I’m not picking on The Beautiful South in this thread, honestly.
I loved The Housemartins, and had a similar affection for The Beautiful South, buying all of their early albums (I will wax lyrical about them when the time comes) and arguing with pretty much everyone I know that they’re not as awful as they think; pretty much everyone I know curls a lip at the mere mention of their name.
For a start, I think Paul Heaton is one of the best lyricists that Britain has produced in the last 30 years, and has one of the most astounding voices I’ve ever heard to go with it. And, as I will demonstrate at a later date, musically The Beautiful South always seemed to me to be going where The Housemartins, had they survived, were heading anyway.
But when you release an album of reworked cover versions, and one of them is so shit you don’t include it on the album but elect to tuck it away on what used to be known as a B-side of a single that nobody bought anyway, then I’m afraid it needs to be pointed out.
The cover version:
And the as perfect as can be original: