Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3: IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS

Australian singles chart:
Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3 entered the Kent Music Report on 17 September 1979 and peaked at #65.

The song has been described as a ‘shopping-list song’. It is a simple list of a number of reasons to be cheerful. In that respect it is almost identical to an older Ian Dury track, England’s Glory, a song that he had refused to revive when asked the previous year. The list of reasons to be cheerful includes:
Rock ‘n’ Roll singer Buddy Holly
Little Richard’s 1956 hit Good Golly Miss Molly
Hammersmith Palais, London
The Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow, Russia
British automobile company Scammell Lorries (specifically their 18-wheeler truck)
Equal voting rights
Piccadilly Circus, London
Genitalia (‘Fanny Smith and Willy’)
Oatmeal breakfast cereal (‘porridge oats’)
Generosity and politeness
Yellow socks
Carrot juice
Wine (specifically claret)
Elvis (Presley) and Scotty (Moore), his guitarist
Going to the toilet (‘sitting on the potty’)
A cure for smallpox
The National Health Service’s free prescription glasses
Male and female prostitutes (‘Gigolos and Brasses’)
Smoking a bong (‘lighting up the chalice’)
Skiffle singer Wee Willie Harris
Steven Biko
Jamaican trombonist Rico Rodriguez, who would go on to play with Coventry band The Specials the same year as Reasons to be Cheerful‘s release
The Marx Brothers (‘Harpo, Groucho, Chico’)
Popular British sandwich (‘Cheddar cheese and pickle’)
British motorcycle manufacturer Vincent Motorcycles (pronounced in the song as ‘motorsickle’ to rhyme with pickle and tickle)
Sex (‘slap and tickle’)
American comedian Woody Allen
Spanish painter Salvador Dalí
Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich
The opera Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti
The popular song Volare
Soul singer Smokey Robinson
Being released from prison (‘Coming out of chokey’)
Saying ‘okey-dokey’
Being naked (‘Being in my nuddy’)
Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, specifically his soprano saxophone playing
Italian singer-songwriter Adriano Celentano
1940s and 1950s film actor Bonar Colleano
Self-education (“something nice to study”)
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