Haysi Fantayzee

John Wayne Is Big Leggy

Composed by Jeremy Healy / Kate Garner / Paul Caplin

Song Review by

After punk's disruption and post-punk's gloom, and in the midst of war and economic decay, British chart music in the early '80s just wanted to get very very silly indeed. There's just no other way to explain Haysi Fantayzee's debut single "John Wayne Is Big Leggy," with its repeated refrain of ? and this is a direct quote ? "Shotgun gimme gimme lowdown fun boy okay yeah showdown." Set to a galloping, Adam and the Ants-like big beat and twangy guitar, the lyrics concern the dead film star and his Indian girlfriend attempting to have sex but being stopped by the size of his beer gut, a scenario that singers Jeremy Healy and Kate Garner (along with producer/songwriter Paul Caplin) tried to claim was political satire, although they were never quite clear as to exactly what was being satirized. Regardless, it all sounds like an enormous put-on, but it's an entertaining one for anyone with a taste for early '80s ephemera.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Battle Hymns for Children Singing 1983 Razor & Tie 6:55
Pop & Wave, Vol. 5: The Neverending 80's [#2] 1994
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:19
Pop & Wave, Vol. 5: The Neverending 80's [#1] 1994
Various Artists
Columbia 3:18
Bonanza Dance Party 1995
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:22
Fetenkult Wave to 80s 2000
Various Artists
BMG International 3:18
100 Hits: 80s 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group 3:21
The Edge of the 80's 2008
Various Artists
BMG 3:22
The Pop Years: 1982-1983 2009
Various Artists
Demon Music Group 3:20
Essential 80s: Classic Eighties 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:22
Ultimate 80's [Music Club] 2009
Various Artists
Music Club International Records 3:20
The Best Year of My Life: 1982 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music
The Pop Years: The 80s 2010
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:20
Pure... 80s Dance Party 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:21
Haynes Ultimate Guide to the 80s 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:19
100 Hits: 80s Essentials 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:20
Pure... Electronic '80s 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:18
Cutting Edge '80s 2015
Various Artists
Legacy
100 Hits: 80s [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
100 Hits: Pure '80s
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Records / Edsel 3:19
Pure... Alternative 80s
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:18
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