New Wave Pop, featuring the Blonde talents of a certain Richard Hammerton he of Purple Studios fame and Michael Brown, formed a formidable writing partnership. They had a more than brief flirtation with fame, their original demo tape "Stare" generated a lot of Record Company interest. Initially on Fusebox, they eventually signed to Big Life and released several singles,and recorded an album called "The Luxury of Anger" which was sadly never released at the time as they parted company with Big Life before that could happen.

Stare were broadcast live as part of Radio 1's Sound City '92 at the The Waterfront in on 26 April 1992, also on the bill were Carter USM, Nick Cave, The Farm and Catherine Wheel.

During the Hiatus of the singles releases, they also recorded a video which appeared on The ITV Chart Show, MTV & VH1.

The band reformed in late 2011 and played The Waterfront in Norwich to mark the 20th anniversary of their Radio 1 live appearance. This coincided with the release, finally, of the album "The Luxury of Anger" in May 2012.

see also Red Star Belgrade, The War Party, Slot and The Needles

For more information on the band check their website - and

Personnel 2012

Richard Hammerton - Vocals

Michael Brown - Guitar

Karl Goodbody - Bass

Paul Youngs - Drums


Stare EP

Fusebox FBR01 1991 7"

Work EP

Fusebox FBR02 1991 7"

Burn it to a Crisp

Mad Cat Records BSE004 1991 Compilation

Mood EP

Fusebox FBR03 1992 7"

1) Mood

2) No Way

3) Prince Of Wales Road

The Luxury of Anger

Eastzone Records 102