Ian Dury / The Blockheads

There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever Bastards.. Ian Dury at the RCA

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.

More here: http://www.rca.ac.uk/Default.aspx?ContentID=518920

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One thought on “There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever Bastards.. Ian Dury at the RCA

  1. Of course; the relationship between Pop Art and Pop music has always been a fruitful one; if we’re talking about people such as John Lennon, David Bowie, Marc Almond, Brian Eno; they came from a background of concept art rather than music training and indeed Bowie has spoken of his relationship with Eno in terms of the arts (“I paint, Brian sculpts”) – and of course ‘Ziggy Stardust’ was more of a multi-media project than a mere album/tour.

    Peter Blake of course designed the Sgt Pepper’s cover.

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