Ian Dury And The Blockheads - Mr. Love Pants

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Mr. Love Pants is the 9th and final studio album by British singer-songwriter Ian Dury and the Blockheads, originally released in June 1998 via  Ronnie Harris Records.

Quickly gaining a reputation as one of the top new wave music acts, Ian Dury and the Blockheads' rose to fame with their first single "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll", which was named Single of the Week by NME on its release. It was soon followed by the album New Boots and Panties!!, which achieved platinum status. (Although it has been claimed that Dury coined the phrase "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll", a similar phrase had been used by Australian band Daddy Cool for the title of their 1972 album Sex, Dope & Rock'n'Roll: Teenage Heaven). The band built up a dedicated following in the UK and other countries and scored several hit singles, including "What a Waste", "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick" (which became a UK number one at the beginning of 1979, selling just short of a million copies) and "Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3".

 

Ian Dury's first studio album for six years following The Bus Driver's Prayer & Other Stories in 1992 and his first studio album with The Blockheads for 18 years since Laughter in 1980, Mr. Love Pants was recorded at Air Studios, London, and was produced by The Blockheads. Considered by many of the Blockheads to be a relatively easy recording session (Dury was notoriously difficult to work with in the studio), Mr. Love Pants has a more relaxed sound than previous albums,with buoyant performances from all concerned. On top of that, the tight songwriting and razor-sharp wit Dury helps to create what many, including Dury, called his best album since New Boots and Panties!!.

This would be the final studio album recorded by Dury following his diagnosis with cancer in 1996 that had returned with a vengeance at the end of 1997. The album also featured the return of Chas Jankel to the band for the recording of the album. Perhaps with the songs having been written over a number of years and evolving their own arrangements, made the songs stronger. One song in particular showed the soft side of Dury "You're My Baby" which was written for his one of his young sons. Dury had reflected on his cancer and commented that the saddest aspect of this was that he would not be able to see his young chidren grow up.

Although he was unwell he continued to make live appearances with The Blockheads up to his passing in March 2000, and continued to talk openly about his illness and struggles right up until the end.

This is a fitting conclusion to a remarkable career by a unique British singer-songwriter, who although was no angel, will be remembered for his cockney rhyming slang and humour of his original catalogue of songs.

Two singles were released from the album "Mash It Up Harry" , "You're My Baby" , "Jack Shit George" and "Itinerant Child".

This LP record is reissued (June 2015) on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with a plain white inner sleeve and plastic dust cover (unsealed), pressed in Europe by Demon Records

(5014797891494)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Track

Time

A1

Jack Shit George

4:23

A2

The Passing Show

4:24

A3

You're My Baby

3:30

A4

Honeysuckle Highway

4:49

A5

Itinerant Child

4:46

B1

Geraldine

3:37

B2

Cacka Boom

4:49

B3

Bed O' Roses No. 9

5:19

B4

Heavy Living

5:08

B5

Mash It Up Harry

5:53

 

SKU 5014797891494
Record Label Demon Records
Label / Model # BBC Worldwide
Catalogue Number DEMREC62
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 23 June 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 29 June 1998
Barcode # 5014797891494
Shipping Weight 0.3000kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Plain White Paper Inner Sleeve, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre New Wave
Format VINYL LP

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