Friday, April 18, 2014
Stand up! Stand up! (The Housemartins) #173
Caravan Of Love/ When I First Met Jesus (Chrysalis, K 239, 1988)
I have a soft spot for the two groups lead by Paul Heaton - The Housemartins (who also at one time contained Norman Cook - a.k.a. the future Fatboy Slim) and The Beautiful South.
He has a great voice, a keen wit and writes clever songs. Sometimes they're a little too clever (like 10cc) but generally he's an amiable companion.
This was easily their biggest hit - a version of the Isley Brothers song. The single even went to number one in the UK charts.
I can understand why. It's like Mull of Kintyre - a snazzy singalong that gets into the brain in a non annoying way.
Hidden gem: The B side is also an a cappella performance but this time a gospel song rather than a pop one. It reflected the band's christian stance.