The Blockheads are 60’s generation musicians who found fame backing Ian Dury in the late 70’s. Over the course of six decades, collectively they have played on hundreds of records for, written with, and backed countless artists live all over the world, including:
Paul McCartney, The Clash, Kilburn and the High Roads, John Legend, The Eurythmics, Nick Cave, Roger Daltrey, Roy Budd, Madness, Wilko Johnson, The Animals, Feargal Sharkey, Peter Frampton, Lulu, Link Wray, Tim Hardin, Ian Gillan & Roger Glover, Sinéad O’Connor, Talk Talk, Dr John, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Nick Lowe, Paul Young, Elkie Brooks, Bob Geldof, Tom Robinson, World Party, Robbie Williams, Kirsty McColl, Steve Cropper, Alan Hull (Lindisfarne), Wreckless Eric, Cerys Matthews, Viv Albertine, Frankie Howerd and June Whitfield, The Selector, London Beat, Rachel Sweet, Kiyoshiro Imawano, Dave Stewart and the Spiritual Cowboys, Jools Holland, and Shane MacGowan, to name a few.
Elton John was quoted as saying that Ian Dury had the best live band in England and this reputation made them the number one session musicians in the UK, before the age of sampling and programmed music took hold. Their live performances still inspire to this day.
No one has ever told the full story of The Blockheads on film and previous documentaries involving anything to do with the band, focused mainly on the artists they were backing; this will change with this new definitive documentary we’re making with Free Seed Films. With such varied and extensive careers, we need to raise money to cover archive footage costs!