Composed and first recorded by Brian Burke and Michael Coleman of British music duo Brian and Michael. The song remained at No.1 in the UK for three weeks. It was a tribute to the English artist L S Lowry who became famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England in the UK in the mid-20th century. He developed a distinctive style of painting and is best known for his urban landscapes and human figures often referred to as matchstick men. In 2015, a man was jailed in the UK for twenty weeks for constantly singing the song at the top of his voice, which he did for three years. He was convicted of breaking an anti-social behaviour order which required him to keep the peace. Anti-Social/Mirror-Newspaper/News.