Johnny Hates Jazz ‎– I Don’t Want To Be A Hero (12″)

The poppiest anti-war song ever, and one for the Mums!!!! Written and produced by the band (so fair play to them for that) it does have the most bizarre lyrics wrapped up in a shiny 80’s pop track, very weird, to look at the front cover they look like they would run a mile at the sound of gunshot! The trio were made up of Calvin Hayes, (drummer ?) Clark Datchler (vocals and keyboards) and Mike Nocito (guitars) with a mysterious fourth member, producer and writer Phil Thornalley who later did the vocals after Datchler left after their debut LP. The 12″ sound like Madonna in places and unclutters the synth backing. This was before their massive hit, “Shattered Dreams.” The B-side is a synth instrumental called “The Cage” showing that they were promising musicians.

Pacifists Unite!

Oh and here is the link, JHJ fans

Virgin ‎– VST 1000johnnyfrontcov

A1 I Don’t Want To Be A Hero (12″ Mix)
B1 The Cage
B2 I Don’t Want To Be A Hero (7″ Version)

2 responses

  1. link?

  2. Intriguing… but you haven’t given us a link!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Left and Leaving

an alternative travel blog

Phil's Musings

Guitars, Electronics, Photography, Football, Arduino etc.


Disco Not Disco Extended Guilty Pleasures

Post-Punk Monk

Searching for divinity in records from '78-'85 or so…

All the Air In My Lungs

Vinyl recordings from the 80's & 90's

Thirty Three And A Third

Vinyl Records stole my heart

Ad's Vinyl Adventures

A music blog devoted solely to records (and maybe a few other things as well)

A History of Dubious Taste

A confessional trawl through my record buying history...where there's no such thing as a Guilty Pleasure

A Goldfish Called Regret

Past present future perfect - and music too


music from underneath the floorboards

That's The Ticket

Live, Not Memorex


The home of all Y-Key Operators news and gigs

Jumping Someone Else's Song

Cover Versions Abound

One Step Brighter

It Just Won't Go Away!

Music 4 Life

a venture into the amazing world of the eighties


Rare 12" Singles For 80's Music Lovers Around The World

Off The Beat(en) Trax


Turn On Your Record Player

Vinyl recordings from the 80's & 90's

Methods Of Dance


%d bloggers like this: