Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Don't Push Me Around...The Story of The Zeros...Show # 252

Originally known as The Main Street Brats, The Zeros formed in 1976 in Chula Vista, California. The group consists of Javier Escovedo (guitar/vocals), Robert Lopez (guitar), Baba Chenelle (drums), and Hector Penalosa on bass. Often referred to as "The Mexican Ramones", The Zeros were part of the late 70's LA punk scene. While they played along with bands such as Black Flag, The Nerves, X, The Germs, and The Wipers, The Zeros were not as well received as their contemporaries.

The bands first single was "Wimp" in 1977 on Bomp Records. In 1978, Javier Escovedo left the group and was replaced by Guy Lopez. Guy would leave soon afterward. The band would relocate to San Fransisco and continue as a three piece band. In 1980, the new version of The Zeros recorded a single containing the songs "They Say", "Getting Nowhere Fast", and "Girl On The Block". After another tour, the band stopped playing. Since their split, The Zeros have reformed several times and released a full length album Right Now! in 1999. A compilation collection all of The Zeros early recordings was released in 1992. It was titled Don't Push Me Around.

Play List:

1. The Jam - In The Midnight Hour
2. Rezillos - Mystery Action
3. X-Ray Spex - I Am A Cliche
4. Alternative TV - Action Time Vision
5. The Prefects - Things in General
6. Modernettes - Static
7. SLYME - Crazy Glue
8. The Prince Brothers - Birds Eye View
9. Iggy Pop - King of the Dogs
10. The Mystery Jets - Young Love
11. Phoenix - 1901
12. The Sounds - 4 Songs & A Fight
13. XX Teens - B-54
14. Zro4 - Give Me Attention
15. Oasis - Cigarettes & Alcohol
16. The Zeros - Wimp
17. The Zeros - Getting Nowhere Fast
18. Joy Division - Leaders of Men
19. Subway Sect - Chain Smoking
20. The Gruesomes - Hey!
21. The Gruesomes - I Try (1985 Demo)
22. International Noise Conspiracy - Bigger Cages, Longer Chains
23. The Damned - Sick of Being Sick
24. Television - Marquee Moon (Alternate Version)

To download this week's show visit the CJAM archives and select the files 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM on June, 9th 2009.

Rare Zeros Video from San Fransisco TV Show (1977):


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Dave said...

Thanks for the feedback, the newer posts definitely have more time put into them than the older posts.