Dury gave the completed lyrics to his songwriting partner Chas (Chaz) Jankel in the autumn of 1978; apart from the apparent suggestiveness of the title and the lyrical content, the song has an excellent bass line, and an innovative saxophone solo by Davey Payne - who actually played two saxophones at once!
Released on the Stiff label November 23, 1978 and backed by "There Ain't Half Been Some Clever Bastards", it went on to sell a million copies, entering the top 75 on December 9 and reaching number one on January 27, 1979. In March it reached number 29 in the German singles chart.
Although Dury had already enjoyed some chart success, "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" was his biggest hit to date and deservedly the biggest of his career.
Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3