PunkNet77 - Rezillos


Once upon a time (so all the good stories begin) an art school band called The Knutsford Dominators at Edinburg (Scotland). In this band played among the other Jo Callis and Eugene Reynolds. The Knutsford Dominators played mostly old classics at school parties, but it was fun and they wanted it more so it was the beginning of the Rezillos in early 1976.
They wanted that the name of the band didn't mean anything and so the Rezillos was a good choice. The line-up was: Hifi Harris (guitar), Eugene Reynolds (vocals), Jo Callis (guitar / vocals), D.K. Smythe (bass), Fay Fife (vocals), Galf Warning (vocals) and Angel Paterson (drums). With this line-up they made nearly 200 before 200. Most of these gigs were in Scotland because the band wanted to return to their homes before morning. About the amount of the gigs Jo told in one interview: "We had really many gig, because we were so funny, our music was easy, we were weird, different and diverse - and we could create a party-atmosphere." That one describes the band very well.
The first single I Can't Stand My Baby band made as a D.I.Y. before Sire signed them. That meant that the band had to move to London in November 1977, and that meant changes for the line-up. Harris, Smythe and Warning left the band and only William Mysterious came in as a bass player. At London the band lived at one of their friends hallway - or that is at least what they said. Rezillos still played as often as they could for example at Roxy, Vortex and Nashville. The debut LP was out in next year and it went to charts (number 16). On May a new bass player Simon Templar replaced William.
The Rezillos wasn't happy with their record company: Too little support, too little money, too few advertisements, too little everything. This reflected to the band and finally Simon, Jo and Angel said enough is enough and quit the band and to form a new one called the Snake. The rest could get free from the record contract when the promised not to use the name Rezillos any more. So Eugene and Fay formed the Revillos - clever!
As a farewell to the Rezillos the band played one more gig on 23.12.1978 at Glasgow Apollo. This gig was recorded and released on Sire as Mission Accomplished ... but the Beat Goes on. Eugene and Fay tried to prevent the release of the record without success.
Later Jo Callis joined the Human League.


I Can't Stand My Baby / I Wanna Be Your Man (Sensible Records FAB-1) -77
I Can't Stand My Baby / Good Sculpture (live) (Sensible Records FAB-1 (MARK2); second pressing of the first single, with different B-side) -77
Flying Saucer Attack /(My Baby Does) Good Sculpture (Sire 6078.612) -77
Cold Wars / William Mysterious Overature (Sire 6198.215) -78
** LP ** Can't Stand the Rezillos (Sire K-5630) -78
Top of the Pops / 20.000 Rezillos Under the Sea (Sire SIR-4001) -78
Destination Venus / Mystery Action (Sire SIR-4008) -78
** LP ** Mission Accomplished ... but the Beat Goes on (live) (Sire SRK-6069) -79

Most important tracks on compilations:

Just Say Yesterday (Vol. VI of Just Say Yes): Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked in Tonight (Sire/Warner Bros. 9 26954-2) -92
Three Minute Heroes: 20 of the Finest Punk & New Wave Singles: Top of the Pops (Virgin VTCD9) -92
DiY 2: The Modern World - UK Punk II (1977-78): (My Baby Does) Good Sculptures (Rhino Records R2 71172) -93
DiY 3: Teenage Kicks - UK Pop I (1976-79): Top of the Pops (Rhino Records R2 71173) -93
Best Punk Album in the World...Ever!: Top of the Pops ( UK; Virgin VTDCD 42) -95
The Number One Punk Album: 47 Punk Rock Classics: Top of the Pops (Polygram TV 535 658-2) -96

Rezillos links:

Rezillos - Dave Smythe's Home Page. Very good!
Rezillos - at The Women of 1970's Punk
Rezillos - NKVD
Rezillos - Photos
Rezillos - Punk77


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