Miles Hunt

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Miles Hunt
Miles Hunt pictured in 2015
Background information
Born (1966-07-29) 29 July 1966 (age 53)
Birmingham, England
Occupation(s)Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Years active1985-present
LabelsPolydor Records, Fake Chapter Records
Associated actsThe Wonder Stuff, Vent 414
WebsiteOfficial website

Miles Hunt (born 29 July 1966, in Birmingham) is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist. He fronts the alternative rock band The Wonder Stuff.

Early life[edit]

His father was a union official for the TGWU. In the 1970s, his father was based at Derby, and they lived in Etwall for four years, with Hunt attending the Etwall Junior School and his brother attending the John Port School.[1]


Hunt's first band (in which he played drums) was called From Eden, and featured future members of another successful Stourbridge group, Pop Will Eat Itself. After leaving this band he formed The Wonder Stuff and was their lead singer and principal songwriter until their split in 1994. He briefly presented 120 Minutes on MTV Europe until mid '95, when he formed a new band Vent 414 who failed to match the success of his former band. He toured as a solo performer for a time until he reformed The Wonder Stuff in 2000. They are still together to this day, and are facing something of a career relaunch, having appeared on many summer festival bills in 2006. He also co-wrote and sang the theme tune to the CBeebies television programme Underground Ernie.[2]

Over the last few years he has written a series of printed and online articles for Nottingham-based culture magazine LeftLion[which?]. He also performed at the festival Bearded Theory on 15 May 2011 with Erica Nockalls.

Personal life[edit]

His former girlfriend was Helga Phillips (educated at Goldsmiths College), who is now the partner of Jonn Penney, the lead singer of Ned's Atomic Dustbin, and who designed the distinctive covers of the group's albums.[3]

Hunt married radio DJ Mary Anne Hobbs in April 1990, in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. She was working for the NME at the time. They were married for five years.[4] His partner now is Erica Nockalls, violinist with The Wonder Stuff.[4] He has a daughter called Orien.[5] His uncle, Bill Hunt, was keyboard player in the Electric Light Orchestra and Wizzard.[6]



Vent 414[edit]

  • Vent 414 (1996)
  • The Post Album Demos (2009)


  • Miles Across America (1998)
  • By The Time I Got To Jersey [also known as "Common Threads Live"] (1998)
  • Hairy On The Inside (1999)
  • MP3 Of The Month Club (2000)
  • The Miles Hunt Club (2002)
  • Interloper Live 2006 (2006)

With Erica Nockalls[edit]

  • Not An Exit (2007)
  • Catching More Than We Miss (2009)
  • Shared [Various Artists - includes 3 tracks by Miles and Erica] (2009)
  • Shared 2 [Various Artists - includes 2 tracks by Miles and Erica] (2011)
  • Live 2010/11 (2011)
  • We Came Here To Work (2017)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Fixer - Vent 414 (1996)
  • Life Before You - Vent 414 (1996)
  • Life's Great EP (2000)
  • Five Songs EP (2000)
  • Everything Is Not OK (2002)
  • Stay Scared, Stay Tuned - with Erica Nockalls (2009)


  1. ^ "Life of Wonder is Miles better" Archived 2010-01-19 at the Wayback Machine, This is Derbyshire, June 27, 2008
  2. ^ Roach, Martin (2006). The Eight Legged Atomic Dustbin Will Eat Itself. Independent Music Press. p. 107. ISBN 0-9549704-0-3.
  3. ^ Ned's Atomic Dustbin
  4. ^ a b Hughes, Tim (6 June 2013). "The Wonder Stuff: Dizzy rascals". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  5. ^ Wilson, Jared (30 April 2006). "Miles Hunt Interview". LeftLion. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  6. ^ Young, Graham (25 June 2015). "The Twang and The Wonder Stuff to play one-off gig together". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 15 April 2016.

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