Stories of Johnny

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Stories of Johnny
Marc Almond Stories of Johnny album cover.jpeg
Studio album by
Marc Almond and The Willing Sinners
ReleasedSeptember 1985 (1985-09)
RecordedLate 1984 - early 1985
StudioHartmann Digital Studios, Bavaria, Battery Studios, London, Power Plant Studios, London, Odyssey Studios, London
GenreArt pop
LabelSome Bizzare, Virgin
ProducerMike Hedges
Marc Almond and The Willing Sinners chronology
Vermin in Ermine
Stories of Johnny
Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters
Singles from Stories of Johnny
  1. "Stories of Johnny" b/w "Stories of Johnny (with The Westminster City School Choir)"
    Released: August 1985
  2. "Love Letter" b/w "Love Letter (with The Westminster City School Choir)"
    Released: October 1985
  3. "The House is Haunted by the Echo of Your Last Goodbye" b/w "Broken Bracelets"
    Released: January 1986

Stories of Johnny is the second studio album by the British singer/songwriter Marc Almond. It was released in September 1985 and reached number 22 on the UK Albums Chart.[1] Stories of Johnny includes the singles "Stories of Johnny", "Love Letter" and "The House is Haunted".

Almond with his assembled band The Willing Sinners, made up of Annie Hogan, Billy McGee, Martin McCarrick, Richard Riley and Steven Humphreys, accompanied by studio musicians recorded the songs for album at Hartmann Digital Studios in Bavaria and Battery Studios, Power Plant Studios and Odyssey Studios in London. The artwork was designed by Huw Feather with photography by Andy Catlin.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Smash Hits9.5/10 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Marc Almond; except where indicated.

Side one
1."Traumas Traumas Traumas" 5:07
2."Stories of Johnny" 3:45
3."The House is Haunted"Basil "Rose" Adlam2:19
4."Love Letter" 4:51
5."The Flesh is Willing" 4:45
Side two
8."I Who Never"4:31
9."My Candle Burns"3:49
10."Love and Little White Lies"5:13
CD bonus tracks
11."Stories of Johnny" (with Westminster City School Choir)4:18
12."Love Letter" (with Westminster City School Choir)5:28


The Willing Sinners
  • Annie Hogan – Piano, Vibes, Synthesizer, Marimba
  • Martin McCarrick – Cello, Synthesizer
  • Richard Riley – Guitar
  • Billy McGee – Bass Guitar
  • Steven Humphreys – Drums


  • Martin Ditcham – Percussion
  • Enrico Tomasso – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Julie Allis – Harp
  • Gini Ball – Violin
  • Jane West – Backing vocals
  • Audrey Riley – Backing vocals
  • Mike Hedges – Producer
  • Tom Thiel – Engineering (Haartman)
  • Stephen McLaughlin – Engineering (Battery)
  • Ben Rogan – Engineering (Powerplant)
  • Pete Brown – Engineering (Powerplant)
  • Marc Frank – Engineering (Odyssey)
  • Paul Batchelor – Engineering (Odyssey)
  • Huw Feather – Design
  • Andy Catlin – Photography


  1. ^ "Chart Stats - Marc Almond". Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Bush, Steve (11 September 1985). "Album Reviews". Smash Hits. EMAP Metro. 7 (18): 77.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958. Retrieved 1 May 2019.