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4Ever Songs: Fisher-Z ‘So Long’

John Watts’ 42-year career as Fischer-Z includes 20 albums and over 3000 concerts worldwide with success spanning continental Europe and album sales in excess of two million. Fischer-Z developed in punk clubs while Watts was still studying clinical psychology and working in mental institutions. The first Fischer-Z album Word Salad was released in 1979 on United Artist Records. Word Salad was a cult record in the UK (John Peel supported the single Remember Russia ).

The second album, Going Deaf For a Living, firmly established his Watts’ ability to convey worldly political issues in narrative songs against a background of quirky pop music (comparisons were made with both Talking Heads and Ian Dury). The So Long single (1980) was featured heavily on the fledgeling MTV channel.

Le Classique: Fisher-Z “So Long”

Jo, en Mariscal Mauro a finals dels anys 70 al bell mig de l’esclat de la newwave vaig descobrir una banda que em fascinà. El seu nom era Fisher-Z i el seu fundador, cantant, líder i alma màter era John Watts.  Aquest era tot un personatge misteriós. Apartat del nihilisme de l’època era una persona força ilustrada però esquiva. El seu so tenia certa semblança amb The Police amb alguns detalls dels Talking Heads tot i que la especial veu de Watts els dotava de transcendència.  A més, les lletres tenien un contingut polític revindicatiu. Tres meravellosos discs, una curta carrera d’apenes uns cinc anys i un estol de meravelloses cançons com “Remember Russia”, “The Worker”, “Marlene”, “Berlin”, “Room Service” o el nostre Classique: “So Long“. Tot i la seva qualitat Fisher-Z ha estat una de les bandes més oblidades de la new-wave.