❉ The most successful all-female band in British pop history have a new single out 23 October!
“We’ve been on a fuzzy nostalgia trip back to the ’80s, getting together with our No.5 album, Big Bang legendary producer, Andy Richards to create a truly unique song especially for you!”
Fuzzbox shot out of Birmingham, England, in 1985, one of many bands included on NME’s C86 sampler, and became the most successful instrument-playing female band in British pop history.
Fuzzbox was Vix Perks, Maggie Dunne, her sister Jo on bass, and drummer Tina O’Neill; all were 16 except for 20-year-old Maggie, and none had ever played instruments before.
Fuzzbox’s name was inspired by the device used to create the buzzsaw guitar sound they wanted. “We’ve got a fuzzbox and we’re gonna use it,” a satisfied Maggie stated, and the name stuck.
The group’s early-1986 debut single, XX Sex, recorded for Vindaloo, was a hit on the indie charts, as were a couple of follow-up EPs. The band’s debut album Bostin’ Steve Austin was released on Vindaloo.
In 1989, Warners released their second album, Big Bang!, which entered the charts at number five, and begat Top 30 hits International Rescue, Pink Sunshine, and Self!, each supported by memorable videos (the former directed by Ade Edmondson).
1990’s Your Loss, My Gain looked set to take Fuzzbox further still, but sadly fate and ‘musical differences’ had other ideas. The original band parted ways before third album Out Of This World could be completed.
The compilations Fuzz and Nonsense and Rules and Regulations to Pink Sunshine appeared in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Tragically, much loved guitarist Jo Dunne (renowned for her trademark shades and huge smile!) passed away in October 2012 after a short illness – but the Fuzzbox story isn’t over…
Still the most successful all-female band in British pop history, ViX and Maggie have assembled a new line-up to take the band into a bright new era. Joining the duo are Megan Burke (guitar), Sarit Black (bass) and Hannah Layhe (drums), all of whom made their debut at a packed comeback show at London’s 100 Club in November 2015.
Earlier this year, We Are Cult had a brilliant chat with Fuzzbox founder member Maggie Dunne; which you can read here in case you missed it: https://wearecult.rocks/cult-q-a-maggie-from-fuzzbox
After a busy 2016 spent songwriting and playing festivals, ViX and Maggie have been writing more new music and reuniting with Big Bang! producer Andy Richards, and a new single is coming out this Autumn, called “WGAF…. AWGUI!”.
Fuzzbox have just launched a new PledgeMusic page, where you can get involved with their return to make it something really special – by pledging your support with your wallet, you can enjoy various perks (But not an actual ViX Perks).
Writing on their new, official PledgeMusic page, the Fuzzbox gang have announced:
“We’ve been on a fuzzy nostalgia trip back to the ’80s, getting together with our No.5 album, Big Bang legendary producer, Andy Richards (Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Pet Shop Boys, Propaganda) to create a truly unique song especially for you. What’s more, we’re thrilled to have mix engineer extraordinaire, Dave Bascombe (Depeche Mode, Human League, Erasure) on board to mix and master the track. (STFU!)”
This really is something special for us and were sure it will be for you too. We wanna get as many of our Fuzzy BFFs involved as possible, whether you want to star in our FAB video, in the liner notes, book us for an 80s house party or have it preserved on beautiful vinyl – there’s something for everyone. Please pledge quickly as many of the splendiferous goodies are limited editions!”
With further shows in the pipeline, Fuzzbox are set to smash more rules and regulations into 2017 and beyond. Who knows, they might even turn the sunshine pink.
❉ For more information and to find out how to pledge, visit https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/fuzzboxofficial
❉ News source: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/fuzzboxofficial
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