Album: London 0 Hull 4, 1986
Justification: Dear god, how I loved the Housemartins. Economical three minute pop songs with snide lyrics, a clear left-wing bent and buckets of harmonies. Yes, the whole Up With Jesus thing bugged me, which is why I ignored their biggest hit – their a cappella rendition of ‘Caravan of Love’ – and focussed exclusively on songs like this, in which Paul Heaton and Co lambasted the work-consume-die ethic of modern society, and did a nice little dance while doing so.
And in case you’re unaware: that bassist is Norman “Fatboy Slim” Cook, while Heaton and late period drummer Dave Hemingway went on to form the Beautiful South, whose first two albums are exquisite – and, since Heaton had become an atheist by that stage, also less lyrically annoying. Guitarist Stan Cullimore moved into children’s music and created Nick Jr’s show The Bopps.
The members are all still friends (and were photographed together in 2009 by Mojo), but have been adamant that they’ll never reform.
THIS TIME IN 2010: Hunters & Collectors were laying down the law with ‘Say Goodbye’.