The Rezillos burst forth upon the rock scene in 1976, having gathered together at Edinburgh College of Art. Through a shared love of Sixties Garage Rock and the Spectoresque Girl Group glam of The Ronettes and The Shangri-Las, The Rezillos found themselves inadvertently caught up in the Punk or New Wave movement. Their debut single, "I Can't Stand My Baby", shot them to underground fame initially via airings on John Peel's radio show. Their classic singles "My Baby Does Good Sculptures", "Top of the Pops" and "Destination Venus" signalled critically acclaimed milestones for the band.
Their landmark album of 1978 "Can't Stand the Rezillos" reached the top 10 in the UK album chart. They appeared twice on the legendary Old Grey Whistle Test and hit the Top Twenty with their hit single 'Top of the Pops', a satirical swipe at the UK pop music programme of the same name. Once the band had achieved chart success it was inevitable that they should appear on the same show! They followed up that same year with a live recording, "Mission Accomplished... But the Beat Goes On", and promptly broke up to the anguish of fans and music critics alike.
Mercurial punk survivor Spizz made his debut at the Birmingham, England club Barbarella's during an all-day music festival held at the end of August 1977, performing an improvised set on a borrowed guitar; returning two months later by drummer Pete Petrol, he now billed the act as Spizz 77, the first of numerous name changes to follow in the years to come. Re-christened SPIZZOIL, the duo earned their first significant notice in 1978 opening for Siouxsie and the Banshees, resulting in a John Peel session which itself led to an offer from Rough Trade to record an EP, 6000 Crazy.
The record topped the UK indie charts, as did its follow-up, Cold City 4; however, Spizz and Petrol parted ways soon after, and with new bassist Jim Solar and keyboardist Mark Coalfield, SPIZZENERGI was launched in early 1979. Petrol then returned on guitar for the group's stint on the Rough Trade tour; after "Soldier, Soldier" was named Single of the Week in the NME, the follow-up, "Where's Captain Kirk?," earned the same honour in Melody Maker, topping the new official UK indie charts for eight consecutive weeks in 1980.
The next single "No Room" / "Spock's Missing" notched advance orders totalling over 50,000 copies, the group -- now touting themselves as Athletico Spizz 80 -- signed to A&M and released their much-anticipated full-length debut Do a Runner. After a 2nd LP as The Spizzles the band broke up. In 1982 as SPIZZENERGI: 2, they returned to Rough Trade for a pair of notable singles, "Mega City 3" and "Jungle Fever,".
In 1990 Spizz and Pete Petrol reunited yet again, this time pursuing a techno-influenced direction under the revived SPIZZOIL banner. When Petrol relocated to New Zealand, Spizz again returned to the SPIZZENERGI moniker and along with original members Jim Solar & Dave Scott & in 1996 appeared at the Blackpool 'Holidays In The Sun' punk festival, while 1997 saw SPIZZENERGI enter the studio with producer Martyn Ware to record a endearing version of Kraftwerk's 'The Model'.
SPIZZENERGI have maintained a live presence international live circuit playing shows in France, Belgium and several shows in Italy.
Sunday 20th April 2014
Price: £15.00 advance (+ stbf may apply)