So you’ve seen our Giant Half Man Half Biscuit Set List Chart and shivered in horror at so many numbers in one place. Now it’s time to see what we can make of it all. The chart covers 100+ gigs from November 2000 to July 2015, and ignores cover versions. Occasionally the set lists might not be 100% accurate, but if you think you see anything odd, that’s what the comments section is for (amongst other things).
MOST FREQUENTLY-PERFORMED SONGS
Vatican Broadside featured in 95 out of the 102 gigs, and two of the omissions (BBC Radio Merseyside and Cornbury) are understandable, given the content.
The top 10 are:
Vatican Broadside (95)
The Light at the End of the Tunnel… (91)
Joy Division Oven Gloves (85)
The Trumpton Riots (84)
For What Is Chatteris… (83)
Fuckin’ ‘Ell It’s Fred Titmus (80)
Everything’s AOR (75)
Look Dad No Tunes (74)
Running Order Squabble Fest (73)
All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit (71)
Bob Wilson – Anchorman (71)
The observant amongst you will have noticed that some of these songs hadn’t been written, back in 2000. Someone might like to take a look at the songs which have been performed the most often, taking this into account.
LEAST FREQUENTLY-PERFORMED SONGS
Some 48 songs did not get a single live outing in these 102 gigs. One or two are quite surprising omissions, others more understandable. They are (deep breath):
13 Eurogoths Floating In The Dead Sea • Architecture, Morality, Ted And Alice • Arthur’s Farm • Baguette Dilemma for the Booker Prize Guy • Ballad Of Climie Fisher (there have been false starts) • Breaking News • Busy Little Market Town • Carry On Cremating • Children of Apocalyptic Techstep • D’Ye Ken Ted Moult? • David Wainwright’s Feet • Descent of The Stiperstones • Epiphany • Faithlift • False Grit • Fun Day In The Park • Get Kramer • I Was A Teenage Armchair Honved Fan • I, Trog • ITMA • King Of Hi-Vis • Let’s Not • Lord Hereford’s Knob • Mars Ultras, You’ll Never Make The Station • Mr Cave’s a Window Cleaner Now • Multitude • New York Skiffle • Nove On The Sly • On Finding The Studio Banjo • Our Tune • Prag Vec At The Melkweg • Reasons To Be Miserable (Part 10) • Slight Reprise • Soft Verges • Something’s Rotten In The Back Of Iceland • Song For Europe • Song Of Encouragement for the Orme Ascent • Split Single With Happy Lounge Labelmates • Stavanger Töestub • Styx Gig (Seen By My Mates Coming Out Of A) • The Coroner’s Footnote • The Referee’s Alphabet • Tour Jacket With Detachable Sleeves • Upon Westminster Bridge • Visitor For Mr. Edmonds • Whit Week Malarkey • Whiteness Thy Name Is Meltonian • With Goth On Our Side.
PLEASE NOTE that this page is an update on an original first posted in 2011, covering the 71 gigs from 2000 to that time. The original comments made on that page can be found here; those of you wishing to play with the statistics may like to take a look at those comments and see if any of them are worth updating in the new comments section below.