Tuesday 21 October 2014
Half Man Half Biscuit - Westward Ho! Massive Letdown
Many of the bands in this blog came, saw, conquered and then disappeared as quickly as they appeared (many to turn up again years later on the live circuit). Some though have been quietly plodding away, emerging (from gorse, or wherever) every 2 or 3 years (or every few months in the case of The Fall) adding to their impressive catalogues of work. One such band, who are one of my all time favourites, are Half Man Half Biscuit. From Birkenhead, Merseyside, they've been tickling the funnybones of several generations of fans since 1984 with their quintessentially English, humour filled folky post punk ditties. Initially creating a stir with their debut album Back In The DHSS, which featured songs about people like Fred Titmus and Bob Todd, and with their Trumpton Riots ep, they split up for a few years in the late 80's but returned to perform at the Reading Festival in 1990 and have been going ever since. Maybe people who aren't of a certain age or from Britain won't pick up on many of the people and places referred to in their songs but don't let that put you off, Nigel Blackwell is one of the greatest lyricist's of our time. There's a brand new album out, entitled Urge For Offal and this is the excellent opening track, Westward Ho! Massive Letdown.....
Girl of my dreams says she’s gonna pick me up in the morning