Monday, January 9, 2012
Ian Dury Picks His 12 All Time Faves (1979)
As told to Smash Hits October 18 1979 via Like Punk Never Happened. His #1 UK hit, "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick", would be voted the best single of 1979 in the Pazz and Jop poll of music critics taken by The Village Voice.
1.Millie Small: What Am I Living For? - Terrible record but it's a magic song by Chuck Willis
2. Dean Martin: That's Amore - Because I think Dean Martin's really great in a way.
3. J.J. Zackerley: Dinner With Drac - He was a DJ in America who made one record. Good words, great sax solo.
4. Billy Fury: Jealousy - The best singer that England's ever seen. My ambition has been to write enough songs so that Billy Fury can do an album called "Fury Sings Dury".
5. Kay Starr: Rock and Roll Waltz - One of the few bits in three four time that I like.
6. Groovy Joe Poovey: Ten Long Fingers and Eighty-Eight Keys - Wonderful old rock and roll record.
7. Minnie Ripperton: Lovin' You - Beautiful record, specially now that the poor girl's gone.
8. Gene Vincent: Hot Rod Gang EP - The best four songs he ever did.
9. Merle Haggard: Okie from Muskogee
10. Wilson Pickett: In the Midnight Hour
11. Adriana Celentano - Anything, preferably something in Italian
12. Roger Collins: Oh, You Sexy Thing - He's a local soul singer from San Francisco. The inventor of the short sleeved suit.