The Blockheads to release comeback album 'Staring Down The Barrel' via EMI

Posted on 12/02/09

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The Blockheads to release comeback album 'Staring Down The Barrel' via EMI
On April 6th the punk / new wave act The Blockheads return with a brand new studio album "Staring Down The Barrel" via EMI Records. The band will also embark on a Nationwide UK Tour. Originally known as Ian Dury & The Blockheads, the current line-up, consists of four of the original members: Chaz Jankel (piano, guitar), Mick Gallagher (keyboards), Norman Watt-Roy (bass) and John Turnbull (guitar), joined by Dylan Howe (drums) and Gilad Atzmon (sax). "Staring Down The Barrel" is the second studio album The Blockheads have released since their original lead singer, Ian Dury, passed away from cancer in 2000.

The new album coincides with the 30th Anniversary of "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" that originally reached No.1 in the UK singles chart in 1979, selling in excess of 1 million copies. In related news, a film biopic about Ian Dury entitled "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" will star Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) in the title role. Produced by Damian Jones ("Kidulthood, Adulthood"), the film will be released in 2010. Jankel has been appointed as musical supervisor, while The Blockheads have already recorded tracks for the film soundtrack.

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Posted by: testube on Feb 12, 09 | 9:52 pm

Can't imagine this band sounding anything like it used to without Ian Dury...

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