John D Hastings

The Songs

New song release today! Newly recorded and mastered, Who Can It Be? is This song is about identity, when your destiny was chosen for you based on your background and education or lack of it. Ambition and individuality were often stifled, you had to fight to be who you wanted to be.


Who Can It Be? - my inspiration

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When It’s Gone is a song for the global climate emergency and climate justice. It's about fires caused by arson in my hometown of Eston, North Yorkshire. All wildfires are made worse from global warming and lack of rainfall in crucial areas at crucial times. We're raising awareness of environamental issues with  CAT, Cleveland Archaeology Trust who run not-for-profit projects in Cleveland, North East England. Please support CAT’s Eston Hills rescue project and community work. We will make a donation from website sales to the project. Download it here:

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This is Eston Hills on fire, a natural landscape being destroyed by arsonists ...more

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This song describes the inner self, the different personas we all have. Yet we are multi-faceted like Russian dolls. The different sides of our personality are revealed in extreme circumstances. And they can be good or bad because the circumstances dictate your reaction. How often have you said about someone you know, “where did that come from?” when someone acts out of character. In an age of social media we show a public facade. Often people are afraid to show their true self, and this is about having the courage to be authentic, the person you really want to be....more

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Recorded and mastered for this century! An ode to Lambretta scooters, parkas, smart suits and being “sharp”. Us working class mods spent our wages on made to measure suits, music and clubbing. It was all about fashion and style, escaping your daily life. The sharper you looked, the better your chances of dancing with a girl down the club! The late 70’s mod revival and film Quadrophenia made this the perfect time for The Stilettos to release This Is The Way, in November 1979. It’s a flippant nod to the 60’s, “Whiskey a Go Go” was a Manchester club of the same name back then (based on the one in Hollywood). Go Go dancers grooving to great music. Superman aka Clark Kent on the big screen, the dream of winning the Football Pools! Enjoy This Is The Way. It’s a modernist classic!...more

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My supportive words to a boy who was racially abused became This Land. It’s an anti-racism anthem for today’s society. During Black History Month, this is the time to reflect on what we can do to fight prejudice and inequality based on skin colour and heritage. Racism is not a “black” or “ethnic” issue, it’s a human issue. We need to stand up in unity against it. Let’s use the power of music and songs to do this!...more

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A song inspired by the loneliness people felt during lockdown. The impact of the pandemic has affected us all, so let's show compassion, love and support not just today World Mental Health Day, but 365 days of the year. Thanks to Jamie Brown for a fantastic guitar solo on this track! Full song and video! ...more

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My first single since lockdown restrictions removed. I wrote this song about having a voice to express your opinions. Identity is at the heart of this song, about being accepted for who we are no matter our heritage or background. On World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2021, it drives the message that not everyone in the World has freedom of speech or indeed, freedom itself....more

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The different facets of love inspired me to write this song. Love can take us by surprise. You think you are “just good friends” with someone until a twist of fate shows a different light on the situation.  The song is saying: life is short, take a leap of faith and don’t be afraid, “it’s only love”!      ...more

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Mini-album special release of retro '80's songs:   

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Special To Me is a mini-album of songs with a distinct 80’s vibe, selected from my back catalogue of recordings. It was an exciting decade, and gives you a taste of what’s to come over the next few months. And the title track was a favourite of my Mam’s! ...more

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The songs here follow my journey as a singer songwriter. You will find diverse genres here: pop-rock, British power pop and love songs. More songs to be added to my repertoire so sign up to follow my music adventures with me. 

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The Stiletto Years

Back in 1977 I joined a band as lead singer and songwriter, singing covers at clubs and pubs across the North of England. My own songs went down a storm and The Stilettos was born! Line-up: Me, lead singer songwriter and rhythm guitar, Tommy, lead guitar and backing vocals, Cliff on drums, his cousin Alan on bass. These songs are digitised from cassettes (remember them?!) About life from an industrial working class perspective. The raw sound and energy of '70's British power pop, these songs are about class divisions, identity, love and life! And we can all relate to that can't we?

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There's no time to hesitate in the human race to slow climate change. It impacts the poorest world communities, many are suffering and are impoverished as a consequence. This is about using your voice especially on World Humanitarian Day. It highlights to governments the dangers of the climate emergency for the world’s most vulnerable people and ensures that their voices are heard. Be the "front runners" to get their needs top of the agenda at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November.  Duration: 4:06 minutes...more

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An album-worth of our songs recorded in one take. Play the song medley in the Sample Audio. ...more

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Fantastic rock mix which captures the cauldron of teenage emotions and angst. The bubbling effect of Mellotron keyboards create that feeling to perfection....more

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Trust is hard to gain and so easily lost. Sometimes we simply mess up and hurt the person we love the most, and you need to rebuild that trust. ...more

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When does “teenage love” mean more than a crush or phase we go through? ...more

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How when we are young we are in such a rush to do everything, we have so much energy. ...more

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When you know deep down a relationship is over because of the way he’s treated you. Yet you’re holding on to the feelings you once had. ...more

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It’s about an ambitious, ruthless, attractive woman who will do anything to get what she wants. ...more

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Sometimes you can have everything, yet nothing at all. Like being alone even in a crowded room. ...more

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One of my first "sentimental ballads", I love it's simplicity and dreamlike mood. ...more

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Come on, take a leap of faith and let me into your life! ...more

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Getting dressed up, going out, dancing and romancing if you were lucky that night! ...more

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