The Stupids are a British Hardcore punk band created by Tom Withers. Formed in Ipswich, England in 1984. The bands "core" lineup featured Tommy Stupid on drums and vocals, Wolfie Retard on bass and vocals, and Marty Tuff on guitar, recorded and released a demo tape in 1984 that they called "Leave Your Ears Behind." The band was picked up by UK label Children Of The Revolution Records, who put out the Violent Nun EP (consisting of tracks from the demo) and the Peruvian Vacation LP in 1985. While preparing for their next LP, the band lost Wolfie on bass and acquired Ed Shred (who would later move to guitar). Retard Picnic came out in 1986, whereby The Stupids were signed by Vinyl Solution. The band would sometimes go by the names of Frankfurter or the Coolest Retards on record releases.

After the Stupids broke up in 1989, Tommy Stupid went on to drum in That's It, with the Stern brothers (of Youth Brigade), Ed formed Sink and even later on Chocolate, who were more pop-punk and Tommy Stupid reinvented himself as an Drum And Bass artist called Klute

In 2008 The Stupids reformed for what was supposed to be a one off live show in London. Realising the chemistry they still had as a live band, they went on to extend the live performances and even release a 7" Feel The Suck with 3 new songs. Four of their early releases were also re-issued by Boss Tuneage on limited coloured vinyl.

Links To Peel

Peel became aware of the band, when Stupids member Ed, sent him a copy of their first LP. The band also came from the same region where Peel lived and did three sessions for his show. The group are considered to be the first hardcore punk band to do a Peel session and one of the members, Tommy Stupid, reinvented himself as an Drum And Bass artist called Klute, whose track 'Time 4 Change' was the last track played on Peel's final show for Radio One before his death in 2004.


All sessions are available on The Complete BBC Peel Sessions (2008, LP/CD, Boss Tuneage)


THE STUPIDS John Peel 12th May 1987


1. Recorded: 1986-12-09. Broadcast: 12 January 1987. Repeated: 02 February 1987, 24 February 1987

  • Layback Session / Jesus, Do What You Have To Do / Root Beer Death / Memory Burns/Slumber Party

2. Recorded: 1987-05-12. Broadcast: 27 May 1987. Repeated: 22 June 1987, 28 July 1987, 30 December 1987

  • Life's A Drag / Heard It All Before / Shaded Eyes / Dog Log / Stupid Monday

3. Recorded: 1987-10-13. Broadcast: 21 October 1987. Repeated: 10 November 1987

  • You Die / You'll Never Win / Pasta Boy / Your Little World / You Don't Belong


1. Recorded: 1987-04-16. Broadcast: 05 May 1987. Repeated: 20 May 1987, 09 June 1987

 Inbred Zombies / Gimme Donuts / Hot Babes / We're Gonna Eat (John Peel)

Other Shows Played


Slumber Party Massacre

  • 16 August 1990: 'So Much Fun (LP-Peruvian Vacation)' (Children Of The Revolution)

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