Talk of The Beautiful South on the REM box set review thread set me thinking. I loved The Housemartins, bought all their records and still enjoy them to this day, even though almost every track on their first album seems to start with the same riff. They were tuneful, fun, I agreed with their politics, really enjoyed their videos and was relieved that there were at least two people who were as bad at dancing as me.
But I have never liked The Beautiful South, bar Old Red Eyes Is Back, which is a great song, I’ve bought none of their records (although I did buy the t-shirt of theirs that I mentioned on the REM thread!). found them to be a bit forced, too mainstream, smug and self-satisfied (although, thinking about it, the latter two mean the same thing).
So, who do you think has dropped down a few divisions from one band to the next? And don’t all say Paul McCartney.