Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott have unveiled their second single from their acclaimed new album ‘Crooked Calypso’, entitled ‘She Got The Garden’ – and you can listen to it now on the Shoot Music – New Releases Playlist.
A typically catchy, hilarious but heartfelt song on the slippery subject of divorce, ‘She Got The Garden’ is written by Paul Heaton and Jonny Lexus (guitarist in Heaton and Abbott’s band).
‘Crooked Calypso’ was released back in July and charted at #2 making it Heaton & Abbott’s highest charting album as a duo to date. Their previous single, the secular Gospel anthem ‘I Gotta Praise’ has been a huge airplay hit over the summer.
Paul Heaton, one of the UK’s most successful songwriters with some 10 million album sales under his belt, first came to public attention in the early 80s as front man of Hull-based indie poppers The Housemartins (the same group that spawned Norman ‘Fatboy Slim’ Cook), best known for their third single ‘Happy Hour’ and their #1 acapella Isley Bros cover ‘Caravan Of Love’.
Jacqui Abbott was lead vocalist in The Beautiful South from 1994 to 2000 and she sang many of their signature hits including ‘Rotterdam’, ‘Perfect 10’, ‘Don’t Marry Her’ and ‘Dream A Little Dream’.
In 2011 Heaton wrote a musical called ‘The 8th’ based on the Seven Deadly Sins and asked Jacqui to sing one of the parts. They have since released three acclaimed albums as a duo: ‘What Have We Become’ (’14), ‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ (’15) and ‘Crooked Calypso’ (’17).