A II Z

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A II Z
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Heavy metal
Years active 1979–1982
Labels Polydor
Associated acts Tytan
AC/DC

A II Z was a heavy metal band founded in 1979 in Manchester, England by guitarist Gary Owens. The original lineup consisted of David Owens (vocals), Gary Owens (guitar), Cam Campbell (bass), Karl Reti (drums). For a short time they were one of the forerunners of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. They disabanded in 1982.

Career[edit]

Manchester's A II Z (named after street-finder atlases) were the beneficiaries of fortuitous timing, being formed by brothers Dave (vocals) and Gary Owens (guitar), Cam Campbell (bass), and Karl Reti (drums), just in time (late 1979) to be swept up by the initial, deafening hubbub surrounding the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Immediately signed by major label Polydor, the group, whose style bore resemblances to Motörhead, Sweet Savage and Weapon, recorded their 1980 debut album named The Witch of Berkeley, live at a hometown gig (actually the hall of Hazel Grove High School), then were sent out on the road in support of Girlschool and Black Sabbath. Neither of these experiences aided record sales, however, and following releases for Polydor 1981's "No Fun After Midnight" EP and "I'm the One Who Loves You", were dropped. Internal dissension had also taken root by this time and the Owens had in fact dispensed with their original rhythm section to work with new bassist Tony Backhouse and drummer Simon Wright (future AC/DC) on that final single. But the quartet's new and more commercial AOR direction failed to bear fruit and by the middle of 1982, A II Z dissolved. Guitarist Gary Owens joined the similarly ill-fated NWOBHM band; Tytan.

In 1993, Reborn Classics reissued The Witch of Berkeley as a bootleg CD which includes both singles as well as a four track demo from Jaguar. In 2006 Majestic Rock officially re-released The Witch of Berkeley and also included the two singles and their b-sides.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

  • The Witch of Berkeley (live) LP (Polydor 1980)

Singles/EPs[edit]

  • "No Fun After Midnight" 7"/12" (Polydor 1981)
  • "I'm the One Who Loves You" 7" (Polydor 1981)

Reissue[edit]

  • "The Witch of Berkeley" Bootleg CD (1993 Reborn Classics)
  • "The Witch of Berkeley" CD (2006 Majestic Rock)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  • Larkin, Colin; Ian Kenyon (1992). The Guinness Who's who of Heavy Metal. Guinness. p. 5. ISBN 0-85112-656-1.