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Великобритания (Англия, Уэльс, Шотландия, Северная Ирландия) Skitzo

Skitzo образовались в 1985.В конце 80х ребята постоянно давали концерты в Лондоне, в основном выступая в the Klub Foot. В начале 90х на время прекратили свою деятельность, и после нескольких лет отдыха, снова взялись за старое - лабать рокнролл. Благодаря своему неизменному фирменному звучанию - без экспериментов с панк роком и прочими стилями - Skitzo получили широкое признание среди армии психорокеров . Если хотите послушать настоящее сайкобилли - такое , каким оно должно быть безгрязногопанкаисоплей - то тогда вам надо услышать именно Skitzo.

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SKITZO were formed in London, England in early 1985.
Briefly known as "The ELECTROS", brothers Phil and Rod Connor roped in a couple of friends with the idea of forming a band. Whilst working a stall in Peckham Market, Phil found Mac and Tony in a second hand shop, songs were written, and gigs arranged. Rod was replaced on drums shortly afterwards by Steve Tomlinson, due to an accident which left Rod unable to play for a long time. After Steve had rehearsed the parts for the songs, a demo was recorded. After finding management in the shape of Owen Davies, they played their first gigs, building up a firm following based around Kent and South London. Unfortunately, Tony got into a bit of trouble, and was in prison for 6 months. Undeterred by this setback, tapes were sent to and from the prison for Tony to learn new material, and they played their next gig (Churchills, Chatham) the same day he was released. At this point, it was decided to change the name of the band to SKITZO. Rod had recovered by this point, and played drums for the support act. The next day, they supported the Meteors at the "Cricketers" in London. After a while, they were offered a gig at the famous "Clarendon" pub, home of the Klub Foot. Then the Klub Foot. Then another. Then another. Their popularity was on the increase. Roy Williams from NERVOUS RECORDS saw them, and was so impressed, he offered them a record deal on the spot. SKITZO MANIA was released on an unsuspecting public in 1987, and sold very well. They did their first gig abroad, in Hamburg, Germany, where the album was apparently number one seller in the local independant record shops.

Shortly afterwards, Steve left the band (for reasons we still don't fully understand), and was replaced by "Strut", (who wishes his real name not to be disclosed). He brought a much heavier sound to the group, mostly because he had a full drumkit (rather than Steve's "stand up" setup), and hit it HARD. Many long nights were spent in the basement of Clockwells studio in Peckham, getting the sound just right. After the album had been out quite a while, SKITZO were asked to be on the bill at a "Stomping At The Klub Foot" recording. Mac the guitarist was nervous, and got very drunk before he went on. The gig was a disaster, and a huge argument broke out within minutes of leaving the stage. Things were sorted out, but then Mac left the band for personal reasons. An audition was held for a new guitarist, and Pete joined up, with only 3 days notice before the next gig. Luckily, he had been following SKITZO since the early days and already knew most of the set. After the already-booked shows had been played, work began on the second album "TERMINAL DAMAGE".

TERMINAL DAMAGE was a radical step foward from the first LP.
SKITZO was now comprised of: Phil (vocals), Tony (Bass), Strut (Drums) and Pete (Guitar). Four musicians who could really play hard, and had some new ideas to try and get away from the tired "zombie bloodbath" imagery. A few of the song ideas for "TERMINAL DAMAGE" were already written at that time, but Phil and Pete spent several long nights in Phil's flat, hammering out new ideas and watching classic suspense films for inspiration. The band now wanted to take the sound a step further and heavy it up a bit. The new lineup was perfect for this, as Strut and Pete were into Punk as well as Garage/Trash and Rockabilly stuff, and this was exactly what they were looking for at the time. A tour was booked, and things went really well for a year or so, as they polished up the live performances all over Europe. Due to the heavier nature of the bands new sound (and years of his famous screaming in between verses), Phil decided to take a break from Skitzo, as he wanted to ease off on his voice and concentrate on his Rockabilly splinter groups "The Gamma Rays" and "Rabbit Action" (featuring John O'Malley from The Nitros, Mickey "Batz" Wigfall on Bass, and Paul Moxon on drums).

The remaining members were faced with a hard decision, but bit the bullet and carried on with Tony switching to vocals, and a new bass player, Justin. This added Electric bass to the bands sound, and consequently made it even heavier. By now, Skitzo were sounding more a Punk band than anything else. They changed their name to "SKITZOMANIAX" to avoid confusion with the traditional psychobilly crowd. Tony suddenly and inexplicably left the band in December 1989, leaving Pete stranded on vocals for a couple of shows. Strut had already planned to emigrate to Sweden later that year, so Scott was drafted in on drums, and after a couple of rehearsals with the new lineup, the band decided to call it a day at the "Hemsby Weekender" in 1990. The band weren't keen to play with what was effectively a "temporary" lineup, but simply couldn't pull out of the festival due to the number of people attending.

Rumors abounded that SKITZO were going to get back together, but nothing was planned. However, pressure from promoters both in England and the rest of Europe made the boys think long and hard about doing a re-union show, their main worry being Phils already strained voice. Phone calls were made over Christmas 1993, to try and arrange a reunion gig to satisfy the fans who missed the old Skitzo. Rod re-joined the band on drums, and the musical direction of the band changed back to the mid 80s style of the 1st album (after protestation from Phil), and the first "Real" Skitzo show in 5 years was played at the Big Rumble festival in Yarmouth, November 1994. 2 all-new songs "Misery" and "Deep River" were released as part of the "Rumble Party" Souvenir LP.

Phil had by now decided to carry on with the vocal duties, on the condition things were toned down a little. and it was mutually decided to get Skitzo back together again for a while, just to see how it went. They began to be re-discovered by the old school Psychobillies, and discovered by a newer crowd, and a 4 song, 7 inch EP called "The Glove" was recorded in August 1995. This is considered by many to be their best work, raw as hell with loads of energy and 4 killer songs! A couple of European gigs, and a Christmas show in Leicester confirmed the new-found popularity of the band amongst fans, old and new.

1996 saw the boys working on songs for a new album, titled "Vertigo". Demo versions of the songs had been recorded at Mickey Wigfall's luxurious 8 track facility in Greenford, and the band were now itching to get into a recording studio and record these songs for release on CD. The album was underfunded and consequently rushed, the artwork got messed up, the wrong floppy disk containing the lyric insert was sent out to the printers, and the band had 3 days to record and mix the album at a smelly 16 track studio in Park Royal. Total budget was about 450 pounds, I think the boys did very well under the circumstances, but it has been said that the demo versions recorded were more aggressive and natural sounding than the released album :-)
Rumours of the bands demise, various reformations, deaths and whatnot have circulated ever since the release of the Vertigo album. A few shows were played in support of "Vertigo", including one of their all time favourites, a midnight appearance at "Le Grand Duc" in Apremont, France after a hellish trip involving missed ferries, floods and roadworks. The night was electric, the band were absolutely on fire, and the crowd went really really mental. Proper Skitzo!

SKITZO played their last show at the "Flint Cottage" in High Wycombe in 1997 with The Hangmen.
However, Phil and Rod have been jamming some songs recently with a new bass player, and there is a possibility of some old-school studio action later in 2010 with Mac. Don't start getting your hopes up about a "big reunion" though! If it happens, it happens. If it don't, then you lost nothing eh! This is still in development stage, so give it a while and we'll see what the initial results are like.


Phil (Vox)
Rod (Drums)
Mac (Guitar)
Joel (Bass)


1987 - Skitzo Mania LP/CD
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1988 - Terminal Damage LP/CD
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1995 - The Glove (4 song 7 inch EP)
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1997 - Vertigo CD
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