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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Beautiful South Call It A Day

Alt-pop group The Beautiful South have released a brief and characteristically humorous statement announcing their break-up:

"The Beautiful South have split up due to musical similarities. The band would like to thank everyone for their 19 wonderful years in music."

A lot of bands tend to break up in the spring, so if the pattern holds, we should expect several more splits. This may be the inevitable flipside to all these reunited bands. A sort of musical version of the even Steven principle... there's only room for so many bands at once.

The Beautiful South - Have Fun (available on Blue Is The Colour)

The Beautiful South - Ciao! (Lush/Jarvis Cocker cover, available on the covers album Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs, which also includes the group's take on "You're The One That I Want" from the Grease soundtrack.)


Blogger xolondon said...

As far as I am concerned, it ended in like 2000. The covers album was nice but everything after "Paint It..." (or whatever) sucked. And that sucked too! Their imperial phase really only lasted 3 records, maybe 4.

Their downfall was (IMO) an unwillingness to try anything new with their arrangements, etc. Same old shit each time.

Will be interesting to see if Paul does something else. I still yearn for a Jacqui Abbott record.

12:22 PM  
Blogger trill42 said...

They were hit and miss, definitely. But they had talent and wit, and it's nice to think there's still life and creativity left in any entity with talent and wit.

Most bands are probably not meant to last for a very long time. They're meant to eventually move on, and later reunite if it's a fiscally viable option.

2:43 PM  

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