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ATHLETICO SPIZZ 80 (Buy CDs by this artist)
Do a Runner (A&M) 1980
Spikey Dream Flowers (A&M) 1981
Spizz History (UK Rough Trade) 1982
The Peel Sessions EP (UK Strange Fruit) 1987

Whatever band British vocalist Kenneth Spiers led — Spizzoil, Spizzenergi, Spizzles, Athletico Spizz 80 — he'll always be best remembered for one novelty hit, 1979's "Where's Captain Kirk?" The charm and wit of that single was nowhere to be found on the subsequent Do a Runner, which was mired in the band's predilection for science fiction imagery. If it seems tough to conceive an album of time warps, time machines and almost nine minutes of "Airships," imagine how tough it would be to repeat that formula; Spikey Dream Flowers offers robots, deadly war games and incessant runaway guitar (by recent arrival Lu Edmonds) with no place to go.

Spizz History compiles tracks from various Spizz eras, reaching all the way back to a 1978 single; "Where's Captain Kirk?," "Soldier Soldier," a version of Roxy Music's "Virginia Plain" and a 1982 single, "Megacity," are all worth hearing, but that's about it. The Peel Sessions EP was recorded in the summer of '78.

[Graham Flashner]