Without Ian Dury I wouldn't have the "Reasons to be Cheerful" theme for my entry in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge and, more importantly, without Ian Dury my life would be an emptier place.
His songs continue to give me great joy and it's possible I enjoy them more now than when I first started listening to them when I was a teenager.
While many of Ian Dury's songs have a humorous side, others are darker, but all take a delight in using language. What sets the songs off so well is the musical setting, that glorious mix of jazz, rock and roll, funk, reggae and even a bit of music hall.
Sadly, Ian Dury died from cancer at the age of 57, but I hope from the music I put with this posting that you can get a real sense of the vitality of the man.
I'm not going to go on and on with this posting. Instead I want to offer two pieces of music for your, I hope, enjoyment. The first is Ian Dury and the Blockheads performing What a Waste, which was a hit for the band in the late 1970s.
The second Ian Dury song is My Old Man, a gentle, reflective song, but still with a driving bass line. Some of the pictures on the video go better with the song than others, but I think you'll still enjoy the song.
- Question: Have you got a favourite Ian Dury song? If not, why not? Go out and find one. Be warned some of them have quite a bit of swearing in them, but swearing in a "nice" way.