Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Spizzenergi - The Custard Channel

This appears to be a bit of a rare one, and it's a real mixed bag if your looking for classic Spizz stuff. Under the name of Spizzenergi (1996-1998 incarnation), it also includes the "Lifestyle project" which was originally released as an EP with tracks from Claudia Brucken (front lady to Synthpop band Propaganda) and Spizz, three tracks from Spizzvision (1989), one from Spizzenergi 3 (1991) and three already released tracks from Athletic Spizz 80.

The Custard Channel is a worth having just for three re-recordings in 1996 for GLR sessions of the classic Spizz singles Central Park, Where's Captain Kirk? and No Room, and the cover of Kraftwerks classic "The Model".

The Lifestyle project and Spizz vision stuff really moves away from the sound you'd normally expect to hear from Spizz (more commercial in my opinion), plus two football songs, one for England the Spizzenergi 1998 world cup song "E for England" (unofficial I'm sure) plus his homage to Aston Villa.

The stand out tracks for me is the new version of "Where's Captain Kirk?", faithful but just different enough to want to hear both and their excellent cover of "The Model". What do you think? Leave a comment and let us know.

As usual high resolution scans included so you can read the details

Band: Spizzenergi (plus other incarnations)
Label: Spizzcom
Year: 1999
1. The Model - Spizzenergi
2. Central Park (GLR Session) - Spizzenergi
3. Where's Captain Kirk? (GLR Session) - Spizzenergi
4. No Room (GLR Session) - Spizzenergi
5. E For England - Spizzenergi
6. I Want You (In Balance) - Lifestyle with Claudia Bruken
7. Water - Lifestyle with Claudia Bruken
8.I Didn't Believe It - Lifestyle
9. We Want The World - Spizzivision
10. Media Messiah - Spizzivision
11. Angel Baby - Spizzivision
12. Kate Adie - Spizzenergi 3
13. Three Lions In The Sky - Lifestyle
14. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Lifestyle
15. The Sun Never Sets On Aston Villa - Spizzenergi
16. Red and Black - Athletico Spizz 80
17. New Species - Athletico Spizz 80
18. Airships - Athletico Spizz 80

Not ripped from glorious scratched vinyl or hissing tape

If you like Spizz then you can still buy an excellent greatest hits album here:
Where's Captain Kirk: the Very Best of Spizz Energi
Plus a DVD I didn't know about (Ill have to buy this now) here:
Spizzenergi - Where's Captain Kirk - Spizzenergi Live [2005] [DVD]


Anonymous said...

thanks for spizz,i have two albums on LP,one of my collection is on my blog,look http://punkvinyls.blogspot.com/2009/05/athletico-spizz-80-do-runner-lp.html

Longy said...

Nice one Gary :-) I think tracks 15and 18 might need a re-do though mate on the 2nd link (he hinted hopefully)

Great upload though mate.

garychching said...

Cheers anon nice blog, I have Do A Runner and Spikey Dreams myself. I'll add your blog to the list.

Longy said...

Thanks Gary....just gotta hear that Aston Villa song :-)

garychching said...

Ha! ha! I had to listen to that one as well.

Neil said...

Cramps and Spizz on same blog

Can't wait to listen - thanks

garychching said...

Hi Neil thanks for taking the time to comment. Hope you enjoy Spizz and the Cramps. How could you not?

whitepunksondope said...

Thanks so much for sharing the Spizz material, one of the most criminally under-rated bands in musical history, period...you could play somebody "Do A Runner", tell them it was released this week and they would not bat an eyelid...to be honest I think it was too far ahead of its time (if such a thing is possible!) in the sense very few people at the time really "got it". Luckily I was one of them! I was 12 when it came out and the main reason I bought it was because it was 50p and I liked the cover (Woolworths was great, I bought the Delta 5 album and Magazine's Correct Use of Soap in the same year, all for fifty pence each! and while its not very hip to admit, I credit Woolies with my eclectic taste to this day!)
PS, if anyone is interested I found okish rips of Do A Runner and The Spizzles album at the Punk Vinyl blog:
Do A Runner:
Only just found your blog and already it feels like home! Thanks so much for the Spizz Custard! Its the perfect topping!(Groan!!)

garychching said...

Hi Whitepunksondope, thanks for the compliment and comment. Its always good to hear from people who really love and appreciate music. Spizz were and still are one of my favourite bands, so I hope you enjoy it. I still have DO A Runner and Spizzles on vinyl. DId you find the Spizzles live gig I have also posted?

Look forward to seeing you around.

sambson said...

Between the couple of available anthologies, and what's already been posted here & in the comments (thanx), still looking for:

ATHLETICO SPIZZ 80 : Hot Deserts / Legal Proceedings (A&M #AMS-7550 - 1980)

THE SPIZZLES : Risk / Melancholy (#AMS-8107 - 1981)

THE SPIZZLES : Dangers of Living / Scared (#AMS-8124 - 1981)

SPIZZ ORBIT (Split single) : Love Me Like A Rocket (Plastic Head #PLASPOP1 -1988)

Any help appreciated!

garychching said...

Hi Sambson, I can defo help in two areas:

I have Hot Deserts, but you will have to give me some time to find it, rip it and post it. I am v busy at the moment but will put it on my list of to do's (I already have a quueue of requests).

You can get Spizzles, Risk over at Punkfriction here:


Don't forget to leave a comment and tell hm the Chching sent you.

I'm also in discussions with someone over getting a rip of Spizz Orbit so keep your fingers crossed. (I may put out a request sometime, its been a while since I've done one).

I also have a copy of spizzenrgi unhinged, which I'm not sure wheter you have or not.

All the best