So Mike B managed to get the regular gather the free 12″ from the Ultravox tour of ’86. I checked my files and I did rip it. He also provided another twelve that I had “Rain” and I found another twelve that I ripped so let’s have a short series celebrating this nearly band.
Zerra One or 1 were an Irish ‘New Wave’ band founded in 1982 by the core duo of Paul Bell (keyboards/vocals) and guitarist Grimmo AKA Andreas Grimminger.
Ten Thousand Voices, Message From The Peoples (Alternative Version) (12″)
Released in ’84 this goes into U2 / Big Country territory. Produced by Ian Taylor it has their signature anthemic chorus and the blend of synth and guitar about the conflict in Ireland. A kids choir is mixed in towards the end, was not expecting that !!
The B-side is an exotic instrumental with the title in Gaelic meaning Freedom for everyone (I guess) Something Midge Ure would not out at the time.
Mercury – MERX 161
|A||Ten Thousand Voices, Message From The Peoples (Alternative Version)|
|B||Saoirse I Do Cheann|
Tumbling Down (12″)
From ’84 and produced by Todd Rundgren and engineered by Chris Andersen. This is almost like an instrumental joined onto the normal track, 3 mins before any vocals. A bit Simple Minds but a good track.
“Dangerous Vision” has some crooning and some deep synths in the intro, electronic drums keeping a tribal rhythm for this strong song.
Mercury – MERX 174
|A||Tumbling Down (Extended Version)|
Rain (Remix) (12″)
An older track getting a remix from Dave Bascombe. Quite Gothy and frantic. Originally produced by Todd Rundgren , “Nothing” is even more atmospheric Goth with a wonky synth and baritone vocals.
The last track was recorded for John Peel ‘Radio 1 Session’, November 24th 1983 and captures their live energy and sounds like New Order. Tempo changes and impassioned vocals.
Mercury – MERX 191
|B2||The Other Side|
Rescue Me (12″)
Barry Blue produced it and added a bit of a glitter to this Rocker. Gavin Harrison Porcupine Tree) on drums
With regards to the video; Paul Bell was quoted as saying
“”Rescue Me was used in a Phillips tv ad for Cd players (which were all the rage!) and another ad for really snazzy VHS recorders!!!??? We did four days filming, didn’t get a free CD player or VHS player, no expenses… not even a free lunch! The extras made more from the ads than we did! Oh the glamorous world of pop meets tv!”
The B-sides include two contrasting styles. “Conor Pass” is an atmospheric instrumental with plenty of synths and drum machine. Dedicated to the dramatic piece of road in County Kerry. Plenty of DX-7 chimes and marimba.
“No Longer” sounds like Thin Lizzy and was a live favourite.
Mercury – MERX 205
Rescue Me (Promo 12″)
And here is my tour 12″, God knows how I got it home from the gig!! Tucked away in the actual programme.
The Power Mix has a bit more umph with more guitar riffs and cheesy synth lines. I really liked it back then, not so now it’s very American.
I also really like and still do the Tim Palmer produced “Heaven”, bright synths but a killer chorus. A song about loss.
Mercury – ZERRA 1
|A||Rescue Me (Power Mix)|