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The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death [CD]

Housemartins Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Mar 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Go! Discs
  • ASIN: B000025SEH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Can't Put My Finger On It 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Light Is Always Green (Album Version) 3:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The World's On Fire 3:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Pirate Aggro 1:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. We're Not Going Back 2:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Me And The Farmer 2:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Five Get Over Excited 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Johannesburg 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Bow Down 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. You Better Be Doubtful 2:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Build 4:480.99  Buy MP3 

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Please note: This product was originally released on the Go! Discs record label, but after 2007 was released on Spectrum. When purchasing this CD you may receive stock from either label, but the content and artwork are identical.

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THE HOUSEMARTINS The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death (1992 UK 12-track CD album - Originally released in 1987 The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death was the second and final studio album from The Housemartins including the singlesFive Get Over Excited Me and the Farmer and Build complete with the picture / lyric booklet inlay)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Songs About Buildings And Feud 7 Feb 2013
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This 1987 follow-up to their pop masterpiece, 1986's debut album London 0 Hull 4, finds Paul Heaton's (and Stan Cullimore's) song-writing not quite at its peak (as on the previous record), but TPWGTTD is still a fine example of politically-inspired pop, featuring some typically incisive and witty lyrics from Heaton. There are also signs on this album of a transition to a more mellow sound, that was to characterise Heaton's next venture, The Beautiful South, as well as good (but, sadly, rather sparing) use of backing brass, including Heaton playing trombone and renowned jazzman Guy Barker on trumpet.

As is to be expected, Heaton's lyrical targets are many and varied (if, I guess, relatively predictable) here taking in air-headed, trendy, (probably rich), young things (the sinuous I Can't Put My Finger On It and Heaton's hilarious Enid Blyton tribute, and one of the album's highlights, the vibrant Five Get Over Excited - both songs featuring a girl named Fifi), capitalist exploitation (another album highpoint, You Better Be doubtful), Apartheid reform in South Africa (the beautifully affecting ballad, Johannesburg), showbiz excesses (The Light Is Always Green), religion (The World's On Fire) - and then perhaps less predictably - farming (another vibrant effort, Me And The Farmer) and (what appears to be ) outdated working practices (We're Not Going Back).

However, my personal favourites here are the album's bookend songs. The (notorious) title song which opens the album really does make The Pistols' God Save The Queen looks like a walk in the park (or maybe in Buckingham Palace grounds) - OK, I am joking (slightly) but Heaton's lyrics here are (even for him) sharply vitriolic ('And even when their kids were starving, they all thought the queen was charming').
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4.0 out of 5 stars Housemartins carrying on 22 Oct 2001
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The people who grinned themselves to death is another deceiving set of songs from Mr Heaton and friends. From the pacy title track to I cant put my finger on it through to the final track Build we have a set of songs that outwardly seem just an exercise in wordplay, when we examine what lies behind this exterior we find emotional depth, sincerity and truth coupled with some finely crafted tunes and melodies.
This is wonderufl stuff from the band, it is well produced, written and constructed and every track is an experience. Buy it, listen to it and then really listen to it, you wont have it off for months.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I cant put my finger on.......... 20 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
Why I love this album. Every song is a mini masterpiece from a band who were killed off just before the height of there powers.
Yes the band members that went on to greater things (messers Heaton, Hemmingway, Cook & collymore) and are still doing great things, but this album has a rawness and an urgency about it that the earlier London 0 Hull 4 lacked in certain respects and the present work is also missing. they have done a lot of growing up since this. Gone there seperate ways.
This album has a glimpse of what might have been.
A back looking crystal ball for Fat Boy Slim, The beautiful South, and the indie 80's socialist.
this is a clasic of the genre
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5.0 out of 5 stars housemartains album 19 April 2014
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Great album housemartains fab takes me back to my youth happy times
It had been too long since I last heard any of these tracks great buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars best band of the eighties 6 April 2014
By ray241
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great album, great lyrics. the early work of paul heaton is second to none. sad that this was there last album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure class 18 Dec 2013
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Greatest group ever had these originally on cassette and nothin to play them on now I clan blast em back out on cd feel like I,m back in my youth, sounds great on cd top quality disc cover etc, the mutzs nutz
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