By Miranda Diboll
Before Ian Dury was a post punk icon, mixing his observations with some of the slickest funkiest sounds around made by the wonderful Blockheads, Ian was an artist. If you’ve ever seen the brilliant ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll’ then you probably saw Dury’s Oval flat covered with Pop Art. That was his own work.
He was chuffed to bits to get into the Royal College of Art and spent the mid sixties as Peter Blake’s student. His dreams of being a professional artist faded when he realised that he had reached his peak and spent the proceeding years teaching and doing illustrations for newspapers. Decide for yourself whether it was an artist talent wasted or we were blessed he moved into music. I think he could’ve done both but his decision to draw pictures with words instead meant we could enjoy imagination of the late Barney Bubbles on the album covers instead.