Thursday, August 27, 2015
Ian Dury: New Boots and Panties!! (1977)
Ian Dury died in the year 2000 at age 57. At age 7, Dury contracted Polio. We are lucky to have a vaccine against Polio today. Don't let the anti-vaxxers sway you into believing that vaccines are poison. Vaccines are a scientific and public health triumph. A couple of parents of my childhood friends suffered through Polio, and carried the burden with them for the rest of their lives. Irresponsible anti-vaxxers ought to be held accountable if Polio ever makes a comeback in North America.
As a result of Polio, Dury was disabled and it left him with a quirky stage presence, albeit one that he tried to hide. That, combined with witty lyrics--sung with a thick Cockney accent, and backed by a rock, punk, and even pseudo-disco music--made the whole enterprise interesting and appealing, though I am not sure how long that could have been sustained.
Once again, the original UK pressing differs from the Canadian pressing. In this case, I think the domestic version, which I have, is better because it contains the single, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, which is not on the UK pressing.