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The Beautiful South were an English pop rock group formed in by Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingwaytwo former members of the Hull group The Housemartinsboth of whom performed lead and backing vocals. Other members throughout the band's existence were former Housemartins roadie Sean Welch bassDave Stead drums and Dave Rotheray guitar.
The band's original material was written by the team of Heaton and Rotheray. After the band's first album recorded as a quintetthey were joined by a succession of female vocalists. All of the following artists performed lead and backing vocals alongside Heaton and Hemingway — Briana Corrigan for albums two and three after appearing as a guest vocalist on one, followed by Jacqui Abbott for the fourth to seventh albums, and finally Alison Wheeler for the final three Beautiful South albums.
The group broke up in Januaryclaiming the split was due to "musical similarities",  having sold around 15 million records worldwide. Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway had initially come to attention as respectively the lead singer and "singing drummer" of the successful Hull jangle pop band The Housemartins Give Me A Report - Eric Serra - Bulletproof Monk, who had scored seven UK Top 40 singles and two Top 10 albums between and Heaton was with the Housemartins for their entire existence; Hemingway joined in time for their second and final album.
The band was known for blending overt socialist politics and a form of Christianity, having baited the British monarchy, the building industry and South African apartheid in their songs as well as including gospel elements in their music. The Housemartins often claimed to have set a Unknown Artist - Sounds Of The Age Of Homespun lifespan for themselves, and the members duly brought the band to an end in at the height of its success.
Heaton and Hemingway immediately began work on setting up a new band, naming it "The Beautiful South" as a sarcastic comment on their staunch Northern roots. The third initial bandmember was Dave Rotheraya songwriting guitarist who'd previously played with Hemingway in two other Hull bands, The Newpolitans and The Velvetones.
Rotheray and Heaton became the songwriting team for The Beautiful South, which was conceived as a quintet with Heaton and Hemingway who was no longer drumming as the two lead singers.
Also important to the band's sound was studio keyboard player Damon Butcher — though never an official member of the group, he would end up playing virtually all the piano and keyboard parts on the band's albums.
With the follow-up single " You Keep It All In " reaching number 8 and "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" reaching number 31, the band were soon set to equal or surpass the success of The Housemartins, while the songwriting built on and expanded the trenchant social critiques which the previous band had been known for topics included Unknown Artist - Sounds Of The Age Of Homespun , domestic violence, football hooliganism and the self-serving industry of love songs, and the album's disturbing cover art also drew attention.
Northern Irish singer Briana Corrigan was featured as a background vocalist on the album. Her contributions proved so successful that she was soon promoted to full membership status, as the band's third vocalist. Inthe Beautiful South released their second album, Choke. The band's third album Beautiful South followed in Both Choke and Beautiful South illustrated the growing fullness of the band's sound.
Both featured Pete Thoms and Gary Barnacle as regular contributors on brass and woodwind, and also featured Corrigan as lead vocalist on several tracks.
Her contribution helped to characterise the bittersweet kitchen sink dramas played out in the band's often barbed songs, and allowed Heaton and Rotheray to explore and express female perspectives in their songwriting. However, the latter approach had mixed Calling All The People - 4 Non Blondes - Bigger, Better, Faster, More!, demonstrated later in when Corrigan chose to leave the band to pursue a San - Jimmie Noone - Chicago Rhythm - Apex Blues - The Recordings Of Jimmie Noone 1923-1943 Unknown Artist - Sounds Of The Age Of Homespun.
Although her decision was partly prompted by a desire to record and promote her own material which was not getting exposure within The Beautiful Southshe had also had ethical disagreements over some of Heaton's lyrics, most notably "Mini-correct", "Worthless Lie" and the Beautiful South single " 36D ", which Unknown Artist - Sounds Of The Age Of Homespun the British glamour industry via scathing comments about glamour models.
Five years later, Hemingway would admit "we all agree that we should have targeted the media as sexist instead of blaming the girls for taking off their tops". InSt Helens supermarket shelf-stacker Jacqui Abbott was brought on board to fill in as the new third lead vocalist for the band. Heaton had heard her sing at an after-show party in St Helens and remembered her vocal talents. Heaton referred to her as "the lass from the glass"—a reference to the Pilkington factory in St Helens.
Abbott's first album with the band was Miaow in the same year. November saw the release of Carry on up the Chartsa "best of" compilation consisting of the singles to date plus new track "One Last Love Song". Released at a time when the group's album sales had been waning, the album was a huge commercial success. Inthe band was one of the support acts for R. On this tour the band played an extra night when Oasis pulled out of their Huddersfield appearance. The album demonstrated the band's gradual shift towards a country music sound, and was well received by the public and on BBC and commercial radio.
Support for the Huddersfield concert was provided by Cast and the Lightning Seeds. The album Quench was released with similar commercial success, again reaching number one in the UK album charts.
The album is also notable for being more uptempo, and being the first on which Heaton and Hemingway's former Housemartins colleague Norman Cook was used in a consultancy role. Although 's Painting It Red album reached Number 2 in the UK charts, the band suffered difficulties in its promotion and in touring, and a substantial number of the CDs were faulty.
Jacqui Abbott left the band in the same year, discouraged by the pressures of touring and needing to concentrate on looking after her son, who had just been diagnosed with autism. Heaton embarked on a solo career under the Biscuit Boy a. Crakerman alias  and released the Fat Chance album in It did not sell well, despite being critically acclaimed, and was reissued under Heaton's own name the following year. The Beautiful South regrouped inwith new recruit Alison Wheeler taking on the role of female singer.
The final Beautiful South album Superbi was released on 15 May The first single, " Manchester ", started off as a poem—"If rain makes Britain great, then Manchester is greater"—"a sodden tribute" to the city in which he now lived, said Heaton. After a band meeting on 30 Januarythey decided to split. Heaton's second solo album The Cross Eyed Rambler was released on 7 Julyand was preceded by the single "Mermaids and Slaves" on 30 June, and he toured in support of it throughout July.
The album charted at number Heaton released his third solo album, Acid Country in September Inthe Manchester International Festival endorsed the writing by Heaton of an anthology of songs based on the 7 deadly sinsto be called The 8th. The song was broken down into a section for each sin, which was to be performed by a different artist. The individual sections were incorporated with a narration written by Che Walker. After the debut, six further performances of The 8th were announced Désenchantée - Mylene Farmer* - LAutre. the Summer of Dave Rotheray continued his work with Homespun for another year, before splitting the band in to pursue a solo career.
Rotheray announced the release of his first 'solo' album The Life of Birds for 16 Auguston the Proper Music label. After leaving the band inCorrigan moved to DublinRepublic of Irelandwhere she wrote and recorded an album with Dave Couse. The album was never released, although both have recorded songs from that period in later solo works. She was also part of the Thats How Strong My Love Is - Bryan Ferry - The Bride Stripped Bare music collective, Lokomotive, which released a number of singles on an independent label.
Corrigan then stepped away from the music industry to secure a master's degree in Creative writing from Queen's University Belfast and split her time between bringing up her young family, acting and writing. Inshe performed in the first Irish tour of 'Mum's The Word' — a West End hit described by The Stage magazine as "a wickedly funny account of motherhood that nobody should miss".
Inshe returned to the studio to write and record a new album. The same year she wrote her first play which toured nationally throughout Ireland and Scotland in Autumn, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot worked Unknown Artist - Sounds Of The Age Of Homespun in June when she performed in his musical The 8ththen in they reunited to record new material. The result, What Have We Become? On working with Abbott once again, Heaton said: "Working with Jacqui again was like going into your garage and discovering a beautiful, covered up Rolls Royce that hadn't been started White Room - CreamGinger Baker, Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton - At Their Best Heavy Cream Eric Clapton years.
Jacqui is one of the best singers I've worked with and is also part of my past. It was only a matter of time before I asked her. Inthe band changed its name to "The South". The band performs songs by The Beautiful South, as well as writing and releasing new material. Dave Hemingway's departure from The South was announced 2 Februarywith Damon Butcher also departing the band around the same time. The Beautiful South released a few singles throughout their career that were not on the official albums but were later released on compilations.
All were written Unknown Artist - Sounds Of The Age Of Homespun Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray unless noted. There are almost eighty additional single B-sideEP-only and Foreign Edition Bonus tracks that have never been compiled on album or compact disc. Although some are cover versions, remixes, demos and either live or acoustic versions of songs previously released, most are stand-alone compositions. Much Later with From Wikipedia, the Unknown Artist - Sounds Of The Age Of Homespun encyclopedia.
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