Do It Yourself
is a 1979 album by Ian Dury
& The Blockheads. It was the first album to be credited to Ian Dury & The Blockheads rather than Ian Dury alone, although Dury had used the full band name for the "What A Waste" 7" single of 1978. The album was released in the wake of the chart-topping hit single "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
", and reached number two in the charts, behind ABBA
. Do It Yourself
sold around 200,000 copies, and was Dury's second Platinum album (after its predecessor New Boots and Panties!!
Background and recording
Like New Boots and Panties!!
before it, much of Do It Yourself
was written at Dury's home, no longer a flat near The Oval
cricket ground, but now a rented home in Rolvenden
. Even though he declined point blank his management's attempts to get him to dust off and re-record old Kilburn and the High-Roads
songs like "England's Glory" Dury did resurrect one old song, "Sink My Boats", the very first song he and Chas Jankel wrote together. In fact a number of other songs pre-date the rehearsal and song-writing sessions for Do It Yourself
; the instrumentals for "Quiet", "This Is What We Find" and "Uneasy Sunny Day Hotsy Totsy" were all arranged by Blockheads members while they were still in their band Loving Awareness. Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll: The Life Of Ian Dury
and Demon's CD re-issues of the album mistakenly credit the album as... Read More