It is a shame that most people would associate this band with their biggest hit Happy Hour. There are some great tracks on this album, Flag Day is an incredible song, one of the best things they ever did in my opinion. Another great single was Think For a Minute. My friends and I loved Sheep, it is a very funny song and as young revolutionaries we would often sing it accusingly at people who we perceived to be conformists (I now work in IT, baaaah).
I remember getting my haircut in Newcastle one Saturday when Happy Hour was in the charts. The barber was talking to a lad who mentioned that he was going to see the Housemartins that night. The barber was so Geordie he had to refer to them not as The Housemartins but as The Hoosemartins, he then went on to describe, in detail, why he thought the Hoosemartins were overrated and derivative, he cleverly summed all this up in one succinct phrase, Hoosemartins, load a shite.
Hidden gem: Over There
Micro review: London nowt Hull fowah