“Cruising down carnality canal in my canoe… can I canoodle?”
Upon its 1998 arrival, it was the first Blockheads slab in nearly 20 years, and the final studio album of Ian’s storied career. Five years in the making, the Blockheads matured into finesse players, especially maestro Norman Watt-Roy.
With a crisper tone by way of his Fender Jazz as compared to the early platters, Norman leaves space aplenty for Dury to deliver his devilish, devious dialogues. The bass motif which underpins “Itinerant Child” beckons latter day Steely Dan, as referenced in the verse! Though lacking the mad anthems of yore, you never ignore a Blockhead, this bassist, and this beloved bandleader!