Half Man Half Biscuit

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by D'wards, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    Where do i start? Heard a couple of songs on the radio recently, both of which i didn't catch the name of, but were great. One contained the line "a drive-by shouting" and was about a town being nice but crap because she wasn't in it.

    They have loads of albums - which is a good introduction to them?
  2. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Hoc vellum voluntater album mansum est

    The song you mention is off Achtung Bono. Why wouldn't you want an album with that title in your collection?

    To be honest, you get the same every time, so any album you pick will give you a representative sample. I love them, and long ago entered into a pact that I'd chip in to their income fund by buying every album that comes out for as long as they care to bring out new albums. It's not a pact they know about, but I think it's served me at least as well as them.
  3. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    I should probably listen to a bit more of them. I love paintball's coming home.

    'the one called Sheba died' .
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  4. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    My fave lyric of theirs is "There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Millets" :D

    Went to see them live for the first time a couple of months ago in Holmfirth and it was amazing :cool:
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  5. QOTH

    QOTH Well-Known Member

    I think Achtung Bono and Cammell Laird Social Club are my particular favourites.

    And don't hold your breath if you want to see them live, their commitment to gigging is... patchy :D (but they are great live if you happen to be near one of the handful of places they're willing to play).
  6. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    Innit :D That's why we went on holiday to Holmfirth specifically as I think there only 2 gigs this year seemed to be there and Bristol.
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  7. Casaubon

    Casaubon Well-Known Member

    A couple of blokes are cycling to all 237 places mentioned in HMHB songs, they’ve managed 103 so far.

    There’s a rumour that the band have heard about them, and are adding obscure, far-flung places to their songs.

    Featured on Radio 4’s ‘You & Yours’ on Wednesday, from 9 mins.

    BHS, Half Man Half Biscuit, You and Yours - BBC Radio 4
  8. QOTH

    QOTH Well-Known Member

  9. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Hoc vellum voluntater album mansum est

  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I fucking LOVE this song:

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  11. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. No matter where; of comfort no man speak..

    One of my all time faves, from the Trumpton Riots EP

  12. The Boy

    The Boy danny la rouge is probably wrong.

    If I'd have known they were coming I'd have slashed me wrists.
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  13. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    What a great band - i'm looking forward to getting right into them.

    I wonder why they are not more widely known? Its not like its extreme music or anything.
  14. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. No matter where; of comfort no man speak..

    Remember, 99% of gargoyles look like Bob Todd!
  15. Sea Star

    Sea Star this place is too unfriendly for me

    I'd start from the beginning - Back in the DHSS and Back again were never bettered imo and if you;re old enough to understand the references than get them!

    I've seen them play twice, once in 1985 and again about ten years later. Brilliant!
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  16. PursuedByBears

    PursuedByBears Go stick your head in a pig

    I've had this one stuck in my head on repeat for several days now

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  17. QOTH

    QOTH Well-Known Member

    Well there was the small matter of not going on Top of the Pops because Tranmere were playing :D . That kind of tells you how interested in marketing themselves they are.
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  18. Casaubon

    Casaubon Well-Known Member

    They could never be accused of being media whores.

    Legend has it (confirmed by Wikipedia, no less) that they turned down the chance to appear on the Tube (probably the 80s trendiest TV music programme?) because it clashed with a Tranmere Rovers game, even after the TV company offered them a helicopter to get to the match.
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  19. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    Always been a fave of mine.

    Four lads Who Shook the Wirral and Voyage to the bottom of the road are my fav albums :thumbs:
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  20. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    May fav still:

    Bit of both bite and whimsy missing on urge for offal.
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  21. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    That song sounds so much like the Pixies... well except for the vocals
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  22. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    I was coming to post this.

    Sting, singing on the roof of the Barbican perfectly encapsulates... something very english.
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  23. billy_bob

    billy_bob supercalifragilistic-borussiamönchengladbach

    I'd go for Trouble over Bridgewater as the overall best album (probably the best album title of any band ever too), but there's not one without at least a few gems on. Current favourite is the song that goes 'I ring up Dial-a-pizza and say that's not how I would spell Hawaiian' (to the tune of the hokey-cokey). What's it called, someone?
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  24. The Boy

    The Boy danny la rouge is probably wrong.

    I always cheer for a corner. I don't know why. They rarely lead to a goal.
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  25. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Bridgwater please.
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  26. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    It's their most straight through great album since the first.
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  27. souljacker

    souljacker A bit of skullduggery

    My personal favourite is also Trouble over Bridgwater but if someone asked me which one to try first, I'd suggest "Cammel Laird Social Club.

    "Third rate Les in his Burberry fez, had gone just a little too far..."

    Best band ever IMO
  28. billy_bob

    billy_bob supercalifragilistic-borussiamönchengladbach

    My phone auto'correct'ed it to put the 'e' in :mad: I've switched to the pc now, so I can confirm I was quoting 'Petty Sessions', probably the best track on CSI Ambleside, above, and danny'd already posted it. Soz.

    I stick my big nose in
    When I go out
    Sealed off car park - what's it all about?
    I like an altercation with a member of staff:
    'That was a ten pound note'
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  29. billy_bob

    billy_bob supercalifragilistic-borussiamönchengladbach

    Some of my pullovers are roll-neck
    It kind of breaks up the ennui
    But your experimental side project
    Must have put ten years on me
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  30. billy_bob

    billy_bob supercalifragilistic-borussiamönchengladbach

    There is nothing better in life
    Than writing on the sole of your slipper with a biro

    There's never been a stand-up who can do observational comedy quite as well as Nigel Blackwell, has there?

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