Ian Dury's primary appeal lies in his lyrics, which are remarkably clever sketches of British life delivered with a wry wit. Since Dury's accent is thick and his language dense with local slang, much of these pleasures aren't discernible to casual listeners, leaving the music to stand on its own merits. On his debut album, New Boots and Panties!!
, Dury's music is at its best, and even that is a bizarrely uneven fusion of pub rock, punk rock, and disco. Still, Dury's off-kilter charm and irrepressible energy make the album gel, with the disco pulse of "Wake Up and Make Love with Me" making perfect sense next to the gentle tribute "Sweet Gene Vincent," the roaring punk of "Blockheads," and the revamped music hall of "Billericay Dickie" and "My Old Man." [To mark the album's 40th anniversary, New Boots and Panties!!
was released in a four-CD/one-LP Deluxe Edition in 2017, featuring the original album on CD and vinyl LP plus three bonus CDs including B-sides, demo and alternate versions, John Peel sessions, and a BBC live performance at the Paris Theatre in London from 1978. Packaged in a 12x12 hardcover book, the set included an eight-page booklet with sleeve notes by Phill Jupitus