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My clothes are black but my bread is brown

Forget your Specials, Police, Blur, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine and whoever is reforming (again) in the next 12 months. Now that The Beautiful South is no more, it must be only a Humber-spanning period of time before the second best band of the 80s, the third best ever songwriting partnership in Britain and the fourth best band from Hull get back together.

They’re all still on good terms. There wasn’t any bad blood at the time, even when they swapped drummers between albums. Indeed such was their nonimosity they used this changing of the skins (usually that most bitter of musical machinations) into a conceit for the following, irrefutably* one of the finest singles of the decade:

*The evidence being the fact the final score is, still, London 0, Hull 4.



  1. outonbluesix

    January 8, 2009 at 9:29 am

    ‘Momus’ once publically ridiculed me for liking this song.

  2. TV Cream

    January 8, 2009 at 9:36 am

    There’s surely no higher honour.

  3. Matthew Rudd

    January 8, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    According to Norman Cook, the only way they’d ever reform would be by accident, such as at a friend’s wedding.

    Being in Hull when the Housemartins were big was ace.

  4. Roman Empress

    January 9, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Didn’t they cite reason for splitting as due to a ‘lack of musical differences’?I liked that.

  5. Matthew Rudd

    January 9, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    That was the Beautiful South.

  6. Roman Empress

    January 10, 2009 at 5:36 am

    I was referring to The Beautiful South, admittedly not very clearly.

  7. Matthew Rudd

    January 10, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Ah. Consider me entirely slapped down!

  8. Lolsworth

    January 19, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    “Musical similarities”. They could always get Ted Key in instead of Norm. Cullimore might be too busy with his Yoho AhoyBaaas work these days though.

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