Next Friday The Wonder Stuff’s Miles Hunt releases solo album The Custodian, a double CD of 30 acoustic songs, written over the last four decades.
Hunt says the idea came from a conversation with one of his musical heroes, Tom Robinson, when he was invited to guest with the legendary punk singer at a show in New York.
‘During our brief rehearsal together on the afternoon of the show Tom asked me who I felt now owned the songs that I have written over all these years.
‘I answered that whoever the publishing company I signed with probably did, but ultimately, I did.
‘Tom was quick to correct me pointing out that all of my songs now belonged to my audience. Going on to explain that the songs I have written have been part of the sound track to thousands of people’s live and it is those people that now truly own them.
‘He said that my position was now of The Custodian, the person who’s job it is to see that the songs are treated and performed with the respect the audiences deserve.
‘It was an incredibly important thing to have said to me and something I have not and will not ever forget.’
The 1865, Southampton
Monday, October 1