SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL
“Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” is a song and single by Ian Dury. It was originally released on the 1977 Stiff Records single BUY 17 “Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll” with “Razzle In My Pocket” as the B-side. on August 26th. The song was released under the name Ian Dury. Only two members of Ian Dury and the Blockheads appear on the record, the song’s co-writer Chas Jankel and saxophonist Davey Payne.
The single did not chart, selling only around 19,000 copies (a small amount for a single in 1977) but won critical acclaim. A factor of this poor sales could be Stiff Record’s singles deletion policy designed to promote initial sales and as such, chart success. The original single was deleted after only two months.
Released as it was in the height of the Punk rock scandal the song was misinterpreted (as it is often is to this day) as a song about excess as its title and chorus would suggest and was banned by the BBC. However, Dury maintained that the song was not a punk anthem. He said he was trying to suggest that there was more to life than sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll or a 9-to-5 existence (such as in his track-by-track comments in the sleeve-notes of Repertoire Record’s Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Best Of Ian Dury & The Blockheads compilation). The verses themselves are somewhat riddle-like at times though always suggesting an alternative lifestyle:
Here’s a little bit of advice, you’re quite welcome it is free
Don’t do nothing that is cut-price you’ll know what they’ll make you be
They will try their tricky device, trap you with the ordinary
Get your teeth into a small slice of the cake of liberty
<p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_%26_Drugs_%26_Rock_%26_Roll">full wikipedia entry here</a></p>