Straight From The Desk is a live album by Ian Dury & the Blockheads recorded 23 December 1978 at the Ilford Odeon, Ilford, East London.
There is little information about the album available other than what can be heard on the record. During the performance of "Billericay Dickie" the audience break the venue's floor, presumably in excitement causing Dury to warn the audience to mind the hole as an introduction to "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" and mention it repeatedly later in the set. Dury forgets the words totally on "There Ain't Half Been Some Clever Bastards" forcing the Blockheads to carry on playing while he remembers them and gets back in time.
Also featured at the concert was a 'Blockheads light' that was presumably a piece of on-stage equipment that falls over and fails to work at the same time Ian Dury breaks his microphone. This can be heard at the start of "My Old Man".
The album was the first time a recording of "I Made Mary Cry" was released. A song written during Ian Dury's time with 'Ian Dury & the Kilburns' the latter day incarnation of his influential pub rock band 'Kilburn & the Highroads' with Rod Melvin (who also co-wrote his first hit single "What A Waste") and a song that Ian Dury continued with the Blockheads as late as 1979, this version like other live versions with the Blockheads features a much happier ending than the studio version with the song's protagonist, a criminal, being released rather than dying on the floor of his cell. Also included is a version of Kilburn & The Highroads song "Upminster Kid", like You're More Than Fair Dury sings it in his own regional dialect rather than the accent used on the studio recordings.