Rarely off the road since the untimely death of Ian Dury in 2000, but now with Derek Hussey fronting the band, THE BLOCKHEADS are one of the most underrated and in-demand British bands of all time. Their live shows invariably sell-out and everyone goes home with a smile on their face.
Their last album, Same Horse Different Jockey, was released late in 2013, with a new album due for release later in 2019. ‘Beyond The Call of Dury’ features ten brand new tracks, many of them written by poet and frontman, Derek ‘The Draw’ Hussey. T<he new album continues to showcase both the band’s diversity and supreme quality, as well as their unique voice in British ‘Art-Funk’.
Derek Hussey’s lyrics in the bands new songs keep the combination of poetry, word play, earthy humour and deadly-accurate observations of everyday, British working-class life, that Ian Dury had perfected, but with an added bite for the 21st century. Hussey is known to the bands followers as Dury’s best friend and minder, memorably singing with Ian and the band at a televised concert in the late 1990s.
As well as through their own new material, interest in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, the recent biopic of their erstwhile front man Ian Dury, the performance of ‘Spasticus Autisticus’ at the 2012 Para-Olympic Opening Ceremony, and the musical ‘Reasons To be Cheerful’, has seen a resurgence in the bands popularity over the past few years and they continue to go from strength to strength.
Along with some new material you can expect to hear all the hits, including ‘Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick’, ‘Wake Up And Make Love With Me’, ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3)’, ‘What A Waste,’ ‘Clevor Trever,’ ‘Sweet Gene Vincent.’ and many more from the band’s illustrious back catalogue.
The Blockheads are fronted by Derek ‘The Draw’ Hussey, and Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher still remain from the original band. The current line-up is augmented by John Roberts on drums and a rolling line up of saxophonists that includes Gilad Atzmon, Terry Edwards and Dave Lewis.