Welcome to the official Fenzyx website

"We had a good time; we had a scream..."


'Soldiers', 'Angels of Mercy' and the previously unreleased 'Angels of Mercy Dub' feature on 'Bored Teenagers' Vol. 10 out now on Detour /  Bin Liner Records.

Take a listen here and then buy it here


 

Formed in 1979 largely of ex- Demon Preacher personnel, North London based band The Fenzyx released the double A sided single, "Soldiers" c/w "Angels of Mercy" on the prestigious Ellie Jay label in 1981. 

The band's original members were; Tony Gialanze, Jim Rutter, Gerry Lyons and Gerry Healey. Fenzyx was later joined by Paul O'Connell, Bill Muir, Liz Quigley, Alex Couchman and various other musicians who will be added over time.

This website, maintained by the band members, charts the bands history.

Some of it may even be accurate...ish!  

 
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  • Rehearsals at The Pocock Arms
    Rehearsals at The Pocock Arms
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    The Pocock Arms
  • Fenzyx Soldiers c/w Angels of Mercy
    Fenzyx Soldiers c/w Angels of Mercy
  • The Pied Bull
    The Pied Bull
  • Flyer Butcher's Arms
    Flyer Butcher's Arms
  • Rehearsals at Halligan's
    Rehearsals at Halligan's
  • Credit: The Islington Gazette
    Credit: The Islington Gazette
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    The Pocock Arms
  • Credit: The Islington Gazette
    Credit: The Islington Gazette
  • Fenzyx Soldiers c/w Angels of Mercy
    Fenzyx Soldiers c/w Angels of Mercy
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    The Pocock Arms
  • Credit: The Islington Gazette
    Credit: The Islington Gazette
  • Rehearsals at The Pocock Arms
    Rehearsals at The Pocock Arms
  • Credit: Marionette and Richard Goldsworthy
    Credit: Marionette and Richard Goldsworthy
  • George Robey's Little Rainbow
    George Robey's Little Rainbow
  • Credit: The Islington Gazette
    Credit: The Islington Gazette
  • The Pied Bull
    The Pied Bull
  • Credit: The Islington Gazette
    Credit: The Islington Gazette
  • The Pocock Arms
    The Pocock Arms
  • Credit: The Islington Gazette
    Credit: The Islington Gazette
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    The Pocock Arms
  • Credit: The Islington Gazette
    Credit: The Islington Gazette
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    The Pocock Arms
  • "Soldiers" c/w "Angels of Mercy" on ebay
    "Soldiers" c/w "Angels of Mercy" on ebay
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    The Pocock Arms
  • Credit: Record Collector - Rare Record Price Guide
    Credit: Record Collector - Rare Record Price Guide
 

In 1980 Fenzyx recorded the double A sided "Soldiers" c/w "Angels of Mercy" at IPS Studios in Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush for the independent Ellie Jay label. The single saw a release in 1981 with only 500 copies pressed. Nick Wade produced with the sleeve artwork and notes being penned by Ray Mathew, sometimes rock journalist for the illustrious Islington Gazette and as Ray Zell, a member of local glam rock band Marionette.

Marionette's drummer Razzle, another ex-Demon Preacher member, went on to join Hanoi Rocks but was later tragically killed in a car accident in the US in 1984.

 
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  • The Butcher's Arms
    The Butcher's Arms
  • Rehearsals at Halligan's
    Rehearsals at Halligan's
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    Rehearsals at Halligan's
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    Rehearsals at Halligan's
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    The City of London
  • Rehearsals at Halligan's
    Rehearsals at Halligan's
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    Rehearsals at Halligan's
  • Rehearsals at Halligan's
    Rehearsals at Halligan's
 

Fenzyx started life in 1979 spending a few months rehearsing at Halligan's rehearsal rooms on the Holloway Road in Islington, North London, before finally unveiling itself to the world.

Tony Gialanze (lead & rhythm guitar and vocals) and Jim Rutter (bass) came from former band Demon Preacher which also featured Nick Wade (Fiend) (later of Alien Sex Fiend). Demon Preacher had moderate success with "Little Miss Perfect", a song about the notorious Joyce McKinney, who got up to all sorts of things.....allegedly! Preacher also recorded "Royal Northern N7", a song critical of The Royal Northern Hospital in Islington, following John Lydon's (Johnny Rotten) brother's attack on it after he had received some treatment there.

Tony and Jim were joined in Fenzyx's original line up by Gerry Lyons on vocals and Gerry Healey (also ex-Demon Preacher) on drums, the latter being replaced shortly afterwards by Paul O'Connell. 

 
 

Both songs were recorded in a late 1970s punk / new wave style reflecting Nick Wade's influence and production. "Soldiers" had an anti-war theme whilst "Angels of Mercy" was a song with a political message protesting against the closure of the casualty unit of The Royal Northern hospital; taking a swipe in its closing bars at Demon Preacher’s previous offering "Royal Northern N7".

The single received support from the doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital and allegedly received airplay by BBC Radio 1's John Peel, but despite this; did not sell in significant numbers. However, today it is sought by collectors as a punk rarity, particularly so across Europe, following several entries in "Record Collector's - Rare Record Price Guide" and some heavy online trading (see some results on www.popsike.com here Fenzyx Rare Records Auction Results

Rehearsals at Halligan's studios were intense and the band regularly bumped into or socialised with others using the studios at the time; among them Eddie Tenpole of Tenpole Tudor ("Swords of a Thousand Men" and later of Channel 4's "The Crystal Maze"), Nick Wade, Madness, Adam Ant and the then unknown Spandau Ballet. (Fenzyx also enjoyed several games of Pool with the actor Arthur Mullard in one of the local pubs!)

Fenzyx played the North London pub circuit including; The Bull & Gate, The Pied Bull, The Butcher's Arms, George Robey's Little Rainbow, The Wellington (Shepherds Bush), The City of London, and The Crown (under the name of Page 18) in Harlesden, (later re-christened The Flying Crate by the band when a fight in the audience broke out whilst they were on stage!)

 

They finally settled on a Friday night residency at The Pocock Arms in Caledonian Road, where Sugs from Madness and Jackie Leven from Doll by Doll came to see them.

Fenzyx covered "So Long Kid" and "Natural" both Jackie Leven Doll By Doll compositions. Jackie reacted favourably to the bands version of "Natural" acknowledging that their up tempo treatment in many ways worked better than the Doll by Doll original. Initial arrangements were made for Fenzyx to record their version with Jackie but ultimately this never came about.

Vocalists and lead guitarists (and one keyboard player, Martin - nicknamed "clack") came and went. With each different line-up came a slightly different musical direction and Fenzyx moved from punk / new wave through AOR to R'n'B and Rock, their later live performances featuring songs from each of the bands previous styles.

 

The line-up regarded by some as Fenzyx's most commercial featured Bill Muir on lead guitar and Liz Quigley on vocals. (It was this line-up that played The Flying Crate, as Page 18; the bands pseudonym taken from their book of songs and referring to one song in particular on page 18 which at that time had no title - later to become "Mixed Up Kid").

In one live recording at the time Liz dedicates the song "Bright Lights" to what sounds like "all the penguins in the world"?! (No, we didn't understand it either!)

 
 

The debut of this line-up at George Robeys Little Rainbow on 9 November 1982 was marred by an incident on stage which was to quite literally touch the band and audience and remain with them for some time afterwards!

It was decided that it would be a good idea as a stage effect, to cover each of Paul O'Connell's two crash cymbals with a dose of talcum powder so that upon the opening power chord of "Baby You're Wrong" (a Count Bishops cover), as he hit the two cymbals, the talc would rise and be dispersed, creating a marvellous (and very cheap) dry ice / smoke effect for the opening tune.

Perhaps this idea would have worked had it not suffered from too many cooks! Each member of the band at different times increased the dosage so that when it finally settled, not only was Paul completely covered in talc, so was his drum kit, the stage, the rest of the band, and most of the audience! Throughout the whole event the band kept slipping on stage and Paul could not keep his drum kit from sliding further and further away from him! Consequently as shows go it was not one of their finest and therefore no known recordings from this live performance exist! Needless to say, the "effect" was never tried again!

 
 

This incident overshadowed an earlier one at the Penn Road Festival in 1980, where the band was playing on the back of a parked flatbed lorry. Standing at the rear of the lorry's platform, Jim lost his entire bass stack off the back during the encore "Freebird", caused by a child trying to climb up onto the lorry using the mains lead as a climbing rope. It is said that no one in the band noticed that Jim had stopped playing! Thankfully, no damage was done, except perhaps to Jim's ego!

 
 

Ultimately the Fenzyx line-up turned out to be fluid, although that was never intended! The core line-up of Tony Gialanze, Jim Rutter and Paul O'Connell stayed together until virtually the very end, Nick Watts filling in on bass for a session at the BBC in late 1984, after Jim Rutter's departure a few weeks earlier. By then, Paul O'Connell had already announced that he intended to quit after the BBC session.

A long succession of different vocalists and lead guitarists throughout its life had taken its toll and the band folded after the BBC recording on 25 November 1984.

 

However that is not the end of our story!  'Soldiers' and 'Angels of Mercy' feature on 'Bored Teenagers' Vol. 10 due out 25 November on Detour / Bin Liner Records and we're getting back together to play the album launch that night at N5 Live at The Gunners.

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