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The Bus Station Loonies
|Origin||Plymouth, South-West England|
|Genres||Punk, pop-punk cabaret, punk pathetique|
|Labels||Ruptured Ambitions, Campary Records, Beat Bedsit, Loony Tunes, Pumpkin Records, Helen of Oi!|
S Punk 3
The Shy Teds
Husbands N Knives
Chris "The Machine" Mildren
Ad Nauseum (tour bassist)
Julie Knives (tour guitarist)
|"Dirty" Gav Sanchez|
"Wild" Johnny Clipboard
The World-Famous Nuf
Dancin' Dave Worth
Dave "Spider Baby" Jones
The Love Doctor
The Bus Station Loonies are a 'cabaret punk' band from Plymouth, England. They have been described as a cross between Splodgenessabounds and Crass. Original Loonies Tony Popkids (drums) and Chris "Felcher" Wheelchair (real name Chris Willsher b.1971 in Ilford, London) (vocals, keyboards, kazoo; ex-drummer with Oi Polloi, Disorder (band), Riot/Clone and DIRT, among others), sharing a mutual love of such U.S. punk outfits such as The Dickies, still continue with the band today, having recruited approximately 30 other band members over 18 years.
The band was featured in the UK's Channel 4 documentary, Punx Picnic. The Bus Station Loonies were the first band to set the official world record for the most concerts/gigs performed in 12 hours (25 different shows) on 29 Sept 2001 in and around Plymouth, Devon, UK raising money to buy musical equipment for pupils of the Dame Hannah Rogers (special needs) school in Ivybridge, Devon.
The band featured in the Guinness Book of World Records, until 2006, when the record was beaten.
Music journalist Mick Mercer's 1997 book The Hex Files: The Goth Bible, references The Bus Station Loonies for their 18-minute reggae rendition of The Sisters of Mercy composition, "Temple of Love". In October 2008, said version (from their debut album) was nominated on a live broadcast on BBC Radio 6 as 'one of the best cover versions of all-time' (The Music Week with Julie Cullen and Matt Everitt).
In Autumn 2010, The Bus Station Loonies completed recording their second full-length album. Entitled Midget Gems and released on their own Ruptured Ambitions record label it features eighth guitarist Angus Old (real name Phil Cawse) and the recently recruited ninth guitarist Chris "The Machine" Mildren.
The band's frontman, Chris Wheelie, is currently involved in a solo project Harakiri Karaoke, as well as drumming with several friends' bands on a stand-in basis (including Husbands N Knives, Eastfield, Anarcho Folko, HIV and The Positives, The Sexy Offenders and his old band, originally formed in 1989, C.D.S.).