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 November 2017, 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 115 out of the 124 gigs, and two of the omissions (BBC Radio Merseyside and Cornbury) are understandable, given the content.
The top 10 are:
Vatican Broadside (115)
The Light at the End of the Tunnel… (112)
Joy Division Oven Gloves (107)
The Trumpton Riots (104)
For What Is Chatteris… (102)
Fuckin’ ‘Ell It’s Fred Titmus (97)
Everything’s AOR (97)
Look Dad No Tunes (94)
All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit (93)
Bob Wilson – Anchorman (92)
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 43 songs did not get a single live outing in these 124 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; Ballad Of Climie Fisher; Breaking News; Carry On Cremating; Children of Apocalyptic Techstep; David Wainwright’s Feet; Descent of The Stiperstones; D’Ye Ken Ted Moult?; Epiphany; Faithlift; False Grit; Fun Day In The Park; Get Kramer; I Was A Teenage Armchair Honved Fan; I, Trog; ITMA; 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; 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; Whiteness Thy Name Is Meltonian; and With Goth On Our Side.
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. There was a second version in 2015 – comments made then can be found here.
Those of you wishing to play with the statistics and comment below, may like to take a look at those comments first, and see if any of them are worth updating in the new comments section below.