Both 'Soldier Soldier'
and 'Where's Captain Kirk?' received critical acclaim -
'Soldier Soldier' was named Single Of The Week by the NME and not to be
'Where's Captain Kirk?' was named Single Of The Week by the Melody Maker.
'Soldier Soldier' was championed at the time by such artists as Paul Weller
the late Frank Zappa who included it on a one-off BBC radio special, while
'Where's Captain Kirk?' has been recorded by a number of other artists,
notably R.E.M. Though 'Kirk' just bubbled under the Top 40 at the time
release, Rough Trade's distribution caught by surprise was unable to keep
with demand, however it remained at No.1 on the Independent chart for
months in 1980 and remained in the top 50 for the entire year.
A new version of 'Kirk' released on the Hobo Railways label in 1987 and
of the popular Viz Comic chart. In 1996 Cherry Red Records released a
retrospective CD entitled 'Spizz Not Dead Shock!', later repackaged with
tracks as "The Very Best of..." in 2002.
The influence of SPIZZENERGI is still being felt twenty-five years on.
John Peel called 'Where's Captain Kirk?' the best Star Trek song ever
his recent BBC1 programme on the music of Star Trek. The new wave of
90s guitar groups, such as Space, Oasis, Pulp and Green Day have
acknowledged the influence of the band