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In 1985, chef friend Paul Heaton had formed a guitar band called The Housemartins. Their bassist quit on the eve of their first national tour, so Cook agreed to move to Hull to join them. The band soon had a hit single with “Happy Hour”. It also reached number one just before Christmas 1986 with a version of “Caravan of Love” originally a hit the year before for Isley-Jasper Isley. However, in 1988 they had separated. Heaton and Hemingway band, drummer Dave went on to form The Beautiful South, while Cook moved to Brighton to pursue his interest in the style of music you prefer. It was around this time he started working with young studio engineer Simon Thornton, with whom he continues to make records. All Cook’s records released from that point have involved both of them to varying degrees (Thornton is credited in 2004 as “Executive Producer” for example).
Cook achieved his first solo hit in 1989 with his future Beats International member MC Wildski called “Blame It on the bass line.” Attributed to “Norman Cook feat Wildski. MC”, the song followed the basic template of what was to come in the style of the music of Beats International. It became a modest hit on the singles chart in the UK, peaking at