SEEZ 14 Do It Yourself
Chaz Jankel is musically direct
Released on May 18, 1979
UK CHART POSITION #2
Find it at GEMM
SEEZ 14 cover
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T he Toad Prince in starched shirt and Stiff collar with his merry band of Blockheads on their second sortie into the backside of the moon. There isn’t a proper hit on it, but Do It Yourself was designed that way. What’s here is the usual madness: delicious musical hall/disco and Dury’s droll patter, the fly in the ointment as it were. The opening “Inbetweenies” always gets the nod come compilation time, but it’s nothing to DIY for. Zany and inspired instead are “This Is What We Find,” “Quiet” and “Uneasy Sunny Day Hotsy Totsy.” The closing, reggaefied “Lullaby For Francies” is a keeper too. England has a long and luscious history of eccentrics whose sense of humor often obscured a barrelful of rich musical monkeyshines. The Stiff stable was full of them. But few stars shone so garish as Ian Dury, illuminated as he was by arguably the best backing band in the business, The Blockheads. That’s not to take anything away from The Rumour or Rockpile or The Attractions even, but Ian Dury & The Blockheads is as much about a band as Madness ever was. Chaz Jankel writes a good half of the material, but Do It Yourself is more than half a good album. Despite being the second album, it’s been noted that some of these songs pre-date Panties; “Mischief” is actually credited to Loving Awareness. While it doesn’t contain any essential hits in the usual sense, Dury fans would do themselves a great disservice to ignore Do It Yourself. Of interest to collectors, the original elpee was released in a variety of wallpaper designs.

TRACK LISTING

  1. INBETWEENIES    (Ian Dury/Chaz Jankel)
  2. QUIET    (Ian Dury/Blockheads)
  3. DON'T ASK ME    (Ian Dury/Chaz Jankel)
  4. SINK MY BOATS    (Ian Dury/Chaz Jankel)
  5. WAITING FOR YOUR TAXI    (Ian Dury/Chaz Jankel)
  6. THIS IS WHAT WE FIND    (Ian Dury/Mickey Gallagher)
  7. UNEASY SUNNY DAY HOTSY TOTSY    (Ian Dury/John Turnbull)
  8. MISCHIEF    (Ian Dury/Loving Awareness)
  9. DANCE OF THE SCREAMERS    (Ian Dury/Chaz Jankel)
  10. LULLABY FOR FRANCIES    (Ian Dury/Chaz Jankel)

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  11. WHAT A WASTE
  12. HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK
  13. THERE AIN'T HALF BEEN SOME CLEVER BASTARDS
  14. REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL, PT. 3
  15. COMMON AS MUCK
  16. REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL, PT. 3 (12" VERSION)

    Bonus disc two
  17. THIS IS WHAT WE FIND
  18. BOOGIE WOOGIE (DUFF 'EM UP)
  19. QUIET
  20. INBETWEENIES (BACKING TRACK)
  21. BABIES KEPT QUIET
  22. BLOW
  23. SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL
  24. I'M PARTIAL TO YOUR ABRACADABRA
  25. WAKE UP AND MAKE LOVE WITH ME
  26. CLEVOR TREVOR
  27. SWEET GENE VINCENT
  28. BILLERICAY DICKIE
  29. MY OLD MAN
  30. IF I WAS WITH A WOMAN
  31. BLOCKHEADS

CREDITS

CHARLEY CHARLES -- drums
IAN DURY -- vocals
MICKEY GALLAGHER -- keyboards
CHAZ JANKEL -- guitars, keyboards, md
DAVEY PAYNE -- saxes
JOHN TURNBULL -- guitars
NORMAN WATT-ROY -- bass
Laurie Latham -- recording engineer
Gabrinovski -- photos

return to IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK May 18, 1979 Stiff LP SEEZ 14 picture sleeve
US/CAN 1979 Stiff/Epic LP/CS JE/JET-36104  
AUSL 1979 Stiff LP L-36918  
GER 1979 Stiff LP 623795  
JPN 1979 Stiff LP VIP-6673  
UK February 1990 Demon LP FIEND-133  
GER 1996 Repertoire CDX REP-4547 w. bonus tracks
JPN 2001 Victor CD VICP-61395  
JPN 2008 Victor 2CD VICP-64053 w. bonus tracks/disc

 

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