Song: Sitting On A Fence
Band: The Housemartins
The year is 1986. The band, four lads from Hull, England, burst right out of the gate with their debut album London 0 Hull 4. It’s immediate proof of their penchant for smart power-pop with fast hooks, tons of infectious energy and great vocals courtesy lead singer Paul Heaton, whose lyrics draw from a highly personal and idiosyncratic mixture of Christianity and Marxism; Sitting On A Fence is about finding the courage of one’s convictions. The short-lived band was nothing if not versatile, favouring inventive, fresh change-ups, always administered with an admirably light touch. The album is studded with gems… very much worth a closer look. Further proof of the band’s impeccable credentials and pop DNA: bassist Norman Cook went on to reinvent himself as Fatboy Slim.