Dance Little Rude Boy

Ian Dury, Ian Dury & the Blockheads

About Dance Little Rude Boy

Dance Little Rude Boy is the penultimate single to be released by British rock band Ian Dury and the Blockheads. The single was recorded at RAK Studios when Dury was still able to perform. It was released after Dury's death, on East Central One / Ronnie Harris Records, in 2002. The song was one of two singles taken from the 2002 album Ten More Turnips from the Tip, (the other being "One Love" / "Ballad of the Sulphate Strangler"). The b-side to this single included two songs, "Books and Water" and Ït Ain't Cool"


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Hey, with your natty threads and your nifty dreads
And your Dagenham royal swagger
With your tricky spiels and your Cuban heels
And the face of a carpet-bagger

With your sweet cologne and your mobile phone
And the moves of a desperado
You will cut a swathe on your gangster's lathe
And an overdose of bravado

We see your double hip to the trippy tip
And your searching every quarter
You can throw more shapes than a jackanapes
To someone's lovely daughter

So dance little rude boy, dance
Dance little rude boy, dance
Dance little rude boy, dance
You've got to know something

Drive me to distraction
Drive me really mad
Drive me to the action
Take me one more tad

Drive me to the west wing
Drive me to the right
Drive me to the best thing
That has happened to me all night

Hey, you turned up trumps in your purple pumps
And a little bit of made to measure
With your shiny frock and your yellow socks
You're addressing it to your pleasure

With an urchin crop and a skimpy top
You've got to have a good thing going
With your lazy grace and your crazy face
Who cares if your slip is showing?

Now we can see you're hip to the mother ship
When you pop into the north horizon
You're the one who's having all the fun
With everybody's eyes on

So dance little rude girl, dance
Dance little rude girl, dance
Dance little rude girl, dance
You've got to know something

Make me go bananas
Make me feel so right
Take me to Navona
And leave me there all night

Make me hit the ceiling
Send me round the bend
Take me back to Ealing
When the evening end

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Ian Dury

Ian Robins Dury (12 May 1942 – 27 March 2000) was an English rock and roll singer, lyricist, bandleader, artist, and actor who initially rose to fame during the late 1970s, during the punk and New Wave era of rock music. He is best known as founder and lead singer of the British band Ian Dury and the Blockheads. more »

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Written by: DURY, JANKEL

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10 facts about this song

"Dance Little Rude Boy" was written by Ian Dury, a British musician and lyricist noted for his laconic, witty, and character-focused songwriting.
It was released in 2002, a year after Dury's death, on the posthumous compilation album "Ten More Turnips from the Tip".
The song is associated with the new wave and post-punk genres, typical of much of Dury's work.
Ian Dury was known for his 'cockney' singing style, which often incorporated the use of 'slang', giving songs like "Dance Little Rude Boy" an undeniable London flavour.
The term 'Rude Boy'
The phrase "rude boy" in the title has Jamaican origins and was used particularly in the 1960s to refer to streetwise young men who were fans of ska and reggae music. Dury often used such cultural references in his songwriting.
Behind the song
Although specific meanings behind Dury's songs are often speculative, "Dance Little Rude Boy" is no exception. It's thought to be a classic Dury composition about life, keeping a rebellious spirit, and pushing back against societal norms.
Signature Style
The song is also notable for its characteristic mix of rock and roll, funk, and British music hall stylings, highlighting Dury's unique songwriting and musical style.
Posthumous release
As one of the tracks on the compilation album released posthumously, "Dance Little Rude Boy" and other songs from the album showcase the depth of Dury's creativity and songwriting craft, which remained strong even in his final years.
Ian Dury often collaborated with the backing group, The Blockheads, although it's unclear whether they provided instrumentation for this particular track.
Even though the song wasn't individually charted, it’s widely appreciated by Ian Dury's fans for maintaining his distinctive lyrical style and delivery.

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