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The Rezillos

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (1976 – 1978, 2001 – present)

The Rezillos are a Punk/New wave band, who formed in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1976, and are still playing gigs around the world in a reformed line-up. The band is best known for their 1978 British Top 20 hit “Top of the Pops”

The band originally consisted of Eugene Reynolds (born Alan Forbes) vocals; Fay Fife (born Sheila Hynde) vocals; Jo Callis guitar; the enigmatically-named William Mysterious (born Alastair Donaldson), saxophone; Angel Patterson (born Alan Patterson), drums; Hi-Fi Harris guitar; and Dr D. K. Smythe bass guitar. Some of The Rezillos’ bizarre early live repertoire, contained material from the likes of The Sweet, Screaming Lord Sutch, Fleetwood Mac (in the guise of Earl Vince and the Valiants) and the Dave Clark Five. Bootleg recordings exist of this stage of the band’s history.

This line-up released their first single “Can’t Stand my Baby” on the indie record label, Sensible Records. This led to a major recording contract with Sire Records. The band also underwent a transformation, shedding both Hi-Fi Harris, Dr. D.K. Smythe, and two backing singers. William Mysterious then shifted to bassist for the band’s debut album Can’t Stand the Rezillos, widely regarded as a classic of both Punk Rock and New Wave. A second single “Flying Saucer Attack” / “My Baby Does Good Sculptures” grazed the lower reaches of the UK Singles Chart, and contained different versions of the songs found on the album release.

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