The Blockheads hit us with a rhythmic Portsmouth gig

The Blockheads
The Blockheads
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They were one of the top live New Wave acts of the 70s and The Blockheads have continued to tour even since the death of flamboyant frontman Ian Dury.

The band’s current road trip come to the Wedgewood Rooms on Thursday.

Formed in 1977 to promote Ian Dury’s album New Boots and Panties on the first Stiff Records tour of the UK, Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, Charlie Charles, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher became known as The Blockheads .

As Ian Dury & The Blockheads, they went back out on tour, this time without Chaz Jankel, and in 1978 released What A Waste. They were then joined by saxophonist Davey Payne and toured the US supporting Lou Reed.

In late 1978 Chaz returned to the fold and composed Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick with Ian.

The band scored number one with it in the UK and went on to record the Do It Yourself album and Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3, which reached number three.

In 1980 Chaz, once again, left the band and Wilko Johnson joined Ian, Norman, Johnny, Charlie, Mickey and Davey to record and release a third album for Stiff Records.

In 1982 Ian Dury & The Blockheads disbanded and were not to play together again until 1987. The death of Charlie Charles in 1990 reunited them to play two benefit gigs.

The last performance of Ian Dury & The Blockheads was in 2000 shortly before Ian’s death.

The Blockheads have been through several line-up changes, breaks from the scene and returns to the live circuit.

Tickets for the Southsea gig are £18.50. Call (023) 9286 3911 or visit wedgewood-rooms.co.uk.