Reason #458 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: London 0, Hull 4

The Smiths overshadowed this great band, which had a not too dissimilar sound to Moressey’s crew. These guys were less ironic, less mournful and dour, and more jangly, though, making the comparison ring false. The album covers were kind of similar, which didn’t help matters either. In hindsight it was a lazy way to describe the Housemartins, and not too fair. This album, and the next one (The People That Grinned Themselves To Death) are examples of master classes in pop tune writing, with more in common with Motown than Factory Records. The best of the bunch? Why, try these on for size: Happy Hour, Flag Day, Sheep and I’ll Be Your Shelter.

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