The Zorros

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The Zorros
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Alternative rock
Punk rock
Years active 1979–1994
Labels Au Go Go Records
Dreamtime Software

The Zorros were an Australian rock band, formed in 1979.[1][2]


The Zorros played their first gig at the Champion Hotel, Fitzroy in January 1980.

Nic Chancellor was previously a roadie for 1970s punk band, The News and a doorman at 'Bernhardt's Nite Club'. Darren Smith played in The Proles.[3]

The Zorros were popular in the Melbourne music scene of the early 1980s, playing at venues such as the Crystal Ballroom, Exford Hotel Russell St Melbourne CBD, Sydenham Hotel Richmond, Pier Hotel Frankston, Sorrento Hotel, Piccadilly Hotel Kings Cross, Le Tote Fitzroy, Derby Hotel Nth Fitzroy, Katunga RSL Numurkah, Macy's South Yarra, Prince of Wales St Kilda, Duke of Edinburgh St Kilda, Roxy Sth Melb, 465 Club Spencer St, Tiger Lounge St Kilda, Bombay Rock Brunswick, The Champion Hotel Fitzroy, Barleycorn Hotel Collingwood, The Club Collingwood, Hearts Carlton, The Stockade Carlton, The Central Club Richmond, Bananas St Kilda, the Market Hotel Prahran, Geelong Hotel Geelong, The Rehearsal Redfern, The Esplanade St Kilda, Floyd's Canberra, ANU Canberra, The Stockade Canberra, Port Melbourne Park, Princess Hill High, Hunt Club Hotel Merrijig, Brunswick High School.

They released one 7" single on Au Go Go Records, "Too Young",[3][4] written by Chancellor,.[5] It was mixed and produced by Tony Cohen (The Birthday Party).[6] "Too Young" was released in October 1981[7] and went to number 3 on the Melbourne 3RRR charts.[8] In 1988 a Zorros' album was released on Dreamtime Software. The Zorros played original independent music for 16 years with over 500 performances and over 500 songs written by Darren Smith and Nic Chancellor.

Evolving from Melbourne's indie rock scene, The Zorros played with other bands such as INXS, Rose Tattoo, 21 Faces, Z Cars, Marching Girls and La Femme.

They played the final Crystal Ballroom on the 31 October 1987 in St Kilda and played at inner city venues such as Prince of Wales and the Esplanade until 1994.

  • Darren Smith died 13 February 2009
  • Scott Ferris wrote lyrics for Tiddas
  • Alex Zammit plays for Moon Rocket
  • Daniel Smith is a network administrator
  • Nic Chancellor is an CG Animator


  • Nic Chancellor - vocals, bass (1980–1994)
  • Greg Pedley - drums (January, 1980 - September 1981)
  • Craig Russell - bass (1981)
  • Phil Bryant - drums (1982)
  • Scott Ferris - bass (1982-1983)
  • Daniel Smith - drums (1983–1994)
  • Darren Smith - guitar (1980–1994)
  • Gary Williamson - drums (1982–1983)
  • Alex Zammit - bass (1980–1981, 1987–1994)


Zorros Album Dreamtime Software 1988 Alex Darren Daniel Nic 8 songs


  1. ^ Spencer, Chris; Zbig Nowara; Paul McHenry (2002) [1987]. The Who's Who of Australian Rock. Noble Park, Vic.: Five Mile Press. ISBN 1-86503-891-1. 
  2. ^ "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Spencer et al, (2007) Zorros entry. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  4. ^ "AuGoGo Records Discography". NKVD Records. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  5. ^ ""Too Young" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Magnus Holmgren (ed.). "Tony Cohen". Australian Rock Database. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Australian Post-Punk 1976 to 1981 Discography - Zorros". Inner City Sound. 1981. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.

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