Friday, June 28

The Zantees - Songshop session, NYC 1980

Songshop recording studio
New York, NY
May 18, 1980

soundboard (studio recording, sound quality Ex-; transfer from first-generation tape)

preliminary recording session for debut album, Out for Kicks (two of these are the basic tracks that became album cuts after additional recording and mixing; the others apparently are unreleased — although the group released a groovy promo video for “Brand New Cadillac” using a different backing track.)  

Repercussion: Peter Holsapple produced The Zantees’ first single, “Rockin’ In the House” (b/w “Mornin’ Light”), recorded Feb. 1980. Peter also played piano on the subsequent debut album (he was credited as “special guest”). The dB’s live debut as a four-piece with Peter was on a quadruple bill at Irving Plaza, NYC in Oct. 27, 1978 with The Zantees, The Fleshtones and The Cyclones (must've been 'Definite Article Night' at the club…).

SAMPLE: "Gotta Dance" (Songshop 1980)

01 My Baby
02 Let It Rock (Chuck Berry cover)
03 Brand New Cadillac (Vince Taylor cover)
04* Please Give Me Something (Bill Allen tune)
05 Gotta Dance
06* Cruisin' (Gene Vincent cover)
07 instrumental  
         *tracks 4 & 6 are basic tracks that appeared in finished form on the album Out for Kicks   
The Zantees play Max's Kansas City in NYC. Photo by em1977 via Flickr.

Learn more about the music of  The Zantees at Trouser Press   

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