Hailing from Hull
, The Beautiful South
have been cranking out the hits since their transition from the gospelized Housemartins
. Formed by Paul Heaton
and David Rotheray
after their previous musical venture went kaput, the band has had one of the most successful songwriting teams (Heaton doing lyrics
and Rotheray writing the music
) in British music history. The band lineup has been stable, except for first female lead vocalist Brianna Corrigan
bowing out to persue an unsuccessful solo career after 0898
due to issues with singing Heaton's overly pessimistic words.
This is brit-pop straight up, no chaser, folks. Peppy tunes with cynical lyrics, service with a snarl. The Beautiful South are rather popular in Britain, but will probably never catch on in America, seeing as how their lyrics contain a bit more subtlety than your average Eminem tune, and the music is, for the most part, along the lines of lush adult contemporary (hardly the sort of thing that rocks anyone's trailer nowadays). Still, they have a following of dedicated fans over here despite the overall atrociousness of Quench.
The group's name comes from a play on common perceptions of regions in England: the band wanted a way to raz the hoity-toitiness of southerners (Hull being in northern England, and all). For a short time, they were even selling black t-shirts with huge white print that read "NORTHERN SCUM".
Carry On Up the Charts (a best of compilation)
Blue is the Colour
Painting It Red
mailing list: The Groove-A-Thon, P.O. Box 87, HU5 2EQ (There used to be an American info service -- Pumpkin Seeds -- but it seems to have gone tits up)