Welcome to the only (as far as I know)
Spizz fansite pages on the Internet!
I hope that there is something here for everybody: whatever their level of interest in the subject.
If you got this URL from the Spizzenergi newsletter/magazine, an especially big welcome. And if that means you saw Spizzenergi play live recently you have my eternal envy to treasure and keep you warm at nights.
The Spizzweb is getting quite big now - about 115 html pages (see the site map for a complete list), over 150 images, and nearly 40 audio files taking up more megabytes that I want to admit to. So what on Earth did I fill all that disk space up with?...
This page has an introduction to this collection of pages, with a rough summary of what can be found here, followed by a brief introduction to Spizz the performer.
The music section has a full discography, with track listings for albums, and catalogue numbers for all releases - including compilation albums on which Spizz tracks appear either in original form or as cover versions. There is also a separate page for each song, with lyrics and other information. There are sound samples to download in MPEG and WAV formats. The music pages are where to find information about concerts, past and future, when and if I can get any.
The news section contains any news (of course) and the text of any Spizz newsletters.
The info section contains everything and anything else, including:
The feedback section contains the guest book, to view or sign, and e-mail links.
At the top of every page there are graphical links to take you directly to any of these sections, or to the main home page. At the bottom are the equivalent text links just in case. (I could have put them in a little frame down there or at the side, but I don't really like frames, so I didn't, so there!)
It is difficult to know where to start with Spizz: in almost 20 years of performing he has used at least 13 band names (and counting) and had at least different 16 musicians in his bands on record, and probably more live.
The high point of his career (so far?) came early, in 1979, with the song he is still most famous for - Where's Captain Kirk? - which was No. 1 in the first official Independant Charts, where it stayed for 8 weeks, selling over 80,000 copies. More recently the song was performed by REM on their special fan club Xmas single in 1992. The singles Soldier Soldier and No Room also sold well (more than 50,000 copies each), and the first album entered the UK top twenty in its first week of release. Spizz performed live on the John Peel show several times between 1978 and 1980, with several of his bands, and often featured in John Peel's 'Festive Fifty' list of listeners' favourites, voted for each year.
Since the early 80's, Spizz has spent much of the time without a recording contract, but continued giving bizarre but entertaining live performances, and releasing occasional singles on different independant labels, and in the 90's there have been two compilation albums with surprisingly little overlap between them.
One thing that made Spizz popular with early fans was that he did not just release singles from albums: by the time he released his first album he had released 6 singles with 15 tracks on them all together, and only one of those was on that album (and that was a two-year old song in a much-updated version) and only one track from that album was released as a single afterwards. Those of us who were poor students at the time appreciated that!
As a live performer, Spizz has to be seen to be believed. I had never heard of him until I saw him supporting Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Cure, where as far as I was concerned he stole the show. Since the early 80's his concerts and recordings have not been very well publicised, so there must be many people like me who missed out on them by not reading the NME every week. His records seem to have gone without any major airplay as well. When I tried to find out more via the Internet I came up with zero, which is when I decided to set these pages up myself. With the current interest/revival in punk/new wave music, it seemed a shame that such an entertaining part of the scene should go unreported.
I have put everything I could find into these pages. I hope you find them useful or interesting. If you want to make any comments, contributions, or suggestions, or just say hello, look at the Info page or Feedback page for contact details.
Setting up these pages has been a fun way to learn HTML, while doing something vaguely useful. Since I started I have had a few people write to me from various parts of the world to declare themselves Spizz fans, and a few people have been able to find out about Spizz records they didn't know about. Also Spizz found out about this (because I wrote and told him) and supplied some of his snaps for scanning and keeps passing on any news. Who said computing was anti-social?
HOME | NEWS | MUSIC | INFO | FEEDBACK