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Ian Dury And The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 23rd January 2012


“Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick” is a song and single by Ian Dury & The Blockheads, first released 23 November 1978 and was first released on the 7″ single BUY 38 Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick / There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever Bastards by Stiff Records. It went to number one on the UK Singles Chart in January 1979, and is the band’s most successful single ever. It also was named best single of 1979 in the Pazz & Jop poll.

Its lyrics mix various locations across the world and a number of phrases in non-English languages (including French and German). According to its author Ian Dury, the song has an anti-violence message.

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. However, on the 27th of January 1979, 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 Poliomyelitis as a child.

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (Disco Version) 5:20

Reasons To Be Cheerful (Pt. 3) 4:53

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1978 Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #79


Label: Epic – 48 50799
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1979
Genre: Funk / Soul, Rock
Style: Leftfield, Disco

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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