Jona Lewie was the archetypal stalwart Stiff artist. Coming from the pub and club live circuit, he experienced early success, both as a member of Brett Marvin and The Thunderbolts and as part of off-shoots Terry Dactyl and The Dinosaurs who enjoyed a number two hit with Seaside Shuffle in 1970. The label spotted an ingenious songwriter in Lewie and nurtured a career across eleven singles in five years. His fourth 7” was the early synthpop masterpiece from 1980, You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties (BUY 73), of which his Top Of The Pops appearance has enjoyed quite a renaissance in the YouTube era
Always happy to take a sarcastic look at the pop scene, Lewie immediately followed Kitchen by proclaiming himself to be a Big Shot – Momentarily (BUY 85) on his next single. He only had one other hit, but what a hit. Stop The Cavalry (BUY 104) was never written as a festive song but, when someone at the label spotted its mention of Christmas, they pushed the release date back to November and the rest is history. His two original albums are well worth tracking down – that’s On The Other Hand There’s A Fist (SEEZ 008) and Heart Stops Beat (SEEZ 040) – in preference to all the Christmas cash-in compilations that have appeared since.