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Album Review

The Wonder Stuff's third and best album (although their 1988 debut, The Eight-Legged Groove Machine, is pretty wonderful), 1991's Never Loved Elvis, is the album that made Miles Hunt and company at least temporary superstars in the U.K. (It also got them the most commercial exposure they ever achieved in the U.S., where the Kinksy, music hall-styled single "The Size of a Cow" was a big college radio hit.) It departs from the first two albums by de-emphasizing the dance rhythms and Buzzcocks-like guitars and (courtesy of new multi-instrumentalist Martin Bell) adding fiddle, banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and accordion to the mix. Kirsty MacColl's inimitable vocals add another excellent texture to a couple of songs, especially the folk-rocky "Welcome to the Cheap Seats." There's a much sweeter sound to this unapologetically poppy album, and even Hunt's lyrics are less snide and arrogant than before. The disappointing follow-up, 1993's Construction for the Modern Idiot, shows that the Wonder Stuff couldn't maintain this creative high for long, but Never Loved Elvis is one of the better U.K. pop albums of 1991.

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The Right Stuffies

Ahhh memories *sigh* the lyrics to 'False Start' will always sound to me like the greatest intro babble since Patti Smith did Easter. Indie anthems (before there was such a thing) like 'Mission Drive', 'Inertia', 'Here Comes Everyone' and 'Play' will forever echo around the Bescot Stadium of my teenage dreams. Then theres those chart smashing singles. 'Size Of A Cow' has long been an Alternative Disco Cliche, 'Welcome To The Cheapseats' the acceptable face of what will sadly be remembered as Greebo and the beautifully understated 'Caught In My Shadow' and 'Sleep Alone' have fallen from view for even the most avid of indie types in the present day. But they're out there. Cited Singles Of The Week in the pages of the early 90's 'weeklies'. Hiding between lauded influences nobody ever really liked and the baby steps of bands who went on to bigger and better things. Neds had cooler T Shirts, Carter USM are still lurking around running record labels and The Stuffies come together every Christmas for the Pre Kurdt Shoegazers to fondly remember the 'days'. Whisper it to yourself... Ever get the feeling you've been treated?

Don't Let Me Down

This was the Stuffies carreer high. There is nothing that this album does not deliver. The reformed Wonder Stuff would, sadly, never be the same.

The forgotten indie album of the 90's

Where would we be without the forgotten gems of our youth. If you have not heard this album for 10 years like me prepare to be startled by how much you remember and how good the tunes are. Great jangley guitar riffs and a myriad of textured melodies. LOVE IT !!

Biography

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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