Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (TOPPOP) (HD)

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Ian Dury And The Blockheads - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (TOPPOP) (1977) (HD)

Vintage early track from from the one of a kind Ian Dury and The Blockheads on the Dutch TV Show "TopPop" with "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" from 1977.

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"Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" is a song and single by Ian Dury. It was originally released as a Stiff Records single with "Razzle in My Pocket" as the B-side, on 26 August 1977. The song was released under the name "Ian Dury" and only two members of the Blockheads appear on the record – the song's co-writer and guitarist Chas Jankel and saxophonist Davey Payne.

Released as it was in the height of the popularity of punk rock, the song was misinterpreted (as it is often is to this day) as a song about excess as its title and chorus would suggest. Although the single was banned by the BBC, a number of Radio 1 disc jockeys, including Annie Nightingale and John Peel, continued to promote the record by playing the mildly salacious B-side "Razzle in My Pocket". Dury himself, however, maintained that the song was not a punk anthem and said he was trying to suggest that there was more to life than a 9-to-5 existence (such as in his track-by-track comments in the sleeve-notes of Repertoire Records' Reasons to Be Cheerful: The Best of Ian Dury & the Blockheads compilation). The verses themselves are at times somewhat riddle-like, although always suggestive of an alternative lifestyle:

Here's a little bit of advice, you're quite welcome, it is free
Don't do nothing that is cut-price, you'll know what they'll make you be
They will try their tricky device, trap you with the ordinary
Get your teeth into a small slice, the cake of liberty

The title of the song became part of the English language and was later used in many other song lyrics.


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