I imagine every 40-something who listened to John Peel way back in the mid 80s will have some sort of opinion on Half Man Half Biscuit. Some folk saw them as no more than a novelty or comedy act. Others, and I include myself in this grouping, saw them as a hugely talented bunch of lads who were as astute as anyone at commenting on life in UK plc at the height of Thatcherism when the haves most certainly had but most of us were constantly worrying whether we had a future.
Oh and they could also be really funny as well.
Until I came across this single in the cupboard the other day, I had forgotten that HMHB had actually split in 1986. Lead singer Nigel Blackwell at the time said that he hadn't come into music for fame and fortune, and the success of the band was stopping him from watching daytime TV.
And that was that for four years. This was the comeback single:-
mp3 : Half Man Half Biscuit - Let's Not
mp3 : Half Man Half Biscuit - Our Tune
mp3 : Half Man Half Biscuit - Ordinary to Enschede
The surprising connection I mentioned in the title??
Well, this 12" single was recorded & mixed at Shabby Road Studios in Kilmarnock, Scotland. The engineers were two lads called Frank Read and Larry Primrose, the former of whom was just beginning to find fame, if not fortune, as the lead singer and lyricist with Trash Can Sinatras, the band that produced this bit of magic that I made #30 in the 45s at 45 series:-
mp3 : Trash Can Sinatras - Obscurity Knocks
Trivia Note. The sticker still on the front of the sleeve tells me I paid £3.99 for this 12" single from Tower Records. Proof of how much the record-buying public back then were being ripped off by the retailers.