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Johhn Quiz (and the Electro Funk Compendium) were a punk rock/ska band from Hull. They consisted of Steve on vocals, Mark on guitar/vocals, Jason on bass (formerly of Dirty Little Faces, Bogeyed Monkey, Miasma and the Oliver Scott Super Slamdunk Experience) and Al on drums.

Their name derives from a character created by vocalist Steve, the mysterious ‘Johhn Quiz’ (it is unknown whether this is an actual spelling mistake, or if it is deliberate. Many attribute the extra ‘h’ to mean ‘handsome’).

Johhn Quiz and the Electro Funk Compendium were known for their fast-paced trashy ska-punk. Their lyrics were often amusing and dealt with such matters as milk, bakeries, a boy with an arse made of bacon, Hull, their good friend Shane, a guy called Mike, Harry Potter and Star Wars.

The band released one album ‘Live at the Queens’ which featured 10 tracks in just under 23 minutes. The album is considered a rare collectors item, and only 5 are thought to have been made. It was released on Fujifilm CD-R. A live video is thought to be in circulation somewhere also, and is considered the ‘holy grail’ of their career. Many demos still exist that didn’t make the live album, and are thought to be hidden on Mark’s computer somewhere. (It has now been reported that said video footage of the band’s gig at The Queens pub has gone missing, a reward of a cream horn to whoever can find this!)

The band went on a hiatus in 2004/5ish after falling out with Al. Due to musical differences the band decided to split before selling out. Their legacy lives on, with such hits as ‘Skeletor’s Bakery’ and ‘Jimmy Milk’ as prime student anthems.

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