159 – Ian Dury And The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (1978)
Written by Ian Dury and Chaz Jankel
Produced by Laurie Latham
Label – Stiff
I have had limited personal exposure to well known musicians, but at high school I was familiar, if a distant friend of Paul Raven, bass player with Killing Joke. During the late 70s he was a founder member of a punk band (Neon Hearts), who achieved regional success and appeared on national TV on a few occasions. The Regis School in Wolverhampton had a popular punk scene, largely influenced by Raven, and although I was only 13 when they released their self financed debut single (“Regulations”/”Venus Eccentric”). I saw Raven in Tettenhall village at the start of 1979 and asked him who he considered great bass players. He immediately said, “If you can play Norman Watt-Roy’s bass line on “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick” you’re a bloody great bass player, believe me.” I loved the song but never realized the significance of the bass line. I went home, put the single on record player and was immediately blown away. Watt-Roy’s bass melody is incredible. Like nothing I’ve ever heard before of since.
Thank you Norman Watt-Roy!
Thank you Ian Dury! R.I.P.
Thank you Paul Raven! R.I.P.
Here’s Killing Joke’s Gothic classic, “Love Like Blood”
And here’s a dude who does a bloody good interpretation of said bass line.