Back in the 80s, I joined a band called Active Gliders, rapidly renamed Red Zoo. We later had a deal with Polydor under the Typhoon Saturday name and released 3 singles to minimal success. With the help of google, I managed to track down the original line-up and invited them to a get-together. Sadly bassist Derek/Les are no longer playing, but vocalist Elaine McLeod and drummer Nigel Fitzpatrick were game.
Allen Walton (ex She Said) stepped in to help out on bass, but unfortunately had too many musical commitments to stay long. Out of the blue, bassist Michael “Max” Wall (ex Past Seven Days) signed up and we started rehearsing. We played a gig for my 60th birthday party, playing some of our old “classics”. However, Max and Nigel decided to step back – the life style of us oldies doesn’t always allow for rock’n’roll.
Elaine and I have decided to keep working as a duo it soon became clear that there was creative energy to spare, so we’ve started writing new songs. They are (hopefully) recogniseably the same band as was, but with the refinement & maturity that only comes with extreme old age.
We’ve unearthed the old Typhoon Saturday classic B side “Fascination” and stripped it back for the duo 😉
Here’s the original, will upload the new version when it’s ready…
A couple of tunes from our debut gig as a duo, at Bishops’ House in Sheffield as support to Frostlake. Our sound is still a work in progress (it’s hard to radically re-arrange songs you’ve had in your head for 30 years!) , but you’ll get the general idea.
When you get your 80s band together again, the freedom is amazing, all the ego problems of our youth long sublimated by maturity. But then different issues arise, middle-aged choices about life-style and commitment, resulting in Elaine and I now working as a duo, stripped back with a few loops (hopefully) entering the equation. Some old tunes re-imagined and hopefully some new material.
Our first outing is at Bishops’ house on Dec. 17, supporting the inimitable Frostlake. Coincidentally, I’m also there on Dec. 2nd playing with a shakuhachi player (Herve Perez) as String Theology 😉
We were joined at today’s rehearsal by all round good bloke Martyn Bailey. He likes his cameras and took some photos.
This tune was first recorded during our demos made in Fairview Studios near Hull and appeared on the “Bucket of Sleet Cassette release. Here it is, 35 years later at a recent rehearsal, showing at least one of us (cough) can’t count backwards 😉
Having reformed after 30+ years, we’ve started to write new material. Nigel supplied the title & the song just came together. Slightly funkier than the 80s, but then we’re less wound up these days….
Readers will no doubt be enjoying the earth-shattering news that Red Zoo have reformed (albeit with “new” bassist Max). Well, it’s singer Elaine’s birthday today, so here’s a shot from the good old days, when we played at the Lion on the Wicker on the 80s.
At my recent 60th birthday celebrations (organised in secret by my my family) my band from the 80s, Red Zoo, finally lugged our zimmer frames onto a stage and performed a full set of originals (plus a new toon by bassist Max). And here’s proof 😉
My band “Red Zoo” from the 80s have re-united at long last, to play a memorial concert for our dear friend Martin Lilleker. Here’s a song from their early back catalogue called “Torch”, as featured on the Bouquet Of Steel album (under the name “Veiled Threat” – thanks to Les & Pete for writing it)
A recent rehearsal, second take after 34 years! Thanks to Allen Walton, our old friend stepping on bass 😉