explosion, but the solution to the problem was literally right under Blackhill's noses. Stiff Records leased office space directly below the offices of Blackhill Management. The album was licensed to the company, who already had Elvis Costello and the Damned on their books, and would go on to score hits not only with Dury, but with Madness, the Pogues, Kirsty MacColl and others. Licensing the album meant there would be no question of who owned it, or its masters.

New Boots And Panties!! was released on 30 September 1977, following the release of the single "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll". The single was not a commercial success and nor was it included on the album's original pressing (Dury expressed a strong desire for singles not to be included on the album and as such the song and its B-side "Razzle In My Pocket" were omitted) although a later pressing included the track, uncredited, at the start of Side 2. At that time it quite normal to issue 'stand alone singles' and public reaction to the album was unaffected. The album did not reach the top of the UK Albums Chart but it did go platinum. Its much softer follow-up, Do It Yourself, would reach Number 2.

Artwork[edit]

The photograph for the album's cover was taken by Chris Gabrin outside Axfords underwear and lingerie shop at 306 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Westminster, a stone's throw from Victoria Station. Gabrin's Mini van and the Woolworths store on the opposite side of the road can be seen reflected in the shop window, although Gabrin was careful to position himself so that Dury would hide his own reflection. The child next to Dury on the cover is his five-year-old son Baxter Dury – Ian Dury always insisted that Baxter had just run into shot as the photograph was taken, but in adulthood Baxter questioned this version of events, believing that the photograph appears too posed to be impromptu. Gabrin said, "I only shot 24 exposures and Baxter was in just four of them. As soon as the films were developed Ian came round and we immediately chose the same shot. We were so excited by the picture that we went straight into my darkroom and made the first print. The album title New Boots and Panties was subsequently coined by Ian."[5]

Dury and Stiff's in-house designer Barney Bubbles cropped the photo and added the hand-drawn lettering on the front and back covers. The phrase 'There's nothing wrong with it!!' appears on the back cover below the track listing: this was apparently the reaction of the Blockheads upon hearing the first playback of the finished record.

Dury later discovered that unknown to him at the time, his father Bill had died in 1968 in a bedsit just around the corner from where the photograph was taken. Axfords closed its London store in 1990 to concentrate on running the family business from its Brighton factory.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Music very favourable (2012)[2]
The Guardian favourable[6]
Melody Maker favourable[7]
NME very favourable[8]
Robert Christgau A−[9]
Sounds 5/5 stars[10]

New Boots and Panties!! received overwhelming acclaim from the music press upon its release. Melody Maker described the album as "a tense, harrowing account of urban degradation, that conveys with more vocal, musical and lyrical vehemence than any so-called 'new wave/punk' combo has yet been able to muster, the desperation and squalor of the social conditions (and the effects of those conditions upon individual personalities) it so provocatively illustrates."[7] Sounds gave the record a five-star rating, saying, "Lawless brats from council flats have finally found a voice that speaks from, of and about the people. A voice that combines passion with the vernacular 'she got into a mess with the NHS' – sage street advice, plus cinematic observation, plus humour."[10] The NME said:

".. it's impossible to bag Ian Dury, except to say that he has taken the essence of the Cockney music hall and utilised rock as a contemporary means of expression. On occasions, Ray Davies has dallied with a similar approach, but Dury has none of the self-conscious pretentions that Davies exposed in his flawed Flash Harry caricature. Ian Dury feels no need to adopt a transatlantic voice to comply with his subject matter, preferring to deliver ribald and bittersweet monologues in the tone of voice he was born with... Whether or not you buy New Boots and Panties at least make hearing the album a priority. It's your loss if you pass."[8]

Robin Denselow, in The Guardian, praised the honesty of Dury's songwriting, saying that the singer "has refined (if one can use such a word of Dury) his early style into a remarkable, disinctively London-orientated blend of cockney music hall, rock, and Bowie-style electronics. This is mixed, with no nonsense and no frills, with a set of powerful, forthright and honest lyrics that will send self-consciously daring punks scurrying back to the safety of their dole queue clichés. I admire him for the way he throws himself full tilt into his emotions,using a backdrop as squalid as the worst of the East End for songs of unashamed sexuality, admiration, or hate. The tribute songs – straight and never mawkish – are to Gene Vincent and to Dury's father, and equally honest are the demented, stream of consciousness tirades."[6]

Contemporary reviews have similarly praised the album. Allmusic said

"Ian Dury's primary appeal lies in his lyrics, which are remarkably clever sketches of British life delivered with a wry wit. Since Dury's accent is thick and his language dense with local slang, much of these pleasures aren't discernible to casual listeners, leaving the music to stand on its own merits. On his debut album, New Boots and Panties!!, Dury's music is at its best, and even that is a bizarrely uneven fusion of pub rock, punk rock, and disco. Still, Dury's off-kilter charm and irrepressible energy make the album gel."[1]

BBC Music stated, "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."[2] The noted American music critic Robert Christgau was impressed by the album, noting, "The tenacious wit and accuracy of his lyrics betray how uncommon he believes his blockheaded protagonists really are, and his music rocks out in the traditional blues-based grooves without kissing the past's ass. Tender, furious, sexy, eccentric, surprising."[9]

Accolades[edit]

New Boots and Panties!! was ranked at number 2 in the NME writers' list of the albums of the year for 1977[11] and at number 7 by the writers of Sounds.[12]

In June 2000 the writers of British music magazine Q placed New Boots and Panties!! at number 66 in its list of "The 100 Greatest British Albums Ever":[13] a similar list in July 2004 titled "50 Best British Albums Ever!" ranked New Boots and Panties!! at number 39.[14] In its April 1998 list of the "50 Best Albums of the '70s" Q placed the album at number 43.[15] In October 2013 NME placed New Boots and Panties!! at number 240 in its poll of writers past and present for "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".[16] It was also ranked as number 495 in the 2005 book version of Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Ian Dury and Chaz Jankel except where noted.

1977 UK & Europe release[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Wake Up and Make Love with Me" – 4:23
  2. "Sweet Gene Vincent" – 3:33
  3. "I'm Partial to Your Abracadabra" – 3:13
  4. "My Old Man" (Dury, Steve Nugent) – 3:40
  5. "Billericay Dickie" (Dury, Nugent) – 4:17

Side two[edit]

  1. "Clevor Trever" – 4:53
  2. "If I Was With a Woman" – 3:24
  3. "Blockheads" – 3:30
  4. "Plaistow Patricia" (Dury, Nugent) – 4:13
  5. "Blackmail Man" (Dury, Nugent) – 2:14
  • "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" appeared as the first track on side two of early repressings of the album, including a gold vinyl pressing in 1978, but was not credited on the sleeve or label.

1978 & 2012 US & Canada releases[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Wake Up and Make Love with Me" – 4:23
  2. "Sweet Gene Vincent" – 3:33
  3. "I'm Partial to Your Abracadabra" – 3:13
  4. "My Old Man" (Dury, Steve Nugent) – 3:40
  5. "Billericay Dickie" (Dury, Nugent) – 4:17

Side two[edit]

  1. "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" – 3:04
  2. "Clevor Trever" – 4:53
  3. "If I Was With a Woman" – 3:24
  4. "Blockheads" – 3:30
  5. "Plaistow Patricia" (Dury, Nugent) – 4:13
  6. "Blackmail Man" (Dury, Nugent) – 2:14

1998 Hit Label/Repertoire/CNR Music bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" (single, August 1977) – 3:12
  2. "Razzle in My Pocket" (B-side of "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll") – 2:55
  3. "You're More Than Fair" (Dury, Russell Hardy) (B-side of "Sweet Gene Vincent") – 2:58
  4. "England's Glory" [Live] (Dury, Rod Melvin) (performed by Ian and the Kilburns) – 3:27
  5. "What a Waste" (Dury, Melvin) (single, April 1978) – 3:26

2005 Edsel/Fuel 2000/True North 2-CD set[edit]

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" – 3:12
  2. "Razzle in My Pocket" – 2:56
  3. "You're More Than Fair" (Dury, Hardy) – 2:57
  4. "England's Glory" [Live] (Dury, Melvin) – 3:29

Second disc (demo versions)[edit]

  1. "Wake Up and Make Love with Me" – 4:03
  2. "Sink My Boats" – 3:13
  3. "Apples" – 4:05
  4. "England's Glory" (Dury, Melvin) – 4:04
  5. "Tell the Children" (Dury, Melvin) – 4:03
  6. "I Made Mary Cry" (Dury, Hardy) (performed by Ian and the Kilburns) – 4:45
  7. "Sweet Gene Vincent" [Backing Track] – 5:36
  8. "Blackmail Man" (Dury, Nugent) – 2:10
  9. "My Old Man" (Dury, Nugent) – 3:24
  10. "Something's Going to Happen in the Winter" (Dury, Nugent) – 4:38
  11. "Wifey" – 3:55
  12. "Sink My Boats" [Alternate Version] – 4:19
  13. "I'm Partial to Your Abracadabra" – 2:52
  14. "If I Was With a Woman" – 3:22
  15. "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" – 3:44
  16. "Clevor Trever" – 5:13
  17. "Blockheads" – 4:16

2007 Edsel 30th Anniversary CD/DVD[edit]

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" – 3:12
  2. "Razzle in My Pocket" – 2:55
  3. "Close to Home" (demo, January 1977) – 4:12
  4. "Two Steep Hills" (performed by Ian and the Kilburns) – 2:52

DVD[edit]

Recorded at Queen Mary College, London on 10 December 1977 for the BBC television series Sight and Sound in Concert (series 2, episode 11).

  1. "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll"
  2. "I'm Partial to Your Abracadabra"
  3. "Wake Up and Make Love with Me"
  4. "Clevor Trever"
  5. "Billericay Dickie"
  6. "Sweet Gene Vincent"
  7. "Blockheads"

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel:

Personnel on "You're More Than Fair", "England's Glory" and "I Made Mary Cry" (performed by Ian and the Kilburns):

  • Ian Dury – vocals
  • Giorgi Dionsiev – bass
  • John "Irish" Earle – saxophone
  • Malcolm Mortimer – drums
  • Ed Speight – guitar

Credits on 2005 'demo versions' disc:

Re-releases[edit]

Edsel Records re-released the album in 2004 as part of a series of 2-Disc Ian Dury re-issues. The album was first re-issued for the American market where "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" was added to its track-list. Its initial CD re-issue on the Demon record label included an interview with Ian Dury that was on a 12" record packaged free with the original album.

Since then all CD re-issues have added the bonus tracks "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll", its B-side "Razzle In My Pocket", "You're More Than Fair" a re-recording of an old Kilburn & The Highroads song originally released on the B-side of the "Sweet Gene Vincent" single, and a live version of "England's Glory" by Ian Dury & The Kilburns (the final phase of Kilburn & The Highroads) that was originally released on a rare re-pressing of "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll", given away free by the New Musical Express. Also included on previous versions was "What a Waste" the first single credited to 'Ian Dury & The Blockheads' that included "Wake Up And Make Love With Me" as its b-side/double a-side. Edsel removed this from their version and instead included it on their re-issue of Do It Yourself.

Edsel's 2-Disc re-issue included a bonus disc of additional demos and recordings by Ian Dury and The Kilburns, including songs that would later appear on his albums Do It Yourself (1979) and Apples (1989) and an old Kilburn & The Highroads song "I Made Mary Cry" that would be continued with by Dury as late as 1978, with a live version appearing on his Straight From The Desk live album, released in 2001.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1977–79) Position
German Albums (Official Top 100)[18] 29
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 7
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 40
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 5

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom & Europe 30 September 1977 Stiff LP SEEZ 4
cassette ZSEEZ 4
United States & Canada 1978 LP (1st pressing) STF 0002
Stiff America LP (2nd pressing) USE-2
United Kingdom 1986 Demon LP FIEND 63
cassette FIEND CASS 63
CD FIEND CD 63
United Kingdom 1998 The Hit Label AHLCD 57
Germany Repertoire REP 4546-WY
Europe CNR Music ARC 10029-2
United States 14 June 2005 Fuel 2000 2-CD set 302 061 478 2
United Kingdom 12 September 2005 Edsel MEDCD 751
Canada 4 October 2005 True North TND 387
United Kingdom 22 October 2007 Edsel CD + DVD EDSX 3001
United Kingdom 11 April 2011 Simply Vinyl 180 gram vinyl LP SVLP 510
United States 17 July 2012 Drastic Plastic DPRLP24

Brand New Boots And Panties[edit]

Following Ian Dury's death, the album was remade in 2001 as a tribute album under the title Brand New Boots And Panties. Except for "Billericay Dickie" and "My Old Man", the Blockheads played on all the tracks, with vocals provided by various others:

  1. Sinéad O'Connor: "Wake Up and Make Love With Me" – 4:59
  2. Robbie Williams: "Sweet Gene Vincent" – 4:07
  3. Paul McCartney: "I'm Partial To Your Abracadabra" – 3:31
  4. Madness: "My Old Man" – 3:13
  5. Billy Bragg & The Blokes: "Billericay Dickie" – 4:43
  6. Wreckless Eric: "Clevor Trever" – 6:15
  7. Cerys Matthews: "If I Was With A Woman" – 3:34
  8. Grant Nicholas: "Blockheads" – 4:07
  9. Shane MacGowan: "Plaistow Patricia" – 4:03
  10. Keith Allen: "Blackmail Man" – 2:14

The album was produced by Dury's long-time producer Laurie Latham, with the exceptions of "My Old Man" (produced by Madness' usual producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley), "Billericay Dickie" (produced by Bragg's producer Grant Showbiz) and "Clevor Trever", which Latham co-produced with Wreckless Eric.

Billy Bragg & the Blokes chose to give "Billericay Dickie" a more Indian feel, a style they used on Bragg's album England, Half-English the following year: the song was subsequently included as the opening track on the bonus disc of the 2006 re-issue of the album. Madness' "My Old Man" was likewise performed much more in their style than that of the Blockheads'. Sinéad O'Connor chose to change the words of "Wake Up and Make Love With Me" so the sex of the song's narrator was a woman; Cerys Matthews did not choose to do the same with "If I Was With A Woman". Wreckless Eric, for whom "Clevor Trever" was originally written, meanders and mumbles during the latter half of the song extending it to nearly double its original length. The album's cover art is a painting of Ian Dury by pop artist Peter Blake, an old teacher and long time friend of Dury's.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties!! > Review at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c Fyfe, Andy (2012). "Review: Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties!!". BBC Music. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  3. ^ British Phonographic Industry searchable awards database
  4. ^ Buskin, Richard (October 2007). "Classic Tracks: Ian Dury & the Blockheads - 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick'". Sound on Sound (Cambridge, England: SOS Publications Group). Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Balls (2000).
  6. ^ a b Denselow, Robin (11 October 1977). "New punk for old". The Guardian (London, England: Guardian Media Group). p. 8. 
  7. ^ a b Jones, Allan. "Review: Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties!!". Melody Maker (London, England: IPC Media). 
  8. ^ a b Carr, Roy. "Review: Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties!!". NME (London, England: IPC Media). 
  9. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Review: Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties!!". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Goldman, Vivien. "Review: Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties!!". Sounds (London, England: United Newspapers). 
  11. ^ "Albums of the Year". NME (London, England: IPC Media). 24 December 1977. 
  12. ^ "Albums of the Year". Sounds (London, England: United Newspapers). 24 December 1977. 
  13. ^ "The 100 Greatest British Albums Ever". Q (London, England: EMAP) (165). June 2000. 
  14. ^ "50 Best British Albums Ever!". Q (London, England: EMAP) (216). July 2004. 
  15. ^ "50 Best Albums of the '70s". Q (London, England: EMAP) (139). April 1998. 
  16. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". NME (London, England: IPC Media). 26 October 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  17. ^ Levy, Joe, ed. (2005). Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. New York City, USA: Wenner Books. ISBN 978-1-9329-5801-0. 
  18. ^ "Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties!!". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  19. ^ "Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties!!". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  20. ^ "Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties!!". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  21. ^ "1979-02-10 Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Balls, Richard (2000). Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll: The Life of Ian Dury. London, England: Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-7119-7721-1. 
  • Drury, Jim (2004). Ian Dury and the Blockheads: Song by Song. London, England: Sanctuary Publishing. ISBN 978-1-8607-4557-7. 
  • Original copy of the vinyl LP. Cat No SEEZ 4