I've been playing this album non-stop for the last four days and conclude that this is yet another excellent release from one of Britain's most underrated bands. Yet more of their insight, wit and imagination. Half Man Half Biscuit say say more about the absurdities, frustrations and mundanities of life in modern Britain than any other band I know.
What other songwriter would clarity the correct etiquette for drivers to allow a pedestrian to cross the road? In 'L'Enfer C'Est Les Autre', Nigel Blackwell (Half Man Half Biscuit main man and songwriter) explains that a driver shouldn't use their index finger (drives me mad too). Nope, the driver should make their invitation with an outstretched palm.
Final track, "Rock And Roll Is Full Of Bad Wools", is my current favourite. I love it when Nigel Blackwell lets rip about things that vex him. How about this for an opening verse: "He's sitting on a so-called Soccer Sofa, On a Saturday morning, Having the so-called banter with the Preston, Touching base with fellow guest Heston, How cool does he appear? And how cool is his career? He's gonna talk about his songs, And his favourite footie teams, That's England, Chelsea, Acky Stanley, And all the band love watching Barca" All sung in Nigel Blackwell's best sneer. Needless to say things don't quite go to plan for the protagonist as you'll find out if and when you hear the rest of the song.
This album is chock-a-block with witty, acerbic, touching, scathing, singalong tunes that will enrich your life. Another Half Man Half Biscuit recording to treasure. Long may they continue to reign over us. Half Man Half Biscuit are national treasures. If you only know Half Man Half Biscuit for their early "hits", then do yourself a favour and get reacquainted. If you don't know them at all, then this is as good a starting point as any.