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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: Urge For Offal

1. Westward Ho! Massive Letdown

2. This One's For Now

3. Baguette Dilemma For The Booker Prize Guy

4. My Outstretched Arms

5. The Bain Of Constance

6. Theme Tune For Something Or Other

7. False Grit

8. Old Age Killed My Teenage Bride

9. Urge For Offal

10. Stuck Up A Hornbeam

11. Adam Boyle Has Cast Lad Rock Aside

12. The Unfortunate Gwatkin

13. Mileage Chart

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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: CSI: Ambleside

1. Evening Of Swing (Has Been Cancelled)

2. Bad Losers On Yahoo! Chess

3. Took Problem Chimp To Ideal Home Show

4. Ode To Joyce

5. Blue Badge Abuser

6. Totnes Bickering Fair

7. King Of Hi-Vis

8. Lord Hereford's Knob

9. On The 'Roids

10. Petty Sessions

11. Little In The Way Of Sunshine

12. Give Us Bubblewrap

13. National Shite Day

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Track List: Achtung Bono

1. Restless Legs

2. Corgi Registered Friends

3. For What Is Chatteris...

4. S**t Arm, Bad Tattoo

5. Surging Out Of Convalescence

6. Upon Westminster Bridge

7. Joy Division Oven Gloves

8. Mate Of The Bloke

9. Asparagus Next Left

10. Depressed Beyond Tablets

11. Bogus Official (*Public Information Tune)

12. Letters Sent

13. Twydale's Lament

14. We Built This Village On A Trad. Arr. Tune

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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: Trouble Over Bridgewater

1. Irk The Purists

2. Uffington Wassail

3. Third Track Main Camera Four Minutes

4. Nove On The Sly

5. Ballad Of Climie Fisher

6. Gubba Look-A-Likes

7. Mathematically Safe

8. With Goth On Our Side

9. Used To Be In Evil Gazebo

10. Slight Reprise

11. It's Clichéd To Be Cynical At Christmas

12. Vistor For Mr. Edmonds

13. Bottleneck At Capel Curig

14. Emerging From Gorse

15. Look Dad No Tunes

16. Twenty Four Hour Garage People

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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: Some Call It Godcore

1. Sensitive Outsider

2. Fretwork Homework

3. Faithlift

4. Song For Europe

5. Even Men With Steel Hearts

6. £24.99 From Argos

7. Sponsoring The Moshpits

8. Fear My Wraith

9. Styx Gig (Seen By My Mates Coming Out Of A...)

10. Friday Night And The Gates Are Low

11. I, Trog

12. Tour Jacket With Detachable Sleeves

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Track List: This Leaden Pall

1. M-6-Ster

2. 4AD3DCD

3. Running Order Squabble Fest

4. Whiteness Thy Name Is Meltonian

5. This Leaden Pall

6. Turned Up Clocked On Laid Off

7. Improv Workshop Mimeshow Gobshite

8. 13 Eurogoths Floating In The Dead Sea

9. Whit Week Malarkey

10. Doreen

11. Quality Janitor

12. Floreat Inertia

13. Malayan Jelutong

14. Numanoid Hang-Glide

15. Footprints

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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: ACD

1. The Best Things In Life

2. D'ya Ken Ted Moult?

3. Reasons To Be Miserable (Part 10)

4. Rod Hull Is Alive - Why?

5. Dickie Davies Eyes

6. The B**tard Son Of Dean Friedman

7. I Was A Teenage Armchair Honved Fan

8. Arthur's Farm

9. Carrying On Cremating

10. Albert Hammond Bootleg (Live At Sheffield Leadmill)

11. Reflections In A Flat (Live At Sheffield Leadmill)

12. Sealclubbing (Live At Sheffield Leadmill)

13. Architecture And Morality Ted And Alice (Live At Sheffield Leadmill)

14. F**kin' 'ell It's Fred Titmus (Live At Sheffield Leadmill)

15. Time Flies By (When You're The Driver Of A Train) (Live At Sheffield Leadmill)

16. All I Want For Chrismas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit (Live At Sheffield Leadmill)

17. The Trumpton Riots (Live At Sheffield Leadmill)

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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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