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Ian Dury
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    (May 12, 1942-March 27, 2000)
    Born in Harrow, England, United Kingdom
    Led Ian Dury and the Blockheads
    Punk/New Wave vocalist
    Recorded the albums 'New Boots and Panties!!' (1977), 'Do It Yourself' (1979), 'Laughter' (1980), 'Lord Upminister' (1981), '4,000 Weeks' Holiday' (1984), 'Apples' (1989), 'Live! Warts 'n' Audience' (1990), 'The Bus Driver's Prayer and Other Stories' (1992) and 'Mr. Love Pants' (1998)
    Recorded the singles 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' (1977), 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick' (1978) and 'Reasons To Be Cheerful - Pt. 3' (1979)
    Appeared in the films 'Pirates' (1986), 'Hearts Of Fire' (1987), 'The Raggedy Rawney' (1988), 'The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover' (1989), 'After Midnight' (1990), 'Judge Dredd' (1995), 'The Crow: City of Angels' (1996) and 'Underground' (1998)
    Creem said he looked like 'a mismatched set of donor organs.'
    He had a Union Jack embossed on his false teeth.
    He attended art school but decided not to pursue it as a career because, 'I got good enough to realize I wasn't going to be very good.'
    His songs 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' and 'Spasticus (Autisticus)' were banned by the BBC.
    He lost out on a chance to earn millions when he rejected an offer to write the libretto for 'Cats,' and later said, 'I hate Andrew Loyd Webber. He's a wanker, isn't he?'
    Bob Geldof incorrectly announced his death on XFM radio (1998).
    At seven, he contracted polio which left him with a shrunken arm and leg.
    He said of his appearance, 'Even good looking people have got a weakness. My weakness is so obvious there's no point in worrying about it. Luckily, I'm quite interesting to look at.'
    His 'New Boots and Panties!!' album sold over a million copies in Britain and stayed on the charts for two years.
    He was a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.
    Andy Serkis was cast to portray him in the biopic 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' (2009).
    The Guardian called him 'one of the few true originals of the English music scene.'

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