ATHLETICO SPIZZ 80 – “DO A RUNNER” (1980)
A re-post from Post-Punk Junk…
It started years ago, when I first saw “Urgh! A Music War”. Amongst footage of The Cramps, Dead Kennedys and Gang of Four was Athletico Spizz 80, doing a song called “Where’s Captain Kirk?”, with the singer, Spizz, shooting Silly String into the audience, and all over himself. It’s one of the more crazed performances in the film, and naturally I was intrigued to know more about Spizz.
He started in ’77 with just him and a guitarist to accompany his warblings, and when his band grew, he changed the name every year (Spizz 77, Spizzoil, Spizzenergi, then Athletico Spizz 80 — in 1980, of course). Up until I’d heard this record, the only Spizz material I’d heard was unsatisfying and a bit annoying in its propensity for tunelessness. Imagine my surprise when I listened to this.
It’s a blast of an album that, for me, contains nary a dud. “Do A Runner”, after just a few short days since my first listening, became ONE OF MY FAVORITE ALBUMS EVER. I’m mesmerized by that fact that each song has a completely different texture; so few bands bother to shake things up a bit inside a single album itself, and “Do A Runner” has been a revelation in that respect, alongside its dense sci-fi lyrical imagery and unpredictable songwriting.
It’s a bit criminal that the album is massively out-of-print; the current available Spizz compilation only has one song from the album, while the previous and now unavailable best-of only had three.