The influence of Ian Dury and the Blockheads' "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick"

Originally published at: The influence of Ian Dury and the Blockheads' "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" | Boing Boing


This is a terribly interesting video but my comment is about what’s going on with the video and the audio. I’ve done a fare bit of video editing in my time so maybe that’s why my attention was drawn to it. It doesnt look like the video is out sync with the audio but it seems too punchy. What’s going on? Sorry pedantic but kinda curious what it is. Any idea’s or maybe I’m crazy.

Maybe it’s just a framerate thing. :slight_smile:

Warren tearing up at the end hit me right in the feels :cry:


Ian Dury added a (very) brief touch of class to the 1995 Judge Dredd movie as a purveyor of military collectibles including an ABC Warrior (presumably Hammerstein) which came from another 2000AD story.

I remember disliking the movie when it came out, but this scene with Ian (and Hammerstein) is cool.


Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ massive and unlikely 1979 UK hit, “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick.”

Give this a try too…


Absolute classic. “There ain’t half been some clever bastards” is another great song.
He wasn’t known as the punk poet for nothing.


You can’t stop art.


They used live footage with the studio-recorded song.

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I really liked his Harry Winfield (a pyromanicial percussionist exiled in Hamburg) in Brennende Betten, but I don’t know whether this was ever released outside Germany:



I had no idea he was an actor until I watched the video in the original post. Or an artist. Or a lecturer.

I always thought it was just a curiosity that he showed up in Judge Dredd.

He was a remarkable man.


Look at his age: every English rock/experimental/pop musician went to art school back then. It was back in the post war period that broke class barriers down and you got the likes of Patrick Stewart etc. in the RSC and RADA and stuff. Nowadays all the English actors that break out are quite unbelievably posh.

Or as The Quietus points out this isn’t restricted to acting (but, wow, is it obvious in drama)


His son Baxter took over his band as he got older, and his new songs are really good. Similar voice to his dad’s but definitely got his own thing going on.


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