Class of '77: The Blockheads
The Sage, Gateshead
''We are The Blockheads and we go like this!'' came the announcement, a split second before the group bashed out the opening to Sex And Drugs And Rock and Roll. There followed 50 minutes of hits from their classic years, with a couple of latter day songs thrown in.
Two years ago I saw The Blockheads produce an excellent performance at The Arc so I knew what to expect from them. With Derek the Draw on vocal duties (or, as his website biography puts it, ''vocals, percussion and ambience co-ordinator''). The Blockheads have undergone a degree of reinvention, keeping the spirit of Ian Dury very much alive while evolving into a group with a fresh new identity.
|Derek the Draw|
|Chaz Jankel and Mick Gallagher|
|Norman Watt-Roy and John Turnbull|
|Chaz on guitar|
|Derek pointing out that Terry is playing two saxophones at once|
Sex And Drugs And Rock and Roll
I Want To Be Straight
A Little Knowledge
Wake Up And Make Love With Me
Sweet Gene Vincent
What A Waste
Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3)
Jack S*** George
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
|John and Terry|
|John Roberts takes the applause|
A review of John Turnbull's solo album, Quantum Frolics, is in the pipeline.