My Favourite Waste of Time

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This article is about the single by Owen Paul. For the studio album by Freedy Johnston, see My Favorite Waste of Time.
"My Favourite Waste of Time"
Single by Owen Paul
from the album As It Is
Format CD, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:40
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Marshall Crenshaw

"My Favourite Waste of Time" (also known as "You're My Favourite Waste of Time") is a single recorded by Scottish singer Owen Paul and released in 1986. It remains his biggest hit single, reaching number 3 on the UK chart in July 1986.

This song features future Thunder member Mark Luckhurst on bass. It was famously aborted on the television programme Pebble Mill at One when the band members just stood still instead of miming as they were unable to hear the backing track.[1]

The song was written and first released by American singer/songwriter Marshall Crenshaw. His 1979 home demo of the song was released as the B-side of his 1982 hit "Someday Someway".

Paul is usually considered as a "one-hit wonder" because of the song's popularity and the fact that it was his only UK chart single.

In 2008, the song featured in a Coco Pops Coco Rocks commercial.

In 2012, the song featured in an episode of the BBC programme Rogue Traders on Watchdog.[2][3]

The song has also been recorded by Freedy Johnston, Bette Midler, Jeff Foskett and Ronnie Spector.


  1. ^ "YouTube: Pebble Mill - Owen Paul cock up". Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Coco Rocks Advert - Sept 2008". Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Kellogg's Cereal Range - Kellogg’s Coco Rocks - Cavemen in the Bowl". Retrieved 24 September 2009.