Let’s make this the big one for Otway!

I’ve just backed John Otway’s Kickstarter campaign to record a new album on the Caribbean Island of Montserrat. As befitting Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure, it will be the first album to be recorded by an international recording artist on the island since the Rolling Stones in 1989.

I first saw Otway fall off a set of speakers on the Old Grey Whistle Test when I was at school, and I first saw him play live in Ireland when I was in college. Since then I’ve been indoctrinating decades of friends with Otway’s eclectic eccentricity, hilarious and sensitive lyrics, and cult marketing genius.

His 1977 hit Really Free was for a long time the peak of his career, until his fans united to get him a second hit, Bunsen Burner, for his fiftieth birthday in 2002. His “Beware of the flowers cause I’m sure they’re going to get you, yeah” was voted seventh best lyric ever in a BBC poll.

For his sixtieth birthday in 2012, Otway funded a movie about his career by selling tickets to the premiere before making it. Before that, he nearly crowd-funded a world tour, along with his fans, but he miscalculated the price of hiring the airplane. Now he’s off to Montserrat!

The Kickstarter campaign is here.

Cheryl’s Going Home, Old Grey Whistle Test

Poetry and Jazz

The Hit! Really Free, Top of the Pops

Middle of Winter

Beware of the Flowers


The Other Hit! Bunsen Burner, Top of the Pops

Stardust Man

House of the Rising Sun


Let’s make this the big one for Otway!

One thought on “Let’s make this the big one for Otway!

  1. And to think, I could have gone my whole life without having discovered (being indoctrinated to) John Otway. Cheers Michael :-/

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