Johnny Boy

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Johnny Boy
Origin Liverpool, England
Genres Indie pop
Years active 2002–present
Labels Boobytrap Records, Vertigo, Mercury, Wild Kingdom

Johnny Boy are an indie pop band from Liverpool, England which consists of two members; the London born Lolly Hayes and the Liverpool resident Davo (the latter of which is a pseudonym). Both of them, when asked about their roles in the duo, commonly specify them by giving the generic answer of "Vocals, loops and guitars".


Formed in 2002, Johnny Boy take their name from Robert De Niro’s character in Martin Scorsese's film, Mean Streets. Their debut single, "Johnny Boy Theme" featured Scorsese's opening voice-over from the film.

Their single "You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve" was produced by James Dean Bradfield (of Manic Street Preachers) and achieved critical acclaim.[1][2][3] The single reached #50 in the UK Singles Chart in August 2004.[4] Bradfield also co-produced their debut album, Johnny Boy, which received mixed reviews.[5][6][7][8]

Johnny Boy describe their sound as "Church bells, boy-girl vocals, loops, twists, warps, walls of sound and edgy guitars combined to rekindle the idea of Sandinista!-era Clash having an, erm, shootout with Phil Spector".[citation needed]



  • "Johnny Boy Theme" (2003)
  • "You Are the Generation that Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve" (2004)



  1. ^ Review, The Observer
  2. ^ Review, BBC Collective
  3. ^ Review, Drowned in Sound
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 286. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Review, NME
  6. ^ Review, Pitchfork Media.
  7. ^ Review, Static Multimedia
  8. ^ Review, Stylus Magazine