Whenever a Half Man Half Biscuit record is on, a certain part of me keeps insisting this is the best band in the world playing. Pure energy, hooks, intelligence, guts. Obviously there’s this second, more reasonable part of me resisting that call, but if a band manages to trigger that kind of admiration, even for a minute or two, it makes it all worth it.
There are loads of fantastic live versions of “For What Is Chatteris…” (off the greatly titled Achtung Bono, 2005) around (HMHB are, needless to say, a hugely entertaining live band; I’m speaking from experience – saw them in Brampton a couple of years ago), but I picked the original simply because the video is so hilarious. Same goes for the song - of course.