London O Hull 4 [Deluxe Edition]

London O Hull 4 [Deluxe Edition]

by The HousemartinsThe Housemartins


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Like a box of chocolate truffles with BBs hidden in them, a Housemartins album offers deceivingly simple and tuneful pop songs that are designed to cause you some discomfort once you start chewing on them. Singer and songwriter Paul Heaton sings with a disarmingly boyish voice, high and adenoidal, and his bandmates contribute angelic harmonies as well as sweet and straightforward guitar pop instrumental settings. But listen closely to Heaton's lyrics and you find yourself plunged into a world of class resentment, bitter economic disappointment, and strangled rage. "Get Up Off Our Knees" includes the deathless couplet "Don't point your fingers at them and turn to walk away/Don't shoot someone tomorrow that you can shoot today," while "Sitting on a Fence" ridicules those who "see both sides of both sides" and "Sheep" bemoans the apathy of the downtrodden masses. Heaton is no simple lefty -- his politics are a strange amalgam of Marxism and Christianity -- but his views are brutally uncompromising, and they constitute a very iron fist wrapped in the velvet glove of the Housemartins' blissful guitar pop. Agree with him or not, there's no denying the music's power. [Mercury issued a U.K. Deluxe Edition in 2009.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 0600753170779
catalogNumber: 5317077
Rank: 28654

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Housemartins   Primary Artist
Norman Cook   Bass,Vocals
Stan Cullimore   Guitar,Harmonica
Paul Heaton   Harmonica,Vocals
Hugh Whitaker   Drums,Vocals
P.D. Heaton   Harmonica,Vocals

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Barry Andrews   Producer
Phil Bodger   Engineer
Lloyd Charmers   Composer
Stan Cullimore   Composer
Dale "Buffin" Griffin   Producer
Paul Heaton   Composer
Martyn Parker   Engineer
Bob Russell   Composer
John Williams   Producer,Liner Notes
Fred Kay   Engineer
Mike Engles   Engineer
Jeff Wood   Producer
Phill Jupitus   Liner Notes
David Story   Original Sleeve Design
Key   Composer
Wingfield   Composer
Robert William Scott   Composer
John Williams   Producer,Liner Notes

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