There’s a cluster of Sheffield bands that make my heart ache because they’re not together any more and up there with Milburn is Little Man Tate. Remember them? I was recently reminded about the catchy little number that is ‘House Party at Boothy’s’ so for old times sake I whacked it on and found I still new every word. I’m betting you do too:
It’s charming, well, as charming as a song with the lyrics “somebody’s thrown up on the path” can be, anyway. It’s catchy – the simplistic “drink and have a cigarette / drink and have a cigarette / kiss then ask her name” chorus doesn’t take a genius to pick up and furthermore it’s full of relatable lyrics. There’s the kid in the corner who “couldn’t be much gayer”, “bottles and cans all over the place” and girls singing to Kylie as they “try to look sexy”.
Little Man Tate’s canvas for this song is the all too familiar house party and it’s this relatable foundation that makes this song so timeless – even if the lads are no longer releasing music.
Words by Beth