Five Get Over Excited

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"Five Get Over Excited"
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Single by The Housemartins
from the album The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death
Released May 1987
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, cassette
Recorded 1987
Genre Rock
Label Go! Discs
Songwriter(s) Paul Heaton and Stan Cullimore
The Housemartins singles chronology
"Caravan of Love"
"Five Get Over Excited"
"Me and the Farmer"
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"Caravan of Love"
"Five Get Over Excited" "Me and the Farmer"
(Aug. 1987)

Five Get Over Excited is a song by The Housemartins released as a single from their album The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death.

The followup to their #1 UK hit "Caravan of Love" (although it was preceded by the US-only release of "Flag Day"), it peaked at #11 on the UK Singles Chart in June 1987.[1][2]

Although it was the first single without drummer Hugh Whitaker, who left the band before this song and album was recorded,[2] Whitaker appears in the music video for the track, where he is kidnapped by new drummer Dave Hemingway.

Music writer Rikki Rooksby notes that the track's "anti-hyperbolic title" is "positively revolutionary", as the use of hyperbole in pop lyrics is pervasive but never admitted.[3] In 2007, the Manchester Evening News described the tune as "another corking chart hit that stands as a beacon amongst the dross of the 1980s."[4]

7 inch single track listing[edit]

  • "Five Get Over Excited"
  • "Rebel Without The Airplay"

12 inch/cassette single track listing[edit]

  • "Five Get Over Excited"
  • "So Glad"
  • "Hopelessly Devoted To Them"
  • "Rebel Without The Airplay"


Chart (1987) Peak
Dutch Singles Chart 96
Irish Singles Chart 4
UK Singles Chart 11


  1. ^ "Five Get Over Excited", Chart Stats, retrieved 2010-02-10
  2. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2002) The Great Rock Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-312-1, p. 489
  3. ^ Rikki Rooksby. Lyrics: Writing Better Words for Your Songs (2006) (ISBN 978-0879308858)
  4. ^ "Releases: Music". Manchester Evening News. November 6, 2007. 

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