Monday, June 18, 2007

Doing a Runner...

Athletico Spizz '80 - Airships

There were many incarnations of groups fronted by Kenneth Spiers (aka Spizz) including Spizzoil, Spizzenergi and Spizzles amongst a few others, but here we have a track from Spizz's (?) debut album from 1980 and was recorded under the moniker Athletico Spizz '80.
Spizz bands had been around for a few years by this point and had already had their most commercial success with 'Where's Captain Kirk' the previous year, but I'm opting for the closing track on Athletico's album 'Do a Runner'.
It's a glorious eight and a half minutes of one of my favourite riffs ever and includes virtually no words and some of the best bits of very hi howling ever put down on vinyl. Talking of which, I apologise for the crackles and slightly wobbly sound, it's from my old LP, I did nearly have a bit of luck while looking on t'internet wherupon I stumbled across the official Spizz website and they have the whole album available to download, but alas all the links are dead.
Anyway, as for the rest of the 'Do a Runner' album... well to be honest it's not that great. There are a couple of tracks that are ok, but basically it's a bit of a dud, which is a real shame as by this stage they'd built up a really good strong following. But the album received very damp reviews, and add to that there wasn't anything really close to being a catchy single in the vein of 'Where's Captain Kirk' on it, but it did bring us this track, an absolute corker I hope you'll agree.
Spizz is still going strong nowadays though and is still gigging up and down the country.

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