"The Housemartins" were a British indie rock band that was active in the 1980s.
The band was formed in 1983 by Paul Heaton (vocals), Stan Cullimore (guitar), Ted Key (bass) and Chris Lang (drums). The band's membership changed quite a lot over the years. Ted Key was replaced by Norman Cook — the future Fatboy Slim — and drummer Chris Lang was replaced by Hugh Whitaker, former drummer with The Gargoyles, who in turn was replaced with Dave Hemingway.
The band often referred to themselves as "the 4th best band in Hull," referring to Kingston upon Hull, the city in England where the band formed in 1983. (The three bands that were "better" were Red Guitars, Everything but the Girl, and The Gargoyles.)
In 1986, the band broke through with the single "Happy Hour", which reached No.3 in the UK charts helped by a claymation animated pop promo of a type that was in vogue at the time. At the end of the same year, they had a No.1 single with a cover version of Isley Jasper Isley's "Caravan of Love".
They released three albums: ''London 0 Hull 4'', ''The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death'', and the greatest hits ''Now That's What I Call Quite Good''.
|years active||1983 – 1988|
|country||Kingston upon Hull|
|music genre||Indie rock, College rock|
|current members|| Paul Heaton (vocals)|
Stan Cullimore (guitar)
Norman Cook (bass)
Dave Hemingway (drums)
|past members|| Ted Key (bass)|
Chris Lang (drums)
Hugh Whitaker (drums)