Kilburn and the High Roads were a British pub rock band formed by Ian Dury in 1970, and the first band formed by Dury. The band released one studio album in 1975 before disbanding the same year. Allmusic credits the band with being "an undeniable influence on punk and new wave".
The band signed to Warner Bros. subsidiary Raft Records and recorded an album in 1974 - but it remained unreleased when the label was shut down. The band were managed at this time by fashion entrepreneur Tommy Roberts, presaging acquaintance Malcolm McLaren's involvement with the Sex Pistols. Signing to Pye subsidiary Dawn Records, the band released debut single "Rough Kids" the same year and a second single and their re-recorded debut album Handsome in 1975 before disbanding soon afterwards.
Dury then formed the short-lived Ian Dury and the Kilburns and later, with different personnel, new group Ian Dury and the Blockheads, initially releasing records under his own name alone. Dury's solo success led to the posthumous release of a second Kilburn and the High Roads album, Wotabunch! in 1977 (largely duplicating the first album but remixed from earlier demos), and later a compilation EP, The Best of Kilburn & the High Roads on Dury's next label Stiff Records, in 1983.
Links to Peel
A track from the Kilburn & The High Roads was played by Paul Gambuccini, whilst covering for Peel on 07 September 1978. It is not known whether Peel himself played any tracks from the band, as available playlists on the site does not show him playing any of their tracks.
- 07 September 1978: Bill Bentley (LP – Wotabunch!) Warner Bros