0898 Beautiful South

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0898 Beautiful South
0898 Beautiful South.jpg
Studio album by The Beautiful South
Released March, 1992 (UK)
Recorded 1991–1992
Genre Alternative rock
Length 50:36
Label Go!
Producer Jon Kelly, The Beautiful South
The Beautiful South chronology

0898 Beautiful South, released March 1992, was The Beautiful South's third album. The album reached number 4 on the UK charts, unlike their previous two albums which reached number 2; the record company blamed this on the cover which showed ladies' faces on the back of terrapins' shells.[citation needed]

The full title of the album is 0898 Beautiful South, but it is usually shortened to just 0898, which is how it appears on the back cover of the album. The spacing and typography difference on the front cover and spine can be taken to imply it should be read as "0898" (by) "Beautiful South" - two separate phrases. The title refers to the 0898 premium rate dialling code associated with sex hotlines in the UK at the time.

While the first two singles, "Old Red Eyes Is Back" and "We Are Each Other", charted in the UK at #22 and #30, respectively. third single "Bell Bottomed Tear" was the only Top 20 hit from the album, reaching #16. "36D" was a relative disappointment after this success, only managing #46 in the singles charts. "We Are Each Other" was also a success on American alternative rock radio and peaked at #10 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1992.[1] It was the band's biggest hit in the United States.

Inside, there were a number of illustrations by artist David Cutter, including a picture per song; these pictures were also used for the singles. Four singles were released from the album, two of them before it was released.


  • Old Red Eyes Is Back – Released: February 1992 position: 22
  • We Are Each Other – Released: March 1992 position: 30
  • Bell Bottomed Tear – Released: June 1992 position: 16
  • 36D – Released: September 1992 Position: 46

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Paul Heaton and David Rotheray. 

No. Title Length
1. "Old Red Eyes Is Back"   3:35
2. "We Are Each Other"   3:39
3. "The Rocking Chair"   4:43
4. "We'll Deal With You Later"   4:07
5. "The Domino Man"   2:40
6. "36D"   5:16
7. "Here It is Again"   3:27
8. "Something That You Said"   4:20
9. "I'm Your No. 1 Fan"   4:28
10. "Bell Bottomed Tear"   4:35
11. "You Play Glockenspiel, I'll Play Drums"   5:06
12. "When I'm 84"   4:32

French Limited Edition[edit]

The first French edition distributed by Barclay contained two bonus tracks:

  1. "His Time Ran Out"
  2. "Danielle Steele (The Enemy Within)"

Non-LP/CD B-Sides[edit]

As was their usual modus operandi, The Beautiful South included unreleased material on the B-sides of the singles taken from their albums.[2]

from the "Old Red Eyes Is Back" 12" single and CDEP

from the "We Are Each Other" 12" single and CDEP

from the "Bell Bottomed Tear" CD1

  • "Bell Bottomed Tear" (single edit)
  • "A Thousand Lies"
  • "They Used To Wear Black"

from the "Bell Bottomed Tear" CD2

(Tracks 2 & 3 recorded live at St. Georges Hall, Blackburn, April 25, 1992)

(An Australian CDEP of "Bell Bottomed Tear" contained the album version and all four non-LP tracks noted above)

from the "36D" CD1

  • "36D"
  • "Throw His Song Away"
  • "Trevor, You're Bizarre"

from the "36D" CD2

  • "36D"
  • "From Under The Covers"
  • "You Keep It All In"
  • "36D"

(Tracks 2, 3, & 4 recorded live at St. Georges Hall, Blackburn, April 25, 1992)


  • Paul Heaton – Vocals
  • David Rotheray – Guitar
  • Dave Hemmingway – Vocals
  • Sean Welch – Bass
  • David Stead – Drums
  • Briana Corrigan – Vocals

Production credits[edit]

  • Jon Kelly – Producer, Mixing
  • John Brough – Engineer
  • Steve Orchard – Engineer
  • Lance Phillips – Mixing


  1. ^ The Beautiful South. "The Beautiful South — Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  2. ^ King, David. ""The Beautiful South Discography"". xmission.com. Retrieved 2014-11-15.