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.
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).
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.
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.
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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