Kilburn and the High Roads

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Kilburn & the High Roads
Origin London; Cambridge
Genres Rock and roll, Pub rock
Years active 1970 (1970)–1977 (1977)
Labels Dawn, Pye, Stiff
Associated acts The Blockheads, Ian Dury
Past members Ian Dury (Vocals, Percussion)
Russell Hardy (Piano)
Nick Cash (Keith Lucas: Guitar)
Humphrey Ocean (Bass)

Kilburn and the High Roads were a British Pub rock/rock and roll band formed by Ian Dury in 1970, and was the first band formed by Dury. The band released two studio albums and had one compilation, and separated in 1977 when Dury left to form the more prominent band the Blockheads.


Dury formed Kilburn & the High Roads in 1970. The band consisted of Ian Dury as lead vocalist and lyricist, pianist Russell Hardy, guitarist Nick Cash (real name Keith Lucas, a member of 999) and bassist Humphrey Ocean. The band released their debut album Handsome in 1975.

The band released their second album Wotabunch! in 1977, before the band separated. Dury then went on to form the Blockheads the same year as the band's separation, and produced The Best of Kilburn & the High Roads compilation album in 1983.


  • Ian Dury - lead vocal, percussion (also lyricist and songwriter)
  • Rod Melvin - piano/vocals (also songwriter)
  • Russell Hardy - piano (also songwriter)
  • Nick Cash (Keith Lucas) - lead guitar
  • Humphrey Ocean - bass
  • David Newton-Rohoman - drums
  • Charley Sinclair - bass
  • Davey Payne - saxophone


Studio albums[edit]

Released Album Title Label Recorded
1975 Handsome Dawn Records
Pye Records
1977 Wotabunch! Warner Bros. Records 1974


Released Song Title Label Recorded
1974 "Rough Kids"/"Billy Bentley" Dawn Records 1974
1975 "Crippled With Nerves"/"Huffety Puff" Dawn Records 1975

Compilation Albums[edit]

Released Album Title Label Recorded
1983 The Best Of Kilburn & The High-Roads Stiff Records 1982

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