With his unmistakable baritone, clipped Yorkshire enunciation and rollneck sweaters, Jake Thackray was a regular fixture on British television magazine programmes in the 1960s and 70s. This was thanks to his gift for hastily turning around made-to-order topical songs of a comedic and mildly ribald nature. Residencies on Beryl Reid Says Good Evening, The David Frost Show, On the Braden Beat and That’s Life made Thackray a household name for a time.
It’s fair to assume a young Morrissey and an even younger Jarvis Cocker were watching, while Alex Turner – whose line “You used to get it in your fishnets / Now you only get it in your night dress” is pure Thackray – discovered him later. Thackray’s handsome face and strong Roman nose,