Classics: Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (Stiff Records)
“Hit me with your rhythm stick, Hit me, Hit me! C’est si bon, mm? Ist es nicht?”
Quite illustrative of the British Punk/New Wave era back at the end of the seventies, Ian Dury‘s influences had no real limit as a matter of fact. Remembered for ‘Wake Up And Make Love With Me’, ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ counts as well as one of his signature cuts along with The Blockheads. Thus standing as the group’s most successful single. Meanwhile reachin’ the #1 position on the UK Singles Chart in Jan. 1979.
A song which he co-wrote with famous guitarist/keyboardist Chas Jankel. Besides, enlightened by a standout sax performance by the likes of Davey Payne. And incorporating fragments of German and French in the lyrics. Speakin’ of ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’, Dury said it had an anti violence meaning…
Ian Dury stands as the perfect example of perseverence and determination. He’d had to deal during all his life with polio which he contracted at the age of 7 during the 1949 polio epidemy. This didn’t get him away though from studying at the Royal College of Art froming his first group – Kilburn And The High Roads – back in 1971. No more would this get him away from painting nor acting in a few films and series.
Diagnosed with cancer in the mid-90’s and although said his condition was terminal after surgery, he collaborated with Madness in 1999 on their first original album in 14 years. His last public performance being along with The Blockheads at a charity concert in aid of Cancer on Feb. 06, 2000 at the London Palladium.
He sadly died of the illness a few weeks after, aged 57 on Mar. 27, 2000. An obituary in The Guardian read: “One of few true originals of the English music scene.”