Zones (band)

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Zones
Origin Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Punk rock, post-punk, power pop, new wave
Years active 1977–1979
Labels Zoom Records, Arista Records
Associated acts Slik, PVC2, Rich Kids, Science, Endgames, Ultravox, The Skids, The Armoury Show, Public Image Ltd., Simple Minds, Set the Tone
Members Billy McIsaac
Kenny Hyslop
Russell Webb
Willie Gardner

Zones were a Scottish power pop and new wave band founded in late 1977,[1] following the demise of PVC2 (formerly the bubbleglam and soft rock band Slik).

Career[edit]

PVC2 comprised Midge Ure (future Ultravox frontman) on guitar, Russell Webb on bass, Billy McIsaac on keyboards and Kenny Hyslop on drums. In late 1977, Ure left PVC2 to join Rich Kids with Glen Matlock. Then, Webb, Hyslop and McIsaac called in Alex Harvey's cousin Willie Gardner to replace Ure on guitar and vocals, and Zones were formed.

In February 1978 Zones released a single "Stuck with You",[2] which attracted the attention of BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, leading to the band recording a session for his show,[3] and Arista Records, who signed them and released the rest of their discography. Their next single was "Sign of the Times" released in July.[4] Zones also toured with Magazine and recorded a further session for John Peel.[5] On 1 June 1979 Zones released Under Influence,[6][7][8] an album of post punk power pop. Shortly afterwards, they released a 7" single called "Mourning Star",[9][8] whose eponymous song (a shorter version of the album song) was backed with "Under Influence", which did not appear on the album, despite the name being the same. They also had a song that was featured in the movie That Summer! entitle "New Life." Shortly afterwards, the band decided to split up, as the album did not reach expectations.

Gardner joined Endgames, with Simple Minds' original drummer Brian McGee. McIsaac and Hyslop continued with a project called Science, a band considered as a continuation of Zones, but only McIsaac was the supposedly remaining member.[10][11] He then moved to a piano college in Glasgow. Webb and Hyslop joined Skids. Webb collaborated with Skids' singer Richard Jobson (Skids singer) until 1988 and Hyslop, after collaborating with Skids album, Joy, moved to Simple Minds (1981–1982) and Set the Tone (1982–1983).

Discography[edit]

Albums
Singles
  • 1978 – "Stuck with You" b/w "No Angel" (Zoom Records, 17 February 1978)[12]
  • 1978 – "Sign of the Times" b/w "Away from It All" (Arista Records, July 1978)
  • 1979 – "Looking to the Future" b/w "Do It All Again" (Arista Records, 24 May 1979)
  • 1979 – "Mourning Star" b/w "Under Influence" (Arista Records, 20 July 1979)[13]
  • 1980 – "Look Don't Touch" b/w "Scalectrik" (Rialto Records, June 1980)[14] (As "Science.")
  • 1981 – "Tokyo" b/w "Tokyo (instrumental)" (Rialto Records, January 1981)[15] (As "Science.")

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All The Acts / Bands Who Played The Kinema Ballroom Dunfermline - 'Z'". Kinemagigz.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  2. ^ "Zones - Stuck With You / No Angels - Zoom - UK - ZUM 4". 45cat.com. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  3. ^ "Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - 17/05/1978 Zones". BBC. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Zones - Sign Of The Times / Away From It All - Arista - UK - ARIST 205". 45cat.com. 1978-08-04. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - 13/09/1978 Zones". BBC. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  6. ^ "Zones (2) - Under Influence". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  7. ^ Dave Thompson. "Under Influence - Zones | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  8. ^ a b George Gimarc. Punk Diary: The Ultimate Trainspotter's Guide to Underground Rock, 1970-1982. Books.google.com. p. Front cover. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  9. ^ "Zones - Mourning Star / Under Influence - Arista - UK - ARIST 286". 45cat.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  10. ^ "Science (5) Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  11. ^ "ZONES - under influence". Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  12. ^ "The Post Punk Progressive Pop Party: The Zones - Stuck With You". Thep5.blogspot.com. 2008-02-17. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  13. ^ "The Post Punk Progressive Pop Party: The Zones - Mourning Star". Thep5.blogspot.com. 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  14. ^ "Science - Look Don't Touch / Scalectrik - Rialto - UK - TREB 117". 45cat.com. 1980-06-27. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  15. ^ "Science - Tokyo / Tokyo (instrumental) - Rialto - UK - TREB 124". 45cat.com. 1981-01-30. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 

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