Alexei Sayle: 'Ullo John! Gotta New Motor? And Toshiba: 'Ullo Tosh, Gotta Toshiba?

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And no mention of The Young Ones either… that was blinding 80’s comedy make no mistake.

Alternative comedian Alexei Sayle gave us novelty chart hit ‘Ullo John! Gotta A New Motor? in 1984. Apparently originally released in 1982, the song bombed – Mr S. was simply not famous enough, it seemed. But, re-released a year or so later, it was a different story.

It sounded bloomin’ awful and I loved it to bits.

Mr Sayle also had an album released in 1984 – The Fish People Tapes, based on a series called Alexei Sayle And The Fish People, broadcast on London-based Capital Radio in 1981. Both the radio series and record apparently featured a few digs at the Government.

Good job, eh?

One of the tracks included – That’s Milton Springsteen – was a parody of the Jam’s early 1980s song That’s Entertainment.

‘Ullo John was included on the album and was soon tweaked for a fondly remembered mid-1980s TV ad – “Hello Tosh Gotta Toshiba?”… or should that be “‘Ullo Tosh…”?

Ian Dury provided the main voice over for the ad…
“‘Ullo – ullo – ullo Tosh gotta Toshiba?
‘Ullo Tosh gotta Toshiba?”
That’s an FST.”

“That’s an FST.”


“It’s the flattest squarest tube.
It’s the flattest squarest tube.”

“They ain’t ‘arf built well”

“They ain’t ‘arf built well.
‘Cos every Toshiba component is stronger to last longer – know what I mean?
That’s good”
“That’s good”
“‘Ullo Tosh gotta Toshiba?”

“‘Ullo Tosh gotta Toshiba?”

And what did the flatter squarer tube give you? A flatter screen and sharper picture. It was a good development.

See the ‘Ullo John! and the Toshiba ad below!