Build (song)

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Single by The Housemartins
from the album The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death
ReleasedNovember 1987[1]
RecordedFairview Studios[2]
LabelGo! Discs
Songwriter(s)Paul Heaton, Stan Cullimore
The Housemartins singles chronology
"Me and the Farmer"
"There Is Always Something There to Remind Me"

"Build" is a song[3] released in November 1987 as the third single from the album The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death by British band The Housemartins. It follows the softer template of the group's later material and reached no. 15 in the UK Singles Chart.[4]

The song is notable amongst the Housemartins catalogue, as it features drummer Dave Hemingway on vocals during the choruses, whilst usual singer Paul Heaton sings the verses and bridge.

The song became a big hit in Brazil due to its inclusion in the telenovela Bebê a Bordo as the theme song for main character Ana.[5]


Chart (1987) Peak
Dutch Singles Chart 65
Irish Singles Chart 9
New Zealand Singles Chart 41
UK Singles Chart[4] 15


  1. ^ "The Housemartins - Build". Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Fairview Recording Studio – CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  3. ^ "BUILD – The Housemartins (letra e vídeo)". 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 261. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ Rede Globo. "Bebê a Bordo" (in Portuguese). Brazil. Retrieved 2018-09-08.