Friday, 27 January 2017

The Genius Of Half Man Half Biscuit #2

OK, so it's time for a first here on Is This The Life? - our very first guest contributor! Yes, up to now I've penned every word you've read (or not!) on this site, but today, none other than Charity Chic offers his thoughts on his favourite Half Man Half Biscuit tune. It's a huge honour to have him here, and no doubt something of an honour for him too...

Nigel Blackwell National Treasure would be a great name for a Half Man Half Biscuit song. I’m sure that the Bard of Birkenhead could conjure up some trivia for a good few verses. For it’s the words as opposed to the music that make the Biscuits what they are and which leads to them being held in such high esteem. It’s not really the music or the voices that you visit them for but the lyrics.

"There’s a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Millets."
"I heard a lovely rumour that Bette Midler had a tumour."

A lovely mix of celebrity and  observations about the minutiae of life often with a bit of football thrown in – indeed a band who never used to play on dates that clashed with the home games of their beloved Tranmere Rovers.

My choice for this series is an oldie - Architecture, Morality Ted and Alice. Any song which begins with the lines "The wonderful dexterity of Hanu Mikkola / Makes me want to shake hands with the whole of Finland" has got to be worth a listen.

Long may they reign – they are the kings of Hi -Vis.

Quality as always from CC. Thanks mate.


  1. Tis indeed an honour to appear on these pages Robster

  2. Nearly every line in that one is quotable. That applies to all of them really...

  3. Keep 'em coming, everyone. HMHB is not a band I know nearly as well as most of you, and this is shaping up to be one hell of a primer.

    1. Agreed - HMHB doesn't disappoint, ever, and we don't get much of them in the States. TRUMPton riots indeed!