Like many, my first introduction to Stump was seeing the promo video they did for "Buffalo" which was shown on "The Tube" in 1986. Back in those days, at the tender age of 15 my pocket money did not stetch far enough to buy many records and I was heavily reliant on friends taping me albums, borrowing the increasingly rare good records my sister bought. Janice Long and John Peel on the radio and TV programmes for my musical education. Whenever Jools Holland, Muriel Gray, Paula Yates or one of the other amateurish presenters introduced a new band on "The Tube", I would press play and record on the video in the hope it was going to be something great - it rarely was and I usually recorded over it, people look back on "The Tube" with rose tinted spectacles, the vast majority of the stuff they had on between the nauseating presenters was utter crap e.g. them helping to break Simply bloody Red, with only the occasional gem like The Smiths live in the studio.   

I didn't know what to make of Stump at first, they looked and sounded like nothing I had ever come across before - I could not decide whether I found "Buffalo" deeply irritating or one of the most uniquely amazing songs ever. but watched the video several times that weekend and they were a big talking point amongst my friends at school on the monday, several of whom thought they were utter crap, others found them vaguely amusing, but nothing more, although one of their main detractors,my friend Rob, was soon after sporting the same haircut as Stump's elastic limbed singer, Mick Lynch.

After cobbling together a few other tracks from the John Peel show (R.I.P.) I went out and purchased the "Mud on Colon" EP a few weeks later from Probe Records in Liverpool - I didn't have the funds to buy "Quirk Out" at the time and already owed my sister about a months pocket money for various gig tickets. I was a little disappointed with "Mud on Colon" as the tracks sounded badly produced and were not up to the standard of the tracks from "Quirk Out" I had heard - "Buffalo" "Tupperware Stripper" and "Bit Part Actor" from John Peel. Stump were also featured on the infamous "NME C86" tape, containing other luminaries like The Wedding Present and Half Man Half Biscuit and an early incarnation of Primal Scream. The version of "Buffalo" on this compilation, by the band's own admission sounded like it recorded in a toilet and does not do the song justice.

Come Christmas 1986, along with The Woodentops magnificent "Giant" album, I added "Quirk Out" to my Christmas list, which my mum duly purchased from the coincidentally named "Quirk's Records" in Southport, which closed in about 1987. "Quirk Out" became an almost permanent fixture on the turntable of my treasured Amstrad Midi System's turntable for the majority of 1987, and I was delighted to see Stump play at Liverpool University that year, and it remains to be one of the best gigs I have ever been to.

Stump made a further appearance on the Tube, live in the studio, where they did a version of "Tupperware Stripper" but altered the lyrics to "Censorship Stripper" shown on Stump videos page.

 Stump were a perfect band in many ways, not only were they fascinatingly unique in their music, the lyrics contained some beautifully absurd wordplay conerning every day matters, but they also had an enigmatically deranged frontman in Mick, an incredibly talented guitarist, Chris Salmon, the uniquely creative bass playing of Kev Hopper, all underpinned by the fantastically versatile drumming of Rob McKahey, Sadly, Stump split up after "A Fierce Pancake" - a remarkably ambitious album, and I never got to see them again - a reformation seems very unlikely.