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Half Man Half Biscuit

The acerbic post-punk outfit Half Man Half Biscuit was formed in Birkenhead, England in 1984 by singer/guitarist Nigel Blackwell, his guitarist brother Si, bassist Neil Crossley, and drummer Paul Wright. While still languishing in relative obscurity, they entered the studio in 1985 to record their debut LP, Back in the D.H.S.S. Upon its release, the five-piece swiftly became known for their razor-sharp, biting, lyrical content, and they also earned the endorsement of venerable DJ John Peel. The album quickly grabbed the top spot on the U.K. indie charts, and eventually ranked as the best-selling independent record of 1986. It was a work that showcased their ability to sing about social problems, like unemployment, under a veil of barbed humor.

A 1986 EP, Trumpton Riots, followed Back in the D.H.S.S. to number one, but Half Man Half Biscuit shunned the spotlight; they refused several offers to perform on TV, and while enjoying a major hit with the single "Dickie Davies' Eyes," announced their breakup in the autumn of 1986. A collection of B-sides and unreleased material, Back Again in the D.H.S.S., followed a year later; finally, in 1990, the Blackwell brothers and Crossley re-formed the band, issuing the LP McIntyre, Treadmore & Davitt in 1991. However, the next album, This Leaden Pall, saw the departure of Wright and Lloyd; Blackwell's brother Simon left the following year. Carl Alty joined the band on drums, along with Ian S. Jackson. Both eventually left in 1996 to be replaced by Carl Henry on drums and Ken Hancock on guitar.

Following the lineup changes, the ensuing period proved to be stable and productive for the band. After their brief breakup and re-formation, they continued to produce new records every couple of years or so. 2016 saw the release of a collection called And Some Fell on Stony Ground, which was composed of non-album tracks, B-sides, and EP releases. Much like previous Half Man Half Biscuit recordings, it mixed humor and bleakness in equal measure. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 90 Bisodol (Crimond)

1. Something's Rotten In The Back Of Iceland

2. RSVP

3. Tommy Walsh's Eco House

4. Joy In Leeuwarden (We Are Ready)

5. Excavating Rita

6. Fun Day In The Park

7. Descent Of The Stiperstones

8. Left Lyrics In The Practice Room

9. L'enfer C'est Les Autres

10. Fix It So She Dreams Of Me

11. The Coroner's Footnote

12. Rock And Roll Is Full Of Bad Wools

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Track List: Cammell Laird Social Club

1. The Light At The EndOf The Tunnel (Is The Light Of An Oncoming Train)

2. When The Evening Sun Goes Down

3. San Antonio Foam Party

4. Them's The Vagaries

5. If I Had Possession Over Pancake Day

6. The Referee's Alphabet

7. She's In Broadstairs

8. Tyrolean Knockabout

9. Breaking News

10. 27 Yards Of Dental Floss

11. Paradise Lost (You're The Reason Why)

12. Thy Damnation Slumbereth Not

13. Stavanger Toestub

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Track List: Voyage To The Bottom Of The Road

1. A Shropshire Lad

2. Bad Review

3. Eno Collaboration (Remix)

4. Dead Men Don't Need Season Tickets

5. Deep House Victims Minibus Appeal

6. CAMRA Man

7. PRS Yearbook - Quick The Drawbridge

8. Tonight Matthew I'm Going To Be With Jesus

9. Song Of Encouragement For The Orme Ascent

10. Monmore, Hare's Running

11. ITMA

12. He Who Would Valium Take

13. See That My Bike's Kept Clean

14. Paintball's Coming Home

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Track List: McIntyre Treadmore And Davitt

1. Outbreak Of Vitas Gerulatis

2. Prag Vec At The Melkweg

3. Christian Rock Concert

4. Lets Not

5. Yipps (My Baby Got The)

6. Hedley Verityesque

7. A Lilac Harry Quinn

8. Our Tune

9. Girlfriend's Finished With Him

10. Everything's A.O.R.

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Track List: Back In The D.H.S.S. / The Trumpton Riots E.P. (Explicit)

1. Busy Little Market Town

2. God Gave Us Life

3. F**kin' 'ell It's Fred Titmus

4. Sealclubbing

5. 99% Of Gargoyles Look Like Bob Todd

6. Time Flies By (When You're The Driver Of A Train)

7. I Hate Nerys Hughes

8. The Len Ganley Stance

9. Venus In Flares

10. I Love You Because (You Look Like Jim Reeves)

11. Reflections In A Flat

12. I Left My Heart In Papworth General

13. Architecture And Morality Ted And Alice

14. Albert Hammond Bootleg

15. 1966 And All That

16. The Trumpton Riots

17. All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit

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