December 10, 2007

"God Gave Us Life, Nigel" "Sure Did" (Half Man Half Biscuit)

Achtung Bono, HMHB's tenth and most recent (2005) album

British punk bands do not come more caustic than Half Man Half Biscuit! Lead singer Nigel Blackwell has bile to spare, and obscure British entertainers bear most of the brunt - "99% Of Gargoyles Look Like Bob Todd" anyone? Of course this wouldn't even be worth listening to if the music wasn't good, which it is if you like the sound of Brits messing around with horrible recording equipment. (Which I do.)

HMHB's songs really are full of crazy British culture references but the band's website has a follow-along guide for the perplexed. Here's a direct link to the page explaining the two songs below, which come from the band's debut LP.

Half Man Half Biscuit - God Gave Us Life [Back in the D.H.S.S. LP, 1985]

Half Man Half Biscuit - Fuckin 'ell It's Fred Titmus [Back in the D.H.S.S. LP, 1985]

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