It’s 1977, and I know absolutely nothing about this album or about who the band where. It wasn’t until 1979 (I was approaching 12 years old) when ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ appeared and I loved it immediately, and still do. It initially came as a massive disappointment to me that it wasn’t on this album, and it isn’t on any album (unless you look at later collections or expanded editions, but back in the day, we didn’t have those) but the tracks here are fabulous, including what is probably the most well known, ‘Sex and Drugs and Rock And Roll’, which is, after all, all a brain and body needs.
I went to see Ian Dury and the Music Students at the Oxford Apollo sometime in 1984 I think it was, but I never saw the Blockheads, which was a shame as the tracks from ‘4,000 weeks Holiday’, the only album Dury made with the Music Students, were pretty good but not as good as with the Blockheads. On a side note, I happen to think both the front and back cover images are brilliant.
Clearly I’m a bit bored, however, ideas born from boredom are not necessarily a bad thing, although this one might very well be. I have a Head tote bag, it cost me £1 and it’s just right for vinyl, so, here is a new thing called, “What’s in the bag?” Here is the bag in question:
And inside the bag today is……………………………………………………….
That’s right, The Stranglers IV, which it wasn’t, it was their first album and it was called ‘Rattus Norvegicus’, ornery buggers The Stranglers are, but this is a brilliant début, released in April 1977. I have a copy already but it is completely knackered so I bought another for £3.50 on Saturday.
Yes it’s sexist, misogynistic perhaps and a bit nasty here and there, well, starting the album with the lyric “Someday I’m gonna smack your face”, to a girlfriend does set the tone a bit, but if you can get past that the songs have a drive about them, a griminess, they are, as they were later to write, nice and sleazy. Give it a listen if you never have, or listen again if it’s been a while:
Back at the tail end of 2011 I went to see Gary Numan at The Assembly in Leamington Spa. It wasn’t until over half way through that it was announced that two of the band hadn’t turned up, I hadn’t really noticed the absence, so they’d done a pretty good job. There’s a video below from that gig that somebody took and below that is the set list for that night.
Now that the NOW’s are out of the way for a while, here is a 72 minute playlist that I often listen to while using excel, I have no idea why exactly, it just sort of happens.