A rare television clip of No-Man performing Housekeeping has cropped up on YouTube, which of course we felt compelled to share with you. The clip is from short-lived British television show The Beat, a short-lived show fronted by Gary Crowley (who introduces the clip) which promoted the then-popular Britpop scene.
“Welcome to my nightmare part 54,” laugh Bowness. “Here’s a clip of No-Man live on ITV in 1993. The ‘designer’ outfits were foisted on us (think Seinfeld and his ‘puffy shirt’!). Admittedly, the hair was our choice. I had to sing live against a miming band of Steven Wilson, Ben Coleman and Chris Maitland. I couldn’t hear myself at all as the music was incredibly loud (it had been left at the volume The Fall, who’d just left the Astoria stage, preferred).
“The Fall had taken hours recording their epic version of Lost In Music, so we were left – at Midnight – with a fractious camera crew and 15 minutes to set up and record three songs. Cue terror!
no-man had previously performed Only Baby and Heartcheat Pop for an earlier show. Like Housekeeping, Only Baby featured on the band’s 1993 debut album Loveblows & Lovecries – A Confession, while Heartcheat Pop appeared on a limited edition double disc version of the album, which is hopefully going to be reissued this year.