Monday, July 22, 2019

Seeing Piccadilly, Fanny Smith and Willy

Ian Dury and the Blockheads : Reasons to be Cheerful, Pt 3

In July of 1979, Ian Dury and the Blockheads released "Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3", his third Top Ten U.K. single, peaking at #3. According to Dury, the song was inspired by a near-fatal accident involving a lighting roadie. Roadie Charley almost got electrocuted in Italy by a microphone stand while leaning over a mixing desk. Another roadie saved his life, hence 'no electric shocks' is included in the song's lyrics. 

Other reasons to be cheerful include:

Fanny Smith and Willy ( female and male genitalia)
Gigolos and Brasses (male and female prostitutes)
Smoking from bongs (lighting up the chalice) and
Coming out of chokey ( being released from prison

The song ranked #5 in Sounds end of year singles list.

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