Half Man Half Biscuit Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
One of the UK's most loved bands, Half Man Half Biscuit emerged out of Birkenhead in 1985 with a riotous blend of the Fall-ish post punk and the sort of comical, satirical sense of humour often lacking in the serious 1980s. They debuted with 'Back in...read more »
One of the UK's most loved bands, Half Man Half Biscuit emerged out of Birkenhead in 1985 with a riotous blend of the Fall-ish post punk and the sort of comical, satirical sense of humour often lacking in the serious 1980s. They debuted with 'Back in the DHSS' which topped the indie chart at the time as did subsequent singles 'Dickie Davis Eyes' and 'The Trumpton Riots' the band's obscurist referencing of minor celebs coupled with it's Josef K scratchy guitars and no-fi production made them instantly popular. However the band quickly split up only to reform in 1990 with the excellent 'McIntyre, Treadmore And Davitt' which dialled down slightly the absurdist delivery but started to show a hitherto rarely seen musicality. This was topped though by the superb 'This Leaden Pall' in 1993, a bleak often depressing work it perfectly soundtracked the dole-age Britain of the early '90s.
Since then the band have become dependable indie legends releasing albums every two or three years varying in quality but always having something new to say. Singer Nigel Blackwell has become a sort of commentator for the times, holding a mirror up, satirising popular culture always relevant, always viewing the world at a safe distance. The band stay completely removed from the music industry, still releasing records on the same tiny imprint, playing just a handful of shows a year always at venues near enough to Blackwell's Wirral home that he can get home afterwards to use his own toilet.
Now a great British institution with fans ranging from Robbie Williams to David Lloyd to Julie Burchill some say that Blackwell should be poet laurerate. He's certainly one of our greatest lyricists - their latest album is entitled No-one cares about your creative hub so get your fuckin’ hedge cut and is an snarky and as thrilling as anything they've done. Long may they continue.
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God almighty. If ever there was a band who summed up John Peel even better
than the mighty Fall it were lovable Scouse scoundrels Half Man Half
Biscuit. The deadpan satire & rambling, shambling paeans to everything
laughable & crap in the world of entertainment have kept us in mirth for 2
decades now so I'm delighted to in...view item
Half Man Half Biscuit
This is the third single by Birkenhead surrealists Half Man Half Biscuit. Released in 1990, this follow-up to the indie smash hit 'Dickie Davies Eyes' failed impact on the charts despite the band being championed by the late John Peel, who called them a 'national treasure'. It is, nonetheless, a classic. Available on 12" vinyl. ...view item
Well that wins album title of the year already. Now that the Fall are no longer around I'd hazard a guess that Half Man Half Biscuit are one of the few Northern English indie cults we can hang onto in these grim days. As always we just have song titles to go on at this stage but it's pretty much worth the admission price alone f...view item
Second single from Birkenhead sardonic surrealists Half Man Half Biscuit. Released in 1986, the single reached number one in the indie charts and was championed by the late great John Peel. More recently, the band have been named by Andy Kershaw as 'England's greatest folk band'. This 12" vinyl version also features 'The Bastard Son Of Dean Frie...view item
Not a new album by the Wirral's finest purveyors of witty post-punk but a collection of various singles and B sides hurled out over the scattershot second half of their career. Contains such classics as 'Bob Wilson - Anchorman' and 'Eno Collaboration' alongside a whole slew of other lesser spotted gems. ...view item
Birkenhead's realest and most rambling rock band, Half Man Half Biscuit, occasionally creak out of the woodwork to throw sporadic new tunes and records our way. 'Urge For Offal' is one such moment, a completely spur-of-the-moment record that continues the band's tongue-in-cheek and delightfully surreal take on post-punk.
Half Man Half Biscuit
Sardonic cover of Charles Dumont's 'Non je regrette rien' by Birkenhead weirdo surrealists Half Man Half Biscuit. Their fourth single, this was released in 1991. John Peel called them 'a national treasure', and more recently Andy Kershaw has named them 'England's greatest folk band'. Available on 12" vinyl. ...view item
This was the legendary Birkenhead surrealists third album (if you count the ace compilation 'Back in the DHSS'), it showcases a more taut wiry sound than the previous work and was a much needed return after they temporarily split up. Plenty of classics here including the unsurpassable 'Everything's AOR'. All together now... "She’s the main...view item
Apart from the demented yelps and mangled proto-raps of Mark E Smith and his rumbling Fall, there's barely a more distinctive sounding (or reassurance giving) English "indie" band than the Biccies, the Wirral's most celebrated musical export. I'm not one for concentrating on lyrics much in music. I find that I miss the hooks, dynamism, textu...view item
The new Half Man Half Biscuit album is called - CSI AmblesideIts worth buying for that title alone. Always one of my favourite bands but the last few years have seen Half Man Half Biscuit slide a little too far into a kind of safe post punk version of Grumpy Old Men. The quirky Fall like rhythms being replaced by a kind of uninspired pub ...view item
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