New Boots and Panties
1 x LP
(1977)2012 EU reissue on 180g LP Speakers CornerPressed at Pallas, Germany=Ian Dury's classic 1977 debut, New Boots And Panties!! consists of a whole gamut of earthy downtown sound, with the fantastic band delivering "Sweet Gene Vincent", "Wake Up & Make
Release date: 20-09-2008(Originally released in 1977)
2012 EU reissue on 180g vinyl LP Speakers Corner edition -Audiophile re-issue on 180g vinyl. Mastered from the original analog master tapes. Pressed at Pallas, Germany=with the fantastic band delivering "Sweet Gene Vincent", "Wake Up & Make Love With Me" & "Clever Trever" amongst others,
It is not difficult to call Ian Dury the very epitome of British rock music in the '70s. The rough charm of his bawdy Cockney accent, spiced with snotty rock, which he often belted out in a signature pogo-punk style, was just the thing for the boulevard and lent a voice to the British working class.
His penchant for the grotesque, which he often expressed in the most vulgar of words or what Sounds magazine described as "brutal fairground music," gave birth to a "collection of weird characters who were looking for a home on vinyl," as Village Voice observed.
He held nothing back on this, his 1977 debut, New Boots And Panties!!, which consists of a whole gamut of earthy downtown sounds. Beginning with the mechanical drive of disco beat ("Wake Up And Make Love With Me") and pure, unadulterated rock ("I’m Partial To Your Abracadabra"), Dury and his band work towards smirking circus music to arrive at hard punk. His lyrics are honest, coarse and harsh and thus totally unacceptable for glamorous pop venues. You simply had to hear him live, or on this record!
A1 Wake Up And Make Love With Me
A2 Sweet Gene Vincent
A3 I'm Partial To Your Abracadabra
A4 My Old Man
A5 Billericay Dickie
B1 Clevor Trever
B2 If I Was With A Woman
B4 Plaistow Patricia
B5 Blackmail Man
Ian Dury's primary appeal lies in his lyrics, which are remarkably clever sketches of British life delivered with a wry wit. Since Dury's accent is thick and his language dense with local slang, much of these pleasures aren't discernible to casual listeners, leaving the music to stand on its own merits. On his debut album, New Boots and Panties!!, Dury's music is at its best, and even that is a bizarrely uneven fusion of pub rock, punk rock, and disco. Still, Dury's off-kilter charm and irrepressible energy make the album gel, with the disco pulse of "Wake Up and Make Love With Me" making perfect sense next to the gentle tribute "Sweet Gene Vincent," the roaring punk of "Blockheads," and the revamped music hall of "Billericay Dickie" and "My Old Man." . AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Label: Speakers Corner Record
Originally released: 1977
This release: 2012