It’s criminal that more people don’t know of Jake Thackray.
I think I’ve posted this song before, but if not, I love it and it’s long overdue a repost.
Thackray’s lyrical turn and delivery is much respected, and cited as an influence by the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Alex Turner (of Arctic Monkeys fame), which should be sufficient enough a recommend to give this a listen. And if not, you can add folk singers-cum-comedians Mike Harding and Jasper Carrott to the list. And some chap called Morrissey, but don’t let that put you off.
I’ve lifted this from the Jake In A Box compilation, a near perfect 4 CD anthology of the late great Yorkshireman’s recordings, which I cannot recommend highly enough: