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Hyperbole aside, this 1988 debut album might be the greatest pop album that you never heard. It’s got everything: ringing guitar riffs, scathing British wit courtesy of a malcontent band leader/frontman, “oh-oh-oh” harmonies, some ’70s punk rock throwback, and airliner-sized choruses that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Curt Boettcher production from the '60s. Tunes like the jangly “Merry Go Round,” “A Wish Away,” “A Song Without an End,” and the U.K. hit ode to greed “Give Give Give Me More More More” all shimmer on ’60s garage-pop sensibilities. The Rick Astley dis (“Astley in a Noose”) is the best sing-song epistle to pop hatred since The Smiths’ “Panic.” Narcissism, irony, and brutal truth all share space among the guitar hooks on “It’s Yer Money I’m After Baby,” while the reins pull back on the shimmery, weirdly cathartic “Some Sad Someone.” The lyrics on “Goodbye Fatman” cleverly shift from first to third person, against heavy rhythmic fluctuations, and the song is deceptively empathetic, and literate.

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Truly Brilliant!

One of my all-time-favorites!

fun, enjoyable album.

I've listened to this album hundreds of times since it originally came out. It is fun and has many sing along songs. I recommend No for the 13th time, A Wish Away, and Ruby Horse. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

They Don't Make Music Like This Anymore!

One of the greatest debuts of all time. No one could write a greater hook or melody than Miles Hunt. I saw these guys in '89 and they totally blew me away! LONG LIVE THE STUFFIES!

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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