Support from The Standard Lamps, a trio of Indie, Folk, Blues rockers from West Sussex who play with raucous enthusiasm. They deliver an up tempo set of songs that gets the crowd moving as the venue fills up. A great support show from a band who have also supported The Who on their recent 50th anniversary shows.
The usual packed crowd celebrate the end of another year of Blockhead shows, and we get a set of old and new songs with Derek The Drawer as frontman, someone who isn’t trying to be an Ian Dury impersonator but does possess his wit, charm and a smattering of the old Dury lyricism. As usual it’s the old favorites like “Sweet Gene Vincent”, “Reasons To Be Cheerful”, “Wake Up And Make Love With Me”, “What A Waste” and “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick” that get the biggest cheers but newer songs like “Express Yourself” are great slices of Blockheads funk that will become future classics. Bassist Norman Watt-Roy tells us that Wilko Johnson was on stage with them the previous night but couldn’t make it tonight, not surprising considering his recent surgery for cancer, but it’s good to hear the old Feelgoods’ guitarist is still getting up on stage to do what he does best. A better laugh than the office Xmas party, the annual Blockheads Xmas show is always worth a visit.