Welcome to the Beautiful South

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Welcome to the Beautiful South
Original cover art by Jan Saudek
Studio album by The Beautiful South
Released October 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Alternative rock[1]
Length 50:17
Label Go!, Elektra
Producer Mike Hedges, The Beautiful South
The Beautiful South chronology
Welcome to the Beautiful South
Alternative cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[3]
The Village Voice A−[4]

Welcome to the Beautiful South is the debut album by English band The Beautiful South, released in October 1989 by Go! Discs and the next year in the United States by Elektra Records. Three singles were released from the album, which became top 40 hits in the United Kingdom: "Song for Whoever" (#2), "You Keep It All In" (#8) and "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" (#31).

The original album cover depicted two pictures by Jan Saudek, one of a woman with a gun in her mouth, and another with a man smoking. Woolworths refused to stock the album, in the words of the band, to "prevent the hoards [sic] of impressionable young fans from blowing their heads off in a gun-gobbling frenzy, or taking up smoking";[5] an alternative cover featuring a picture of a stuffed toy rabbit and a teddy bear was therefore made.

NME included it in their "Top 100 Albums You've Never Heard" list in 2012.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray, except where noted.

  1. "Song for Whoever" – 6:10
  2. "Have You Ever Been Away?" – 5:12
  3. "From Under the Covers" – 4:05
  4. "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" – 4:41
  5. "Girlfriend" (Antonio Reid, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds) – 2:54
  6. "Straight in at 37" – 4:29 (cassette and CD bonus track)[7]
  7. "You Keep It All In" – 2:54
  8. "Woman in the Wall" – 5:16
  9. "Oh Blackpool" – 3:01
  10. "Love Is..." – 7:04
  11. "I Love You (But You're Boring)" – 4:31
2004 Japanese reissue bonus tracks[7]
  1. "You and Your Big Ideas"
  2. "You Just Can't Smile It Away" (Bill Withers)
  3. "It's Instrumental"
  4. "But 'Til Then"
  5. "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" (Orchestral Mix)

Non-LP/CD B-Sides[edit]

As what was to become their usual modus operandi, The Beautiful South included unreleased material on the B-sides of the singles taken from their albums.[7]

from the "Song For Whoever" 12" single and CDEP

  • "Song For Whoever"
  • "Straight In At 37"
  • "You And Your Big Ideas"

from the "You Keep It All In" 12" single and CDEP

  • "You Keep It All In"
  • "You Just Can't Smile It Away" (Bill Withers)
  • "I Love You (But You're Boring)"
  • "It's Instrumental"

from the "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" 12" single and CDEP

  • "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" (single mix)
  • "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" (LP Mix )
  • "But 'Til Then"
  • "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" (Orchestral Mix )


The Beautiful South
Additional personnel
  • Briana Corrigan – vocals
  • Pete Wingfield – keyboards, piano
  • Mel Wesson – keyboards, drum programs
  • Martin Ditcham – percussion
  • Peter Thoms – trombone
  • Gary Barnacle – saxophone, flute
  • John Thirkle – trumpet, fluglehorn
Inside sleeve photography
  • John Woods


  1. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. "Welcome to the Beautiful South – The Beautiful South". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Waller, Don (13 May 1990). "The Beautiful South: 'Welcome to the Beautiful South' (Elektra) / Beats International: 'Let Them Eat Bingo' (Elektra)". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Harris, Keith (2004). "The Beautiful South". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 55. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (31 July 1990). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 11 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "Welcome To The Beautiful South". BeautifulSouth.co.uk. 21 May 2000. Archived from the original on 21 May 2000. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Top 100 Albums You've Never Heard". NME. February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c King, David. "The Beautiful South Discography". xmission.com. Retrieved 2014-11-15.