The Beautiful South – Quench (Epic 2017 #020)

The Epic 2017 Project #020: 170120

The Beautiful South – Quench (1998)


Quench released in the UK on 12 October 1998 is The Beautiful South’s sixth studio album. It was the band’s third album in a row to reach the top of the charts.

The cover depicts a boxer by Scottish painter Peter Howson. Commissioned for the album, the original painting can be seen in the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. But after the band cropped the image and used it in merchandise and promotional material, Howson took legal action receiving around £30,000 in damages. Whilst the first two singles from the album also have artwork by Howson, the final two – “How Long’s a Tear Take to Dry?” and “The Table”-  don’t; perhaps Mr Heaton and co had learned their lesson by then. If you’re planning to change something and then publish it, it’s not a bad idea to ask first!


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