Same horse, different jockey…

15 October 1977, Leeds University.

First sighting of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, doing material from ‘New Boots & Panties’ as the Live Stiffs tour rolls into town featuring Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Ian Dury & the Blockheads, Wreckless Eric, Nick Lowe (with Dave Edmunds) and Larry Wallis. Although there wasn’t supposed to be a headline act as such, ID & the Blockheads finished with Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll, with everyone from the tour appearing on stage as the closing number to the gig…

And so a new manifesto had arrived…

Sex and drugs and rock & roll. All my brain and body needs…” 

…although there may well have been something of a gap between theory and practice at times… and when I returned home from University for Christmas my Mum seemed somewhat reluctant to demonstrate to the neighbours my new found love of the English language..

My T-shirt with the slogan “If it ain’t stiff, it ain’t worth a fuck” emblazoned across the front was most definitely NOT going to be hung ‘right side out’  on the washing line…

So here I am, some 36 years later (!!) watching the Blockheads at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth.

Shine a light… John Callaway 2013

Shine a light… John Callaway 2013

A different wordsmith, and a few different band members, but still one of those gigs that leaves you with a stupid grin as the mix the old and the new reminds you why the world would be poorer place without music and musicians. Photographs being my ‘thing’, there are others that can tell you how good the Blockheads are…

In the meantime, a couple more photos that I quite like…

Blow your horn… John Callaway 2013

Blow your horn… John Callaway 2013

Sometimes you just get lucky with light…

The Blockheads' John Turnbull @ the Wedge… John Callaway 2013

The Blockheads’ John Turnbull @ the Wedge… John Callaway 2013


Support band were Offbeat Offensive…. Pompey’s finest ska band…check them out, you won’t be disappointed…

Offbeat Offensive… John Callaway 2013

Offbeat Offensive… John Callaway 2013

Keep Music Live…

One response to “Same horse, different jockey…

  • Swappers

    Gor Blimey! Well you coulda knocked me dahn wiv a fevver!Fanxt!

    Thanks for this Johnny C! Didn’t know they had stayed so active!Since Ian’s passing I hadn’t troubled much to keep up but will check this out!

    Meanwhile . . . . we saw Ian and the Blockheads a few times around the early days in and around Oxford and always loved him . . most notably for us at Friars Club, Aylesbury when my wife Dawn was nearly nine months pregnant with my son (who is now 32!) Sailing into view of the stage like a galleon in full sail, the venue was suitably nice enough for an intimate relationship with his audience, Ian took one look at her and in the deepest growl and with a grin like the Cheshire cat leaned into the microphone and said
    “Ere, . . . .I know what YOU’VE bin doin!”

    Seasonal Wassnames to you Johnny

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