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Tuesday 13 September 2022

Better Things to Do


 2022 Charity Shop Purchases #46 - MJ Hibbett & the Validators - Better Things to Do (CD Single)

A totally random punt from the same charity shop as The Temptations who featured yesterday bought purely because I thought the cover looked interesting.

A CD so obscure that I was not able to locating a picture on Google images and had to resort to a picture from my phone.

What have I discovered about it? Not a lot is the answer. Mark John Hibbert is an English guitarist and singer songwriter who according to Wiki is often compared to Billy Bragg and Richard Digance.I don't really see the resemblance to the Bard of Barking and don't know enough about Mr Digance to comment.

Apparently his claim to fame (MJ not RD) was that he garnered widespread on-line attention in 2000 with the song Hey Hey 16K an ode to the ZX Spectrum. No, not me neither 

Better Things to Do was released on his own label, the aptly named Artists Against Success, as a forerunner to the album We Validate!

I've listened to it (twice) so you don't have to. It's a bit meh and a bit noveltyish. I've Better Things to Do than keep it on the shelves. Back it goes. They can't all be nuggets.

MJ Hibbett & the Validators - Better Things to Do

MJ Hibbett & the Validators -Leave My Brother Alone

MJ Hibbett & the Validators - Better Things to Do


  1. Track 1 is so annoying I only lasted 42 seconds, track 2 was even more annoying (44 seconds), and track 3 only 23 seconds, the whistling was the final straw. Were this lot trying to be Hefner mark 2? They failed catastrophically!

  2. Don't use headings like that ever again! When I read it I thought you were announcing your retirement from bloggery. My poor heart is only just getting back to normal.

    1. I thought there was going to be a piece about the demise of Mrs Windsor