The Rezillos, Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds
2501 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA, 92101
Doors 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Rezillos burst forth upon the rock scene in 1976, having gathered together at Edinburgh College of Art. Through a shared love of Sixties Garage Rock and the Spectoresque Girl Group glam of The Ronettes and the Shangri Las, The Rezillos found themselves inadvertently caught up in the Punk or New Wave movement. Their debut single, "I Can't Stand My Baby", shot them to underground fame initially via airings on John Peel's radio show. Their classic singles "My Baby Does Good Sculptures", "Top of the Pops" and "Destination Venus" signalled critically acclaimed milestones for the band.
Their landmark album of 1978 "Can't Stand the Rezillos" reached the top 10 in the UK album chart. They appeared twice on the legendary Old Grey Whistle Test and hit the Top Twenty with their hit single 'Top of the Pops', a satirical swipe at the UK pop music programme of the same name. Once the band had achieved chart success it was inevitable that they should appear on the same show! They followed up that same year with a live recording, "Mission Accomplished... But the Beat Goes On", and promptly broke up to the anguish of fans and music critics alike.
In recent years their music has appeared on various "History of New Wave" compilations with the band enjoying a growing status on US underground and college radio stations and rock fanzines. Interest has continued to expand, seeing a CD re-release of their material in 1993 and the subsequent Web buzz via the internet, etc. Bringing it to a head, they reformed on New Year's Eve 2002 with a spur-of-the moment gig in Edinburgh, Scotland playing to 150,000 Hogmanay revellers gathered in the capital city. The writing was on the wall, it was time to get the band together again, tour the world and set to work on the creation of a new album. Following rave reviews, the reformed group embarked upon a twelve-date tour of the US. Strangely enough, although signed to an American label, and having recorded their debut in New York City, the band had previously played only one gig in the USA in 1978, at the infamous CBGBs.
They played exceptional sell-out shows in Norway and France and won over a new generation of Spanish fans in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. Their UK shows, again including the sell-out Astoria 2 show in London, have re-established them as one of the most exciting bands currently on display, with a verve and energy that puts many younger bands to shame. In March 2003, the long-awaited cult-movie, Jackass: The Movie was finally released in the UK. The Rezillos classic foot stomper "Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight" features on the soundtrack, and resulted in them appearing in no less than five US publications on the same day on the first week of it's US release.
Having made it into the 21st century that they sang about so often in the 20th it's fitting that their rebirth should warp them into the present still finding themselves firmly in step both musically and conceptually.
Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds
Get greasy in the psychedelic swamps of rock 'n' roll with Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds! A founding member of The Gun Club and erstwhile guitarist for The Cramps and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the legendary Kid Congo Powers has garage punk swagger in spades. He makes his first trip to Australia with long-term cohorts The Pink Monkey Birds for a night of raw, sonic ambrosia featuring a heady mix of fuzz guitars, New Orleans drum beats and bass lines dripping with soul.