Half Man Half Biscuit – Achtung Bono!

I was recently banging on about Half Man Half Biscuit being a much maligned and misunderstood band. So, without covering old ground, let me offer Restless Legs the opening track from this latest album as further evidence for the case. Most of the young pretenders out there would give their left knacker to have come up with this track. Catchier than the entire output of The Strokes, sharp as a tack and damned hilarious.

Shit metal bands (Shit Arm, Bad Tattoo – actually quite a few tracks on here, tbh), the people that write to local papers to complain about pigeons (Letters Sent), hangers-on (Mate Of The Bloke), mental health (the wonderful Depressed Beyond Tablets) and generally inconsiderate buggers (Twydale’s Lament) are among the many banes of modern life to find themselves at the wrong end of Nigel Blackwell‘s satirical venom. I’m not certain what Joy Division Oven Gloves is all about though, but it’s pretty groovy.

Not as monumentally awesome as the last full LP Cammell Laird Social Club, but then very little in this life is. Still, like all of their albums it’s never short of really good with a smattering of future classics.

It fills me with joy to see moshers out jogging

And, full marks for the best song title of the year (well for this week at least): We Built This Village On A Trad. Arr. Tune.


Written by Tony Kiernan

29 December 2005 at 3:34 pm

Posted in Records

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