- Stripey Zebras
Stripey Zebras were a
post punkband from Southend on Seain Essex, UK. The group formed in 1980with a line up consisting of
*Martin Fulton - Vocals
*Graham Burnett - Drums
*Martin Hardy - Guitar
*Stephen Dobson - Bass/Vocals
*Paul Brown - Guitar
The band was also augmented, at various stages, by
*Wayne Avrili - Guitar
*Colin Dobson - Guitar
*Julian Ware Lane Guitar
*Sheena Fulton - Vocals
In the summer of 1980 they played their first gig at Zero 6 club in
Rochfordand did their final gig in 1981. Amongst the songs they played live were:
"Monsters on TV (
Godzilla)", "I love Disco", " Sergeant BilkoPlays Pop", " Donny & Marie", " Greta GarboGoes Shopping", "Skellington Flat", "Sore Eyes Party".
The Troggs' "Wild Thing" and a very free adaptation of Ron Grainer's 'Old Ned', better known as the theme from " Steptoe and Son".
the band were an important part of the
cassette culturemovement, in 1980 they released their first cassette album -"Live in Burnetts Bedroom" and this was name checked in the 'Garage Bands' section of The New Musical Express. The group was also mentioned in ' Smash Hits' and 'Sounds'. They frequently featured in 'The Obscurist Chart' section of the latter musical publication.
Paul and Graham compiled a CD in 1998, which, along with "Live in Burnett's Bedroom", included live performances and tracks from rehearsals.
The group played live, mostly around the Southend areas in venues such as (the aforementioned) Zero 6 and Focus Youth Centre.
The usual 'musical differences' caused the band to disintergrate during 1981. Graham formed '
Autumn Poison' and Stephen joined another Southend band, The Get. The band reformed for a one off gig at The Spread Eagle on 05.12.81, this turned out to be their last performance.
Martin Fulton died in 1999.
*"Live in Burnett's Bedroom" (
New Crimes Tapes, 1980)
*"Why Are Pianos Rude?" (
Rasquap Tapes, 1981)
*"Live in Burnett's Bedroom and Other Places" (1999)
* [http://www.southendpunk.com/html/stripeyz.html A history of the Stripey Zebras from the 'Southend Punk' website]
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