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Day 325: Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties!!

19 Jan

Clevor Trevor

As far as record titles go, this is about as funny as you can get.  Ian Dury was one of those dudes who bought pretty much every piece of his clothing from thrift stores.  The only two things that he bought new were boots and panties.  I’m assuming that is English English (as opposed to American English) for shoes and underwear, but you can never really be sure with those Brits.

This record was recommend to me yesterday by a fan of The Smiths, and then reaffirmed by someone who hates The Smiths with a passion.  I figured that if two perspectives that different could agree on a record, it must be pretty good.  My first reaction to New Boots and Panties!!, however, was more along the lines of “well this sure is annoying.”

I’ve got a few things to base that opinion on, too.  Ian Dury’s voice is annoying.  On top of that, the instrumentation that he’s got backing him up is really repetitive, and not that interesting.  It’s just your standard rock band setup—guitar, drums, more guitar—and there’s nothing all that great about it.

However, you can’t always listen to my opinions.  I tend to ignore lyrics, as I can’t possibly interpret things being sung by the singer while I’m in the process of interpreting my own jumbled thoughts. You could say that is a major flaw in the site’s concept as a whole, but it’s too late to quit at this point.  Anyway, the lyrics are supposed to be pretty good, and fairly funny, so maybe I need to listen to this stuff when I’m not trying to write this stuff.