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Ian Dury and the Blockheads: Laughter (Stiff)

Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1980

I'M IN the mood for superlative hyperbole (oh – and love). I may have caught some flak from the Arts Page faction when in a northern journal earlier this year I compared the chief Blockhead to such popular entertainers of their day as Shakespeare and Dickens, but I'm here to tell you I don't care.

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