COMING THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 28TH, TO DARK SANCTUARY RADIO!
WHO SAID DARKNESS CAN’T BE WARM AND FUZZY?
MAGZ (Maggie Dunne) from FUZZBOX.
In the 80′s, “We’ve Got A Fuzzbox…and We’re Gonna Use It” exploded onto the scene with their colorful costumes and crazy upbeat music, that was a cross between punk rock and the Go Go’s. The band’s name was shortened to Fuzzbox for the U.S. release of their first album. Their name was chosen after they bought a distortion pedal for their guitars and Maggie Dunne stated “We’ve got a fuzzbox and we’re gonna use it!”.
Their debut album, Bostin’ Steve Austin, was released (Geffen re-titled the album We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It upon its US release). This album spawned the band’s first Top 40 hit, “Love Is The Slug” and another hit “What’s The Point”.
The first three singles from the second album “Big Bang! “, were “International Rescue” (UK No. 11), “Pink Sunshine” (UK No. 14) and “Self!” (UK No. 24) all reached the UK Top 30, although a fourth single released from the album, a cover of Yoko Ono’s “Walking on Thin Ice”, peaked at No. 76.”Self!” also became the group’s only charting single in the United States when it peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart and number 35 on Billboard’s Dance Music Club Play chart. In 1990, they began work on a new album entitled “Out Of This World”, but the project was halted after the release of the first single “Your Loss, My Gain” due to ‘musical differences.
Early in 2010, Fuzzbox announced their reunion, returning as a quintet without drummer Tina O’Neill, and with the addition of bass player Sarah Firebrand and drummer Karen Milne. A 13-date UK tour took place in May, along with a new single and video, a cover of M’s “Pop Muzik”, released through Gotham Records and iTunes on 17 May.
On 25 September 2010, Fuzzbox headlined at the Shifnal Festival and played at the Whitby Gothic Weekend on 25 March 2011. The latter was the reunion’s swansong, the project disbanding shortly afterwards.
Guitarist Jo Dunne, sister of Magz (Maggie Dunne) died on 26 October 2012, after a short illness.
Hear some awesome music from their illustrious career and listen to some “fuzzy ramblings” about everybody’s favorite Fuzzies, by Magz herself!
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