THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH Carry On Up The Charts (Rare 1994 UK limited edition 28-track double vinyl LP 'best of' compilation, housed in a single pocket picture sleeve with hype sticker on the front plus picture/lyric inners. This copy is in beautiful near mint condition and remains in its opened shrinkwrap) more... Currently Unavailable - You can request the next copy of this item
Singer Paul Heaton and drummer Dave Hemingway were the two ex-Housemartins who formed the Beautiful South, Hemingway abandoning the drums to become co-frontman with Heaton. They completed the new band's line-up by recruiting guitarist David Rotheray, who became Heaton's songwriting partner, bassist Sean Welch and drummer David Stead. The choice of name for the new band was ironic. All the band members bar Welch came from northern England, and The Beautiful South were based in the northern city of Hull. Heaton explained at the time that the name was partly a sarcastic reflection of his own dislike of southern England, and partly an attempt to force macho men to utter the word 'beautiful'.
Like The Housemartins, The Beautiful South combined melodic music with frequently dark, sardonic lyrics. But The Beautiful South's sound was subtle and sophisticated: soul-influenced jazz-pop, or piano-based ballads, sometimes employing brass or strings. Their debut single 'Song For Whoever', was a beautifully constructed, steadily building ballad with a lyric about the exploitative nature of pop love songs, that reached number two in the UK chart.
The Beautiful South was a pop-rock act from England who were around for about two decades, from the late 1980s to the late aughts. Throughout that time they dropped 10 studio albums and were really successful in the UK during the early goings of their discography. (And to note, the group never took off stateside). 153554b96e