Music

Graham is shortly to release a new album of songs - his first solo recording in more than 30 years. ‘Weird Town’ is a collection of songs written over the last 10 years. It will be released on the Boss Tuneage label in late Jan/early Feb 2018, and available for purchase on this website.

The following represent Graham’s complete musical output on vinyl and CD, excluding works recorded as Jilted John, John Shuttleworth and Brian Appleton. For info concerning those visit shuttleworths.co.uk and jiltedjohn.co.uk

 
 

love at the hacienda

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1985 album released on Wicked Frog records. After experimenting wildly on previous releases, Graham wrote a clutch of personal, thoughtful songs more rooted in his own experience. The album never charted (again due to poor distribution) but 'Seven Pints and a Suicide' was performed on a Kids ITV show, and the album led Chappell Music to offer Graham a 3 year publishing contract. Released initially on vinyl only, it was reissued on Chic Ken in 2005 with 4 extra tracks.

After being out of print and unavailable for some time, Love at the Hacienda is once again available to buy. Please go to the shop for more information.

 

THROUGH THE LINE / SLEEPING BEAUTY

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1983 single released on Toadstool Records. This power ballad complete with spoof Scott Walker delivery is from the viewpoint of a soldier who suspects his wife has been having an affair while he's been away serving his country. It was a serious attempt to explore the issues of male aggression and domestic violence. Despite being made 'Single of the Week' by Janice Long on Radio 1, it had no distribution and failed to chart.

 

SOME BOYS / I TUNE KEVIN'S STRINGS

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1980 single released (initially on Razz Records, later on MCA) with backing provided by Chris Sievey's band The Freshies. Some Boys is a tongue in cheek look at closet homosexuality, though its key line "He gave me a bar of soap and showed me how to use it" would perhaps fit better in a lyric about lesbianism?  From memory, the single (as a result of advance orders) briefly entered the UK charts at number 151!

 

MEN OF OATS AND CREOSOTE / REBECCA

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1979 single released on EMI. Chosen for its quirkiness and therefore Christmas single potential, but apart from a few plays on local radio it failed to chart. Important historically in that it is a clear template for the character of John Shuttleworth. The song indulges Graham's childhood passion for mouse breeding and exhibiting, and only the choruses are actually sung - the verses are spoken in the gruff voice of an elderly Northern man. The 'oats' in the title refer to the staple diet of the fancy mouse, and 'creosote' is the dubious preservative commonly used (in the 1970's, anyway) to disinfect and preserve the wooden boxes in which mice were housed.