Change of Lineup
As regular gig-goers know, guitarist Ken Hancock has not appeared with the band since August, when he was said to be “under the weather”. The band don’t exactly do daily press conferences, but just before Christmas Neil Crossley came on this site to say: “Ken took himself away from the band and we had to find a replacement guitarist to play the last couple of gigs …on reflection this should have happened a long time ago.” That’s all we know for now.
- Robin 2, Bilston – 8th February 2018 • Tickets
- The Assembly, Leamington Spa – 27th April 2018 • Tickets
O2 Ritz, Manchester – 26th May 2018 • Tickets
- O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London – 8th June 2018 • Tickets
Closure of the ‘Half Man Half Biscuit Information Service’ Facebook Group
This incredibly popular Facebook group was mothballed at the start of December 2017. The group had over 9,000 members, which shows the reach of Facebook. In comparison, this (much older) website has only ever had a couple of thousand different people posting, although the number of different individuals who’ve spent some time here over the years does run into the tens of thousands.
I’ve contacted Andy who ran the Facebook group and trust me, nobody would want to deal with the amount of crap which he had to deal with there. Although you do these things out of love and for the giggle, I know from first hand experience (here) that there are still always people who treat you as if they’re paying customers, complaining about things they don’t like and expecting apologies. It does get a bit wearing after a while.
On top of the stuff I get here (which the Facebook group got many times over), Andy would also have had to deal with machine-generated postings from an endless stream of people selling non-existent, bot-generated ‘souvenirs’ for sale on eBay or Amazon. Many of these sellers have literally millions of products listed for sale, none of which exist until some fool orders one, then they get it made. There’s also a lot of off-list name-calling from people with, shall we say, issues. So its demise is sad from every angle really, but it was fun while it lasted.
I’d remind everyone that if this site isn’t enough for y’all, there’s another website, Gez’s much older Half Man Half Biscuit Home Page, and an associated Yahoo! Groups mailing list for email discussions.
‘CD Rarities’ Album
And Some Fell On Stony Ground is the title of a CD released in November 2016, bringing together some much-loved non-album material. It consists of a compilation of the band’s four EPs, as well as a B-side and a track contributed to a charity album. It includes favourites such as Bob Wilson – Anchorman, Tending The Wrong Grave For 23 Years and Vatican Broadside. No new material, but welcomed by a lot of fans regardless. More details here. The CD is available by mail order from the Probe Plus Store.
Change of website domain
After more than 8 years as part of the chrisrand.com website, this site was moved here to halfmanhalfbiscuit.uk in January 2016. It started off as a little sideline, but has become a bit of a monster which was slowing down the old site. Now it’s on new, state of the art ‘cloud hosting‘, so it should be as smooth as Primark FM. If you spot any problems resulting from the change, do let me know. – CR
The Lux Familiar Cup 2015
And we finally chose the nation’s favourite Half Man Half Biscuit song. For another four years, at least… In a “Light vs Shite” final, TLATEOTT had gone in as the clear favourite after the Baguette Dilemma qualifying round. But in a head-to-head match, early tournament form went out of the window, and apart from a brief moment in the first few hours of voting, NSD never looked likely to lose. A worthy successor to ACP in the 2011 tournament.
“National Shite Day: a glorious, epic, colossal barrage of guitars and anger, chronicling the grim daily crap we all somehow endure here in the bleak ridiculousness of the 21st century, with defiance and dark humour and even more cleverness. And that opening line – how can I vote against anything with that opening line?” said Featureless TV Producer Steve. Read the full story of the tournament here.