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Although best known as the springboard act for Fatboy Slim and the Beautiful South, the Housemartins were a fine band in their own right, cheerily leaning to the lighter, poppier side of the mid-1980s British college-rock scene. This concise, well-selected 2004 compilation presents the Hull-based ensemble's finest moments, most notably the U.K. hit singles "Happy Hour" and "Caravan of Love," as well as other excellent tracks such as the R&B-tinged "Bow Down." While THE BEST OF THE HOUSEMARTINS will naturally be of greater interest to fans of the Beautiful South (featuring former Martins vocalist Paul Heaton and drummer Dave Hemingway), the compilation also subtly hints at the direction that bassist Norman Cook would pursue as Fatboy Slim, making it an intriguing addition to any Britpop collection.

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1. Happy Hour
2. Five Get Over Excited
3. Caravan Of Love
4. Think For A Minute
5. Me And The Farmer
6. Flag Day
7. Sheep
8. Build
9. There Is Always Something There To Remind Me
10. Anxious
11. Hopelessly Devoted To Them
12. I Smell Winter
13. The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death
14. I'll Be Your Shelter (Just Like A Shelter)

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  • Store location: Upper Hutt City, Wellington, NZ

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