My brother bought me a second hand copy of this album when I was living in student accommodation in the 1980's. Within a few weeks, all 20 of the students in my corridor knew the album word for word and half of them had bought or made their own copy. I bet most of them could still sing along to most of the tracks today!
The album covers the extreme highs and lows of being a teenage boy - drinking too much cider, thinking you're in love, acne, two-timing girlfriends, paper rounds, breeding fancy mice (?), and much more. The hilarious lyrics are set to explosive, catchy tunes that you will never tire of.
You probably won't want to play this in front of your elderly aunt or granny, but most people who can remember their teenage years will love this album and empathise with the experiences of Jilted John. If you were a teenager in the 1970's, you'll get a little bit extra out of this collection of songs with its references to the music, fashion, and fads of the time.
One tip: if you do buy this CD, skip track 1 or shuffle it to the end. The original album tells a story that begins with "Baz's Party". Track 1 on the CD (a B side), while not a bad track, seems out of place and takes some of the impact away from the start of the album.
It is astonishing to think that Jilted John (Graham Fellows) went on to become John Shuttleworth. Although both characters share a witty, quirky view of very ordinary day life, the difference in their music and physical appearance makes it hard to believe that they are one and the same.
This collection of songs is a buried gem that deserves to be dug up again and given the recognition it deserves. Of course this won't happen, but you will have fun digging.