Welcome to the Beautiful South

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Welcome to the Beautiful South
Original cover art by Jan Saudek
Studio album by The Beautiful South
Released October 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Sophisti-pop, alternative rock
Length 50:17
Label Go! Discs
Producer Mike Hedges, The Beautiful South
The Beautiful South chronology
Welcome to the Beautiful South
Alternative Cover
Alternative Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Welcome to the Beautiful South is the debut album by The Beautiful South released in August 1989. Three singles were released from the album: "Song for Whoever" (#2 in the UK), "You Keep It All In" (#8) and "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" (#31).

Jan Saudek's album cover originally depicted two pictures, one of a woman with a gun in her mouth, and another with a man smoking. Woolworths refused to stock the album to, in the words of the band, "prevent the hoards of impressionable young fans from blowing their heads off in a gun-gobbling frenzy, or taking up smoking";[2] therefore, an alternative cover featuring a picture of a stuffed toy rabbit and a teddy bear was made.

NME included it in the "Top 100 Albums You've Never Heard" list in 2012.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray, except where noted.

  1. "Song for Whoever" – 6:10
  2. "Have You Ever Been Away?" – 5:12
  3. "From Under the Covers" – 4:05
  4. "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" – 4:41
  5. "Girlfriend" (Antonio Reid/Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds) – 2:54
  6. "Straight in at 37" – 4:29
  7. "You Keep It All In" – 2:54
  8. "Woman in the Wall" – 5:16
  9. "Oh Blackpool" – 3:01
  10. "Love Is..." – 7:04
  11. "I Love You (But You're Boring)" – 4:31
  • Track 6 is a CD bonus track.

Japanese version[edit]

There is also a Japanese reissue released in 2004. It features all eleven original songs, plus five additional bonus tracks:

  1. "You and Your Big Ideas"
  2. "You Just Can't Smile It Away"
  3. "It's Instrumental"
  4. "But 'Til Then"
  5. "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" (Orchestral Mix)


additional personnel[edit]


  1. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Review: Welcome to the Beautiful South". Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Welcome To The Beautiful South". www.beautifulsouth.co.uk. 2000-05-21. Archived from the original on 2000-05-21. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  3. ^ February 2012 issue of NME