Strictly an 80's band, The Housemartins had seven hit singles and two
successful studio albums between 1986 and 1988. Their compilation album Now That's What I Call Quite Good was also a top ten UK hit during 1988.
The upbeat Happy Hour (great video by the way!) was the band's first hit single, reaching #3 in the UK singles chart during May 1986. It was taken from their debut album London 0 Hull 4 which peaked at #3 in the UK album charts. Happy Hour was in the UK singles chart for 13 weeks, and peaked at No.3 in the week of June 28, 1986.
The band's second and last studio album (released in 1987) was The People Who Grinned Themselved to Death and reached #9 in the UK. The most famous member of the band was, of course, Norman Cook (aka DJ Fatboy Slim) who went on to have a pretty successful solo career. Vocalist Paul Heaton achieved further success with The Beautiful South, of course.
In this blast from the past, we see Anna Ford (she's standing in for Terry Wogan) introduce us to The Housemartins who perform Happy Hour.
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