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  • CHAZ JANKEL - Guitar/Keyboards/Vocals
  • JOHN TURNBULL - Guitar/Vocals
  • MICK GALLAGHER- Keyboards
  • GILAD ATZMON - Saxophone
  • DYLAN HOWE - Drums

Formed in 1977 to promote Ian Durys' album 'New Boots and Panties' on the first Stiff Records tour of the U.K. Chaz Jankel , Norman Watt-Roy, Charlie Charles, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher became known as 'The Blockheads' (a reference to a song on Ian's album). As 'Ian Dury & The Blockheads' they went back out on tour, this time without Chaz Jankel, and in 1978 released 'What a Waste' a single that reached number five in the U.K. charts.
In late 1978 Chaz composed 'Hit me with your Rhythm Stick' with Ian, and in 1979 had a number one hit record with it in the U.K. Ian Dury & The Blockheads went on to record the 'Do it Yourself' album and toured Europe and the U.K. recording 'Reasons to be Cheerful ,Part 3' in Rome. Released as a single in late 1979 it reached number three in the U.K. charts
In March 1996 Ian was diagnosed with Cancer and, after recovering from an operation, was determined to write another album .
To this end The Blockheads went into rehearsal in August 1996 and began recording at Air Studios, London in October. The album 'Mr. Lovepants' was released in 1998 and in May, Ian & The Blockheads hit the road again.The last performance by Ian Dury & The Blockheads was February 6th 2000 at The London Palladium. Ian died at 9am on 27th March 2000.

Remember All These Hits?

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (Dury/Jankel)
Wake up and Make Love With Me (Dury/Jankel)
What a Waste! (Dury/Gallagher/Turnbull/Watt-Roy/Charles/Melvin
Sweet Gene Vincent (Dury/Jankel)
I'm Partial to Your Abracadabra (Dury/Jankel)
My Old Man (Dury/Nugent)
Billericay Dickie (Dury/Nugent)
Clevor Trever (Dury/Jankel)
There Ain't Half Been Some Clever Bastards (Dury/Hardy)
Reasons to Be Cheerful, Pt. 3 (Dury/Jankel/Payne)
Spasticus Autisticus (Dury/Jankel)

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Phil Jupitus was a regular "guest frontman" at 2001 shows, which also featured live performances from Bonnie Tyler and Clive, the Doctor and the Medics

Since the death of Ian Dury on the 26 th March 2000 The Blockheads' have been in the recording studio preparing tracks for a Tribute Album entitled 'BRAND NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES'. This album is a re-recording of the original tracks of Ian's popular 'New Boots and Panties' album recorded in 1977, using guest vocalists and bands.

People so far involved are Robbie Williams (who had a strong connection with Ian through U.N.I.C.E.F.) Paul McCartney (whose interest in the work of CANCER BACUP brought him in contact with Ian) Madness (long time friends and fans), Sinead O'Conner, Billy Bragg & the Blokes, Wreckless, Eric,Shane MacGowan,Keith Allen, Cerys Matthews and Grant Nicholas from the band 'Feeder'--- all professed fans of 'Ian and The Blockheads'

'BRAND NEW BOOTS & PANTIES' was released in April 2001 by East central-one. STRAIGHT TO THE TOP OF ALL EUROPEAN CHARTS, TOP 10 IN UK

The band have also been spending time finishing off the recordings of a last studio album featuring Ian .---- Seven of the tracks have vocals by Ian ,two of them are sung by the Blockheads and the last song Ian ever wrote (and didn't get the chance to sing himself ) is performed by Robbie Williams. All going well,this album should be out on general release by September 2001.


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