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Owen Paul - My Favourite Waste Of Time (1986)

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“You’re My Favorite Waste of Time” (also known as “My Favourite Waste of Time”) is a song ...

“You’re My Favorite Waste of Time” (also known as “My Favourite Waste of Time”) is a song written and first released by American singer Marshall Crenshaw.

The song was recorded by Scottish singer Owen Paul and released in the United Kingdom on 19 May 1986. It remains his biggest hit single, reaching number 3 on the UK chart in July 1986 and at number 23 in Australia. Paul is usually considered as a “one-hit wonder” because of the song’s popularity and the fact that it was his only UK chart single. This recording features future Thunder member Mark Luckhurst on bass. It was aborted on the television programme Pebble Mill at One when the band members just stood still instead of miming as they were unable to hear the backing track.

Referring to the Owen Paul version, Crenshaw said that “a guy in Britain picked up on [Bette Midler’s] version of it and had his own smash hit, which still gets played on the radio all the time in Europe.” Crenshaw was critical of Paul’s version in an interview, saying “I can’t listen to even twenty seconds of that record at all.”

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