Children On Stun artist

Formed in August 1991 and taking their name from a song by the band The March Violets, Children on Stun appeared to enjoy a relatively large amount of success in a short period of time. Treen left within a year of the band forming. The band's first gig took place at a club called "The Crypt" in Hastings. In the same year, the band also recorded their first demo, entitled "Elegance", and also made an appearance in Mick Mercer's second book on the gothic rock genre: this boosted the band's popularity and gained them much publicity. In 1992, the band supported the popular goth rock band Rosetta Stone on their UK tour. Later on that year, they released their second demo, "Choices". The band went on to release two more demos in 1993, entitled "Monochrome I" and "Monochrome II". They used the profits from these demos to release their first single, "Hollow", which became a club hit throughout Europe and the UK. The band secured a record contract with Cleopatra Records in 1994 and released the album Tourniquets of Love's Desire. This album was well received within the UK goth scene and boosted the band's popularity. Towards the end of the year, the band was approached by the label M&A and asked to produce an EP. This resulted in the Overland EP being released. Overland was the last release by the band to feature guitarist Pete Finnemore who "left the band to pursue other things in life." Kyle Whipp (formerly of 'Soul Inside') joined the band in 1995 as their new bass player with Manning moving to guitar. The band's first gig featuring Whipp took place at London's Camden Underworld. The EP Celebration Drug was released later on in the year and included the popular track "Whiskey a-go-go". In August of the same year, the band went on a tour of Scandinavia. As well as this, the band released another EP titled "Celibacy and Anadin", which included remixes by Rosetta Stone. After the release of this EP, the band ended their contract with Cleopatra. 1996 saw the band begin to record their new album, "Mondo Weird", which was not released until 1997. The band also released the single "Pin ups, Soap Operas and Natural Disasters" in this year. A limited edition vinyl picture disc remix LP called "Outrageous, Outlawed, Outspoken" was released by M&A Music Art in 1998. During the same year, the band announced that they would be splitting up. They played their final gig at the Camden Underworld on 24 May 1998. Resurrection Records also released a CD of this gig, entitled "Seven Year Itch". In 2005 M&A released a compilation called "Rough Trade on a Cheap Promotion", featuring the band's b-sides, alternate song versions and demos. On 15 May 2015 Children on Stun played a sell-out reunion gig at the o2 Academy2 in Islington, London and within a few weeks had announced they were reforming. On July 4, 2015, Simon Manning died. On the 24th of October the Stun had a charity fundraising birthday party in memory of Simon. They were joined by Simon's long term band-mate and friend Stuart Harper [Felo-De-Se] who stood in for Simon. Also paying tribute were Vendemmian, whom Simon had joined for a short time and The Last Cry a favourite band of Simon's, giving their services for free. The money raised was split between the British Heart Foundation and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. 'Dancing with Mr Punch' a strictly limited edition CD of 100 copies, compiled by John D'Anter, containing all four early studio demos on CD was made available to attendees of Simons Birthday memorial gig with the proceeds also going to charity. The band decide to continue with Stuart Harper joining permanently on guitar. On October the 22nd a second Charity event [The Birthday Bash 2] was organized in their hometown of Hastings in memory of Simon Manning. That same night a limited edition Cd, 'This Sideshow Burlesque' was released first to all attendees. Only 100 hand-numbered copies were pressed with all profits from the release going to two heart charities. The track-list contained rare live tracks from the bands early career.