Happy Hour (The Housemartins song)

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"Happy Hour"
Single by The Housemartins
from the album London 0 Hull 4
Released 1986
Genre Indie rock
Length 2:20
Label Go! Discs
Songwriter(s) Paul Heaton, Stan Cullimore
The Housemartins singles chronology
"Happy Hour"
"Think for a Minute"
"Happy Hour"
"Think for a Minute"

"Happy Hour" is a 1986 single by British Indie rock band The Housemartins.[1] It was the third single from the album London 0 Hull 4 and reached number three in the UK Singles Chart.[2][3] It was written on Wednesday 22 January 1986 - the same day Me and the Farmer was penned. [4]

The band's first big hit, it stayed on the singles chart for 13 weeks, peaking in the week of 28 June 1986.[5] The song also enjoyed exposure on United States college radio.[6]

Rolling Stone noted that despite "irrepressibly giddy music hooks", the song's "sobering" lyrics "hammer away at the hypocrisy and sexism of young British business types on the move."[7]

On their 1992 album, Gordon, the Barenaked Ladies paid tribute to this song by breaking into it at the end of the song "Hello City".[8]

The video for the song, set in a pub, featured animated plasticine figures of the band members.[9] Comedian Phill Jupitus makes an appearance in the music video, reading a newspaper.

It is used as an end credits song for the 2013 film The World's End starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost


Chart (1986) Peak
Dutch Top 40 25
Irish Singles Chart 3
New Zealand Singles Chart 38
UK Singles Chart 3


  1. ^ "The Housemartins Discography". Zdesign.com.au. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Housemartins news, music videos, pictures and albums - AOL Music". Winamp.com. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Housemartins – Discover music, videos, concerts, stats, & pictures at". Last.fm. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Paul Heaton interview". The One Show. 12 March 2013. BBC One. 
  5. ^ "The Housemartins - Happy Hour". Chart Stats. 30 August 1986. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "WPSU Lists New Music Top 20". The Daily Collegian (Penn State). 1 October 1986. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Jim Farber (26 March 1987). "London 0 Hull 4 (review)". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Howard Rosenberg (25 April 2000). "Floyd's Wall a solid hit; Live album is, surprisingly, very good". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved 18 February 2010. ("the Housemartins (whose wonderful minor hit Happy Hour is now best remembered as the coda to Barenaked Ladies' Hello City)")
  9. ^ Inglss, Ian (ed.). Popular Music And Television In Britain. p. 14. ISBN 978-0754668640. 

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