THURSDAY 13th OCTOBER 2005
LONDON SHOW @ THE METRO OXFORD STREET

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Its John Peel day, we need some Spizz. The tube is out of action, the bus from Kentish Town to Oxford Street is full of insanely shouring crack smokers, oh I need to give you more words. Fighting upstairs on the 138, we don't need this.... We get there just in time, eventful ride! Our first impression is always the right one, Spizz is bouncing. Today is John Peel day and the only event we can see that has anything what so ever to do with the spirit and energy of the man is Spizz Energi at the Metro - they told us they were determined to play somewhere tonight, the BBC wouldn't have them on the official thing, I suspect John Peel would have hated what the BBC Radio One people were up to anyway. Mnemonics, what on earth does that mean? its a way of remembering something. a mnemonic device, like if you use one thing to remember the meaning of another. New Order's sentiment over at the Queen Elizabeth Hall yesterday (they didn’t have the official John Peel gig on John Peel gig, Radio One couldn’t even get that bit sorted right), anyway New order’s sentiment was warm and heart felt, we heard that much from outside (we'd been thrown out by then for giving out free zines at a John Peel 'celebration'!). Tonight Spizz is bouncing; he's a riot of jerky new wave energy with his razor sharp band add more drive than ever. Spizz Energi (aka: Spizz 77, Spizz oil, Athletico Spizz 80, The Spizzles etc) is a genuine Peel legend. Wickedly edgy version of Roxy’s Virginia Plain tonight, toped by a rather fast version of The Model that has the crowd yelling for Autobahn - which he damn well goes and does by himself until the band pick up on the improvised vibe. Incidentally he really is called Spizz -- his surname is Spears -- courtesy of a Dutch friend from schooldays having an accent. "A short name with 'Z's in it: I'm up for that!” (I just stole that bit of information) He's got all the right moves, they put on a surprisingly good and extremely entertaining show, he performs the strange mantra chant "Clocks Are Big, Machines Are Heavier" as a piece of surreal audience participation. The whole vibe is completely down-to-earth where I suspect once, back in the day, a Spizz gig was quite a gloriously pretentious thing – it all ends with a riotous Captain Kirk of course. Yes indeed, if John Peel was anywhere tonight, I suspect he was here having great fun, what else could he do but go Warp factor two with the rest of us in Metro’s.... Nice one Spizz and band. Peel celebration done with style in one place at least.

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GOOD REVIEW FOR THE APRIL GIG!
LATEST TWO Spizz inter/reviews: 3am magazine.com
and Trakmarx.com of Luxembourg!!

WHAT A GIG!