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 141 gigs from November 2000, 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).

Stats are to January 2020


The top 10 are:

Joy Division Oven Gloves: 124 plays (93% of possible, since song written)
The Light at the End of the Tunnel: 129 plays (87%)
Vatican Broadside: 129 plays (86%)
For What Is Chatteris…: 108 plays (81%)
The Trumpton Riots: 120 plays (80%)
National Shite Day: 93 plays (79%)
Everything’s AOR: 114 plays (76%)
We Built This Village On A Trad. Arr. Tune: 98 plays (74%)
All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit: 109 plays (73%)
Fuckin’ ‘Ell It’s Fred Titmus: 109 plays (73%)


Some 43 songs did not get a single live outing in these 141 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
D’Ye Ken Ted Moult?
Descent of The Stiperstones
Emergency Locksmith
False Grit
Fun Day In The Park
Get Kramer
I Was A Teenage Armchair Honved Fan
I, Trog
Let’s Not
Lord Hereford’s Knob
Mars Ultras, You’ll Never Make The Station
Mr Cave’s a Window Cleaner Now
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
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 Announcement
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
With Goth On Our Side

Update January 2020:

The first 33 comments below refer to the chart posted in November 2017. Those stats are now out of date. Scroll to post 34 for any discussion relating to the latest spreadsheet.

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.