I honestly can’t recall what caused me to buy this album back in 1986.
It may have been that I heard something by this band on the John Peel show.
It may be that I’d heard the song of there’s which featured on the legendary C86 compilation album, which my brother owned.
Either way, it’s an album which I love to this day, by a band that I know invokes much love via the Comments section whenever I mention them.
Their sound may have become ever so slightly, almost imperceptibly, more polished over the years, but they’ve remained instantly recognisable. You know when you’ve heard a song by Half Man Half Biscuit.
So here’s a selection of songs from the album in question, along with pictures to help younger readers get some idea of who the many celebrities name checked in them are.:
Half Man Half Biscuit – Fuckin’ ‘Ell It’s Fred Titmus
Fred Titmus, England cricketer who lost four toes in a boating accident, and is still better than the absolute shower we’ve got playing in The Ashes at the moment.
Half Man Half Biscuit – 99% Of Gargoyles Look Like Bob Todd
Bob Todd, comedic actor, straight man to Spike Milligan and, more famously, Benny Hill.
Lesley Judd, co-presenter of BBC flagship childrens show Blue Peter, from the classic line-up of Judd, Singleton, Noakes & Purves
Half Man Half Biscuit – Time Flies By (When You’re The Driver Of A Train)
As featured: Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub, stars of animated TV show Trumpton. After the series ended, McGrew, Dibble and one of the Pugh boys made ends meet by stripping. (Are you sure about this? – Ed)
Half Man Half Biscuit – The Len Ganley Stance
As featured: Len Ganley, bequiffed snooker referee and style icon.
Half Man Half Biscuit – I Love You Because (You Look Like Jim Reeves)
As featured: Jim Reeves, American country singer known as Gentleman Jim
Peggy Mount: English actor, probably best known for starring in sit-com “George & the Dragon” with Sid James. You can probably work out a) the basic plotline of every show, and b) which part she played.
Arctic Roll, popular pudding in the 1970s. This post would have appeared a lot sooner had I not decided to go and buy one the moment I saw this picture.
Shake n’ Vac, popular carpet freshener from the 1970s, when this advert set hearts a-racing:
and as covered by Snuff, here:
Snuff – Shake n’ Vac
Half Man Half Biscuit – Reflections In A Flat
Echo & the Bunnymen: Liverpudlian trench coat salesmen
Ali Bongo: children’s entertainer, good at contortionism
David Nixon: not as good as Ali Bongo
And I’m mightily relieved to have got through all of those, and realised I don’t appear to have pinched a single description from those presented on the back cover of the album, just about legible here: