NEON formed in Zurich, Switzerland in 1978. Members were Astrid Spirig (vocals/ later of Liliput), Dagmar Heinrich (guitar), Loredana Zandonella (bass), and Gitta Gsell (drums).
None of them had ever played an instrument before, but were animated by the spontaneous, creative and rebellious spirt of punk.
They practiced for six months and during this period compiled six songs. With this limited number of tracks, they were able to build a small fan base. Their first show was on November 1, 1978 at the Club Hey in Zurich, followed by a gig in Hertz on November 17th at Club Spex in Berne. To fill the respective evening's time, they simply played their six songs several times.
In December of 1978, a performance on Swiss television took place for a program about "women in show business." The TV appearance did not make them happy. The recordings for their songs were done in a music studio and they had to fight hard for them. This coupled with a stage direction voice coming out of nowhere to give them commands made the entire experience a wretched one. After this, they decided not to play anymore gigs for a while.
During their time away from playing shows, they rehearsed with other musicians that lead to a temporary replacement for Loredana Zandonella on bass. In 1979, they decided to play again - 2 gigs at POCH (Progressive Organizations of Switzerland, a left wing political party) events in Zurich on March 17th at the Limmathaus, and July 14th at Helvetiaplatz, performing with Switzerland's other punk band, TNT. The July 14th gig would also their last; NEON would disband shortly thereafter.
In 2016, guitarist Dagmar found an old cassette at her home with the recordings of the two songs "Neon" and "Nazi Schatzi." German label Static Age records released them as a 7" single (limited to 100 copies). In 2017, Portland Oregon's Water Wing records released a U.S. pressing of the single with different artwork and inner sleeve.
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