Tuesday, July 08, 2014
1986 was a bit of a dreary year to be starting out as a musical journalist. The pickings were particularly slim on the UK indie scene. Stump were one of the saving graces, or disgraces perhaps, given that the indignity of embodiment was one of their main topics. Pegged to the anthologized reissue of their work, Colm McAuliffe has written a fascinating piece on the band for The Quietus, featuring quotes from MM's resident Stump-supporters (Stubbsy and myself). Had no idea they got deep into sampling and worked with Holger Hiller, but that makes total sense if you see them as a "late postpunk" group rather than a shambling band - as much C81 as C86, The Art of Walking rather than "Panties Please". And here's what I wrote about them at the time.