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Formed in 1984, this UK pop band originally comprised Paul Heaton (9 May 1962, West Kirby, Cheshire, England; vocals/guitar), Stan Cullimore (b. Ian Cullimore, 6 April 1962, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England; bass), Ted Key (b. 1 July 1960, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England; bass, ex-Gargoyles), and Hugh Whitaker (b. 18 May 1961, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England; drums, ex-Gargoyles). After signing to Go! Discs, the quartet humorously promoted themselves the fourth best band from Hull. Their modesty and distinctly plain image disguised a genuine songwriting talent, which quickly emerged. During late 1985, Key departed and was replaced by Norman Cook (b. Quentin Leo Cook, 31 July 1963, Bromley, Kent, England). In 1986, the band achieved their first UK hit with their third release, the infectious Happy Hour, which climbed to number 3. Their UK Top 10 debut album London 0 Hull 4 displayed a wit, freshness and verve that rapidly...