TWO of the world’s greatest failures were on the streets of Oxford as John Otway made his way around the city in a Sinclair C5.

The self-styled failure and two-hit-wonder was in town to promote his film Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure: The Otway Movie following the official launch of the DVD in London last Sunday.

He said following his visit: “I chose the Sinclair C5 because it was the big failure of 1985 “It was great because I was able to pull right off the road and into the Covered Market.

“I try to take it with me wherever I go, it is suprisingly good to drive around although if a big vehicle comes up behind you you think you’re going to get run over.”

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The film, funded by Mr Otway’s fans, charts his career in the music business including his to top-30 UK chart hits.

His single Really Free hit number 27 in the chart in 1977 and he then had to wait until 2002 when his song Bunsen Burner reached number nine.

He said: “It is a story of the ups and downs of my career from 1977 to the present day and there are rather a lot of musical banana skins along the way.” 

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