Weâve Got A Fuzzbox And Weâre Gonna Use It!!: Bostinâ Steve Austin Splendiferous Edition album review
Weâve Got A Fuzzbox And Weâre Gonna Use It!! – Bostinâ Steve Austin (Splendiferous Edition) (Cherry Red)
Released 28th January
We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Going To Use It!! were aÂ riot of backcombed hair, Day-Glo and cuteness. They erupted into a drab indie scene and threw up all over it. This is their first and best album, Adrian Bloxham remembers.
This is the sound of eighties awkwardness and naivety. The whole thing with Fuzzbox was that when they started they couldnât play and they didnât care. A riot of backcombed hair, Day-Glo and cuteness. They erupted into a drab indie scene and threw up all over it. To give an example, I first saw them three bands down the bill below the Shop Assistants and the Jesus and Mary Chain. They spent their time swapping instruments making an unholy racket and giggling. They were wonderful. This is their first album originally released in 1986. They reinvented themselves as a slick pop act later in the decade but today we donât care about that. This is the period when they just did what they wanted.
There are drums, violins, saxophones, trumpets and guitar with a fuzzbox. To be honest, they just did what the name of the band says, turned the fuzzbox on high and used it to hide any musical short comings. The songs are rudimentary, almost childlike. To quote Tinaâs sleeve notes âwe wrote songs about stuff that mattered to us: inequality, rape and Thatcherâs Britain; we wrote stuff that mattered to neither man nor beastâ. The songs have a childlike feel to them, not crap, just that they didnât bloody care.
The best songs by a mile are also the first they brought out, âXX Sexâ and âRules and Regulationsâ, both dayglo punk pop indie classics. The rest of the album is good but not brilliant.
The second disc contains everything else from this era, single versions of songs, remixes and to quote the disarmingly frank Tina again âSome of the âbonusâ tracks on this are diabolical and really should have been destroyed at birth!! Sorry âbout that!â. So you could say itâs a bit patchy.
The singles have already been on the album, just in slightly different versions. The songs are even more rudimentary than the album, and as Fuzzbox were all about just doing it and not caring itâs still worth hearing.
The other songs that stand out are the cover of âFeverâ and a completely irreverent acapella cover of âBohemian Rhapsodyâwhich has to be heard to be believed!
They went on to achieve chart success with pop masterpieces like âInternational Rescueâ but it never felt the same. They split in 1990, reformed briefly in 2010 before splitting again. In 2012 guitarist Jo Dunne passed away after a short illness. This reissue is dedicated to her.
Weâve Got A Fuzzbox And Weâre Gonna Use It!! were wonderful, this album is great, it puts a smile on your face and a spring in your step and you too can wonder what on Earth they were thinking…
All words by Adrian Bloxham. More work by Adrian on Louder Than War can be found here.