Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Drury

Posted on March 04, 2012

Ian Drury was a most unlikely looking pop-star but fortunately that didn’t stop him from becoming just that. The featured video in this article is ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ which was a UK number one hit in 1979 after being released at the end of 1978. Ian Drury and the blockheads were a big part of New Wave music around this time and had several big hits in addition to Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick. These included ‘What a Waste’,’Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3′ and of course Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

I was reminded of this Ian Drury hit through the most unlikely of sources, Brian Moore the once upon a time English rugby hooker, now turned rugby pundit, was commenting on the six nations rugby tournament when it was revealed he had been invited onto the ‘Desert Islands Disks’ radio show. This is where celebrities reveal what music they would take with them if they were marooned on a desert island. Sure you have guessed by now, but number 2 on his list was ‘Hit me With Your Rhythm Stick’ right after ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Queen of the Night’. You could say it was a bit of a mix, but well done anyway Brian, at least I got reminded about Ian Drury, and actually if I am honest Mozart is one of my favourite classical composers. So here you go the featured video.

All the tracks mentioned above are on Sex & Drugs & Rock N Roll: Best of Ian Drury and the Blockheads, plus a few more as you can see from the listing below. So this may have come from an unusual source but it was a good reminder of a great ‘New Wave’ band. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
2. Razzle In My Pocket (A True Story)
3. Wake Up And Make Love With Me
4. Sweet Gene Vincent
5. Billericay Dickie
6. Clevor Trever
7. Blockheads
8. You’re More Than Fair
9. What A Waste!
10. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
11. There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever Bastards
12. Inbetweenies
13. Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3
14. Common As Muck
15. I Want To Be Straight
16. That’s Not All
17. Superman’s Big Sister
18. You’ll See Glimpses