Half Man Half Biscuit are back

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Back in 1985, Half Man Half Biscuit sat comfortably at the top of the indie album chart.

This may not seem so much of an achievement, unless you take a look back at the other contenders in the chart at that time.

Acts such as Depeche Mode, New Order and The Cult were all on the scene, and you could guarantee that none of them managed to hit the number one spot with an album that had been recorded in just a couple of days and for around £30.

That album was Back In The DHSS. It became an instant success after it was championed by the late John Peel.

Since then, they have released a further 12 albums with Nigel Blackwell never taking the music business too seriously.

They are now touring their latest album, Urge For Offal, which has even more of Blackwell’s surreal observations on everyday life.

A few shining examples are Old Age Killed My Teenage Bride and Baguette Dilemma For The Booker Prize Guy.

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Engine Rooms, Southampton

May 13