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Troika #13: Oooph!

Troika #13: Oooph!

Graham Fellows has already appeared on Troika in his ‘Brian Appleton’ guise, but he’s most known for the Yahama-driven genius of versatile singer-songwriter John Shuttleworth from Sheffield, South Yorkshire. You may have heard classics like ‘Pigeons in Flight’ and ‘Y Reg’, but if you’ve never come across him before, here’s your first taster!

Graham came up with this character while working for Chappell Music in the 80s. Some demo tapes were sent in that inspired the music style, and the voice and mannerisms were based on people he knew in Sheffield. As well touring and recording as John, he has a Radio 4 show ‘The Shuttleworths’, on which he performs all the voices: his Wife Mary and her friend Joan Chitty, daughter Karen and son Darren, and not forgetting next door neighbour and sole agent Ken Worthington.

There’s a lovely innocence to the character and the humour is very gentle – the rudest he’s ever been is a song called ‘Eggs and Gammon’, which is about flatulence. I’m sure Mr Fellows will get sick of doing John (he may already be at the point) but I’ll always be a big fan!

  1. Mutiny over the Bounty
    Mars of Slough! You’ve really done it now! John was so horrified when they stopped putting a cardboard tray in the Bounty, losing vital protection. John’s finest protest song.
  2. Two Margarines
    We’ve all been there – two tubs of margarine (or low fat spread) in the fridge, one should be the ‘current’ and the other is the ‘backup’. But what happens when both are open? Two on the go?! It’s a nightmare scenario!
  3. I can’t go back to savoury now
    A melancholy ballad about starting to eat pudding, and then realising that there is still main course available. You can’t go back! This is one I regularly sing to the family. In fact, its my ringtone.

For more information on John Shuttleworth, visit his official website

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Troika #6: My Turn to be Poorly

Troika #6: My Turn to be Poorly

The theme for this Troika is a little more esoteric than normal – it’s comedians, singing parody songs, in the style of other artists. Weird Al Yankovic has made a whole career out of this, but these are maybe slightly less well known…

  1. ‘My Turn to be Poorly’ – Brian Appleton
    Brian Appleton is Graham Fellows, also known as John Shuttleworth, Jilted John, Dave Tordoff and host of other comic creations. Here his media-studies lecturer persona attempts to show that a song he wrote when he was ill was the inspiration for the nasal, whiney style of The Smiths. The man is a genius, and a Troika on John Shuttleworth’s music alone is due.
  2. ‘Unisex Chipshop’ – Bill Bailey
    In a tribute to Billy Bragg, Bill sings about the oppression of the girl that works in the chippy, and the “sexual fascism that was lurking, round the gherkins”.
  3. ‘Rodeohead’ – Hard’n Phirm
    A medley of Radiohead songs by LA Comedy Duo Hard’n Phirm, performed in a bluegrass style!

Also, I’ve now made my own RSS feed for Troika, as well as submitted it to iTunes. See the new links below!

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All music featured is the copyright of the respective artists.


The Viking Song

For countries that aren’t lucky enough to have the CBBC children’s channel, and in particular, the Horrible Histories series, I offer the Viking Song to you. You won’t be able to get it out of your head… LITERALLY!!


The New Banter

31 Oct 2007

Armstrong and Miller are back (after what seemed like an age), and they bring with them new, modernised, RAF Banter. (If you want to know what the old banter was like, you need to watch this)

There’s more here (thanks to the Badger )


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