The Housemartins were a British indie-pop band formed in Hull, England in 1983. The original members were Paul Heaton (vocals), Stan Cullimore (guitar), Ted Key (bass), and Chris Lang (drums). They gained popularity with their debut single "Flag Day" in 1985, which was followed by their first album "London 0 Hull 4". The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching number 3 on the UK Albums Chart.
The Housemartins' sound was a mix of jangly guitars, harmonies, and social commentary lyrics. They were known for their left-leaning political views and were often associated with the anti-Thatcherite movement in the UK.
In 1988, after three albums and a string of hit singles, including "Happy Hour" and "Caravan of Love", the Housemartins split up. Paul Heaton went on to form The Beautiful South with Dave Hemingway (drums/vocals), Sean Welch (bass), Dave Stead (drums), and Briana Corrigan (vocals).
The Beautiful South was formed in 1988 and released its debut album "Welcome to the Beautiful South" in 1989. The band's sound was a mix of pop, rock, and R&B, with Heaton and Hemingway sharing lead vocals. The Beautiful South's lyrics often dealt with dark and humorous themes, such as alcoholism, domestic violence, and infidelity.
The Beautiful South achieved great success in the 1990s, with several top 10 hits in the UK, including "A Little Time", "Perfect 10", and "Don't Marry Her". They released ten studio albums before disbanding in 2007. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, who had joined The Beautiful South as a vocalist in 1994, continued to work together and released several albums under Heaton's name.
Overall, both The Housemartins and The Beautiful South were influential bands in the British music scene of the 1980s and 1990s, known for their distinctive sound, catchy tunes, and witty and often socially conscious lyrics.
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Mike Bell is a Sussex-based designer who produces Tube / Underground maps of places, ideas, stories, and facts.
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