The Beautiful South
The Housemartins were famous in the 1980's for their unconventional mixture of tuneful pop, Marxism and Christianity.
This English band were formed in 1983 and with a few line-up changes at the start of their career, settled with Paul Heaton (vocals), Stan Cullimore (guitar), Norman Cook (bass) and Hugh Whitaker (drums), later replaced with Dave Hemingway.
Heaton and Cullimore were originally buskers - the band rose from obscurity thanks to the backing of record label Go! Discs. With tongue firmly in cheek, The Housemartins often described themselves as ''The 4th Best Band In Hull''.
''Happy Hour'' was their breakthrough single, hitting the heights of No.3 in the U.K Singles Charts. The band did, however, go on to reach the No.1 spot with the acapella version of Isley Jasper Isley's ''Caravan Of Love''.
The Housemartins split in 1988, but remained friends. Heaton, Hemingway and band roadie Sean Welsh formed the highly successful The Beautiful South, while Cook mutated into dance superstar Fatboy Slim.
London 0 Hull 4, Go! Discs, 1986.
Source: Wendy Gabriel
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