The Housemartins

Formed 1983. Disbanded 1988.
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The First Time With Paul Heaton

Matt Everitt talks to Paul Heaton, frontman with The Housemartins and The Beautiful South.

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Biography

The Housemartins were an English Alternative rock band formed in Hull that was active in the 1980s. Many of the Housemartins' lyrics were a mixture of Marxist politics and Christianity, reflecting singer Paul Heaton's beliefs at the time (the back cover of London 0 Hull 4 contained the message, "Take Jesus – Take Marx – Take Hope").

The band often referred to themselves as "the fourth best band in Hull", referring to Hull, their home base. The three bands that were "better" were Red Guitars, Everything but the Girl and The Gargoyles.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of London 0 Hull 4  (Deluxe Edition)

    London 0 Hull 4 (Deluxe Edition) 2009

    Reviewed by Julian Marszalek
    Passionate, committed and uncompromising.