British pop star Paul Heaton has ruled out reforming his band The Beautiful South for a 25th anniversary gig. The A Little Time hitmakers split in 2007 but relaunched in 2009 as The New Beautiful South - without founding member Heaton and his songwriting partner David Rotheray.
Now the former Housemartins star has insisted he has no plans to get back with the band for a full reunion to mark the 25 years since the release of 1989 debut album, Welcome to the Beautiful South.
When asked if any plans are afoot to reform the original line-up, Heaton tells U.K. talk show Loose Women, "No, no, that won't happen. Not to worry."
Former The Housemartins rocker Paul Heaton has lashed out at British Prime Minister David Cameron after the politician name-checked his album London 0 Hull 4 during a House of Commons debate. Heaton was thrilled to discover his adopted hometown of Hull, England was named the U.K. City of Culture on Wednesday (20Nov13).
However, the musician was left aghast when Conservative leader Cameron revealed himself to be a fan of the singer's work after the announcement was made in the House of Commons this week (beg18Nov13).
Cameron told his fellow politicians, "Of course in terms of popular music Hull has a fantastic record, I remember, some years ago that great Housemartins' album which was London 0 Hull 4."
Heaton, who has been vehemently opposed to Conservative party policies for many years, then took to Twitter.com to blast Cameron, writing, "Well, apparently David Cameron likes London 0 Hull 4. Which part of the attack on his policies and rich friends did he like best?"
He then reminded followers on the social media site that he banned Cameron and Britain's Chancellor Of The Exchequer, George Osborne, from the pub he bought in Salford, England.
He adds, "When I took over my pub in Salford, the first people I barred was Cameron and Osborne. That ban still stands."