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Watch very early No-Man TV performance of Housekeeping

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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.

Alongside core members Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson are violinist Ben Coleman and drummer Chris Maitland, who of course would go on to work with Wilson in Porcupine Tree.

"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.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.