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Music / Jilted John

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The creaton of comedian Graham Fellows, Jilted John was the unlucky-in-love narrator of an eponymous 1978 hit single and its follow-up album True Love Stories.


  • Age-Progression Song: "I Was A Pre-Pubescent" tells us about John's life from birth to his early teens.
  • Antagonist Title: "Shirley" is about a woman who all-but kidnaps John.
  • Concept Album: True Love Stories follows John's story from birth through to shortly after he leaves school.
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  • "Dear John" Letter: Karen breaks up with John via one of these.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: He's called "Jilted" John for a reason.
  • Ephebophile: The eponymous antagonist of the song "Shirley".
  • Growing Up Sucks: A running theme in True Love Stories, and addressed specifically in "I Was A Pre-Pubescent".
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Jilted John".
  • Packaged as Other Medium: The sleeve of True Love Stories is designed to resemble a teen romance comic.
  • Protagonist Title: "Jilted John".
  • Rearrange the Song: The album version of "Jilted John" itself sounds quite different to the single, since it's done on keyboards rather than as a mock-punk guitar strum.
  • Refrain from Assuming: It's very common for people to think the song "Jilted John" is called "Gordon Is A Moron", which isn't even the main refrain. Strangely, nobody ever calls it "Yeah Yeah, It's Not Fair", even though that's repeated considerably more.
  • Self-Demonstrating Song:
    • John's singing goes flat when he refers to voices breaking in "I Was A Pre-Pubescent".
    • He also calls out "interlude!" before the instrumental breaks in "Fancy Mice".
  • Shout-Out: "Baz's Party" refers to bands of the glam rock era:
    I love T.Rex, The Sweet and Slade
    And Mott the Hoople are really great!
  • The Something Song: "The Paperboy Song".

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