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Zot - 1985 Zot

LABEL: Elektra
SERIAL: 7559-60380-1
YEAR: 1985


LINEUP: Randy Wayne - vocals, keyboards * Patrick Knowles - guitar, vocals * Bryant Simpson - bass, vocals * Chris Stewart - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Uranium * 02 Someone * 03 I Believe In Miracles * 04 Little Bit Longer * 05 Insanity * 06 Something In My Heart * 07 I Told You From The Start * 08 Run For Cover * 09 Bright Nights * 10 We're On Yout Side * 11 Try


My first exposure to Zot was on MTV and their video for the single 'Uranium'. The video played only occasionally but I remember thinking they had an interesting sound, especially in the lead vocal department. Of course, I bought the record not really knowing what to expect aside from a great single, but unlike so many MTV bands that were all look and no substance (admittedly Zot's Duran Duran image was a little off-putting at the time), the album was something to behold with a great selection of songs firmly in the David Bowie and Roxy Music school of art pop song writing. The band called sunny Huntington Beach, California home and originally included David Diamond on guitar that would go to big things with the group Berlin. After paying their dues gigging locally doing Styx and Supertramp covers, Zot recorded a demo of original material and eventually signed up with Rod Stewart's manager who brought them to Elektra. Pat Moran (John Butcher Axis, Robert Plant) was chosen as producer which was a wise decision; helping to create what I think is one of the best unknown American pop albums of the 1980's.

The Songs
For the uninitiated vocalist Randy Wayne sounds like David Bowie kicked in the balls, but its all part of the Zot charm and how many bands have written a song about the world's most dangerous metal? Not many I imagine, but 'Uranium' is a great tune with a proggy intro, catchy chorus, a Saga-like guitar solo and lush keys and I'm sure many radio programmers didn't know what to do with it. The following cut 'Someone' should have been a single as well with superb sitar sounds and Ultravox inspired keyboard work from Wayne. Pat Moran's production talents are outstanding here and deserve special mention focusing on the hi-tech progressive side of Zot's music to great effect. Other cuts worthy of mention are the poppy 'Something In My Heart' and the piano based ballad 'Try' which closes out this near perfect record in an artful and beautiful note.

In Summary
Zot did the usual touring in the clubs as well as opening for Culture Club and Latin singer Maria Conchita Alonso, but business changes at Elektra saw the group dropped from the label's roster and tensions within the band concerning their manager's favoritism for Randy Wayne led to a mutual split. The group's web site while informative hasn't been updated in a few years but it's worth a look while we wait for that elusive CD reissue Zot so richly deserves.

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