Dury wrote lyrics on A4 paper and presented them in a pile to his songwriting partner Chas Jankel to pick from. Jankel consistently passed on "Sex and Drugs" as he found the title a cliché. As he eventually read the entire lyrics and one day heard Dury humming the melody to the riff of the song, he started working on it. Jankel later found out that Dury had lifted the melody from a bass line by bass player Charlie Haden on a jazz album by Ornette Coleman.
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