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Album Review

There was a sea change in British pop music in early 1989, a point where suddenly nearly all of the groups that had been making two-minute guitar pop songs inspired by the Smiths and/or the Buzzcocks were transformed into neo-psychedelic bands combining synth-based dance grooves with trippy guitar textures. Unlike many of their contemporaries (the Soup Dragons the most obvious example), the Wonder Stuff wisely resisted the temptation to jump onto the bandwagon with both feet. Even though the album starts with the Madchester-like "30 Years in the Bathroom," which opens with a lengthy collage of samples and found dialogue, the album then vacillates between new-style groove rock along the lines of the clattering "Radio Ass Kiss" and more traditional Wonder Stuff material like the excellent single "Don't Let Me Down Gently." There's even room for the banjo-powered "Golden Green," which presages the playful folk-rock of the group's next album, Never Loved Elvis. Hup! is much more varied than the Wonder Stuff's debut, though it does lack that album's monomaniacal focus.

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HUP - The Wonder Stuff's finest hour

Don't be fooled by the hype surrounding The Wonder Stuff's "Never Loved Elvis" era, HUP is their best work by far. The rawness that caught our immagination on the previous album is perhaps honed but this album sounds so much better for it. Thousands. no millions of ex students accross the nation will have fond memories of classics such as Golden Green and Don't Let Me Down but listen to the quality of Miles Hunt's songwriting on Cartoon Boyfriend and 30 years. Oh, and as for the bass playing...extraordinary. If you love guitars, bass, fiddles and huge tunes you will love this. PLAY IT TO YOUR KIDS TOO !!!


I had my cousin to thank for 2 things in 1989... introducing me to the Stone Roses and the Wonderstuff, both of which I still listen to everyday! As far as I am concerned HUP is a musical masterpiece and their finest hour. From the energy of DON'T LET ME DOWN GENTLY to the insecure CAN'T SHAPE UP this album has everything. Even to this day HUP is on my top 5 albums of all time. The Wonderstuff were fantastic live as they had such a raw energy and this album could only have been written with the insecurity of youth as their later stuff, while still excellent showed a more mature nature. Anyone in this world who has not heard or owns this album i believe (in the words of Miles Hunt) has a gaping hole....waiting to be filled by HUP. The BASS THING...where are you!!!!

The best year of my life

The soundtrack of the year. Eight Legged Groove Machine was just a practice run for this their best work by far. HUP HUP HUP!


Formed: 1987 in Stourbridge, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Somewhere between the mid-'80s and mid-'90s, the Wonder Stuff were one of the biggest bands in the U.K. Starting as a revved-up guitar pop band, later adding offbeat folk influences while occasionally nodding to the excess of the Madchester scene, cleverness and eclecticism were the Wonder Stuff's calling cards. The group was also blessed/cursed with a frontman, Miles Hunt, who had a gift of arrogant gab, delivering bitingly witty lyrics and lively interviews that won plenty of space in the U.K....
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