The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death

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The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death
Studio album by The Housemartins
Released September 1987
Recorded Yellow 2, Stockport, Greater Manchester
Genre Indie rock
Length 38:06
Label Go! Discs (UK) - Elektra Entertainment (U.S.)
Producer John Williams
The Housemartins chronology
London 0 Hull 4
The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death
Now That's What I Call Quite Good
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (A−)[2]

The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death was the second and last studio album by The Housemartins. It was released in 1987, and produced three singles - "Five Get Over Excited", "Me and the Farmer" and "Build". The title song is about the British Royal Family, which found them gaining controversy in the tabloid papers similar to that of other bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Smiths and The Stone Roses.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Heaton/Cullimore.

  1. "The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death" – 3:33
  2. "I Can't Put My Finger on It" – 2:28
  3. "The Light Is Always Green" – 3:59
  4. "The World's on Fire" – 3:20
  5. "Pirate Aggro" – 1:52
  6. "We're Not Going Back" – 2:53
  7. "Me and the Farmer" – 2:54
  8. "Five Get Over Excited" – 2:44
  9. "Johannesburg" – 3:55
  10. "Bow Down" – 3:04
  11. "You Better Be Doubtful" – 2:32
  12. "Build" – 4:45


The Housemartins[edit]

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