The legendary Half Man Half Biscuit return to the stage and Getintothis’ Banjo is already dusting off his Dukla Prague away kit.
Half Man Half Biscuit create that rarest of things – musical jokes that are actually funny and stand repeated listenings.
A fine line in puns is underpinned by a gloriously shambolic racket. Formed in 1984, when singer Nigel Blackwell was ‘still robbing cars and playing football, like normal people do’, Half Man Half Biscuit songs were littered with pop and sports culture references, such as 99% of Gargoyles look Like Bob Todd and the immortal, ‘Fuckin’ ‘Ell, It’s Fred Titmuss’
Debut single The Trumpton Riots topped the indie charts and brought them immediate attention and the adoration of John Peel, along with no less than 12 Peel Sessions.
Second single Dickie Davies Eyes also hit No 1 in the indie charts and suddenly Half Man Half Biscuit were a big deal. Debut album Back in the DHSS made 60 in the national charts.
The band split in 1986, citing ‘musical similarities’. However, The Biscuits, as we believe nobody calls them, bravely overcame these similarities to reform in 1990 and have since released a further 12 albums.
Live dates have been less frequent, last having played Liverpool Academy back in 2005. All this makes the prospect of catching up with them a rare treat.
- Half Man Half Biscuit play Liverpool O2 Academy on Friday September 28.