Next month Los Campesinos! frontman Gareth Campesinos! will join his favorite songwriter Paul Heaton (Housemartins, the Beautiful South) in a tour of the new soul opera “Paul Heaton’s The 8th” and “Paul Heaton & Friends — Greatest Hits,” back-to-back sets over six nights in the UK. In advance of these dates, Los Campesinos! have covered the Beautiful South’s “I Love You (But You’re Boring)” and you can download it below.
Here’s Gareth discussing the collaboration:
For as long as I’ve listened to music, my favourite band has been The Beautiful South. The way in which I’ve loved them has evolved and grown, but they have consistently been the band that I wanted to sing along to when I was young, and the lyrics that I have wanted to emulate since I began writing. The words of Paul Heaton, in The Beautiful South, The Housemartins and in his solo work have been the high-water level that I’ve attempted to breakthrough. More often than not, subtly, but very occasionally shamelessly (our song ‘Straight In At 101”s title is taken straight from The Beautiful South’s ‘Straight in at 37′, our “phallic cake” line in Romance Is Boring is actually Heaton’s line). We even went so far as to cover one of my favourite South songs ‘I Love You (But You’re Boring)’, and my “LOVE ME PLEASE” gesture of wearing a Beautiful South t-shirt on our Letterman performance.
It’s safe to say, if it were not for Paul Heaton, I would never have wanted to write lyrics.
I cannot emphasise enough how much of an honour this is for me to be a part of. To be recognised by somebody who I admire so much is truly humbling and I look forward to these run of shows with a real mix of excitement and nervousness. I’ve never considered myself much of a singer, but this is an opportunity for me to push myself and do something I’m really proud of.
Get more details, along with the tour itinerary, here.