Friday, September 25, 2009
Funky Friday - A Chip Off The Ol' Blockheads
The Blockheads come to sunny Southend this Saturday, heading up a bill that features Camera Obscura and Billy Bragg's Big Busk (I'll be taking my Martin DX1 along for that. Although live music is just one segement of an all day arts festival known as Village Green, taking place in Chalkwell Park - literally a five minute walk from home.
Last time I saw The Blockheads dear ol' Ian Dury was still out front and on his final visit to Southend during the Mr Love Pants tour. For all their punk/pub rock roots and associations the Blockheads are really proto Acid Jazzers (fatback drums, squealy synths, soaraway solos and finger-blistering basslines) twinning the free form flow of Jazz Funk with the sweaty energy of Punk, and able to switch between either without missing a beat. They are simply the finest set of sizzling of musicians you'll ever see live. So if you're round and about Southend way this Saturday why not pop along - the full programme of events is available here.
Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Wake Up And Make Love With Me
Ian Dury and the Blockheads Dance Little Rude Boy
And you can grab Macca's Blockbusting version of I'm Partial To Your Abracadabra right here..
Have a peep at Norman Roy-Watt's incredibly heady bassline for Rythm Stick - stunning stuff.