John D Hastings

The Songs

We are proud to pay tribute to World Environment Day 2021. I wrote “When It’s Gone” after news of the dreadful fires caused by arson in my hometown of Eston, North Yorkshire. The devasting damage is ruining Eston Hills, where I spent my happy childhood days. Cleveland Archaeology Trust runs not-for-profit projects in Cleveland, North East England, raising awareness of environmental issues. Their mission connects “People With Place by promoting well-being, belonging and cultural value through sustainable Heritage and Archaeology.”

Help us raise awareness and support CAT’s Eston Hills rescue project and community work. We will make a donation from downloads 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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Never in history have we needed to care for our natural landscapes more. This current world pandemic has helped us rediscover our open spaces, relearning the simple joy of sharing them with family and friends.

LET'S help Cleveland Archaeology Trust:

  • Provide community engagement for all
  • Do more to protect our landscape, to preserve it for future generations
  • To explore, discover, rescue and repair before our heritage is lost
  • covidGet everybody involved, anywhere in Britain! 

 

 

These songs 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. One of my new releases:

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The different facets of love inspired me to write this song. Love can take us by surprise like when you think you are “just good friends” with someone.  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 new mini-album of songs with a distinct 80’s vibe. A small collection of songs from my back catalogue. This is the starting point of an exciting decade, a taste of what’s to come over the few months. The title track was a favourite of my Mam’s! ...more

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The Stiletto Years

Back in 1977 I joined a band as the lead singer and songwriter, singing covers at clubs and pubs across the North of England. I had been writing songs for many years and we agreed to try them out. They 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 and his cousin Alan on bass. Digitised from cassettes (remember them?!) they are a classic part of my back catalogue. Catching the raw sound and energy of British power pop and rock of the late '70's. Songs about class divisions, identity, love and life!

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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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This is about a made to measure future and you’re the tailor. Your style and speak are king. Lead don’t follow like sheep. That way you won’t be left behind. Duration: 4:06 minutes...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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