Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick: IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS

Australian Charts:
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick entered the Kent Music Report on 19 February 1979 and peaked at #2. It was the #29 song in the Top 100 of 1979.

Ian Dury, Chaz Jankel

Laurie Latham

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Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick was written by Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ multi-instrumentalist Chaz Jankel.
Jankel said the music was inspired by a funky piano part near the end of Wake Up and Make Love with Me, the opening track on Dury’s 1977 debut album New Boots and Panties!!
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The Ian Dury song Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick was inspired by his disability; Dury was born in Harrow in May 1942 (not Essex as he would claim early on in his music career), and contracted polio when he was seven years old. Dury was not confined to a wheelchair but his body was still deformed by the disease, and he used a walking stick for the rest of his life.
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