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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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  • Punkrocker00

    The more I listen to them, the more I love them! ♥(2)

    6 Feb 7:01pm Reply
  • Lost-Cherree

    The more I listen to them, the more I love them! ♥

    25 Jan 9:57am Reply
  • dipshah

    Performing live at Butlins Minehead this April: http://www.bigweekends.com/your-break/91389

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • QuirkyKiwi

    I love Fay's accent! <3

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • FrankJWilson

    Saw them supporting The Ramones at the Birmingham Top Rank if I remember correctly. Right up the front . Exccellent!!! Trying hard not to look up Fay's skirt :-)

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • bassnerve

    Twisted Nerve will be guests of The Rezillos at Edinburgh Liquid Room on 21st December 2012 on stage 7.30pm.

    17 Nov 2012 Reply
  • DirectActon

    Most underrated band from the first wave of Punk, 35 years on and I'm still listening, one album which has a feel good factor for me....Can't Stand The Rezillos!

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • cladiniz

    Those basslines ...

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • pogopatterson

    Or have lived in Scotland for a time.

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • scottyc1000

    The name Fay Fife cracks me up, you have to be Scottish to get it though....

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Old_Punka

    Could have been great at Durham Punk Fest, sound was fuckin piss poor though!

    12 Sep 2011 Reply
  • kembrick

    Обычно панк-рокерши страшные на рожу. А эта - довольно симпатичная. Да и музло что надо.

    10 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Siri_HC_

    Muito foda!

    22 May 2011 Reply
  • bcologlu

    great song

    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Old_Punka

    Always were a great band, still fantastic live.

    12 Nov 2010 Reply
  • vandaleyes

    one of the catchiest bands ever. :)

    23 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    ahh the good old days...

    8 Aug 2010 Reply
  • feefafo

    Too bad I can't scrobble vinyl or tape.

    28 Apr 2010 Reply
  • zubr

    Awesome!

    24 Apr 2010 Reply
  • 90DISlike

    Take the money - Leave the box Everybody's on Top Of The Pops Pay the money - Watch the box Everybody's on Top Of The Pops Everybody's on Top Of The Pops HEY!

    12 Feb 2010 Reply
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