John Otway was playing in Oxford at the end of the 1970s, putting in appearances at famous punk haunts such as The Oranges and Lemons, and climbing the scaffolding at the Mayfly Festival. He has had a couple of hit records, wrote the lyric "Beware of the flowers 'coz I'm sure they're gonna get you, yeah" which was voted the seventh greatest lyric of all time in a BBC poll. Otway and Barrett famously appeared on the Old Grey Whistle Test when he did himself a painful injury trying to leap atop a speaker. Otway still plays to sell-out houses today. He was a pioneer of putting his music online, and has also written a couple of books about rock and roll.
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