More on Ian Dury

February 24, 2010 at 2:16 am (Uncategorized)

In this month’s music notes, I mentioned the forthcoming Ian Dury biopic Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll. I was never a huge fan of the Blockheads although I do own a CD best of and an old 45 of Rhythm Stick (I wonder if that’s worth anything?) Still, the prospect of a movie is intriguing. 

Maybe I’m getting old, but I spend a lot of time returning to the music of my youth and especially those crucial years between 1976 and 1980. It’s amazing just how much stuff there is now on this period in terms of video, photos and reminiscences. Why shouldn’t there be movies as well? 

Anyway, the day after I posted the comments, I picked up the new issue of Uncut. Well, the one with Hendrix on the cover; the issue on sale in Toronto always seems to behind the one in the UK. The issue has a pretty good article on Tinariwen, the North African group playing Toronto on March 4th (got my ticket).  But lo and behold, there are two articles about Ian Dury in it, including a review of the film.

In the review, Neil Spencer concludes “you can’t helping liking the film for all its faults.” He further notes, Andy Serkis is “spellbinding” as Dury (check out the trailer) However, a few pages on, Uncut editor Allan Jones suggests the film is a  “cartoonish encapsulation” of Dury’s life. Instead he recommends Will Birch’s biography Ian Dury. Will Birch was a member of the Kursaal Flyers, a pub-rock group that played the same circuit as Dury’s former band Kilburn and the High Roads. Birch also  drummed for The Records, a late 70s power pop group who had a hit with “Starry Eyes.” Birch has also written a book about the pub rock scene, No Sleep Till Canvey Island.  Jones describes the biography as “exemplary.” Sounds as if it’s worth a look; actually, the movie too.



  1. jo said,

    off topic post
    I think Tinariwen’s music would blend well with the smell of bonfire though it’s unlikely to have that in a concert hall.

  2. fischerzed said,

    Yes, I absolutely agree. Unfortunately there was no bonfire, but it was still an amazing show. Review to come shortly.

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