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Back Again in the DHSS is the second vinyl album by UK rock band Half Man Half Biscuit, released in 1987.
The album was released after the band had split up, and comprised Peel Sessions along with some new songs.
Some of the tracks were subsequently re-released on the compact disc ACD in 1989.
Back Again in the DHSS
- "The Best Things in Life"
- "D'Ye Ken Ted Moult?"
- "Reasons to Be Miserable (Part 10)"
- "Rod Hull Is Alive - Why?"
- "Dickie Davies Eyes"
- "The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman"
- "I Was a Teenage Armchair Honved Fan"
- "Arthur's Farm"
- "All I Want for Christmas Is a Dukla Prague Away Kit"
- "The Trumpton Riots" (7" remix)
- "I Hate Nerys Hughes (from the Heart)" (live) (cassette only)
List of references
- The Best Things in Life - Dali, Gagarin, slippers and biros, the joys of staying in over going out
- D'Ye Ken Ted Moult? - Title refers to folk song "D'Ye Ken John Peel". Ted Moult and his Everest double glazing adverts demonstrating its indestructibility in all circumstances.
- Reasons To be Miserable (Part 10) - Title refers to Ian Dury and the Blockheads song "Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3). Sexist builders, Pierrot clowns, Siamese cats, Fry's Chocolate Cream and Turkish Delight adverts (full of Eastern monosodium glutamate), vampires, peaches on cornflakes, the annoyance generated by pretentious people
- Rod Hull is Alive - Why? - topiary, Sarah Ferguson now ex-wife of The Duke of York, Rod Hull (now actually dead), Jacques Lafitte (French racing driver), the Wrekin (a hill in Shropshire), Helen Keller, National Service and the long defunct Watney Cup, why do good people die when less deserving don't?
- Dickie Davies Eyes - Title refers to Kim Carnes song "Bette Davis Eyes". Lord of the Rings, Michael Moorcock, Brian Moore (football commentator), London Planetarium, Roger Dean posters. Cadbury's Flake suggestive advertising campaigns, Dickie Davies (sports commentator).
- The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman - As in "You can thank your lucky stars" you're not..., Bette Midler, Magritte, Mary Poppins song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", Borussia Mönchengladbach (German football team).
- I was a teenage armchair Honved Fan - Budapest, Budapest Honved FC, Morphy Richards (kitchen appliance manufacturer), the blues (woke up this morning...)
- Arthur's Farm - Title refers to George Orwell novel "Animal Farm". Arthur Askey, Douglas Bader, the Luftwaffe, amputation of limbs
- All I want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague away kit - Childhood memories of Scalextric and its propensity to break down, Subbuteo table football, Dukla Prague (Czech football team, now FK Dukla Prague), Giro benefit cheques.
- The Trumpton Riots - Trumpton, 1960's children's television animated series and various characters within it. CS Gas, Brian Cant (narrator of Trumpton), Basque separatists, Socialism, nail bombs.
- I hate Nerys Hughes (From the heart) - Saint Vitus dance, Social Security (the "social", as well as "Supplementary"), the walking dead, supermarkets, Bath, and of course, Nerys Hughes, a Welsh actress best known for playing a scouser in the sitcom, the Liver Birds