Quite illustrative of the British Punk/New Wave era back at the end of the 70’s, Ian Dury‘s influences had no real limit. Remembered for ‘Hit Me’ along with The Blockheads that would be the group’s most successful single, reachin’ the #1 position on the UK Singles Chart in Jan. 1979, ‘Wake Up And Make Love With Me’ stands as another of signature songs.
The opening cut to his 1977 released “New Boots And Panties!!’ album, it got written by long time friend Chas Jankel, built over a funky bassline by the likes of India-born Norman Watt-Roy of The Blockheads fame.
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.
Diagonosed 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 would die 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.”