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No. 1 singles from this week, with Jade Wright 1979 Ian Dury &The Blockheads - Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick THE punk stars' most successful song was recorded in The Workhouse Studio on the Old Kent Road, London, the same place Dury's debut album, New Boots and Panties.

At least 11 takes of the song were recorded before one, reportedly an early take, was chosen for the single release.

Mickey Gallagher (keyboards) was unsure about this method and much of the band as well as producer Laurie Latham remain unhappy with the chosen take's mix, claiming it to be too dominated by piano and vocals.

On radio Rhythm Stick was a popular song from its release, but the single was initially kept from the number one spot in the charts by The Village People's smash hit YMCA, which was at number one for five consecutive weeks.

But eventually, Watt-Roy, Turnbull and Charley Charles (drums) were waiting outside the Gaumont State Cinema, Kilburn, London, listening to a car radio when it was announced that Rhythm Stick was the new number one.

Ian Dury was on holiday in Cannes, where he was at the beach when the hotel staff brought him a bottle of champagne and told him the news.

For their appearance on Top of the Pops the whole band bought Moss Bros suits. Laurie Lewis, a friend of Ian Dury's from college, shot the promotional video for the single - while it simply showed the band playing on stage, it was an important piece of footage for Ian Dury, who for the first time appeared in public without his pink jacket or another long sleeved shirt hiding his left arm, withered by Polio as a child.

It sold 979,000 copies in the UK. In 2006, its popularity was boosted by its appearance in a British advertisement for Capital One.

1996 Spaceman - Babylon Zoo WOLVERHAMPTON singer-songwriter Jas Mann shot temporarily to fame with this track, with its heavily distorted guitars and metallic, robotic-sounding vocals.

The song featured on a new Levi's jeans TV advert titled "Planet" which was directed by Vaughan Arnell and Anthea Benton.

It went straight to Number 1 on the UK singles chart on 21 January 1996, selling 418,000 copies in the first week of release. At the time it was the fastest selling single by a debut artist in the UK.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Article Type:Sound recording review
Date:Jan 23, 2010
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