We all know how in pop music strength of personality can outshine sheer talent. This was the lesson Jo Callis must've taken from The Rezillos (more HERE). After all, when Callis departed he took the best players with him to form Shake, a band that really didn't do anything of the sort (More Shake HERE). It was only when he draped his talents over the flamboyant Phillip Oakley (and his two back-up fashion plates) in the Human League (more HERE). that he got to step onto the world stage.
But what of the fashion-renegades, what of Fay Fife and Eugene Reynolds? Well they designed a new band, using old Rezillos Hi-Fi Harris on guitar and William Mysterious on bass alongside Rocky Rhythm on drums and Kid Krupa as the boy guitar whiz (plus two Revettes on backing vocals!). And as for the music, the band hardly suffered as Fife and Reynolds unveiled a killer line of retro-modern songs, though this design team did have a tendency of borrowing accessories from many early sixties figures (Phil Spector, Joe Meek plus numerous one-hit wonders) and never returning them.
So what we have here is a way-out-of-print collection ($600.00 on Amazon!) of sixteen BBC recording from as far back as 198o and stretching to 1996. Since the band were studio obsessives, you can bet that each of these versions are substantially different as the band takes advantage of the new environment.
So what do you think of the switch from The ReZillos to The ReVillos? Let us know in the comments.
Speaking of comments, that is the section where the link for Wireless Recordings (1980-1996) resides.
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