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Jo Dunne Of Fuzzbox Dies Aged 43
Laurie Tuffrey , October 29th, 2012 09:05

Guitarist from Birmingham all-girl pop-punk/synthpop quartet

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Jo Dunne, the guitarist of Birmingham punk band We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It!!, has died aged 43.

The singer died from cancer in the city's St Mary's Hospice on Friday night.

The band, whose name was shortened to Fuzzbox, originally started out as a pop-punk band, releasing cuts including 'XX Sex', 'Rules And Regulations' (which featured in John Peel's 1986 Festive Fifty) and the top 4 hit 'Love Is The Slug', before returning as an synthpop vocal group with 1989's Big Bang! album.

They reunited in 2010 for a UK tour and released a cover of M's 'Pop Muzik'.

'Rules And Regulations' from Bostin' Steve Austin:

'International Rescue' from Big Bang!:

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Post-Punk Monk
Oct 29, 2012 1:48pm

Sad to hear of Jo's death, especially since it was so sudden and unexpected. The second album is like a different band but the early material on Vindaloo was wonderful. I remember hearing about their name and mail ordering the import 7"ers blindly from record catalogs… and not being disappointed in the slightest. Their demolition of "Bohemian Rhapsody" makes' Bad News' version sound like Zeppelin. Is there any chance that "Bostin' Steve Austin" will ever see the day as a CD RM? To date, the BBC Sessions CD remains the definitive WGAFAWGUI document.
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Oct 29, 2012 1:49pm

I love that first record, pretty subversive, actually. Rest In Peace Jo!

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Oct 29, 2012 3:36pm

still LOVE Big Bang! (Self especially, and Pink Sunshine).



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Oct 30, 2012 8:32am

The 'Rules and Regulations" ep was and still remains a special record. I saw them hold their own on the same bill as Bullen/Broadrick era Napalm Death and although it was a glorious mess, Jo was the one who really glued the chaos together.

So sad to hear of her passing, so sad!

Jo played Bass, Guitar, Drums

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