Christmas Compendium Track 38:
Peak UK Chart Position: #1 in December 2005.
Christmas Chart Position: #2.
Royal Leamington Spa gave rise to Nizlopi, who were Luke Concannon and John Parker. Virtually genuine one-hit wonders, “JCB Song” debuted at number one on this day in 2005, with first-week sales of 81,660 copies – a very respectable amount, but paling into insignificance compared to what replaced them as Christmas number one: “That’s My Goal” by Shayne Ward, which sold almost three-quarters of a million. Their follow-up single “Girls” scraped to a lowly number 91 in April 2006.
- The band is named after a Hungarian girl on whom Luke had a crush at school.
- The song is about Luke’s dyslexia at school, from which he sought escape by accompanying his father to work.
- On first release in June 2005, it managed a derisory peak of number 160. BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary subsequently championed it, aiding its performance second time around.
- Ed Sheeran was their guitar technician at many of their early shows and has stated they were a major influence on his musical style, favouring an acoustic guitar to more lush efforts.
Here’s a slightly fuzzy, but totally live, Top of the Pops performance (‘upfront’, not ‘exclusive’!) from December 11th 2005.