Listen to Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ from Black Mirror S6 E5

Ian Dury and the Blockheads biggest hit showed up on Black Mirror this week

When it comes to the best episode of the new season of Black Mirror for soundtrack music, it has to be Episode 5 and the story of Nida and the demon Gaap.

An episode full of superb late 1970s tracks that anyone born in the 60s or 70s in the UK will immediately recognize.

Songs like British indie rock band Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick‘.

That was the fun post-punk track playing on Black Mirror, Season 6, Episode 5, “Demon 79” as Nida is in the pub with the demon picking out her next victim.

It continues playing as she notices Keith, the man who murdered his wife, guzzles down her whisky, and follows him out of the pub to kill him.

When was ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ released?

Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick‘ was released in 1978 and quickly became a big hit for the indie rock band.

The track went on to hit charts in seven countries, with its biggest success in the United Kingdom where it made it to #1 on the UK Singles chart and was named as one of the best songs of the year by several major music critics.

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick‘ sold so many copies, it was ultimately the most successful release for the band, with the track ending up becoming one of the biggest-selling songs ever in the UK.

Sadly, Dury himself, who wrote the song and was often thought of as one of the UK’s best lyricists, died of cancer at the still young age of 57 in early 2000.

Listen to Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick‘ as played on Black Mirror in the song’s music video, and on Spotify.

The ‘Demon 79‘ episode of the new season of Black Mirror, which acting and plot-wise was the best episode of the new season, is now streaming worldwide on Netflix.

 

About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.