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Underground Zero

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UNDERGROUND ZER I am frequently asked questions about the history of Underground Zer, the crew, equipment, recordings, etc. Which take me ages to answer. Sometimes because even I don't know the answer. So I thought I'd write this as a kind of general information sheet and also to get things straight in my own mind. A SHORT HISTORY OF UZ The nucleus of UZ was started in 1979 by Andrew Rix (bass/vocals), Adrian Rix (keyboards) and Judi Griggs (vocals) who, together with drummer Brian Savage and guitarist Karl Dawson (the third guitarist to attempt the task!), started to play a wide range of covers and original music in the clubs and pubs around the Norfolk area under the name of 'ROKO'. The cover music, whether it was a piece by Fleetwood Mac, The Stranglers or Hawkwind, often ended up sounding very different to the originals. This was probably due to the influences behind the playing styles of Adrian - Dave Greenfield of The Stranglers and John Lord of Deep Purple, Karl - Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Angus Young of AC/DC, and me - Lemmy of Hawkwind and Jean Jaques Burnell of The Stranglers. The only other member of the clan in those days was Tony Morter who was in charge of the PA (and occasional odd noises!). The lights, such as they were, were controlled by anyone who happened to be handy. From 1981 the group underwent several major changes. Brian left and was replaced by Mike (Mel) Melnyk and guitarist Paul Holden joined. The music changed - most of the covers were dropped and the overall sound was altered by Mel's highly technical (if maybe unpredictable) style and Paul's blistering speed. There were also several non-musical changes within the band. The name was changed to 'Ground Zer', Richard Nuttall (the infamous Coherent Ric) joined and started to build what was to become probably the biggest light-show in the area; Keef Looney joined and developed a projection show with five slide projectors, five special effects projectors and two cine projectors; and Les Smith joined and brought on stage arrays of up to nine video monitors connected to a bank of video recorders and a computer. During this period (1981-1983, the GZ period) the group's own PA was also built up to it's final 2.5kw. However, as the venues performed in were also constantly increasing in size and were frequently in the open-air, it became more common that larger PAs were hired or supplied by the promoters. This meant that Tony, although still responsible for the final mix, often found himself with some time on his hands and so was able to demonstrate one of his other 'skills' - pyrotechnics! These ranged from the spectacular - simple flares, rockets, maroons, etc., to the down right lethal - there is a club somewhere in Suffolk which still has a large hole blown in the ceiling twenty feet above the stage! In 1982 a man approached Adrian in a pub in Norwich and offered to make us all Super-Stars! We said, 'OK.' So he took us to a studio in Ipswich, (arriving himself in a red bimbo-driven Porsche (the Porsche not the bimbo) - very impressive), recorded four of our songs (in what he thought was the way it should be done), took some posy photos and then disappeared, leaving us with a box full of cassettes and promo. Photos. As he didn't take any money from us we weren't too cut-up about it though and it did give us our first taste of a professional recording studio. Plus the tapes turned out to be quite popular at gigs, even though we thought they were terrible! They just didn't sound like us - they were too clean and 'nice' - not at all like the real Ground Zer! A few months later a man came up to us in a pub and said he would like to arrange a ten-date tour of France for us. We said 'OK.' We never saw him again! Later that year we had one of our lucky breaks when we were asked to support 'Marillion'. OK - so the stage lighting turned up late and we did half our set in darkness and the other half with riggers climbing all over the stage but the audience were great and we all had a good time. Having got a taste for recording we decided to

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