Not five months earlier, Fellows had a hit single, Jilted John , flying high at No 4 in the charts — Top of the Pops appearances, snogs off Debbie Harry, the lot. Nor did he particularly enjoy his new-found fame. The theatre studies course brought Fellows back down to earth with a bump. That put me off acting a bit. I got one of those four-track cassette Portastudio and I just wrote songs all the time when I should have been learning my lines. Famously, during the live broadcast of an Armchair Theatre television play in November , actor Gareth Jones had a heart attack and died mid-way through. In the Horniman canteen, there was a guitar which students were welcome to use during breaks. Fellows had a love of music but no gift for playing instruments. I did that, and I just came up with this little riff by putting a finger on the fifth fret.
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The novelty single, which was released in turns 40 this year - and to celebrate, Graham - who is also well known for his comedic alter ego John Shuttleworth, is going out on tour. Jilted John came into being while Graham was still a drama student at Manchester Polytechnic. He wrote Jilted John during a lunch break at college on an acoustic guitar that was lying around in the canteen.
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This is especially impressive given that the fast track passes to fame we now take for granted — reality telly, social media and YouTube — did not yet exist. Graham Fellows, the man who played Jilted John, credits him as a big musical influence and a key part of the live act. There is clearly nothing moronic about Bernard. He recounts an impressive body of work since Jilted John , including collaborating on a mini-opera based on the work of Bartok with a member of the Halle Orchestra. The aim was to create enough material for a teen opera. He then pursued a writing career, assisting in the production of over TV programmes, including the early work of Peter Kay and David Thelfall who played Frank in Shameless.
Steeped in hilarious lines of bitter jealousy, some younger listeners may find some of the phrasing a bit politically incorrect and dated, but it documents the language of the time perfectly. Scenes of bus-stops and chip shops will strike a chord with many from their own adolescent days, and the band, seen here on an episode of BBC1's Top of the Pops try to see past the dubious presenter , enact a wonderful level of anarchy. Two, three, four! Fellows now is better known as the keyboard playing standup comedian John Shuttleworth, but he has a number of other stage characters, including Brian Appleton, a rock musicologist and media studies lecturer, who claims to have known all the greats on the scene, and Dave Tordoff, a builder from Goole specialising in 'laser screed' concrete flooring with ambitions to become an after-dinner speaker. Want to suggest songs for Song of the Day or to say anything about it? Does this song make you think of something else? Song Bar YouTube. Please subscribe, follow and share. New to comment?