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The Wonder Stuff are a British alternative rock band. Originally based in Stourbridge in the West Midlands, England, the band's first lineup released four albums and nearly 20 singles and EPs, enjoying considerable chart and live success in the UK. The band have continued to tour and record since 2000.

The Wonder Stuff
The Wonder Stuff performing in 2015
Background information
OriginStourbridge, West Midlands, England
GenresAlternative rock
Years active1986–1994, 2000–present
LabelsPolydor
MembersMiles Hunt
Mark Thwaite
Erica Nockalls
Pete Howard
Malc Treece
Tim Sewell
Past membersRob "The Bass Thing" Jones
Martin Gilks
Paul Clifford
Martin Bell
Stuart Quinell
Andres Karu
Fuzz Townshend
Stevie Wyatt
Dan Donnelly
Tony Arthy
Mark McCarthy
Websitewww.thewonderstuff.co.uk

Largely the vehicle for the songwriting of Miles Hunt, the band split up with a farewell performance as headliners of the 1994 Phoenix Festival, but reformed in 2000 and have toured and recorded since then, with Hunt the anchor member of all line-ups.

Known for their catchy songs and Hunt's sharp lyrics, the band's sound evolved from guitar pop to include sampling and elements of folk and country. The band - and Hunt in particular — were favourites of the UK music press, and were often associated with fellow Black Country acts Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Pop Will Eat Itself, with whom they have toured throughout their careers.

The band scored one UK number 1 single, their release of "Dizzy" with comedian Vic Reeves, 17 top-20 single hits, and three top-10 albums in the UK. The band also toured internationally, and achieved some success in the United States, where they had six songs on the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart.

Contents

Origins and The Eight Legged Groove Machine (1986–1989)

The original line-up of Miles Hunt (whose uncle Bill Hunt was keyboard player with ELO and Wizzard) on vocals and guitar; Malcolm Treece on guitar and vocals; bassist Rob "The Bass Thing" Jones (died July 1993); and Martin Gilks (died April 2006) on drums grew from Hunt and Treece's collaboration with future members of Pop Will Eat Itself in a band called From Eden that featured Hunt on drums.

The Wonder Stuff were formed on 19 March 1986 (their name reportedly came from a remark made about a very young Hunt by John Lennon) and in September that year recorded a self-financed debut EP, A Wonderful Day. After finding management with Birmingham promoter Les Johnson and signing with Polydor Records for £80,000 in 1987, the group released a series of singles including "Unbearable", "Give Give Give, Me More More More", "A Wish Away" and "It's Yer Money I'm After Baby" (their first Top 40 entry) that featured on their debut album The Eight Legged Groove Machine, which was released in August 1988 (UK No. 18). This preceded a first headlining nineteen-date national tour, 'Groovers on Manoeuvres'.

A non-album single, "Who Wants to Be the Disco King?" was released in March 1989 and was followed by UK, European, and United States tours and appearances at the Reading and Glastonbury festivals.

Melody Maker made The Eight Legged Grove Machine one of their albums of the year for 1988, judging it, "A rollicking debut from the only band with enough wit, energy, charisma and acumen to cross over from loutish grebo into raffish pop."

Hup (1989–1990)

"Don't Let Me Down Gently", with its slick, American-shot video, became the Wonder Stuff's first Top-20 hit in September 1989, heralding the release of second album, Hup, in October (UK No. 5). The album saw the introduction of new band member, Martin Bell, a multi-instrumentalist who contributed violin and banjo, most notably on "Golden Green" (the second single from the album), "Unfaithful" and "Cartoon Boyfriend". Several shows during the band's 1989 tour featured fellow Black Country acts Ned's Atomic Dustbin and The Sandkings as opening acts.

Jones left the band in December 1989 moving to the United States.

A single, "Circlesquare", was released shortly afterwards, just before Paul Clifford replaced Jones on the bass in the Spring of 1990. This led to a string of live outings for the renewed line-up in mid-1990.

With only one single release in 1990 and no album yet ready the band put out Eleven Appalling Promos, a collection of video promos, with home video footage showing Hunt, Treece and Gilks giving their (usually critical) commentary between each song. In December the group celebrated their Brit Award nomination by turning down an invitation to the awards show at Wembley Arena, to play at Minsthorpe High School in South Elmsall in response to a fan's letter: a cover version of John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth", recorded at the show, was included on the "Caught in My Shadow" single.

Never Loved Elvis and chart success (1990–1992)

Recording for a third album was started in late 1990 and completed early the following year. The first single from the new album was "The Size of a Cow". Released in March 1991 it became the band's first Top-10 hit, reaching No. 5, (and being nominated for a Brit Award for its video). It was swiftly followed by "Caught in My Shadow" (UK No. 18) in May, before the release of the album Never Loved Elvis in May 1991 (UK No. 3).

After the album release, the band performed a first headlining stadium show at Walsall's Bescot Stadium, attracting 18,000 fans, before embarking on a world tour taking in the UK, Europe and the US. For the tour, the band was augmented by keyboardist Peter Whittaker.

Just after the third single from the album, "Sleep Alone" in September, the group scored a commercial success when they covered Tommy Roe's "Dizzy" with Vic Reeves in 1991, reaching the top of the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in November. The band carried on touring into 1992. They released the single "Welcome to the Cheap Seats" (UK No. 8) in February, which was also the title of their video rockumentary released that Spring after eighteen months of filming on the road with the band.

Touring continued through the latter part of the year, with more dates in the United States (both as headliners and supporting Siouxsie and the Banshees) backed by an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, performing "Welcome to the Cheap Seats". A further UK tour was complemented with a headlining slot at the 1992 Reading Festival.

Construction for the Modern Idiot (1993–1994)

After previewing their new material at a few European summer festivals, a new single "On the Ropes" (UK No. 10) was released in September 1993 followed by the album Construction for the Modern Idiot in October 1993 (UK No. 4). Another single "Full of Life (Happy Now)" came out just before Christmas while the band toured Europe before going to the United States in February 1994. A third single "Hot Love Now" (UK No. 19) was released in time for the UK tour in March, and by the time the tour - called 'Idiot Manoeuvres' - came to an end it was the longest in the band's history with seventy eight dates since the album's release.

Band split and solo projects (1994–2000)

A planned tour of the Far East and Australia in May was cancelled. The band made no public announcement at this time but a split was announced in June in a fanclub newsletter.

The Wonder Stuff performed the final contracted show on 15 July 1994 as headliners at the Phoenix Festival near Stratford-on-Avon in front of an audience of 30,000. In September, an 18-song compilation If The Beatles Had Read Hunter...The Singles (UK No. 8), a re-issue of the "Unbearable" single (UK No. 16), and a video of their farewell performance from July were released. The Live in Manchester album (recorded in December 1991) was released in July 1995.

During the hiatus between 1994 and 2000, Hunt was involved in several projects. He hosted MTV Europe's 120 Minutes show. He then put together another band, Vent 414, with ex-Senseless Things bassist Morgan Nicholls and later Clash, Eat and Wonder Stuff drummer Peter Howard. They released a self-titled debut album in October 1996, but were soon dropped by Polydor prior to the release of the second album. Hunt started to tour as a solo artist, travelling to the US with Malc Treece, and releasing two albums: Miles Across America, an album of new material, Wonder Stuff tracks and Vent 414 material all reworked for the acoustic guitar, and a live acoustic album By the Time I Got to Jersey (1998). A full studio album, Hairy on the Inside (again featuring Treece and another fellow Wonder Stuff member Martin Bell) was released in April 1999, followed by The Miles Hunt Club in April 2002.

Meanwhile, Treece, Clifford and Gilks formed We Know Where You Live (originally titled WeKnowWhereYouLive), with Ange Dolittle from Eat. They gigged extensively throughout 1995 and 1996 and released two EPs before splitting.

Reformation and Escape from Rubbish Island (2000–2005)

The Wonder Stuff at Guilfest 2011

Hunt, Treece, Gilks, Bell and Whittaker, together with new bassist Stuart Quinell, reformed for a one-off concert at London's Forum in December 2000. This soon became five sold-out nights, preceded by two nights of shows at JB's in Dudley (the site of their debut gig). The group's previous four studio albums were reissued with bonus tracks, and a compilation of b-sides, demos and live tracks, Love Bites & Bruises was released in November.

More live performances continued into 2001 with the release of a live album Cursed with Insincerity in June, and more concerts came in 2002. A DVD release, Construction for the Modern Vidiot, in May 2003 featured highlights from the 2000 to 2002 shows, and then a further tour was announced in December 2003.

In early 2004, Hunt was informed that Gilks and Bell would no longer work with him, and thus The Wonder Stuff (in the eyes of Gilks and Bell) were defunct. As a result, Quinell and Whittaker were informed the band had split, and Hunt began work on a new record with Mark McCarthy (ex-Radical Dance Faction) and Luke Johnson (ex-Amen and son of one-time Wonder Stuff manager, Les Johnson). Sessions for this new solo record were later joined by Malc Treece. The result of this was The Wonder Stuff's first new album for over a decade, Escape from Rubbish Island, which was released in September 2004 with "Better Get Ready for a Fist Fight" and the title track becoming singles. Andres Karu (who had previously worked with Miles as part of The Miles Hunt Club) replaced Luke Johnson on drums. The band toured the UK and US in 2004 and 2005, and were joined by violinist Erica Nockalls in March 2005.

Suspended by Stars and anniversary tours (2006–2011)

This line-up continued into 2006 for the release of their new album Suspended by Stars in March and the single "Blah Blah La Di Dah" available as a download. The band toured in March 2006 to support the record and in conjunction with their twentieth anniversary.

In April 2006, original Wonder Stuff drummer Martin Gilks was killed in a motorcycle accident in London. An album of We Know Where You Live's demo recordings and live tracks was released in December 2006, with all profits being donated to a charitable concern at the request of Gilk's parents. In 2006, Miles Hunt's acoustic shows were recorded for a live album, titled Interloper and released in October 2006. The Wonder Stuff also began mixing a live record documenting the 2006 concerts and played several UK outdoor shows. The band finished the year by touring the UK again, performing their final show of the year on 8 December at the Shepherd's Bush Empire.

Following this, the band went on hiatus due to Treece starting a family. Hunt released the solo album Not an Exit in 2007, which featured Nockalls and Karu; Hunt toured the UK twice, and the US later in the year. Before recording the album, he expected the band to be working on their own album at some point during the year.

In 2008, the Wonder Stuff entered into a deal with the Carling Academy Group where the band would play their first two studio albums, The Eight Legged Groove Machine and Hup, in full over the course of several shows. Hunt and Treece were confident about the prospect, while the other members of the band who didn't play on either album, had a large workload ahead of them. Hunt came up with the idea of having the band re-recording both albums, which were later released as The Eight Legged Groove Machine: 20th Anniversary Edition (2008) and Hup: 21st Anniversary Edition (2010). In between the two releases, Hunt and Nockalls released the album Catching More Than We Miss in early 2009.

Karu left the band in late 2010 to focus on being a cameraman; he was forced to turn down several opportunities in the US while touring the UK with the band. As Hunt lived in South Shropshire, he would often see Fuzz Townshend of Pop Will Eat Itself at local pubs. Hunt asked him if he would drum for the Wonder Stuff, which he agreed to. In 2011, the band toured the UK to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their third studio album Never Loved Elvis (1991). Prior to the shows taking place, Treece left the band after an argument between himself and Hunt. Hunt's main concern with Treece was due to him making zero effort to write potential new song ideas; Jerry DeBorg of Jesus Jones filled in his position.

Oh No It's... The Wonder Stuff to Better Being Lucky (2012–present)

Hunt and Townshend both had home studios, the former's centred around programming and rock instruments, while the latter's was focussed on recording drums. The pair planned to record drums at Townshend, and record other instruments and vocals at Hunt's. With a lack of new material at their disposal, the pair opted to do a covers album of artists from the Midlands, dubbed From the Midlands with Love. The cover recordings were released in three instalments between April and November 2012. The project gave Hunt and Townshend a lot of experience when it came to recording at home; Hunt was adamant about producing the band's next album. Oh No It's... The Wonder Stuff was recorded at The Wain House and The Beeches in South Shropshire, with Hunt acting as producer. The band also toured the UK in April 2013, summer shows, and a Sleigh the UK set of shows in December 2013.

In December 2013 the band's track "A Wish Away" was used in a TV commercial for the holiday company Hoseasons.

Following a successful Australian tour in early 2014, drummer Fuzz Townshend left the group to concentrate on his work with The Beat. In May 2014 the band announced a new line-up with Hunt, Nockalls and McCarthy being joined by Dan Donnelly on guitar and Tony Arthy on drums, with Arthy having parted company with Jesus Jones. Arthy had previously worked with Hunt in an earlier, but unreleased incarnation of The Miles Hunt Club in 2001.

In March 2016, a PledgeMusic-funded album, 30 Goes Around the Sun, was released to celebrate 30 years since the band's very first rehearsal in the heart of The Black Country. This coincided with a UK tour during March and April. This album became their first studio release to enter the Top 40 since 1994.

In 2019, the band announced a new lineup, with founder member Malc Treece returning on guitar replacing Donnelly, Pete Howard of The Clash replacing Arthy on drums, and former The Mission guitarist Mark Thwaite replacing McCarthy on bass. After a short tour at the start of the year, the group announced they would be releasing a new album Better Being Lucky towards the end of 2019, featuring several songs co-written by Thwaite on guitar, which would be followed by a tour where the group would play The Eight Legged Groove Machine and Hup albums in full alongside other tracks from their back catalogue and the new album. Thwaite moved to guitar on the live shows promoting the new album with Tim Sewell taking over bass duties.

  • Eleven Appalling Promos (1990)
  • Welcome to the Cheap Seats (1992)
  • Greatest Hits: Finally Live (1994)
  • Construction for the Modern Vidiot (2003)
  • Hup Live (2010)
  • Never Loved Elvis Live (2012)
  • Oh Yeah, It's the Wonder Stuff (2014)
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The Wonder Stuff Article Talk Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from The Wonderstuff This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources The Wonder Stuff news newspapers books scholar JSTOR July 2010 Learn how and when to remove this template message The Wonder Stuff are a British alternative rock band Originally based in Stourbridge in the West Midlands England 1 the band s first lineup released four albums and nearly 20 singles and EPs enjoying considerable chart and live success in the UK 2 The band have continued to tour and record since 2000 The Wonder StuffThe Wonder Stuff performing in 2015Background informationOriginStourbridge West Midlands EnglandGenresAlternative rockYears active1986 1994 2000 presentLabelsPolydorMembersMiles Hunt Mark Thwaite Erica Nockalls Pete Howard Malc Treece Tim SewellPast membersRob The Bass Thing Jones Martin Gilks Paul Clifford Martin Bell Stuart Quinell Andres Karu Fuzz Townshend Stevie Wyatt Dan Donnelly Tony Arthy Mark McCarthyWebsitewww wbr thewonderstuff wbr co wbr uk Largely the vehicle for the songwriting of Miles Hunt the band split up with a farewell performance as headliners of the 1994 Phoenix Festival 3 but reformed in 2000 and have toured and recorded since then with Hunt the anchor member of all line ups Known for their catchy songs and Hunt s sharp lyrics the band s sound evolved from guitar pop to include sampling and elements of folk and country The band and Hunt in particular were favourites of the UK music press 4 and were often associated with fellow Black Country acts Ned s Atomic Dustbin and Pop Will Eat Itself with whom they have toured throughout their careers The band scored one UK number 1 single their release of Dizzy with comedian Vic Reeves 17 top 20 single hits and three top 10 albums in the UK 5 The band also toured internationally and achieved some success in the United States where they had six songs on the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart 6 Contents 1 History 1 1 Origins and The Eight Legged Groove Machine 1986 1989 1 2 Hup 1989 1990 1 3 Never Loved Elvis and chart success 1990 1992 1 4 Construction for the Modern Idiot 1993 1994 1 5 Band split and solo projects 1994 2000 1 6 Reformation and Escape from Rubbish Island 2000 2005 1 7 Suspended by Stars and anniversary tours 2006 2011 1 8 Oh No It s The Wonder Stuff to Better Being Lucky 2012 present 2 Timeline 3 Discography 4 Videos and DVDs 5 References 6 External linksHistory EditOrigins and The Eight Legged Groove Machine 1986 1989 Edit The original line up of Miles Hunt whose uncle Bill Hunt was keyboard player with ELO and Wizzard on vocals and guitar Malcolm Treece on guitar and vocals bassist Rob The Bass Thing Jones died July 1993 and Martin Gilks died April 2006 on drums grew from Hunt and Treece s collaboration with future members of Pop Will Eat Itself in a band called From Eden that featured Hunt on drums The Wonder Stuff were formed on 19 March 1986 their name reportedly came from a remark made about a very young Hunt by John Lennon 7 and in September that year recorded a self financed debut EP A Wonderful Day After finding management with Birmingham promoter Les Johnson 8 and signing with Polydor Records for 80 000 in 1987 the group released a series of singles including Unbearable Give Give Give Me More More More A Wish Away and It s Yer Money I m After Baby their first Top 40 entry that featured on their debut album The Eight Legged Groove Machine which was released in August 1988 UK No 18 9 This preceded a first headlining nineteen date national tour Groovers on Manoeuvres A non album single Who Wants to Be the Disco King was released in March 1989 and was followed by UK European and United States tours and appearances at the Reading and Glastonbury festivals Melody Maker made The Eight Legged Grove Machine one of their albums of the year for 1988 judging it A rollicking debut from the only band with enough wit energy charisma and acumen to cross over from loutish grebo into raffish pop 10 Hup 1989 1990 Edit Don t Let Me Down Gently with its slick American shot video became the Wonder Stuff s first Top 20 hit in September 1989 heralding the release of second album Hup in October UK No 5 9 The album saw the introduction of new band member Martin Bell a multi instrumentalist who contributed violin and banjo 9 most notably on Golden Green the second single from the album Unfaithful and Cartoon Boyfriend Several shows during the band s 1989 tour featured fellow Black Country acts Ned s Atomic Dustbin and The Sandkings as opening acts Jones left the band in December 1989 moving to the United States 9 A single Circlesquare was released shortly afterwards just before Paul Clifford replaced Jones on the bass in the Spring of 1990 9 This led to a string of live outings for the renewed line up in mid 1990 With only one single release in 1990 and no album yet ready the band put out Eleven Appalling Promos a collection of video promos with home video footage showing Hunt Treece and Gilks giving their usually critical commentary between each song In December the group celebrated their Brit Award nomination by turning down an invitation to the awards show at Wembley Arena to play at Minsthorpe High School in South Elmsall in response to a fan s letter a cover version of John Lennon s Gimme Some Truth recorded at the show was included on the Caught in My Shadow single Never Loved Elvis and chart success 1990 1992 Edit Recording for a third album was started in late 1990 and completed early the following year The first single from the new album was The Size of a Cow Released in March 1991 it became the band s first Top 10 hit reaching No 5 and being nominated for a Brit Award for its video It was swiftly followed by Caught in My Shadow UK No 18 in May before the release of the album Never Loved Elvis in May 1991 UK No 3 9 After the album release the band performed a first headlining stadium show at Walsall s Bescot Stadium attracting 18 000 fans before embarking on a world tour taking in the UK Europe and the US For the tour the band was augmented by keyboardist Peter Whittaker Just after the third single from the album Sleep Alone in September the group scored a commercial success when they covered Tommy Roe s Dizzy with Vic Reeves in 1991 reaching the top of the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in November 9 The band carried on touring into 1992 They released the single Welcome to the Cheap Seats UK No 8 in February which was also the title of their video rockumentary released that Spring after eighteen months of filming on the road with the band Touring continued through the latter part of the year with more dates in the United States both as headliners and supporting Siouxsie and the Banshees backed by an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman performing Welcome to the Cheap Seats A further UK tour was complemented with a headlining slot at the 1992 Reading Festival 11 Construction for the Modern Idiot 1993 1994 Edit After previewing their new material at a few European summer festivals a new single On the Ropes UK No 10 was released in September 1993 followed by the album Construction for the Modern Idiot in October 1993 UK No 4 9 Another single Full of Life Happy Now came out just before Christmas while the band toured Europe before going to the United States in February 1994 A third single Hot Love Now UK No 19 was released in time for the UK tour in March and by the time the tour called Idiot Manoeuvres came to an end it was the longest in the band s history with seventy eight dates since the album s release Band split and solo projects 1994 2000 Edit A planned tour of the Far East and Australia in May was cancelled The band made no public announcement at this time but a split was announced in June in a fanclub newsletter The Wonder Stuff performed the final contracted show on 15 July 1994 as headliners at the Phoenix Festival near Stratford on Avon in front of an audience of 30 000 In September an 18 song compilation If The Beatles Had Read Hunter The Singles UK No 8 a re issue of the Unbearable single UK No 16 and a video of their farewell performance from July were released The Live in Manchester album recorded in December 1991 was released in July 1995 9 During the hiatus between 1994 and 2000 Hunt was involved in several projects He hosted MTV Europe s 120 Minutes show He then put together another band Vent 414 with ex Senseless Things bassist Morgan Nicholls and later Clash Eat and Wonder Stuff drummer Peter Howard They released a self titled debut album in October 1996 but were soon dropped by Polydor prior to the release of the second album 12 Hunt started to tour as a solo artist travelling to the US with Malc Treece and releasing two albums Miles Across America an album of new material Wonder Stuff tracks and Vent 414 material all reworked for the acoustic guitar and a live acoustic album By the Time I Got to Jersey 1998 A full studio album Hairy on the Inside again featuring Treece and another fellow Wonder Stuff member Martin Bell was released in April 1999 followed by The Miles Hunt Club in April 2002 13 Meanwhile Treece Clifford and Gilks formed We Know Where You Live originally titled WeKnowWhereYouLive with Ange Dolittle from Eat 9 They gigged extensively throughout 1995 and 1996 and released two EPs before splitting Reformation and Escape from Rubbish Island 2000 2005 Edit The Wonder Stuff at Guilfest 2011 Hunt Treece Gilks Bell and Whittaker together with new bassist Stuart Quinell reformed for a one off concert at London s Forum in December 2000 This soon became five sold out nights preceded by two nights of shows at JB s in Dudley the site of their debut gig The group s previous four studio albums were reissued with bonus tracks and a compilation of b sides demos and live tracks Love Bites amp Bruises was released in November More live performances continued into 2001 with the release of a live album Cursed with Insincerity in June and more concerts came in 2002 A DVD release Construction for the Modern Vidiot in May 2003 featured highlights from the 2000 to 2002 shows and then a further tour was announced in December 2003 In early 2004 Hunt was informed that Gilks and Bell would no longer work with him and thus The Wonder Stuff in the eyes of Gilks and Bell were defunct As a result Quinell and Whittaker were informed the band had split and Hunt began work on a new record with Mark McCarthy ex Radical Dance Faction and Luke Johnson ex Amen and son of one time Wonder Stuff manager Les Johnson Sessions for this new solo record were later joined by Malc Treece The result of this was The Wonder Stuff s first new album for over a decade Escape from Rubbish Island which was released in September 2004 with Better Get Ready for a Fist Fight and the title track becoming singles Andres Karu who had previously worked with Miles as part of The Miles Hunt Club replaced Luke Johnson on drums The band toured the UK and US in 2004 and 2005 and were joined by violinist Erica Nockalls in March 2005 Suspended by Stars and anniversary tours 2006 2011 Edit This line up continued into 2006 for the release of their new album Suspended by Stars in March and the single Blah Blah La Di Dah available as a download The band toured in March 2006 to support the record and in conjunction with their twentieth anniversary In April 2006 original Wonder Stuff drummer Martin Gilks was killed in a motorcycle accident in London 14 An album of We Know Where You Live s demo recordings and live tracks was released in December 2006 with all profits being donated to a charitable concern at the request of Gilk s parents 15 In 2006 Miles Hunt s acoustic shows were recorded for a live album titled Interloper and released in October 2006 The Wonder Stuff also began mixing a live record documenting the 2006 concerts and played several UK outdoor shows The band finished the year by touring the UK again performing their final show of the year on 8 December at the Shepherd s Bush Empire Following this the band went on hiatus due to Treece starting a family 16 Hunt released the solo album Not an Exit in 2007 which featured Nockalls and Karu Hunt toured the UK twice and the US later in the year 17 18 19 Before recording the album he expected the band to be working on their own album at some point during the year 20 In 2008 the Wonder Stuff entered into a deal with the Carling Academy Group where the band would play their first two studio albums The Eight Legged Groove Machine and Hup in full over the course of several shows Hunt and Treece were confident about the prospect while the other members of the band who didn t play on either album had a large workload ahead of them 21 Hunt came up with the idea of having the band re recording both albums which were later released as The Eight Legged Groove Machine 20th Anniversary Edition 2008 and Hup 21st Anniversary Edition 2010 21 22 23 In between the two releases Hunt and Nockalls released the album Catching More Than We Miss in early 2009 21 Karu left the band in late 2010 to focus on being a cameraman he was forced to turn down several opportunities in the US while touring the UK with the band As Hunt lived in South Shropshire he would often see Fuzz Townshend of Pop Will Eat Itself at local pubs Hunt asked him if he would drum for the Wonder Stuff which he agreed to In 2011 the band toured the UK to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their third studio album Never Loved Elvis 1991 Prior to the shows taking place Treece left the band after an argument between himself and Hunt Hunt s main concern with Treece was due to him making zero effort to write potential new song ideas Jerry DeBorg of Jesus Jones filled in his position 21 Oh No It s The Wonder Stuff to Better Being Lucky 2012 present Edit Hunt and Townshend both had home studios the former s centred around programming and rock instruments while the latter s was focussed on recording drums The pair planned to record drums at Townshend and record other instruments and vocals at Hunt s With a lack of new material at their disposal the pair opted to do a covers album of artists from the Midlands dubbed From the Midlands with Love 21 24 The cover recordings were released in three instalments between April and November 2012 25 26 27 The project gave Hunt and Townshend a lot of experience when it came to recording at home Hunt was adamant about producing the band s next album 21 Oh No It s The Wonder Stuff was recorded at The Wain House and The Beeches in South Shropshire with Hunt acting as producer 24 The band also toured the UK in April 2013 summer shows and a Sleigh the UK set of shows in December 2013 In December 2013 the band s track A Wish Away was used in a TV commercial for the holiday company Hoseasons 28 Following a successful Australian tour in early 2014 drummer Fuzz Townshend left the group to concentrate on his work with The Beat 29 In May 2014 the band announced a new line up with Hunt Nockalls and McCarthy being joined by Dan Donnelly on guitar and Tony Arthy on drums with Arthy having parted company with Jesus Jones 30 Arthy had previously worked with Hunt in an earlier but unreleased incarnation of The Miles Hunt Club in 2001 In March 2016 a PledgeMusic funded album 30 Goes Around the Sun was released to celebrate 30 years since the band s very first rehearsal in the heart of The Black Country This coincided with a UK tour during March and April This album became their first studio release to enter the Top 40 since 1994 In 2019 the band announced a new lineup with founder member Malc Treece returning on guitar replacing Donnelly Pete Howard of The Clash replacing Arthy on drums and former The Mission guitarist Mark Thwaite replacing McCarthy on bass 31 After a short tour at the start of the year the group announced they would be releasing a new album Better Being Lucky towards the end of 2019 featuring several songs co written by Thwaite on guitar which would be followed by a tour where the group would play The Eight Legged Groove Machine and Hup albums in full alongside other tracks from their back catalogue and the new album Thwaite moved to guitar on the live shows promoting the new album with Tim Sewell taking over bass duties Timeline EditDiscography EditMain article The Wonder Stuff discography The Eight Legged Groove Machine 1988 Hup 1989 Never Loved Elvis 1991 Construction for the Modern Idiot 1993 Escape from Rubbish Island 2004 Suspended by Stars February 2006 Oh No It s The Wonder Stuff 2012 30 Goes Around the Sun 2016 Better Being Lucky 2019 Videos and DVDs EditEleven Appalling Promos 1990 Welcome to the Cheap Seats 1992 Greatest Hits Finally Live 1994 Construction for the Modern Vidiot 2003 Hup Live 2010 Never Loved Elvis Live 2012 Oh Yeah It s the Wonder Stuff 2014 References Edit Stanley Rebecca The Wonder Stuff and Ned s Atomic Dustbin bringing double headline tour to Birmingham Expressandstar com Retrieved 13 March 2019 The Wonder Stuff Discogs Retrieved 13 March 2019 POP The last Hunt ball The Wonder Stuff Phoenix Festival The Independent 21 July 1994 Archived from the original on 7 May 2022 Retrieved 13 March 2019 Thornton Tim Album Review Oh No It s The Wonder Stuff Sabotage Times Retrieved 13 March 2019 Savage Wayne The Wonder Stuff s Miles Hunt played blues in a tree while near naked Reeves and Mortimer smoked fags East Anglian Daily Times Retrieved 13 March 2019 The Wonder Stuff Chart History Billboard Retrieved 14 March 2019 Martin Gilks The Independent 6 April 2006 Archived from the original on 7 May 2022 Retrieved 14 March 2019 MILES HUNT gt THE WONDER STUFF Fused Magazine 13 December 2014 Retrieved 13 March 2019 a b c d e f g h i j Strong Martin C 2000 The Great Rock Discography 5th ed Edinburgh Mojo Books pp 1083 1084 ISBN 1 84195 017 3 Melody Maker 24 31 Dec 1988 p57 Reading 1992 Reading Festival Retrieved 14 March 2019 Vent 414 Discogs Retrieved 14 March 2019 Miles Hunt Discogs Retrieved 14 March 2019 Wonder Stuff drummer dies at 41 BBC News 4 April 2006 Retrieved 10 June 2020 shop Room 512 the unofficial Wonderstuff fansite Retrieved 10 June 2020 The Wonder Stuff Return To Live Arena Uncut 26 March 2008 Archived from the original on 29 January 2021 Retrieved 14 February 2021 Not an Exit sleeve Miles Hunt with Erica Nockalls and Andres Karu IRL 2007 IRL033 a href wiki Template Cite AV media notes title Template Cite AV media notes cite AV media notes a CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link Live Dates The Wonder Stuff Archived from the original on 29 April 2007 Retrieved 14 February 2021 Live Dates The Wonder Stuff Archived from the original on 13 August 2007 Retrieved 14 February 2021 Update The Wonder Stuff 29 May 2006 Archived from the original on 2 May 2007 Retrieved 14 February 2021 a b c d e f Etheridge Loz 30 November 2016 A Bunch Of Fives a retrospective with The Wonder Stuff s Miles Hunt Part Three From The Midlands With Love God Is in the TV Retrieved 24 January 2021 The Eight Legged Groove Machine 20th Anniversary Edition sleeve The Wonder Stuff Self released 2008 TWS1 a href wiki Template Cite AV media notes title Template Cite AV media notes cite AV media notes a CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link Hup 21st Anniversary Edition sleeve The Wonder Stuff IRL 2010 TWS2 a href wiki Template Cite AV media notes title Template Cite AV media notes cite AV media notes a CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link a b Oh No It s The Wonder Stuff booklet The Wonder Stuff IRL 2012 IRL072 IRL072a a href wiki Template Cite AV media notes title Template Cite AV media notes cite AV media notes a CS1 maint others in cite AV media notes link From the Midlands with Love Single by The Wonder Stuff iTunes Archived from the original on 13 February 2021 Retrieved 13 February 2021 From the Midlands with Love 2 Single by The Wonder Stuff iTunes Archived from the original on 13 February 2021 Retrieved 13 February 2021 From the Midlands with Love 3 Single by The Wonder Stuff iTunes Archived from the original on 13 February 2021 Retrieved 13 February 2021 Manchester Advertising Agency Hoseasons Wish You Were Here 30 second TV Commercial YouTube Archived from the original on 21 December 2021 Fuzz Townshend announces he s leaving The Wonder Stuff facebook com 10 March 2014 Archived from the original on 26 February 2022 Retrieved 16 June 2014 Drummer Tony Arthy Quits Jesus Jones mydrumlessons co uk 3 January 2014 Retrieved 16 June 2014 TWS 2019 Announcement The Wonder Stuff 6 February 2019 Retrieved 11 February 2019 External links EditOfficial website Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title The Wonder Stuff amp oldid 1086721050, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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