The Beautiful South

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


This highly literate adult pop band arose from the ashes of the Housemartins. The line-up originally featured vocalists Paul Heaton (9 May 1962, West Kirby, Cheshire, England) and David Hemingway (b. 20 September 1960, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England) from Hull’s self-proclaimed ‘Fourth Best Band’. In reference to their previous dour northern image, Heaton sarcastically named his new band the Beautiful South, recruiting Sean Welch (b. 12 April 1965, Enfield, Middlesex, England; bass), Briana Corrigan (b. 30 May 1965, Belfast, Northern Ireland; vocals, ex-Anthill Runaways), former Housemartins roadie David Stead (b. 15 October 1966, Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England; drums) and Heaton’s new co-writer, David Rotheray (b. 9 February 1963, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England; guitar).

Continuing an association with Go! Discs Records, their first single was the ballad ‘Song For Whoever’,...

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