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The Wonder Stuff - The Eight Legged Groove Machine [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered] CD £2.45 delivered @ Zavvi
The Wonder Stuff - The Eight Legged Groove Machine  [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered] CD £2.45 delivered @ Zavvi

The Wonder Stuff - The Eight Legged Groove Machine [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered] CD £2.45 delivered @ Zavvi

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Maybe it was the fact that the uncle of singer Miles Hunt had played unhinged French horn on the very weird first ELO album and sax with retro rock & roll pranksters Wizzard which so inspired the irreverent humour and common pop touch of the Wonder Stuff. Appearing from nowhere (well, Wolverhampton actually) in 1987 and with girls' hairstyles, The 'Stuffies dutifully stuck a whoopee cushion beneath the raincoat-covered **** of a glum English indie scene with their 1988 debut Eight Legged Groove Machine--a winning mix of brisk, skiffle-light, laddish pop and quite swaggering impertinence. "Unbearable", for example hammed it up with a sawn-off That Petrol Emotion riff and the almost Churchillian barb of "I didn't like you very much when I met you/but now I like you even less" while "It's Yer Money I'm After, Baby" ("It's not your heart/it's your bank I want to break") was something akin to Ray Davies with behavioural problems. "Astley In The Noose" (one of four b-sides added to this repackaged edition) was a call for the hanging of a certain manly voiced 80s pop star for the crime of singing oldies. Probably a jibe too far, considering the Wonder Stuff went on to have a number one single with a rather hairy-chested version of Tommy Roe's mouldy old "Dizzy"

1.Red Berry Joy Town
2.No, For The 13th Time
3.It's Yer Money
4.Rue The Day
5.Give, GIve, Give Me More, More, More
6.Merry Go Round
7.The Animals And Me
8.A Wish Away
9.Grin
10.Mother And I
11.Some Sad Someone
12.Ruby Horse
13.Unbearable
14.Poison
15.Times Will Change
16.A Song Without An End
17.Goodbye Fatman
18.Astley In The Noose
19.Ooh, She Said

7 Comments

Well spotted, my favourite band of all time.

Heat added.

Utter genius. The bonus of Song Without An End and Goodbye Fatman make it even better.

Truly a great british band that never got the credit they deserved and this is their first album. Raw, simple songs. Excellent stuff and a great live act to boot.

Went to see him a couple of weeks agoat The Hop in Wakefield for £5
what a bargain
Quality album

Sold out :>(

not sure if they're from wolves.. but a fine " turn it up to eleven" romp on vinyl...i'd hope the remastered cd version will as addictive

their finest outing IMO - sold out on Zavvi, but still great value at £3.23 from Amazon.
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