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Whoops A Daisy

21 Feb

Humphrey Ocean 2

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.


12 Jun

Chaz Jankel and Andy Serkis at the Hope 4 Haiti benefit (Picture by Richard Balls)

Extract from Chapter 16 of Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Life of Ian Dury available now.

“Before going into acting, Andy had studied visual arts at Lancaster University and had longed to be a painter. He was passionate about jazz, particularly Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane, and he is an accomplished tenor saxophone player. Since making the film, he has become a close friend of Chaz Jankel and the two performed together at a Hope For Haiti concert at in Halesworth, Suffolk, in March 2010. Like Ian, Andy also shot to prominence in his late thirties when he already had children and would experience firsthand the conflict of being a perfectionist performer with a young family at home. There was also an uncanny physical resemblance to Ian that would provoke an instant audience reaction.

“I could not think of anyone else who could do it,” says Paul [Viragh]. “It wasn’t the looks, I hadn’t heard him sing like that or anything, it was just something about the physicality. I knew. I have known him for years as a theatre actor and he has a phenomenally broad range on stage, as he has on screen, and so he knows all that performance thing. We went to The Blue Posts in Soho and I just said, ‘What do you think about doing Ian Dury?’ and he said, ‘Oh my God, that’s brilliant. I met Ian Dury and worked with him’.”