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The Rezillos

The Rezillos are a punk/new wave band formed in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1976. Although emerging at the same time as otherbands in the punk rock movement, the Rezillos did not share the nihilism or social commentary of their contemporaries, butinstead took a more light-hearted approach to their songs, preferring to describe themselves at the time as "a New Wavebeat group". Their songs are heavily influenced by 1950s rock and roll, 1960s English beat music and garage rock, early 1970sglam rock, and recurring lyrical themes of science fiction and B movies, influences that mirrored those of US ...read more

The Rezillos are a punk/new wave band formed in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1976. Although emerging at the same time as otherbands in the punk rock movement, the Rezillos did not share the nihilism or social commentary of their contemporaries, butinstead took a more light-hearted approach to their songs, preferring to describe themselves at the time as "a New Wavebeat group". Their songs are heavily influenced by 1950s rock and roll, 1960s English beat music and garage rock, early 1970sglam rock, and recurring lyrical themes of science fiction and B movies, influences that mirrored those of US bands theCramps and the B-52s who were starting out at the same time. The Rezillos' biggest hit in their home country was the UK Top20 single "Top of the Pops" in 1978, but they are best known outside the UK for their cover version of "Somebody's Gonna GetTheir Head Kicked In Tonight", which featured on the soundtrack to Jackass: The Movie in 2002. Since the Rezillos recordedit, the song has been covered by other punk bands, including Youth Brigade and Murphy's Law.

Released in July 1978, the Rezillos' only studio album Can't Stand the Rezillos is now considered a classic album of the firstwave of British punk, but the group split up four months after its release, following internal arguments about their futuredirection. After the Rezillos split the band's guitarist and principal songwriter Jo Callis briefly joined a couple of unsuccessfulEdinburgh post-punk groups, before being invited to join The Human League. He went on to co-write some of The HumanLeague's best known songs during their most successful period, including their biggest worldwide hit, "Don't You Want Me".The Rezillos' vocalists Eugene Reynolds and Fay Fife formed the Revillos, a group with an ever-changing line-up thatcontinued where the Rezillos left off. The Revillos split up in 1985, briefly reforming in 1994 for a tour of Japan, and again in1996 for a UK tour. In 2001 the Rezillos reformed after being invited to play at Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations, and havecontinued to play live ever since, as well as releasing new singles occasionally. « hide

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Zero
2015

2.5
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Mission Accomplished...But The Beat Goes On
1979

Can't Stand The Rezillos
1978

4.2
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