Jon joined Ouch! at the beginning of 1993. Over the next 12 months, they completed support tours with The Commitments and David Essex. The band’s first album, Life Goes On, was released the following year in the UK, South Africa, Germany and Japan. In the summer of ’94, the band featured on the Radio 1 and Atlantic 252 roadshows. But it was in Japan that Ouch! achieved their greatest success. During 1994, the Japanese release of Life Goes On spawned two No.1 singles, Can’t Stop Looking At You and You Should Know By Now. The band’s first far eastern tour followed, seducing radio, TV and live audiences with several stunning ‘unplugged’ sessions built around their tight vocal harmony arrangements and the eerily Lennonesque quality of Kev’s voice.

Financial problems in the UK limited Ouch!‘s prospects but in 1996, they released their second album, Knock! Knock! in Japan, and scored their final hit It Could Have Been Me. Jon’s song Date On The Moon was used as the theme tune to a Japanese TV show. the boys also returned to Japan to complete their second tour.

The band released one more album, Medway Dog, in 1999, featuring Jon on bass and vocals, alongside Kevin Taylor (lead vocals and guitar), Darren Green (keyboards and vocals) with Clive Jenner on drums and Eddie Stewart on guitar. Clive went on to play with Lenny Kravitz, The Freestylers, Groove Armada, Roots Manuva and the Proclaimmers.

I have known Jon for a good many years and have played in many bands with him. Apart from being a genuinely lovely guy he is also a top bass man. He plays solid bass lines and always plays the right thing to any tune he’s playing on. Check out the JENNER, MELLOR rhythm section on the last OUCH album MEDWAY DOG..”
Clive Jenner (Groove Armada, Lenny Kravitz, The Proclaimmers)

Can’t Stop Looking At You

Never On A Sunday

Multicoloured Mirrored Eyes

Jon Mellor on Bass