The Wonder Stuff’s Circlesquare was selected by comedian Greg Davies and played on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs programme.

Mr Davies is a sensitive soul – he’d really listened to the lyrics, quoting:

“I’ve been a long term disappointment to myself
But it hits like a hammer when I’m that to someone else”

I shouldn’t be surprised that Desert Island Discs guests carry the music of their youth with them – but it’s still a bit weird to hear The Wonder Stuff on the programme.

It’s an evocative song for me. When I heard it, I was transported back to being a teenager – made me recall scenes and snapshots, even the smell of Autumn air from that time. The weight of the Hup cassette in my hand.

Like a type of time travel.


Anyway, Greg Davies was not the first person to select The Wonder Stuff for their Desert Island Discs. In 2023, entrepreneur Greg Jackson chose Dizzy – performed by Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff.

But Dizzy was a hit, which bars its champions from admission to the sensitive souls club. Better luck next time, Mr Jackson.

Mr Davies, your membership card is in the post.

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If you’re of the appropriate vintage and didn’t see yourself on the front of the Welcome to the Cheap Seats 12″, you’re bound to spot yourself at Bescot stadium in the Mission Drive video. It’s the West Midlands equivalent of the Sex Pistols at the Free trade Hall or something.