One of the most entertaining bands of the late 1970s, The Rezillos, are set to bring Rezillomania to a new decade with a series of live shows.
The band, formed in Edinburgh in 1976, burst into the music scene thanks to a shared love of ‘60s garage rock and the Spector-esque girl group glam of The Ronettes and the Shangri Las.
Inadvertently caught up in the punk/new wave movement, they shot to underground fame after influential Radio One DJ John Peel picked up their debut single I Can’t Stand My Baby.
They went on to release a series of sparkling three-minute pop gems like (My Baby Does) Good Sculptures, Destination Venus and Top Of The Pops, with the latter making the Top 20 and earning them an appearance on the TV show of the same name.
Their 1978 debut album Can’t Stand The Rezillos made No 16 in the UK national charts, and the band also appeared twice on BBC2’s legendary Old Grey Whistle Test programme.
A live album, Mission Accomplished… But the Beat Goes On, followed in April 1979, and also made the Top 30, but the band promptly broke up, to the anguish of fans and critics alike.
Guitarist and principal songwriter Jo Callis went on to join The Human League, where he co-wrote some of their best known songs during their most successful period, including their biggest worldwide hit Don’t You Want Me.
Meanwhile, vocalists Eugene Reynolds and Fay Fife formed The Revillos, a group with an ever-changing line-up, which continued where The Rezillos left off. They lasted until 1985, reforming in 1994 for a tour of Japan, and again in 1996 for a UK tour.
In 2001 The Rezillos reformed after being invited to play at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations, and have continued to play live ever since, as well as releasing new singles occasionally, and the critically-acclaimed 2015 album Zero – their first long-player of new material in 36 years!
Fay, Eugene, original drummer Angel Paterson, guitarist Phil Thompson and bassist Chris Agnew even embarked upon including a successful tour of America, which the original band never reached.
Now they’re hitting the road again, aiming to inspire a fresh wave of Rezillomania with audiences young and old.
The Rezillos 2020 tour dates so far are as follows:
• Friday 17 January – Glasgow, Oran Mor
• Friday 7 February – Bristol, The Fiddler.
• Saturday 8 February – Southampton, The Brook.
• Friday 14 February – Aberdare, Jacs.
• Saturday 15 February – Manchester – Rebellion.
• Friday 21 February – Northampton, Roadmender.
• Saturday 22 February – London, 229.
• Friday 28 February – Cambridge, Junction.
• Saturday 29 February – Norwich, Epic Studios.
• Saturday 11 April – Newcastle, O2 Academy
• Sunday 12 April – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
• Saturday 6 June – Manchester, O2 Ritz (North West Calling)