Fuzz Townshend

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John Richard Keith “Fuzz” Townshend (born 31 July 1964) is a British drummer, TV presenter of National Geographic Channel's Car SOS, cherished and classic cars ambassador for Carole Nash Insurance Consultants Ltd, a motoring journalist, former technical editor of Practical Classics and mechanic.


Drumming from the age of 10, Townshend found some success with both General Public and Pop Will Eat Itself,[1] with whom he played from 1991 onwards. Previously he drummed with Pigbros, an indie band from Birmingham who were a favourite of John Peel's doing two sessions for Peel; in 1985 and 1986.

With the demise of PWEI, he became part of Bentley Rhythm Ace and drummed for The Nightingales as well as releasing two solo albums. His single, "Hello Darlin", spent one week at number 51 in the UK Singles Chart in September 1997.[2] Townshend has also played alongside Ranking Roger, Pama International, Vileevils, Jean Robert Jovenet, Modified Toy Orchestra, Lovers Electric and others.

It was announced on 22 November 2010, that he was replacing Andres Karu in The Wonder Stuff.[3] Following an Australian tour in early 2014 he left the group. He currently plays drums for The Beat (known in the U.S. as The English Beat).

He is based in Bishop's Castle, Shropshire and has regular features in Practical Classics magazine.


  • Hello Darlin' - 1998
  • Big Tasty Ed - 1998
  • Far In (UK Edition) - 1999
  • Far In (U.S. Edition) - 2001
  • Self Titled - 2002


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Pop Will Eat Itself". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 563. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
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