The Beautiful South
The Single 'Manchester' released today!
The Beautiful South return with a brand new album 'Superbi', on the 15th May 2006, preceded by a single 'Manchester' on 1st May 2006 both released on SonyBmg UK. The band will also be touring throughout the UK in May 2006.
The band's offical website has also be re-launched
In 1989, when Paul Heaton and Dave Hemmingway formed The Beautiful South following the demise of The Housemartins, few would have thought that 17 years and 11 albums later, the band would still be the soundtrack to so many of our lives. Having sold over 10 million albums, and releasing one of the biggest selling British 'Best Of' albums EVER, the band have continued to write their unique brand of bittersweet love songs which strike a chord in so many people's hearts, not least those who have grown up with them and their fantastic music.
The Beautiful South are: Paul Heaton (vocals), Alison Wheeler (vocals), Dave Hemingway (vocals), Sean Welch (bass), Dave Rotheray (guitar) and Dave Stead (drums). 'Superbi' was recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios, a farm in Bakewell and at producer Ian Stanley's place in Eniskerry, it was then mixed by the legendary Bill Price (Sex Pistols, Clash, Gun 'n' Roses). Any Beautiful South fan will recognise acclaimed lyricist Paul Heaton's hand in quirky song titles such as 'The Rose of My Cologne, 'The Cat Loves The Mouse' and 'Never Lost A Chicken To A Fox'. First single 'Manchester' started of as a poem - "If rain makes Britain great, Then Manchester is greater" Ã¢Â€Â“ 'a sodden tribute' to the city says Heaton. The tracks cover love and loss and all that happens in-between Ã¢Â€Â¦"So many pop songs are written about 15-20 year olds. We've never really targeted them, or newly weds. We write about people who've lived together most of their lives."
'Superbi' is the first release since 2003's fantastically received covers album 'Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs', which featured the Beautiful South's own interpretations of such, ahem, classics as 'You're The One That I Want' (Olivia Newton John and John Travolta), 'Don't Fear the Reaper' (Blue Oyster Cult) and 'Don't Stop Moving' (S Club 7). The new album features artwork by photographer Martin Parr who was reportedly delighted that the band chose one of his photographs for the cover.
The Rose Of My Cologne
There Is Song
The Cat Loves The Mouse
The Next Verse
When Romance Is Dead
Bed Of Nails
Never Lost A Chicken To A Fox
From Now On
20 May GLASGOW, Academy
21 May NEWCASTLE, Academy
22 May DERBY, Assembly Rooms
24 May LEEDS, University
25 May HULL, City Hall
26 May HULL, City Hall
28 May PORTSMOUTH, Guildhall
29 May BRISTOL, Colston Hall
31 May LONDON, Shepherds Bush Empire
1 June LONDON, Shepherds Bush Empire
2 June NEWPORT, Centre
3 June PLYMOUTH, Pavillions
5 June WOLVERHAMPTON, Civic Hall
6 June BLACKPOOL, Empress Ballroom
7 June LIVERPOOL, University
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