John D Hastings

Press

This is a showcase of my songs, most unpublished, dusted down and digitised. The lyrics, melodies and voice are a conduit to how I feel about my observations of the world around me. Each song includes the back story to why it was written, it’s underlying meaning.  

I am also gigging again. And I wanted to give something back to the community where I live. All ticket donations for this Saturday’s gig (23 November 2019 in Sutton, Surrey) will go to the Salvation Army’s annual Big Collection.

The mini album “Special to me” features songs from my gig, distinct in their 80’s retro feel.

My album “One take wonders”, captures the energy and bond of my band, The Stilettos back in 1979. Four working class lads from the North East, so close to fulfilling our dreams. The bubble burst by one record company decision.

These songs were written during the social change and political confusion of the late 70’s, yet the themes still resonate today. Whatever the age of my audience, my songs are the same songbook of emotions we all experience. My blogs describe my inspirations.

I am taking charge of when and how my music is published and enjoyed. I am still creating songs with sincerity and integrity.

My music is universal, it rises above age, colour, beliefs, discrimination. Be part of it!

What People Say

Record of the Week review

“….. the lyrics and music are lively …. the kind of original sound that makes you sit up and listen, like no new name has done since the Police”

Record of the Week review

Gary, music fan

“I watched this band in ‘78/’79 in Putney, The Star and Garter, they were the dogs bollox!”

Gary, music fan

Robin Duke, West Lancashire Evening Gazette

“[The Stilettos’] music is fast and energetic and delivered tightly”

Robin Duke, West Lancashire Evening Gazette

Yvonne, music fan

“Brilliant …… the songs and John’s voice!”

Yvonne, music fan

Barry, music fan

“….. song delivers a great message …. extremely enjoyable!”

Barry, music fan

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