The South bring all their beautiful hits to town
Former members of The Beautiful South, Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler will be singing many of those hits including A Little Time, Don't Marry Her, Rotterdam, Good as Gold, Perfect 10 and many more from the back catalogue at Frome's Cheese and Grain on Friday, November 1 when the Sweet Refrains Tour comes to town.
This nine piece band will also be performing several songs from their wonderfully received debut album as The South, Sweet Refrains.
Formed in 1988, The Beautiful South had a string of hit singles such as Old Red Eyes Is Back, Rotterdam, Don't Marry Her, Perfect 10 and number one single A Little Time.
Their greatest hits album, Carry On Up The Charts, was one of the fastest-selling albums in UK history, entering at Number One and staying there for weeks, becoming one of the country's most popular albums ever.
After 20 years, ten studio albums, five greatest hits compilations, 34 chart singles, 15 million record sales worldwide and performing in front of millions of fans, when time was called on The Beautiful South in 2008, not everyone was ready to leave the party.
Dave Hemingway and Ali Wheeler, two of the three lead singers with the band, were having too much fun to get out the pipe and slippers, and so The South was formed.
Joining the duo were fellow mainstays from the original touring band: keyboard wizard Damon Butcher and the potent horn section of Gaz Birtles and Tony Robinson who brought so much to the live shows.
This band has history and pedigree. Dave Hemingway's musical career stretches back into the eighties.
He became a founder member of The Beautiful South after the demise of The Housemartins, who had enjoyed a sustained purple patch and many hits before calling it a day in 1988.
Whilst bassist Norman Cook went on to become superstar DJ Fat Boy Slim, Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway proceeded to form the new band in December 1988.
Right from the off, The Beautiful South seemed to defy the normal logic associated with pop bands, not least for the fact that they stayed together for 20 years.
Still as Beautiful as they ever were, The South continue the legacy with their own vibrantly singable and acerbically witty pop. As their critically acclaimed debut album Sweet Refrains, currently available on Zoo Records, confirms.
The South are rightly extremely proud of their history – and their future looks very bright.
This week Your Time has a pair of VIP tickets up for grabs that enables the winner to meet the band and get signed artwork.
Just answer the following question, put your answer on a postcard and send it with your name and telephone number to The South Competition, Your Time, Dan Biggane, Westpoint, James St West, Bath, BA1 2DA. The first correct answer out of the hat on Monday morning will get the tickets.
The question is: what was the name of The Beautiful South's on UK number one single?