Kilburn & the High Roads were one of the most-respected bands on London's early-'70s pub rock scene, and were just as important (if not more so) for beginning the career of beloved new wave cult figure Ian Dury. Label difficulties prevented the group from leaving much of a recorded legacy, but their eclecticism, offbeat stage presence, and droll Britishness had an undeniable influence on punk and new wave. Dury (28 years old at the time) formed Kilburn & the High Roads in late 1970 while working as a lecturer at the Canterbury College of Art; the name simply came from a street sign for Kilburn High Road. Initially, the band was a part-time affair that included several of Dury's former students. The complete lineup featured Dury on lead vocals, guitarist Ted Speight, saxophonist George Khan, pianist Russell Hardy, bassist Charlie Hart, and drummer Terry Day; saxophonist Davey Payne soon replaced Khan. Kilburn & the High Roads made their concert debut in December 1971 at the Croydon School of Art in London; their sound drew mostly from old-time rock & roll, but also mixed in R&B, jazz, reggae, and music hall, plus Dury's thick Cockney accent. Their stage personas were even more distinctive; Dury's pronounced limp (the result of childhood polio) only added to his bizarre menace, and the rest of the band simply looked (and danced) like a bunch of misfits.