The Blockheads are seeking to raise funds for a new documentary about the band’s career, which will encompass their days since they were the house band for pirate station Radio Caroline.


Film-makers Free Seed have been given the backing of Blockheads members Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, Mick Gallagher and Johnny Turnbull to make a definitive history of the band, entitled Beyond The Call Of Dury. They’re seeking to raise a total of £25,000 via crowdsource site Indiegogo.


The funding will pay for post-production, animation, artwork, paying to licence songs and recording the new soundtrack, with £13,000 having been raised so far before the August 5 deadline. Artwork will be by Kosmo Vinyl, the artist best known for his work with Ian Dury And The Blockheads and The Clash.


Perks on offer to fundraisers include a filmed thank you from the band for £5; a BlockDoc mug (£15); original Kosmo Vinyl artwork (£2,000); a part in the film as a featured interviewee (£1,000) and singing backing vocals on the soundtrack album (£400) amongst other benefits.


As well as backing Ian Dury until his death in 2000, The Blockheads have been called the best live band in Britain by Elton John and played with musicians from Frankie Goes To Hollywood to Paul McCartney. They continue to tour.


Funding for the film is here.


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