The Stupids, from Ipswich, England, formed in 1984 and played some blazingly fast US-influenced (particularly Boston style à la Gang Green) hardcore punk/thrash in a time and place that was mostly filled with crusty metal punk, UK82, and anarcho punk. Along with fellow UK bands like A.O.A., Heresy (whom they toured with), and Ripcord (whom they also toured with), The Stupids took US hardcore to a new level, making it faster and more intense. But where other such bands had mainly poignant and political lyrics, the Stupids wrote silly, less serious lyrics about such things as an elephant man, love (jokingly of course), hating everyone, hating new wave, skateboarding, and more.

The band, whose “core” lineup featured Tommy Stupid on drums and vocals, Wolfie Retard on bass and vocals, and Marty Tuff on guitar, recorded and released a demo tape in 1984 that they called “Leave Your Ears Behind.” The band was picked up by UK label Children of the Revolution, who put out the Violent Nun EP (consisting of tracks from the demo) and the Peruvian Vacation LP in 1985. While preparing for their next LP, the band lost Wolfie on bass and acquired Ed Shred (who would later move to guitar). Retard Picnic came out in 1986, whereby The Stupids were signed by Vinyl Solutions.

Stupids The next two years saw The Stupids play shows around Europe and tour the United States and Australia. Their lineup was less stable, though, but always included Tommy Stupid on drums and vocals. The Stupids released several records on Vinyl Solutions, culminating with 1987’s Jesus Meets The Stupids LP. The band was big those days, appearing on the covers of NME and SOUNDS and recording two sessions for John Peel (compiled on a 12”).

The Stupids reformed in 2008 following the reissue of the entire back catalogue by Boss Tuneage records for whom they recorded possibly their best release to date ‘The Kids Don’t Like It”

They continue to play live in the UK & Europe and have recently returned from a tour of Japan. A limited edition 7” EP “Japanese Vacation” was released to coincide with the tour by Waterslide records, Boss tuneage’s sister label in Japan.

Edited by martytuff on 9 Nov 2011, 11:01

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