Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Johnny G - The Hippy Graveyard

Johnny G was another artist that had been around for a number of years and the punk/new wave scene gave him another chance. His first single was released in 1972 and then he released this posting on the classic "Beggars Banquet" label.

"The Hippys Graveyard" is an amusing, catchy song that should have you bopping around wherever you are playing it, and I guarantee the chorus will get stuck in your head for a few days:

"I don't wanna go to the Hippys Graveyard" "I don't wanna go to the Hippys Grave yaaaaarrrrrrddddd"

The b-side "Mile and Miles" is only here for completists and is some kind of dub song that doesn't work for me.

"Johnny G" did go on to release a couple of albums, which some people did rate at the time. I have never heard any of them, so if anyone out there does have any copies I would be interested.
The albums he released were:
Sharp and Natural G-Beat - 1979
Water Into Wine - 1981
Sand Dance Ska - 1984
A Month Of Sundays - 1994 - A self financed 2-CD a live performance and 21 best of tracks from all his release.

Apart from that I don't know anymore about Johnny G, does anyone know anything else, if so please leave a comment, and even if you don't know anything then leave a comment telling ASFM what you think about "The Hippy Graveyard"

Two etchings on this one, on side a there is "More Noize" and on the b-side "Murded (sic) By Who?"

Ripped from glorious scratched vinyl


Anonymous said...


The 1st LP

Thanks! -Brody

filardi said...


garychching said...

Hi Brody thanks for the comment and link. I need to improve my Google searching skills. For anyone else follow the link to find all of Johnny G's albums.

garychching said...

Hi Filardi thanks for the comment.

All the best

45 Revolutions said...

Saw the G supporting the Lurkers in '77 ('78?). He was amazing, especially as he seemed to be doing a one-man George Thorogood and The Destroyers at the time.

garychching said...

You know what Steve, I also saw Johnny G supporting the Lurkers. Could of been the same gig. I have to be honest i can't remember much more than seeing him.

But if he was doing a one man George Thorogood and the Destroyers, it must of been good. It's funny you mention them, they were one of Howard Wall's favourite bands and it was him who introduced me to "Move it On Over" a classic.

Anonymous said...

I have been searching for these songs for years! My uncle introduced me to his music when I was young and now I want to play it to my kids! Thanks so much for starting up the blog.

Andy from Aus/NZ

garychching said...

Hi Andy thanks for taking the time to comment, much appreciated. Your Uncles clearly got good taste and it looks like he's passed it on. Enjoy

Skygod said...

I travelled all over England (also a gig in Glasgow and another in Amsterdam) watching and listening to Johnny G.

A talented musician who just never 'made it'

(He also played at my wedding reception with Chas Abler assisting on percussion)

Skygod said...

Oops! That should be Chas Ambler.

garychching said...

Thanks for the comment Skygod.I don't think I've played Johnny G since I posted this, |I'm going to put it back on my playlist.