By Alan Davies
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
VETERAN alternative rockers The Wonder Stuff will be performing live in Hatfield in April.
THEY made their name in the late 80s and early 90s with hits such as The Size of a Cow and number one smash Dizzy.
And after seven years since the release of their last albun, The Wonder Stuff have a new collection of original material ready to go.
In support of Oh No It’s... The Wonder Stuff, which is officially released next month, the band will be hitting the road again, with their intimate UK tour reaching the Forum in Hatfield on Tuesday, April 16.
Oh No It’s... The Wonder Stuff is a special double album package. CD1 features crowd-stomping tunes with the instantly recognisable Wonder Stuff trademark from the band’s heyday.
Frontman Miles Hunt said: “When I started writing the songs for this album I was aware of the fact that I had seriously learned something from The Wonder Stuff’s audience while we were playing the 20th anniversary shows for The Eight Legged Groove Machine, HUP and Never Loved Elvis during the preceding couple of years.
“I learned what it is that a Wonder Stuff audience wants from us and consequently what it is that I want from our music also.
“We’re at our best when it’s up tempo, when we hit the chorus during the first 60 seconds of the song and when that chorus is one that we can all sing along to.”
As if that wasn’t enough, CD2 is the long-awaited From The Midlands With Love album, a collection of songs originally written and performed by Midlands artists during the past five decades now reinterpreted by The Wonder Stuff.
Artists covered include The Move, Duran Duran, Beverley Knight, Slade, The Beat, UB40 and Dexy’s Midnight Runners.
By way of explanation for the cover versions, Miles said: “Being a natural born son of the Midlands I sometimes can’t help but feel that, while not always but certainly often enough to grind my gears, the rich musical output of our area doesn’t achieve the respect, nationally, that I feel it deserves.
“I have a theory that goes some way to explain why this might be; it has something to do with the self-deprecating sense of humour shared by many Midlands natives.
“Either way, we just thought we’d have a crack at bringing a little extra attention to some great songs.”
Tickets for The Wonder Stuff’s show at The Forum cost £18.50 and are available from the venue’s website.