Ian Dury & The Blockheads - What A Waste (HD)

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Ian Dury & The Blockheads - What A Waste (1978) (ReMastered) (HD)

The musical & lyrical genius of a one of a kind that was Mr Ian Dury... :-)

Always loved the way he sort of argued with the microphone and sometimes tried to throttle it as if it were a real person... genius... :-)

Remastered the audio & the video to tidy up this classic footage... :-) 

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"What a Waste" is a song and single by Ian Dury and the Blockheads, originally released on the Stiff Records single BUY 27 "What a Waste" / "Wake Up and Make Love with Me". The song has remained in The Blockheads' set following Dury's death.

Essentially a song about being in a job that makes you happy, Dury claimed in a 1984 interview with Penthouse that while not condemning 9-to-5 jobs, he had written the song to make people question their lives, echoing the sentiments of his earlier single "Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll". The song's verses list a number of things the song's narrator could have been, from a driver, poet, teacher or soldier to an inmate in a long-term institution and the ticket man at Fulham Broadway station before the chorus reveals that instead he chose to 'play the fool in a six-piece band' highlighting some of the pitfalls of this (loneliness specifically), before deciding that 'rock and roll don't mind'.

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