For He's a Jolly Good Felon

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Not to be confused with For He's a Jolly Good Fellow.
"For He's a Jolly Good Felon"
Single by Lostprophets
from the album The Betrayed
Released 11 April 2010 [1] (United Kingdom)

7" Vinyl Digital Download iTunes Bundle

Rinse and ReFix remix
Recorded January 2009 at Sunset Sound, Los Angeles
Genre Alternative rock, electropunk
Length 4:43 (album version)
3:11 (radio edit)
5:33 (ReFix version)
Label Visible Noise (UK)
Sony UK (U.S.)
Writer(s) Mike Chiplin, Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver, Stuart Richardson, Ian Watkins
Producer(s) Stuart Richardson
Lostprophets singles chronology
"Where We Belong"
"For He's a Jolly Good Felon"
"Bring 'Em Down"

"For He's a Jolly Good Felon" is the third single from the album The Betrayed, the fourth album by Welsh alternative rock band Lostprophets. According to the band's mailing list, the single is set to be released on 11 April 2010. The single's formats will include 7" vinyl (to be released on 12 April), a digital download, an iTunes single (including a live version of "Dirty Little Heart"), and a remix version by L'Amour La Morgue (Ian Watkins' side project). The cover for the single was posted to on 1 March 2010.[2]

Frontman Ian Watkins admitted that the song, the music video and most of their current album The Betrayed are based on their upbringing. He told the Sun: "The song is about us growing up on council estates in Wales. The lyrics are about that way of life, I am not condoning it. We were good boys, it was just that our environment exposed us to anti-social behaviour. In this new album I have been very honest lyrically without a filter or producer. I have already covered areas like the conditioning of society and my anger towards it, so I suppose I just didn't want to repeat myself."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lostprophets.

iTunes UK Single
No. Title Length
1. "For He's a Jolly Good Felon" (radio edit) 3:11
2. "Dirty Little Heart" (acoustic live at Union Chapel) 4:04
L'Amour la Morgue Rinse and ReFix Edition
No. Title Length
1. "For He's a Jolly Good Felon" (L'Amour la Morgue Rinse and ReFix Edition) 5:33
Standard Digital Download Single
No. Title Length
1. "For He's a Jolly Good Felon" (radio edit) 3:11
7" vinyl (Limited to 1000 copies)
No. Title Length
1. "For He's a Jolly Good Felon" (radio edit) 3:11

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on 12 March 2010 to YouTube by Visible Noise and follows the storyline of the song. Just like the previous video, "Where We Belong", it is filmed in greyscale.

Lostprophets also released a video showing the making of 'For He's a Jolly Good Felon'. This was available on YouTube on 24 March 2010.The band have also released a full-length cinematic version of the original music video. This included dialogue of the video and was released on 6 April. It also featured Alan Ford, known as the character Brick Top from the film Snatch.


Chart performance[edit]

"For He's A Jolly Good Felon" debuted on the UK Rock Chart on 4 April 2010, at #19. then on 11 April 2010, the single climbed 10 places to #9. On 18 April 2010, the single climbed a further 5 places to #4. The single also entered the UK Indie Chart at #30. During the next week it climbed 21 places, charting at #9 on the same chart. The single however performed poorly in the UK Singles Chart entering at #99 - one of the bands' lowest-charting singles to date. This was in spite of a campaign by the band to get the single to #1. The low entry could be because no physical single was released, & the planned vinyl release never happened due to production problems.

Chart (2009) Peak
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[4] 9
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[5] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 99