The Wonk started life is 1992 when I formed a band called The Flying Medallions. We were young and very dumb. We courted chaos and controversy. Punk was very much dead in the UK at the time. We were super fresh and caught the eye of the mainstream which championed our notoriety until we crashed on tour in 1995. Sadly we lost our bass player Dougie Palompo.
Things got super messy after that. I got sober in 1999.
Wonk formed in around 2006. I hadn’t made any music for a while, everything felt so jaded and stale, so done to death, especially punk. Somehow I ended up in a rehearsal room with 2 insanely talented musicians, drummer Mez Clough and guitarist Gavin Kinch. Their playing lifted my songwriting. Suddenly everything sounded uber fresh.
The first 3 songs we ever recorded were Anna, Candy and My Nemesis. We continued to record 3 songs a month which we uploaded to our Myspace page for download until we had enough for our debut album Flying the Japanese flag (versions of this had previously been released as the “Punks are Hard” ep).