"I just sent some pictures saying 'Me and my Blockheads
' and they picked up on it," Leighton said.
play Eric's on December 13, tickets PS20 adv.
IAN DURY and The Blockheads
created a unique style of music and lyrics, combining a mixture of music genres and creative Cockney styled lyrics probably best remembered in their 1979 number-one smash "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" and the ground-breaking album "New Boots and Panties".
Wilko's on his own now and tours constantly in the company of Norman Watt-Roy, former bass player with Ian Dury and The Blockheads
, and drummer Moni, another Blockhead
whose previous gigs include Curve and Jesus and The Mary Chain.
Then, in The Old Man and the C Student, son Bart shows he's a chip off the old blockhead
by also landing himself in bother - in his case, with the law.
Nigel Mansell v Nelson Piquet: Rivalry at Williams cost both the world title in 1986, the Brazilian slamming Britain's hero as an "uneducated blockhead
With punk two years old, a number of new wave acts dominated the charts, with Elvis Costello's Oliver's Army, Ian Dury and the Blockhead
's Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick and The Clash's London Calling all making the Top 10.
Pianist Jools Holland said: "I was made an honorary Blockhead
which is one of the proudest accolades of my career.
Andy "Gollum" Serkis is a chip off the old Blockhead
and spookily looks and sounds like the polio-stricken Dury.
He wrote: "A clue in the cryptic crossword on 10 December reads 'Coach blockhead
with you and I'.
Mickey (Gallagher, organ) was the first Blockhead
to hear the news, having received a call from (Ian's wife) Sophie.
Much of the Blockhead
backing was added separately and the bustling immediacy of his vintage recordings is sometimes missed.