Tuesday, 26 July 2011

The Wonderstuff, Holmfirth Picturedrome

Hunt rocking the Vic Reeves look.
What the hell is wrong with Miles Hunt?

During their pomp (they did have a number one single, you know), a Wonderstuff gig or interview never went by without Hunt spitting out some vicious barbed attack on his contemporaries. Interviews with Hunt were always worth reading, as he couldn't help himself when offered an opportunity to comment on whoever was filling the pages of the NME/Melody Maker at the time, even though he always came across as a bit of a spoilt brat and an unlikeable sort of chap.  So it was very interesting to see Hunt bounce onto the stage this evening with a huge grin on his face and perform a greatest hits set to an up for it crowd as if he was having the time of his life.

With his partner, Erica Nockalls and original band member, Malcom Treece by his side, Hunt joyously belted out songs from the band's first three albums, and instead of firing off insults, he recounted the early days of the band, including a heartfelt tribute to the late, great Kirsty MaColl.  And while anyone turning up to hear that number one single may have been disappointed, the rest of us sang ourselves hoarse to the likes of Welcome to the Cheapseats, Size of a Cow and Golden Green. 

This definitely was a mellower, may I suggest, happier Miles Hunt to the one I saw on the Hup tour in 1989/90 (supported by the Sandkings - who went on to become?) and I felt songs such as A Wish Away and Unbearable were all the better for it. These are songs that should be sang out loud with glee and not shrouded in spite and vitriol. All in all a great night, made all the better by the band appearing to have as much fun playing the songs as we were hearing them again.

The answer to the Sandkings question? Babylon Zoo. A cup of tea and a hobnob to you if you answered correctly.

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