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Sheffield, United Kingdom

80s band, Vitamin Z were founded by Geoff Barradale and Nick Lockwood in Sheffield, UK. - a city notable for artists such as as Joe Cocker, The Human League, Pulp and Arctic Monkeys.

Barradale and Lockwood recorded their Geffen debut, Rites of Passage in 1985 . It featured an impressive cast of supporting musicians, including Peter Gabriel, drummer Jerry Marotta, Chris Hughes, (percussionist for Adam Ant), guitarist Neil Hubbard, violinist Simon House and arranger Ann Dudley.

An especially integral part of the Rites Of Passage sessions was guitarist David Rhodes, perhaps best known for his work with Peter Gabriel and Blancmange. David went on to become a full-fledged member of Vitamin Z.

Produced and recorded by Ross Cullum, Rites Of Passage featured eight Barradale/Lockwood originals including their debut single “Burning Flame.” After a promising first single and a tour supporting Midge Ure, the band appeared to lose momentum and the second album, “Sharp Stone Rain” was not released until 1989 - by which time the record buying public appeared to have lost interest and Vitamin Z disappeared completely off the radar.

Lead singer, Geoff Barradale has subsequently re-emerged as manager to the Arctic Monkeys, guiding them to phenomenal success.


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  • Sergushock


    12 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Skymouth

    Casablanca, Angela, and Hi, Hi Friend were among my faves from Vit Z back in my Junior High days. I believe I had GTR and Tones on Tail mixed on the same tape. Ah the 80's, back when music was good!

    5 Jun 2009 Reply

    I love Circus Ring.It sounds quite powerful and epic at the same time...^^

    22 Apr 2009 Reply
  • DeathSaurer

    Burning Flame is the best song of Vitamin Z for me. :)

    11 Apr 2009 Reply
  • royoliver1972

    rites of passage album was i think produced by roland orzabal of tears for fears. he even lend some guitar riffs in one of the songs, like burning flame.

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ejival

    The singer, Geoff Barradale, is the manager of the Arctic Monkeys? ... wow.

    22 Jul 2008 Reply