Ian Dury and Blockheads

Its got a Caribbean rhythm except faster and more obsesive. He reminds me of Lou Reed with those glasses/shades. Has he turned what could be a request to be beaten up into cool bravado thing. Life on the road song. Been to all those places with his band.

“Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick”

In the deserts of Sudan
And the gardens of Japan
From Milan to Yucatán
Every woman, every man

Hit me with your rhythm stick
Hit me! Hit me!
Je t’adore, ich liebe dich
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
Hit me with your rhythm stick
Hit me slowly, hit me quick
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!

In the wilds of Borneo
And the vineyards of Bordeaux
Eskimo, Arapaho
Move their body to and fro

Hit me with your rhythm stick
Hit me! Hit me!
Das ist gut, c’est fantastique
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
Hit me with your rhythm stick
It’s nice to be a lunatic
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!

Hit me! Hit me! Hit!

In the dock of Tiger Bay
On the road to Mandalay
From Bombay to Santa Fé
Over the hills far away

Hit me with your rhythm stick
Hit me! Hit me!
C’est si bon, ist es nicht
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
Hit me with your rhythm stick
Two fat persons, click, click, click
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!

Hit me!
Hit me!
Hit me! Hit me!

Hit me!
Hit me!
Hit me!
Hit me!
Hit me!
Hit me!
Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!

If it makes you smile it’s rock and roll

Billy Fury sings Don’t Jump. What amazes me is that he wrote his own songs, he was not a formulaic songwriter but seemed to be exploring his genre. He died in 1983 after a recording session because of his heart problems.

Tim Hardin, Reason to Believe

James Timothy Hardin (December 23, 1941 – December 29, 1980) was an American folk and blues musician and composer. As well releasing his own material, several of his songs, including “If I Were a Carpenter”, became hits for other artists.

Hardin grew up in Oregon and joined the Marine Corps. He started his music career in Greenwich Village which led to recording several albums in the mid to late 1960s, and a performance at the Woodstock Festival. Hardin struggled with drug abuse throughout most of his adult life, and live performances were sometimes erratic. He was planning a comeback when he died in late 1980 from a heroin overdose.

A singer songwriter who wrote some very good songs, I listened to his music in the 70’s and thought he was so good. It was sad that he died of drugs.

Werewolves of London/Warren Zevon

I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand
Walking through the streets of SoHo in the rain
He was looking for the place called Lee Ho Fooks
For to get a big dish of beef chow mein

Ah-hooo, werewolves of London
Ah-hooo
Ah-hooo, werewolves of London
Ah-hooo

You hear him howling around your kitchen door
You better not let him in
Little old lady got mutilated late last night
Werewolves of London again

Ah-hooo, werewolves of London
Ah-hooo
Ah-hooo, werewolves of London
Ah-hooo

He’s the hairy-handed gent
Who ran amok in Kent
Lately he’s been overheard in Mayfair
You better stay away from him
He’ll rip your lungs out, Jim
Hunh, I’d like to meet his tailor

Ah-hooo, werewolves of London
Ah-hooo
Ah-hooo, werewolves of London
Ah-hooo

Well, I saw Lon Chaney walking with the Queen
Doin’ the werewolves of London
I saw Lon Chaney Junior walking with the Queen, uh!
Doin’ the werewolves of London
I saw a werewolf drinkin’ a piña colada at Trader Vic’s
And his hair was perfect
Na!

Ah-hooo
Werewolves of London
Heh, draw blood
Ah-hooo
Werewolves of London

Estas Tonne in Linz

Biography
Born Stanislav Tonne in 1975 in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, he took up the guitar at the age of eight and started to study classical music at the local music school. After his family moved to Israel in 1990, Tonne stopped playing for 11 years. In September 2001, he moved to New York and resumed playing the guitar in a duo with violinist and street musician Michael Shulman. He eventually began to travel around the world as a solo musician. Tonne plays concerts in countries across the world, as well as performing at street, yoga, art, or other festivals. Estas plays a 6-stringed classical guitar as well as the flute. He has rarely stayed for more than a year at one place as an adult.[4]