The Bugbear

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The Bugbear
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Indie pop, punk
Years active 1993–1995
Labels Vinyl Japan
Associated acts Heavenly

The Bugbear was a short-lived indie pop/punk band formed by Heavenly drummer Mathew Fletcher.

They released two EPs[1] and a full-length studio album, Plan for the Assassination of The Bugbear.[2] In contrast to Heavenly and his former band Talulah Gosh, their sound was closer to the punk rock approach favoured by Fletcher.[citation needed]

The first EP, Sea Monkeys, was issued by Swing Set Records on 7" vinyl, and contained "Sea Monkeys", "Oh Honey", "Geiner Rules" and "So I'm Silly". The second was named Four Twee Songs and was released by Vinyl Japan in November 1993 on 12" vinyl and CD. It comprised "For Your Sake", "Half Japanese", "The This Many Boyfriends Club" and "Let Me Dream".

Heavenly member Peter Momtchiloff contributed to some songs on the album, released by Vinyl Japan in September 1995. It also included a cover version of "Panik" by Bratmobile.

These were the only solo recordings released by Fletcher. Some home recordings were also issued on limited edition cassettes.[1]

Album tracklisting[edit]

  1. "Theme from The Bugbear"
  2. "(I Got a) New Crush"
  3. "Ride Roughshod"
  4. "PunKist"
  5. "Mystic Boy"
  6. "Marlin"
  7. "Damaged III"
  8. "Dando Motherfucker"
  9. "Fucking Through"
  10. "Triple-Brrr"
  11. "Panik"
  12. "I Love the Girl with the Sad Eyes"
  13. "Teen City Intrigue"
  14. "I Like Violence"
  15. "22 Boy Whore"
  16. "I Hate My Band"