Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #256: 160912
[a punk song]
Formed in Edinburgh in 1976 and emerging at the same time as other bands in the punk rock movement, the Rezillos did not share the nihilism or social commentary of their contemporaries, but instead took a more light-hearted approach to their songs, preferring to describe themselves at the time as “a New Wave beat group”. Their songs are heavily influenced by 1950s rock and roll, 1960s English beat music and garage rock, early 1970s glam rock, and recurring lyrical themes of science fiction and B movies, influences that mirrored those of US bands the Cramps, the B-52s, and X who were starting out at the same time. The Rezillos’ biggest hit was the UK Top 20 single “Top of the Pops” in 1978, ‘Destination Venus’ was also released in 1978 but only made it to No.43 in the UK charts.