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Ian Dury And The BlockheadsHit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

Label:Stiff Records – BUY 38
Format:
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:New Wave

Tracklist

A Wing
AHit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Music DirectorChaz Jankel*
Written ByDury/Jankel
Written-ByJankel*, Dury*
3:36
B Wing
BThere Ain't Half Been Some Clever Bastards
Written ByDury/Hardy
Written-ByDury*, Hardy*
2:58
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Notes

A & B-side of labels are titled "A Wing" & "B Wing": a reference to prison (aka: "chokey")

Unusual printed text on A-Side label:-

Tricks, Points % ✔︎

Also printed on B-Side label:- "Late Start High On Fence" and "Segovia Rules".

On the B-Side the band members are individually credited, rather than as 'The Blockheads'
On the sleeve-back they are "ID And The Blocks".

℗1978 Stiff Records
©1978 Stiff Records
A-Side published by Blackhill Music
B-Side published by Blackhill/Oval Music

There is another version here, which states on the back cover "Made and produced in England", which is missing from this version.
There is also a version here, that has a slightly different intro on the A-side.

Runouts are stamped except for the etched ”STRAWBERRY”.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): BUY 38-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): BUY 38-B
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 1): BUY 38 A-3U 1 AT STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 1): BUY 38 B-1U 1 AD B̶U̶Y̶ ̶3̶8̶ ̶B̶ ̶A̶-̶1̶ ̶2̶ ̶U̶-̶
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 3): BUY 38 A-3U STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 3): BUY 38 B-2U STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 4): BUY 38 A-3U STRAWBERRY. GD 1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 4): BUY 38 B-1 U RR 2
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 5): BUY 38 A-3U 2 C O STRAWBERRY.
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 5): BUY 38 B-1U 1 CT B̶U̶Y̶ ̶3̶8̶ ̶B̶ ̶A̶-̶1̶ ̶2̶ ̶U̶-̶

Other Versions (5 of 54)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (12", 45 RPM)Stiff Records12 BUY 38UK1978
Recently Edited
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo)Stiff Records, Stiff Records640-157, 640.157Belgium1978
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Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (7", Single, 45 RPM)Stiff RecordsBUY 38Netherlands1978
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (7", Single, 45 RPM)Stiff Records, Stiff RecordsK 7372, BUY 38Australia1978
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Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (7", 45 RPM, Single, Styrene, Santa Maria Pressing)Stiff-Epic, Stiff-EpicAE 7-1179, AE7 1179US1978

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  • johnnysimmo's avatar
    johnnysimmo
    A great tune complimented by one of the best B Sides ever. RIP Mr Dury!!!!
    • christophe_27's avatar
      Sleeve artwork by Barney Bubbles, one of the most creative designer in post-punk era.
      • ottomanmusick's avatar
        ottomanmusick
        My copy is even groovier on 33 rpm +8.

        I present now for you, the great lyrics:

        In the deserts of Sudan
        And the gardens of Japan
        From Milan to Yucatan
        Every woman, every man
        Hit me with your rhythm stick.
        Hit me! Hit me!
        Je t'adore, ich liebe dich,
        Hit me! hit me! hit me!
        Hit me with your rhythm stick.
        Hit me slowly, hit me quick.
        Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
        In the wilds of Borneo
        And the vineyards of Bordeaux
        Eskimo, Arapaho
        Move their body to and fro.
        Hit me with your rhythm stick.
        Hit me! Hit me!
        Das ist gut! C'est fantastique!
        Hit me! hit me! hit me!
        Hit me with your rhythm stick.
        It's nice to be a lunatic.
        Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
        Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
        In the dock of Tiger Bay
        On the road to Mandalay
        From Bombay to Santa Fe
        Over hills and far away
        Hit me with your rhythm stick.
        Hit me! Hit me!
        C'est si bon, mm? Ist es nicht?
        Hit me! hit me! hit me!
        Hit me with your rhythm stick.
        Two fat persons, click, click, click.
        Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
        Hit me! Hit me! Hit me!
        Hit me!
        Hit me!
        Hit me! Ow!
        Hit me!
        Hit me!
        Hit me! hit me!
        • vinylshrine's avatar
          vinylshrine
          Not a variation, just a pressing mishap - does not need separate entry.
          • crowshine's avatar
            crowshine
            My copy variant run out: (printed) BUY 38 A-4 U / ...B-3 U
            • asd429's avatar
              asd429
              A very few copies of the UK issue BUY 38 were pressed on red vinyl, probably only running into single figures.
              • jamin80's avatar
                jamin80
                I recently bought a copy that appears to be mislabeled. The label says Ian Dury but when I play the single it's actually an "Earth, Wind & Fire" single. Anybody else run into this?
                • bootilove's avatar
                  bootilove
                  i have a copy with buy it 214 as the cat number - anyone?

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