Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Spizzles - In Concert 1980

First there was "Spizz Oil, then Spizz Energi, and then, oh there were so many Spizz incarnations that I most probably would get them wrong if I tried. "Spizzles" was their last (I think) incarnation. I was always a Spizz fan even though I felt they never quite matched their early classics like "6,000 Crazy" and "Soldier Soldier", they still managed to produce some very good music. This concert was recorded of Radio 1 around the same time as their album "Spikey Dream Flowers" was released.

The recordings a little ropey, and one warning if your looking forward to hearing "Soldier Soldier" as I was, when I taped it, its rudely interrupted by a loud "Gary Crowley" closing the show. You still get some classics here including one of their live favourites "Clocks are big machines are heavy" at an amazing 29 seconds long.

So try it out and see what you think, and leave a comment, and yes the cover is homemade, as I hate seeing that white space in iTunes.

Band: Spizzles
Year: 1980
1. Gary Crowley Intro
2. Downtown
3. Risk
4. Brainwashing Time
5. Scared
6. Five Year Mission
7. Danger Of Living
8. When I Get Home From Work
9. Clocks Are Big
10. Where's Captain Kirk
11. Soldier Soldier and Gary Crowley Outro

Ripped from glorious hissing and medium wave tape

If you like this then try this excellent collection of Spizz (I don't know why it says the best of Spizz Energi because there is all of the other incarnations on this album) stuff, you will not be disappointed I promise:

Where's Captain Kirk?: The Best Of Spizz Energi


garychching said...


You know what to do

Ad Nauseam said...

Hello very good post
Excellent and rare
It' fabulous

Anonymous said...

amazing post, thx !

Anonymous said...

Ace! Thanks Gazza.


Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

Great fuckin' stuff!

garychching said...

Hi Ad Nauseam, this ones been sitting on my shelf for ages, and I was never sure whether to rip it or not, so as you liked it so much, I'm glad I did. Cheers

garychching said...

No problems anon, glad you enjoyed

garychching said...

Cheers Longy, Spizz was always excellent live, glad you liked it.

garychching said...

Thanks Nuzz, all the best.

Darren G Lilleker said...

the greatest hits is a superb album, their version of Kraftwerk's The Model is fantastic. Someone once said that Soldier Soldier was the only punk track Spizz ever did, I think they prove punk is an attitude not a specific genre tied by rules. in fact punk was abut not having rule. Anyway a great band and a great blog, very pleased to have discovered this!!!

John Liedown said...

I'll be having this while i'm here as well, thank you very much. Posted a bit of spizz stuff the other day as well. Odd when someone else is posting similar stuff at the same time. Haven't got this, excellent work sir.

garychching said...

Hi Darren thanks for the comment and compliment, I also love the Spizz version of the model.

I also agree with you its a load of bollocks whether its punk or not, if its good its good, although I can remember being (maybe) a little purist in my younger days.

garychching said...

Hi John, it is a bit spooky the blogging coincidences its happened to me quite a few time now.

I hope you enjoy my friend.