Dance Little Rude Boy

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"Dance Little Rude Boy"
Single by Ian Dury and The Blockheads
from the album Ten More Turnips from the Tip
B-side It Ain't Cool
Released 2002 (UK)
Format CD Single
Recorded RAK Studios, 1999
Genre Rock
Length 4:34
Label East Central One / Ronnie Harris Records
Writer(s) Ian Dury / Chas Jankel
Producer(s) Laurie Latham
Ian Dury and The Blockheads singles chronology
"Apples / Byline Brown"
"Dance Little Rude Boy"
"One Love" / "Ballad of the Sulphate Strangler"

Dance Little Rude Boy is the penultimate single to be released by British rock band Ian Dury and the Blockheads. The single was recorded at RAK Studios when Dury was still able to perform. It was released posthumously, on East Central One / Ronnie Harris Records, in 2002.

The song was one of two singles taken from the 2002 album Ten More Turnips from the Tip, (the other being "One Love" / "Ballad of the Sulphate Strangler").

The b-side to this single included two songs, "Books and Water" and Ït Ain't Cool"


Reviewing the album for the BBC in 2002, Chris Jones said:

The title seems to imply some kind of rejected product is on offer here. How far this is from the truth is immediately made plain from the sophisticated stroking of a Fender Rhodes that opens the first track "Dance Little Rude Boy". Tarred with the somewhat derogatory "pub rock" brush, the one quality that the Blockheads always had in spades was, well...quality. ... Several tracks do actually date from the intensely prolific period, paradoxically spawned by Ian's inevitable decline in the face of illness. You would never know it from the evidence. The aforementioned "Rude Boy", "Books And Water" and "It Ain't Cool" all bounce with robust good health with Dury's razor-sharp lyrics cutting a swathe through the smoothest jazz-funk this side of the Atlantic.[1]

Writing in The Guardian in 2008, British comedian Phill Jupitus recalled seeing Dury's last gig: "I compered Ian Dury’s last ever gig at the London Palladium in 2000, which was such a sad night. After the gig he sent me this: lyrics to "Dance Little Rude Boy". He had such a good attitude: he said that he didn’t have cancer, cancer had him, and would have to deal with him."[2]



  1. ^ "Music - Review of Ian Dury - Ten Turnips From The Tip". BBC. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Pieces of me: Phill Jupitus, comedian". The Guardian. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016.