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(1980 – 1985)

Blue Zoo was a band from 1980 to 1985.

Formed in 1980, their original band name was Modern Jazz, and they released a single “In My Sleep (I Shoot Sheep)” in that year.

Band members were: Mike Ansell on bass, Matthew Flowers (formerly of new wave band “Sore Throat”) on keyboards, Pete Lancaster on trumpet, Andy O on vocals, Tim Parry on guitar and Mickey Sparrow on drums. Steve Pond from Inner City Unit played occasional synthesizer. Parry later went on to become a record producer.

Blue Zoo had one UK hit single. In October 1982 “Cry Boy Cry” charted and reached number 13. It stayed on the UK Singles Chart’s Top 40 for eight weeks.

They released an album Two By Two - sometimes written-as 2x2 or 2By2 - in 1983.

Another band with the same name formed in Australia in the late nineties. Originally called “Laughing Gas” they changed their name to Blue Zoo and played live venues in and around NSW and the ACT between 1998 and 2006.

Whilst the Australian Blue Zoo never secured a major recording contract, three of their songs may be found on the compilation album Hurricane Healing (Vol 4), recorded to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Their most successful song was the ballad “Only for You”, which reached as high as number 3 on US internet charts. Other songs include the edgier “Where Would We Be?”, “Pick Yourself Up”, “New Groove”, and “So Funky I Could Cry”.

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  • flashbleu

    2 by 2 now reissued on Cherry Red with b-sides and non album singles.

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • land_on_web

    2 by 2 was produced by Tim Friese-Greene, well known for his excellent work with Talk Talk.

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • loudecibels

    2x2 is great. Forgive a few tracks, but they tried a lot of interesting and funky avenues. Definitely a band to look into if you love 80's New Wave bands.

    6 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Akatian

    Great band, they deserve a lot more recognition. Two by Two should get a remastered CD release, with the single tracks included.

    20 Jan 2011 Reply
  • loudecibels

    Just heard about these guys today. As a child of the 80's, I'm shocked I never knew them.

    18 Jan 2011 Reply
  • thoughts_flow

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    30 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Glittervamp1

    They have up coming gigs and are well and truly back September 23rd Madame JoJos with Depatment S and October 5th The Lexington, Angel both in London.

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • SomeSayPrayers

    I really really love this band, they deserve more listeners! :(

    20 Jun 2009 Reply
  • BaldPagan

    I've got Modern Jazz singles...Must get a USB player one day!

    17 Oct 2008 Reply
  • flagshiprecs

    anyone with an mp3 of Somewhere In The World There's A Cowboy Smiling willing to trade?

    22 Jul 2007 Reply