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Hungover Stuntmen Blame The BBC [album]
Inside Out

Hungover Stuntmen: Blame The BBC “Bang-bang-bang!
  One great track after
  another — it’s
  Hungover Stuntmen
  with their enormously-
  infectious CD album
  release, Blame The BBC,
  due out in May...”


ON HEARING THE UNFORGETTABLE NEW ALBUM from Hungover Stuntmen, Blame The BBC, the first word that sprang to mind was "zizzy". From my youth, zizzy was something like the jump from an aeroplane before the parachute opens or hurtling around the track at death-defying speeds. Or listening to mind-blowingly fast and furious music. (My American friend used it to describe the effect of the bubbles in champagne that's okay, too!).

A fast-paced, whirlwind of an album that zips from one track to another seemingly without pausing for breath in between, Blame The BBC definitely fits the "zizzy" bill.

With an impressive CV — Hungover Stuntmen has worked in the studio with some of the best producers in the industry and played live alongside some of this country's greatest artistes — the biggest surprise is that the band hasn't released a record before.

The album is terrific — especially Ballad Of The Hungover Stuntman, which includes the words 'Blame The BBC', which gives the album its title. While it was playing on MotorBar's CD player, everyone got up to come in and listen — only the third time that's ever happened! We also liked the single Inside Out (to be released from the album), and we caught ourselves singing both tracks on and off all day!

Hungover Stuntmen
The four Geordie lads are humble and unassuming and — having taken Newcastle by storm — are ready to head out on a UK tour with the aim of conquering every square inch. And they're just the guys to do it!

Armed with their custom Rickenbackers, Telecasters, rock 'n' roll riffs and heavenly harmonies, they have already headlined Ibiza Rocks, supported The Kooks, The Futureheads, The Subways, Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Jools Holland and even shared the stage with the 'Modfather' himself — Paul Weller, who was such a fan that he invited them back. Twice!

Equally as impressive in the studio, Hungover Stuntmen attracted the likes of Mark Wallis (U2, Morrissey and Travis) and Steve Cradock (front man of Ocean Colour Scene) for their early demo recordings before securing Andy Taylor (guitarist of Duran Duran) as the final producer for their Blame The BBC debut album.

Unsurprisingly heroes in their hometown of Newcastle (where their songs are regularly played at St James' Park), the boys also boast a loyal following in Switzerland — after hearing their record, ex-Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve flew them straight out to the Swiss Alps to perform for him. We always thought he had good taste! The Japanese have also joined the list of nations falling under the Hungover Stuntmen's spell and super-fan Yu Kamidozono travelled an amazing 11,526.52 mile round-trip to see the band play live in London!

Hungover Stuntmen: Inside OutWith crystal clear vocals and precise beats; Hungover Stuntmen have something of a rare 'Beathonian' sound (I am told it means Beatles who went to Eton, met The Who and got crazy — as in crazy good!). Hungover Stuntmen certainly have a sense of urgency about them: to urgently get to the top!

Think perhaps we should help them along: Hungover Stuntmen release their debut single Inside Out on 7 April and their album Blame The BBC on 5 May. Breathing optional.

"Fantastic" — Roger Daltrey

"I have a feeling that these lads will break out of the north east and make a big impact. I think Newcastle's ready to really give something to music and these four very talented young men should be right at the head of it. They've got confidence verging on arrogance, and it's for a reason. They can play, sing; I've even seen them dance and for sure they put on one hell of a show" — Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)

"They've been working hard at this for a long time and they sound awesome. I love their attitude. They're a quintessentially British rock and roll band" — Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene & Paul Weller Band)

"Brilliant new band" — The Sun

"Watch out for these boys" — Sunday Mirror

"Everybody's raving about them and quite rightly so…" — Claire McDonnell, BBC & Music

"I saw these guys support The Kooks and The Subways and they were just awesome" — Zane Lowe

"Absolutely blinding" — Mike Joyce (The Smiths)

"I think that the Stuntmen are ****ing great!" — Suggs (Madness)

"Bang-bang-bang! One great track after another…" — MotorBar

Blame The BBC Tracklisting

1 Lost And Found | 2 A Certain Disguise | 3 She Knows | 4 Inside Out | 5 All Eyes On You | 6 Ballad Of The Hungover Stuntman | 7 Love Is Suicide | 8 Move | 9 Fighting Talk | 10 United States of Emergency | 11 One Reason

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