You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties

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"You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties"
Single by Jona Lewie
B-side Bureaucrats
Released 1980
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 2.41
Label Stiff Records
Writer(s) Keith Trussell, Jona Lewie
Producer(s) Bob Andrews
Jona Lewie singles chronology
"Stop the Cavalry" - re-release
"You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties"
"Big Shot - Momentarily"

"You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties" is a song by English singer-songwriter Jona Lewie. It was written by Lewie and Keef Trouble.[1] It was released in 1980 and entered the UK Singles Chart in May, reaching number 16 and staying for 11 weeks on the chart.[2][3]

Lewie added a new storyline ending to Trouble's lyrics. He wrote the melody on a multi-timbre polyphonic Polymoog[4] in his home eight-track studio, and played on and recorded the backing track entirely himself, apart from bass guitar from Norman Watt-Roy[5] and additional hi-hat percussion from Bob Andrews. It has been claimed that the female backing vocal is by Kirsty MacColl,[6] but Lewie has confirmed during the recording of the song they were done by the wives of producer Andrews and Dave Robinson, the owner of Stiff Records.[7] MacColl did however appear as a backing vocalist during live performances.[8]

In 2010, the track was used to advertise kitchens for IKEA. The advert, the full version of which ran to three minutes, features the group Man Like Me walking around a party in a house comprising only kitchens while singing a new version of the song. Lewie himself appeared as the host of the party.[9]


  1. ^ "You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties". Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 133. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties Chart Archive". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Not Just For Christmas". www, Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Norman Watt-Roy". Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Backing Vocals". Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "An Interview with Jona Lewie". Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "You'll Always Find Me in The Kitchen at Parties". Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "IKEA Kitchen Party". Retrieved 28 December 2012. 

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