Ian Dury, February 1978. Photograph: Peter Johns for the Guardian

Ian Dury "New Boots and Panties!!"

"Hit Me with your rhythm Shtick"

For this week’s Vinyl Tuesday’s, we have chosen to discuss Ian Dury’s album, ‘New Boots and Panties!!’. Ian Robins Dury was an English singer-songwriter and is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating rock stars of the 1970’s- uniquely delivering pub and punk rock n roll in a British, ‘vaudeville-esque’ way. 

Dury contracted polio when he was only 12 years old, he used his disability as a strength, giving him greater depth in his song writing and using it as a form of empowerment. It could be said that it was as a result of this illness, that gave him his harrowingly comical outlook on life. An outlook which resonates throughout his music. From Sweet Gene Vincent with its piano keys reminding us of Little Richard to the harsher raspy gargling’s on Plaistow Patricia, this album has it all. Some songs could be played at discos while others were reserved for singing along to on top of tables behind closed doors.

"I'm partial to your abracadabra"

Ian Dury cover art

Jack the Lad

Ian Dury could pull of these lyrics because he sang them with a deep sense of physical and emotional vulnerability and we get the impression he prefers his cast of characters, such as, Clevor Trevor, Plaistow Patricia and Billericay Dickey  to the the trendy middle classes. 

Ironically, Dury was one of the last Punk lyricists to help get rid of the traditional Victorian values in the mid 70s whilst looking like a character from a Dicken’s novel. The cover art sees Dury coyly leaned against the shop window of a seedy East End menswear shop- appropriately wearing a pair of Doc Martin’s. Next to him is his son Baxter who looks equally as confident and who would eventually go on to become a singer himself.

We have been inspired by this album and hope you will be too! Why not check out more from Al Mathews’ huge vinyl collection which we have available to purchase at TPH.co?

Below you will find Ian Dury inspired clobber which we also have available on our website!


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