Robbie Williams Pipes Up On Final Dury Album
Robbie Williams has voiced lyrics penned by late U.K. rock icon Ian Dury on the latter's posthumous album "Ten More Turnips From the Tip," due March 18 in the U.K. on Ronnie Harris Records. Williams sRobbie Williams has voiced lyrics penned by late U.K. rock icon Ian Dury on the latter's posthumous album "Ten More Turnips From the Tip," due March 18 in the U.K. on Ronnie Harris Records. Williams sings "You're the Why," believed to be the last lyric Dury ever wrote. The two first met while working together on UNICEF-related charity programs.
The album title, along with its proposed tracklisting, was found on a notepad after Dury's death from cancer. Three of the tracks ("It Ain't Cool," "Dance Little Rude Boy," and "Books and Water") had already been recorded at RAK Studios. Two more ("Happy Hippy" and "The Ballad of the Sulphate Strangler") are unreleased excerpts from the 1999 sessions for the "Mr. Lovepants" album. The latter song is an ode to Dury's former bodyguard, containing the line "When we got to New York City we had to let him go / 'cos the dramas going on backstage were better then the show!"
The remainder of "Ten More Turnips" mainly consists of outtakes from recording sessions in 1991, blended with the more contemporary songs by Dury's long-time recording engineer, Laurie Latham.
Last April, Williams, Paul McCartney, Madness, and Sinead O'Connor were among the artists who participated in a track-by-track re-recording of Dury's classic 1977 new wave album "New Boots And Panties" (Stiff), which spent 90 weeks on the U.K. chart. Like the original, it featured backing by his band the Blockheads, with the exception of original drummer Charley Charles, who died of cancer in 1990. The set, dubbed "Brand New Boots And Panties," was issued in the U.K. via East Central One.