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Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll…And Kate Bush.

Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll…And Kate Bush.

Ian Dury with Kate Bush in 1980.

The above is one of my favourite Ian Dury photographs, taken with Kate Bush in 1980 at an awards ceremony, at a time when the two musicians represented totally different ends of the musical spectrum.

The cover of Dury's 1977 album, New Boots and Panties.

The cover of Dury’s 1977 album, New Boots and Panties.

Both Kate Bush and Ian Dury receive mentions in Bombed Out!, because, unbelievably, given the crap in the UK charts back then, Ian Dury had knocked The Village People’s ‘Y.M.C.A.’ off the Number One spot, with his single ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ in 1979 (You Tube link below).

Why oh Why MCA.

Why oh Why MCA.

Dury was an anti-establishment figure, who usually wrote clever and biting lyrics chronicling an increasingly harsh life on the streets of the country, set to some powerful and well-arranged music, and Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick sold almost a  million copies, which was an impressive feat for a New Wave band back then.

Detail from Kate Bush's Never Forever album.

Detail from Kate Bush’s Never Forever album.

Kate Bush gets a mention in Bombed Out! because, in 1980, she became the first ever British female artist to have a studio album reach Number One in the UK album chart, when she released Never For Ever.

Kate Bush in Liverpool in 1979, at the Pier Head (Inacityliving Facebook). kate bush punk and new wave music 1980s britain

Kate Bush in Liverpool in 1979, at the Pier Head (Inacityliving Facebook).

I actually liked a couple of tracks on Never For Ever, although I probably wouldn’t have admitted that to many people back then. Kate Bush got three top 20 singles off the album too: Babooshka, Army Dreamers and Breathing.

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Ian Dury – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick [Official Video]

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