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A post of photographs & thoughts: You can never be over-Zellots in #lndont punk history

- October 25th, 2012

 

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A poster for Saturday’s Graphic Underground show at Call the Office . . . courtesy of Christine deVeber

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An ultra-kewl Zellots image . . . courtesy of Christine

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More Zellots kewlness, in colour (!!!) again thanks to Christine deV

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The Zellots (with a different drummer?) rawk the Flamingo in 1980 . . . courtesy of What Wave Archives

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A different edition of The Zellots? Who is that sax man? Courtesy of Brian Lambert

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Same gig, presumably. Courtesy of Brian Lambert

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There’s a big ….RYS in the background. What club is that? Courtesy of Brian Lambert

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The Zellots are rawkin , . .  but when? & where? Courtesy of Brian Lambert

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This is Cathy Destun, rawkin the mic (right?) Courtesy of Brian Lambert

Missed by JBNBlog back in the day, The Zellots loom large this week . . . a My London column gave me the chance to chat with Zellots’ guitarist Christine deVeber who was also a crazed young dog (she would have been about eight then)  in 1966 for my dad’s Listen to the Wind while her sister was a little ghost girl (if I have the details right). Anyway, that meant Christine was in the vanguard of Canadian drama in the 1960s & Canadian punk rawk in the 1970s and 1980s . . . & here it is 2012 & she & the other Zellots (Jane Colligan, Cathy Destun & Greg Moore will be rawkin Call the Office on Saturday night along with other titans of the punk era. Yay,

Thanks to everyone who helped with the story & PIX & congrats to Brian Lambert for helming this mighty project.

BTW, there is a poll attached to the column online about whether or not you are a child of the punk era etc. So get over there & vote. This is one ballot chance when it really is win-win-win.

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4 comments

  1. greg simpson says:

    The “rys” is only missing the “Capital F” James. That is the immortal Fryfogles on Dundas…long since torn down. The club went through three ownership changes in its day. First owned by Chris Goodwin, who later opened Goody on Richmond Row and now owns a very prestigious golf club in Elgin Country, Second owner, for a short time, was Chris Gomes who boasted, among his staff, several members of the Blais family. That led to the third owner when Paul and Michelle and Nikki and David’s older brother Donnie Blais took over the club and ran it until the economics proved impossible. Donnie now lives in Toronto, where he has been for many years, and runs one of the city’s finer Mexican food establishments, Rancho Relaxo, at 300 College Street, as well as a catering company called Blaising Kitchens, which is an incendiary success, catering, literally, to both the film business and large political and corporate affairs.

  2. greg simpson says:

    one correction in the above post…the name David should be subsituted with the name Doug…there is a David Blais in the family, but he had a real job.

  3. Whatwave dave says:

    Here’s a few additions to the info…

    The picture w/the comment: “A different edition of The Zellots? Who is that sax man?”
    That pic was taken by me, Frys June 1981. The Zellots were opening up for John Cale. Not sure who the sax player is.

    Picture below that, same gig, June 81.Pic What Wave archives

    Next picture, with comment: “There’s a big ….RYS in the background. What club is that?” It’s Fryfogles as Greg Simpson posted, different gig. Picture probably taken by Chris Richards.

    And the last 2 pics are June 1981, Fryfogles opening up for John Cale. Pics from What Wave archives.

    Also took pics of John Cale that night which you might be able to find on facebook. It was a full band tour for the Honi Soit LP.

  4. james.reaney says:

    Thanks for all background, Dave . . . & of course Greg . . . actually now that I look there is one of the What Wave PIX via Brian Lambert with the rest of the Frys logo.
    Meanwhile, how about The Zellots in 2012 . . . they were rawkin & what great songs. Bought the 1981 EP & the 11-minute documentary DVD. Cheers to all involved.

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