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Hull, England (1989 – 2007)

The Beautiful South were a British pop group formed in 1989, from the ashes of Hull, England group The Housemartins. The band was put together by lead singer, Paul Heaton, and drummer, Dave Hemingway. They were joined by Sean Welch (Bass), Dave Stead (Drums) and Dave Rotheray (Guitar). Rotheray also co-writes the songs with Heaton.

In The Beautiful South, Heaton shared the lead singer’s role with Hemingway and female singer Briana Corrigan to create a trio of lead vocalists. This set-up helped to characterise the bittersweet kitchen sink dramas played out in Heaton’s often-barbed songs.

The band’s music might sound like bubbly, catchy, lightweight pop but Heaton’s sour, savage and amusing worldview on everything and anything (alcoholism, religion, sex, politics and, mostly, the down side of relationships) is always lurking beneath the surface of the quirky melodies. The tastes and smells of the local pub are never far away either, with the band gaining a reputation for boozing. The band’s first album was Welcome To The Beautiful South (1989) and spawned the hits Song For Whoever and You Keep It All In. The release of 1990’s Choke album saw the band claim its only Number 1 hit to date, A Little Time. 0898 followed in 1992, with hits including Old Red Eyes Is Back.

In 1994, after Corrigan quit the band when she saw Paul’s lyrics for the forthcoming album Miaow, St Helens supermarket shelf-stacker, Jacqui Abbott, was brought on board to fill in. Heaton had heard her sing at an after show party in St Helens and remembered her vocal talents.


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  • BenMH

    brownieboy -- my parents used to play the album in the car, and sing "don't marry her HAVE me..." loud so I didn't learn the word. The Beautiful South are a big chunk of my musical childhood ... unfortunately, the other main chunk is Chris deBurgh ...

    16 Jan 8:43pm Reply
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    30 Jul 2014 Reply
  • brownieboy

    always heard and knew the radio edit of "don't marry her" song when i was younger... funny to hear the album/explicit version now though

    21 May 2014 Reply
  • electricchurch

    their debut is masterpiece...i miss them so much

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • Sebitude

    From Under The Covers. :)

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • zalvastardust


    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • marksplace2008

    Great band, should have more plays on here.

    22 May 2012 Reply
  • obscure9999

    Still love their cover of Don't fear the reaper

    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • clarky212

    the an.....orexic chicks x

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Assembly-LSpa!/events/140118322764422/ Dave Hemingway and Ali Wheeler loved the songs and life on the road too much to just muse on past glories, and so The South was formed. Playing an intimate show at the bespoke art deco music venue The Assembly in Leamington Spa February 23rd 2012

    20 Dec 2011 Reply
  • sdlffff

    Completely underrated band. I've been trying and trying to get people to listen but they won't give them the time of day. I absolutely adore them, brilliant collection of music. I can listen to 'Welcome to the Beautiful South' over and over, day after day and not even start to get bored.

    3 Dec 2011 Reply
  • smarshal

    Vastly underrated. Welcome to.. and Miaow are genius.

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
  • sarahbianeck

    omg i just heard this band and i already love it!

    29 Oct 2011 Reply
  • lodewijkvv

    Rotterdam dan!

    15 Jul 2011 Reply
  • slowmedown

    I miss Jacqui Abbott!!!!!!

    30 Jun 2011 Reply
  • anka1981


    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • clarky212

    Intelligent pop from an intelligent band - nothing around like them today

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • road_to_ruin

    One of the best bands ever.

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • teomen

    you're the one that i want cover is just epic.

    18 Feb 2011 Reply
  • solehado

    there songs make me feel so good. no matter what. love them

    6 Feb 2011 Reply
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