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Baxter Dury

chaise longue

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The parenting book of the year AKA “what happens when you leave your teenage son in the care of an LSD-addled drug dealer”.
Baxter Dury

Mr. Maserati - Best Of Baxter Dury 2001 - 2021

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Mr Maserati showcases two decades of Baxter Dury’s idiosyncratically louche music, a universe of late-night London meet-ups, shuffling basslines and comed...
Baxter Dury

The Night Chancers

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Dirty slow-grinding grooves & deadpan witticisms ahoy! Dury’s back and he’s lost none of his trademark, cigarette-dangling-out-of-the-corner-of-...
Baxter Dury

Prince Of Tears

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dury returns with a painful source of inspiration to fuel a hugely varied collection of speak-sung tracks (like father, like son), beefed up with a full band &a...
I Thought I Was Better Than You
  1. So Much Money
  2. Aylesbury Boy
  3. Celebrate Me
  4. Leon
  5. Crashes
  6. Sincere
  7. Pale White Nissan
  8. Shadow
  9. Crowded Rooms
  10. Glows

Baxter Dury

I Thought I Was Better Than You

heavenly recordings
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    Released: 2nd Jun 2023

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    Released: 2nd Jun 2023

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'I Thought I Was Better Than You' marks a new era for Baxter, and with this new era comes a new character.

“Faux-confrontational,” Baxter calls him. Here, not only is he recounting his childhood, but he’s also reckoning with it. Instead of just swinging at his past blindfolded with a baseball bat, he talks openly about the toxic cocktail of being born into unfortunately fortunate circumstances, with a persuasive surname but no structure or sense of responsibility with which reap the rewards of it. “Really, it’s about being trapped in an awkward place between something you’re actually quite good at, and somebody else’s success.” That ‘somebody else’ being his dad, Ian Dury. As one of the album centrepieces – Shadow – agonisingly puts it: “But no one will get over that you’re someone’s son/Even though you want to be like Frank Ocean/But you don’t sound like him, you sound just like Ian.”

The record also serves as a kind of extension to Baxter’s 2021 book, 'Chaise Lounge', in which he winningly recounted the story of his unique childhood. Not only does he expand the language of the book, using words to paint disconnected images rather than to string sentences (a kind of cockney hieroglyphics), but he often revisits moments within the book. Characters like ‘Tricksy’ re-appear in ‘Aylesbury Boy’ and ‘Pale White Nissan’, for example, but mainly it’s the abstracted tales of a young Baxter, troubled and in trouble, a victim of circumstance, straddling between a world of ‘Fuck you Leon…/ You stole the sunglasses and I got busted’ and a desire for ‘Porridge in the morning and be normal’.