Another song today from side A of ‘Tape’…but first of all, let’s go back to 1978:

mp3 : Jilted John – Jilted John

One of the first bits of music to be produced by the soon to be legendary Martin Hannett (then known as Martin Zero), Jilted John was the creation of 19-year old Manchester Polytechnic drama student Graham Fellows.  Yes, it’s a novelty single about the end of a romance but it was, and still is, catchy as fuck and well worthy of the sales that took it to #4 in September 1978.

Graham Fellows would go on to find some more fame and fortune with another comedy creation in the late 80s in the shape of John Shuttleworth, a 50-something aspiring singer/songwriter from Sheffield who writes his material with the aid of a Yamaha organ and drum machine. The comedy came in the main from the character’s complete lack of self-awareness about the gap between his musical talent and his wholehearted belief that he could still make it as a pop star combined with the sort of wholesome yet surreal humour that would later propel Peter Kay to success. And what could have been a one-trick pony has continued to enjoy continued success for nigh on 30 years now, and of course where Fellows was once getting laughs from portraying a character much older than himself, he and Shuttleworth are about the same ages now.

But in-between Jilted John and John Shuttleworth there was a little known LP released by Graham Fellows in 1985 entitled Love at the Hacienda on Wicked Frog Records. It sold abysmally despite some very positive reviews….and nowadays is worth quite a bit of money as it has been so long out of print. There was a CD re-issue in 2004 and the one second-hand copy I could find on-line would need £54 to be handed over to the seller on amazon.

Jacques the Kipper being a man of impeccable taste has a copy of the album and he stuck these two tracks towards the end of side A of Tape, sandwiched between Marimba Jive by Red Guitars and closing track Considering A Move To Memphis by Colorblind James Experience. No wonder we hit it off right away:-

mp3 : Graham Fellows – Love At The Hacienda
mp3 : Graham Fellows – Seven Pints And A Suicide

It’s indie-twee, but not as we would come to know it in the C86 era.



  1. Ah! Jilted John! A song I still know all the words to, and a song added extra primary school giggle-value by the fact that my older brother’s teacher at the time was called Gordon.

  2. only this week me and a work mate were discussing desert island discs and the track we would save should the others get washed away and mine was jilted john,it has exactly the same affect on me now as it did when i was 10 years old back in 1978,i could play it on repeat for hours.the footage for the three top of the pops appearances are on you tube and are worth watching just for the backing band.jilted john has everything a song needs love,rejection,tears,aggression .even the Bard himself couldn’t fit all that in to 3 case you are wondering my mates choice was ‘hotel california’ which is not a patch on jilted john.

  3. I still listen to True Love Stories. Because I’ve only got it on vinyl I haven’t dug out Love at the Hac for years, so I must reacquaint myself later. I’d never thought about him catching up age-wise with his character also.

    I’d completely forgotten the Colourblind James Experience too. Must dig that out and see how that song’s matured.

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