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Time Zone was a band headed by Afrika Bambaataa. Bambaataa worked with different musicians for each Time Zone project.

The first Time Zone single was the 1983 song “The Wildstyle” which featured music from a German project called Wunderwerke. Bambaataa was introduced to their music by Rusty Egan of Visage. The song became very popular among break-dancers at the time.

In 1984, Time Zone released their most well-known single, “World Destruction”. A collaboration between Bambaataa, Public Image Ltd. leader John Lydon, and producer/bassist Bill Laswell, this single is the first real song; predating Run-DMC & Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way”.

The single was arranged by Laswell after Lydon and Bambaataa had acknowledged respect for each other’s work:

Afrika Bambaataa: “I was talking to Bill Laswell saying I need somebody who’s really crazy, man, and he thought of John Lydon. I knew he was perfect because I’d seen this movie that he’d made (Copkiller), I knew about all the Sex Pistols and Public Image stuff, so we got together and we did a smashing crazy version, and a version where he cussed the Queen something terrible, which was never released.”

John Lydon: “We went in, put a drum beat down on the machine and did the whole thing in about four-and-a-half hours. It was very, very quick.”

The single also includes renowned musicians Bernie Worrell, Nicky Skopelitis, and Aiyb Dieng, all of whom would later play on PiL’s Album. Laswell also played bass and produced that album.

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  • OSIRUS187

    ...I'm in a time zone! I'm in a time zone! I'm in a time zone ... ∞

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Vampiro_Rockero

    I'm in a time zone! I'm in a time zone! I'm in a time zone!

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • MisterWurst

    Ah, finally found it, searched this Band since "world destruction" was played in sopranos :) the one singer sounds a bit like jello biafra

    25 Nov 2010 Reply
  • pee-why

    haha, I've got da 7 different versions frOm John LydOn n' AfriKa Bambaataa... coOl stuff, It's 7 versiOns of World DestructiOn... kaboOom kabOoOm...!!!

    15 Jun 2009 Reply
  • noohgodno

    interesting

    14 May 2009 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    Found the Africa-Johnny version on "Richard Blades Flashback Favorites" cd, that I found in the used cd bins at Amoeba Records. Great version! It's listed as "World Destruction - Extended 12" Remix" by Time Zone. Always thought it was a PiL track. :D

    17 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Beztard

    I'm in a timezone!!

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
  • monkeipeg

    Where's the Afrika and Johnny version!?!?!?!!? >:(

    30 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Melies

    I want to be KABOOOM!!! too guys, where can I find their stuff? :-P Any upload, torrents, top-secret-php-supercrypted links out there?

    21 Aug 2008 Reply
  • WTF108

    KABOOOOM!!!

    21 Mar 2008 Reply
  • WTF108

    \o/ <3 time zone

    1 Dec 2006 Reply

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