Hugh Whitaker (born 18 May 1961, Hull) is the former drummer for the British indie rock band The Housemartins. He replaced original drummer Chris Lang and drummed for the band's first album, London 0 Hull 4, and its attendant single releases. He left the band before the recording of their second album, The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death. Whitaker left the band on amicable terms and even participated in the promotional video for the band's first single without him, "Five Get Over Excited", wherein he was kidnapped by his replacement, Dave Hemingway, and locked in a hessian sack.
In 1993, Whitaker was sent to prison for 6 years for assaulting former business associate James Hewitt with an axe and setting fire to his house on three occasions.
In 1997 Hugh moved to Leeds. After a short stint as drummer with Freddie and the Dreamers he joined a local band, Percy. By 2012, back in Hull, and having played a range of musical styles in dozens of bands, he joined forces with eclectic rock outfit Pocketful O'Nowt.
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