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What is this twat on the stage? He's John Otway, everyone's self loathing punk rocker singer-songwriter. Armed with only a modicum of musical talent, this man likes to jump from great heights, headbutt microphones, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking perform front rolls]], all for his fans to cheer at him.

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What is this twat on the stage? He's John Otway, Otway (born 2 October 1952), everyone's self loathing punk rocker singer-songwriter. Armed with only a modicum of musical talent, this man likes to jump from great heights, headbutt microphones, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking perform front rolls]], all for his fans to cheer at him.


* TheManBehindTheMan: Even though Otway is a great songwriter, WildWillyBarrett has produced and shaped his sound from the start. The lack of his input can be heard on [[DeathByIrony Where Did I Go Right?]] and All Balls and [[DontExplainTheJoke No Willy]].

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* TheManBehindTheMan: Even though Otway is a great songwriter, WildWillyBarrett Music/WildWillyBarrett has produced and shaped his sound from the start. The lack of his input can be heard on [[DeathByIrony Where Did I Go Right?]] and All Balls and [[DontExplainTheJoke No Willy]].



** John Otway & WildWillyBarrett

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** John Otway & WildWillyBarrettMusic/WildWillyBarrett



* ShoutOut: I Am a Lion: Out in the distance I hear the [[WildWillyBarrett Call of the Wild]]. Considering The Wimp is Otway and The Wild is Barrett, this works. Barrett even shouts an "OI OI" in reply. Barrett was seen in the early 80s sporting their 4th album's title [[http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2328/2330180764_7e4a4bb373.jpg on a t-shirt]]. "Call of the Wild" is also Barrett's 1st solo album.

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* ShoutOut: I Am a Lion: Out in the distance I hear the [[WildWillyBarrett [[Music/WildWillyBarrett Call of the Wild]]. Considering The Wimp is Otway and The Wild is Barrett, this works. Barrett even shouts an "OI OI" in reply. Barrett was seen in the early 80s sporting their 4th album's title [[http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2328/2330180764_7e4a4bb373.jpg on a t-shirt]]. "Call of the Wild" is also Barrett's 1st solo album.


* {{Foreshadowing}}: The subject of Gypsy. When he was young Otway always wanted to be a pop star. He went to see a fortune teller [[spoiler:who told him that he would find success with a [[WildWillyBarrett blonde haired musician]]]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The subject of Gypsy. When he was young Otway always wanted to be a pop star. He went to see a fortune teller [[spoiler:who told him that he would find success with a [[WildWillyBarrett [[Music/WildWillyBarrett blonde haired musician]]]].

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What is this twat on the stage? He's John Otway, everyone's self loathing punk rocker singer-songwriter. Armed with only a modicum of musical talent, this man likes to jump from great heights, headbutt microphones, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking perform front rolls]], all for his fans to cheer at him.

Discography:
* 1977 - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
* 1978 - Deep & Meaningless
* 1979 - Did I Go Right?
* 1980 - Way & Bar
* 1982 - All Balls and No Willy
* 1989 - The Wimp & The Wild
* 1992 - Under the Covers and Over the Top
* 1995 - Premature Adulation
* 2002 - Bunsen Burner
* 2005 - Ot-Air

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* BookEnds: The Wimp & The Wild features tracks called, funnily, "The Wimp" and "The Wild". These open each side of the album.
* CallBack: "You Are Breaking Up" features a brief reprise of Really Free in the form of a ringtone.
* ClusterFBomb: Played with in "Focke Wolf"; "Focke, focke, focke, focke, focke Wulf"
* TheEighties: Telex and Mass Communication. DK 50/80 mentions 1984 and "[[Franchise/StarWars places where you feel among the stars]]"
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The subject of Gypsy. When he was young Otway always wanted to be a pop star. He went to see a fortune teller [[spoiler:who told him that he would find success with a [[WildWillyBarrett blonde haired musician]]]].
* GiftedlyBad. There are mixed feelings about this. His devoted fanbase thinks he's a genius. The music press and most retailers of music think he's not a real musician. Both sides are kinda right.
* GratuitousPanning: PlayedWith on Are You On My Side? John's vocals are on the left as well as the bass. The Guitar and piano on the right. The drums in the center (with little panning). During the final choruses the channels swap four times!
* GroinAttack. On Old Grey Whistle Test, Otway [[http://youtu.be/G8C-BwAbAdc?t=3m43s crushes his balls on an amp]]!!
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: PlayedWith. It's become part of his gigs!! Nothing's Gone (Except No. 1) is a fingers-up to his string of flops.
* [[UnreadablyFastText Inaudibly Fast Lyrics]] DK 50/80 qualifies. The lyrics are not only sung fast, but there's a delay on them which muffles them.
* IronButtmonkey: The man is 60 but still headbutts microphones, often drawing blood, and manages to perform coherently.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Even though Otway is a great songwriter, WildWillyBarrett has produced and shaped his sound from the start. The lack of his input can be heard on [[DeathByIrony Where Did I Go Right?]] and All Balls and [[DontExplainTheJoke No Willy]].
* NameAndName
** John Otway & WildWillyBarrett
** "John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett" (the album)
** "Way & Bar" counts.
* [[OneBookAuthor One Book Blunder]]: Not anymore!
* [[OneHitWonder Two Hits! Wonder]] If you consider 27 to be a hit. At least Bunsen Burner got to No. 9.
* ShoutOut: I Am a Lion: Out in the distance I hear the [[WildWillyBarrett Call of the Wild]]. Considering The Wimp is Otway and The Wild is Barrett, this works. Barrett even shouts an "OI OI" in reply. Barrett was seen in the early 80s sporting their 4th album's title [[http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2328/2330180764_7e4a4bb373.jpg on a t-shirt]]. "Call of the Wild" is also Barrett's 1st solo album.
* StudioChatter: Baby, It's the Real Thing has the drummer Geoff Dugmore counting 1, 2, 3, 4 and then the same in some weird scat. Arbitrary stick clicks are also present.
** & a ThrowItIn moment in Blockbuster, Willy laughs after John says "...where Buster goes". John laughs after this.
* SubliminalSeduction: The lyrics at the start of DK 50/80 are about BDSM.
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