Humphrey Ocean was a close friend of Ian Dury and had briefly played bass in Kilburn & The High Roads. A highly-respected portrait artist, Humphrey Butler-Bowden (real name) appeared in the video for Dury’s 1980 single ‘I Want To Be Straight’, sketching the singer.
In 1979, the lanky painter had his own novelty song released on Stiff, under the title of Humphrey Ocean & The Hardy Annuals. The A-side of BUY 29 was Whoops A Daisy, was a joint effort by Ocean, Dury, Chaz Jankel and one-time Kilburns pianist and co-writer Russell Hardy. On the flip of this typically unlikely Stiff 45 was a cover of Davey Crockett, a song from in the Kilburns’ weird and wonderful repertoire.
Stiff enthusiastically pressed up 500 copies in each of five colours: red, blue, green, white and clear vinyl, making it a must for avid collectors of the label. However, like Max Wall’s earlier cover of Dury composition England’s Glory, boxes of the record ended up gathering dust in the stockroom.