Red Zoo

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 recently found a new rhythm section (the fabulous Short Brothers!) and are relaunching our quest for pop stardom! Or something….

 

Red Zoo rehearsals

We’re just itching to get playing together again, although there seems no end in sight any day soon. Here’s a (drum heavy!) recording of “Believe

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Testing 12

The last demo vinyl I had was in 1982, “Another Flight” by Typhoon Saturday, recorded & mixed by Kevin Bacon, rejected by Polydor in favour

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Fascinating!

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

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Bishops House 2017

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

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At the Zoo

We were joined at today’s rehearsal by all round good bloke Martyn Bailey. He likes his cameras and took some photos.

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Bar 2 Sheffield University

Red Zoo by errr Red Zoo

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

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Happy Birthday Elaine

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,

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Red Zoo live! Yes!

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

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Recent events have had me digging through my archives to back when I was nearly a contender. This track from ’81 by “Red Zoo” was always one of my favourites and shows a similar guitar approach to my beloved Chameleons, who formed the year this was recorded. I’m still in touch with Elaine the signer and we’re even contemplating a live outing!

      1. Red Zoo - In My Eyes remaster

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