The Housemartins – Wikipedia


The Housemartins were an english indie rock group formed in Hull who were active in the 1980s, [ 1 ] and charted three top ten albums and six top twenty singles in the UK. [ 2 ] Many of their lyrics were a mix of socialist politics and Christianity, reflecting the impression of the ring [ 3 ] ( the back cover charge of their debut album, London 0 Hull 4, contained the message, “ Take Jesus – Take Marx – Take Hope ” ). The group ‘s a cappella cover version of “ Caravan of Love “ ( originally by Isley-Jasper-Isley ) was a UK Number 1 single in December 1986. After breaking up in 1988, Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway formed The Beautiful South, while bassist Norman Cook became an electronic dance music DJ and music producer, founding the groups Beats International, Pizzaman, and Freak Power, before rebranding himself as Fatboy Slim.

career [edit ]

The band was formed in belated 1983 by Paul Heaton ( vocals ) and Stan Cullimore ( guitar ), initially as a busk duet. Throughout his tenure with the dance band, Heaton billed himself as “ P.d. Heaton ”. Heaton and Cullimore recorded a show magnetic tape with Ingo Dewsnap and Sharon Green of Les Zeiga Fleurs which brought them to the care of Go ! Discs. They then expanded by recruiting Ted Key ( sea bass ), erstwhile guitarist with the Gargoyles. [ 4 ] Their first be performance as a band was at Hull University in October 1984. [ 5 ] The band ‘s membership changed well over the years. key left at the end of 1985 and was replaced by Norman Cook ( late known as Fatboy Slim ). Drummer Chris Lang was replaced [ 6 ] concisely by Dodger ( Roger Wilde ) on loan from local anesthetic Hull band 3-Action ! for their first few gigs as a 4 man then by Hugh Whitaker, former drummer with the Gargoyles, who in turn was replaced with Dave Hemingway. [ 1 ] [ 7 ] The ring much referred to themselves as “ the fourth best band in Hull ”, with the best three bands being crimson Guitars, Everything but the Girl, and the Gargoyles. [ 1 ] In 1986, having recorded two John Peel sessions, the isthmus broke through with their third base single “ glad Hour “, which reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart. [ 8 ] The individual ‘s achiever was helped by a claymation animated pop music promo of a type that was in vogue at the time, featuring a cameo by television comedian Phill Jupitus, who toured with the set under his stage mention of “ Porky the Poet ”. Their introduction album, London 0 Hull 4, was released late in 1986 and contained their previous two singles american samoa well as alternative versions of first single “ Flag Day “ and follow-up to happy Hour, “ Think for a Minute “. At the end of 1986 they had their only UK No. 1 single on 16 December with a blanket adaptation of Isley-Jasper-Isley ‘s “ Caravan of Love “. [ 1 ] “ Caravan of Love ” was first base performed by the band in their moment Peel session in April 1986, anterior to their initial chart achiever. At Peel ‘s trace, the band then recorded another school term ( under the mention the Fish City Five ), consisting entirely of a cappella performances, and on at least one occasion ( at The Tower cabaret in Hull, the same concert at which they were filmed as the Housemartins for the BBC program, Rock Around the Clock ), played support act for their own performance under this alternative name. The “ Caravan of Love ” individual featured four a cappella gospel songs on the B-side. The Housemartins ‘ second album The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death was released in September 1987, and included their two previous singles “ Five Get Over Excited “ and “ Me and the Farmer “. A third unmarried from the album, “ Build “, was released in November ; a Peel school term from the same month provided a read used for their death one “ There Is Always Something There to Remind Me “ in 1988. A farewell compilation album, Now That’s What I Call Quite Good was released former that year. The band burst in 1988, but the members have remained in reach and have worked on each early ‘s projects. Norman Cook has enjoyed significant success with Beats International and then as Fatboy Slim, while Heaton, Hemingway and roadie Sean Welch formed the Beautiful South. In August 2009, Mojo magazine arranged for The Housemartins ‘ original members to get together for a photo-shoot and interview, for the first time in many years, but in the consultation all the members maintained that the set would not re-form. In December 2009, Cullimore co-wrote songs for ( and appeared in ) a pre-school music series called The Bopps, which first showed on Nick Jr. in the UK in April 2010. Cullimore and Whitaker joined Heaton on stage during a picture by Heaton and Jacqui Abbott in 2014 at Hull ‘s The New Adelphi Club, on the degree where the band had signed their Go-Discs criminal record abridge, although it was not a Housemartins reunion. The trio performed the Housemartins hit “ Me and the Farmer ”, and Cullimore and Heaton closed the read with a performance of “ Caravan of Love ”. [ 9 ]

melodious style and lyrics [edit ]

The isthmus ‘s early releases saw them described as jingle pop, which brought comparisons with bands such as the Smiths and Aztec Camera. [ 10 ] [ 11 ] David Quantick, writing for Spin, described them in 1986 as playing “ traditional ’60s-style guitar pop overlay with soul vocals ”. [ 12 ] Cook described the ring as “ religious, but not Christians ”, and the band ‘s repertoire included gospel songs. [ 10 ] [ 12 ] many of the set ‘s lyrics have socialist themes, with Cook stating that “ Paul realised that he hated writing about love … and that writing politically came easier to him ”, describing some of their songs as “ angrily political ”. [ 12 ] [ 13 ]

discography [edit ]

Albums [edit ]

Singles [edit ]

compilation albums [edit ]

Videography [edit ]

(does not include “live” appearances on TV programmes)

  • “Sheep”
  • “Happy Hour”
  • “Think for a Minute”
  • “Caravan of Love”
  • “Five Get Over Excited”
  • “Me and the Farmer”
  • “Build”
  • “There Is Always Something There to Remind Me”
  • “We’re Not Deep”

biography [edit ]

  • The Housemartins: Now That’s What I Call Quite Good by Nick Swift (1988) ISBN 0-7119-1517-2

References [edit ]

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