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The Higsons

The Higsons

The Higsons


The Higsons were an English funk-punk band popular in the United Kingdom in the 1980s. Founded in the 1980s at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, The Higsons' first recordings to be released were on the Norwich - A Fine City compilation album, where they came to the attention of John Peel. The Higsons' first single, I Don't Want to Live with Monkeys, was released in 1981 and went straight to the top of the independent chart. Next came two singles on their own label - Waap! (which also released the first single by The Farmer's Boys. Read more on Last.fm
The Higsons were an English funk-punk band popular in the United Kingdom in the 1980s. Founded in the 1980s at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, The Higsons' first recordings to be released were on the Norwich - A Fine City compilation album, where they came to the attention of John Peel. The Higsons' first single, I Don't Want to Live with Monkeys, was released in 1981 and went straight to the top of the independent chart. Next came two singles on their own label - Waap! (which also released the first single by The Farmer's Boys. Then there were two singles for the 2 Tone Records label (also home to bands such as The Specials, The Beat and Madness).

Finally, after signing to Upright, they relased an album The Curse of The Higsons in 1984, and had their closest brush with the charts - a cover of Music to Watch Girls By. They released one more single, for the short lived R4 label and folded in 1986. Since the band's breakup, Charlie Higson found fame as a comedy writer and actor in The Fast Show, and latterly as author of James Bond prequels. Terry Edwards fronts his own band, the Scapegoats and works as a session musician. Simon Charterton became a member of the Camden-based band The Aftershave and currently plays with Terry as Nitwood. Stuart McGeachin and Colin Williams got full-time jobs.

Dave Cummings spent many years in Del Amitri and is now writing for TV and film. In late 2006 The Higsons played a one off reunion gig, supported by Norwich friends and contemporaries Serious Drinking, at London's The Spitz, in celebtation of Colin's 50th birthday. Singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock paid tribute to the band with the song "Listening to the Higsons". Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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