43 London 0 Hull 4 by the Housemartins 1986
As with Wilder this is here purely on the basis of time and place. This time first year at Leeds poly.
Having said that I still smile whenever I hear this
And I can still get a bit emotional when I hear this
Flag Day - Housemartins
To some extent they came across as a bit of a cartoon band with their made up names and sing along songs , a bit like the monkees , but with a political message that made Billy Bragg look like a social democrat.
They had that amazing ability to write hook driven pop songs and in Paul Heaton were blessed with a singer whose voice had a deep soul feel.
London 0 Hull 4 is one of those rare lp where it could easily be a greatest hits as for once the every track a potential hit holds true
For my first year at poly I lived in halls of residence in Leeds . Some old govt buildings set around an acre that wasn't quite an acre. For some reason a lot of people in our Hall went home for the weekend and so a relatively few of us had the run of the place. This was one of those lps that was a permanent soundtrack to those times and one that would prompt spontaneous ferocious dancing where ever we were
The delights of youtube has unearthed this Whistle Test feature of the band
Part 2 is worth watching for the both the smashie and nicie dj but also as a reminder of how great they were live
You can buy the debut lp from "the 4th best band in Hull" here which is expanded to include their cracking b sides