THE REZILLOS – DESTINATION VENUS

The Rezillos “Destination Venus” / “Mystery Action” (Sire SIR 4008) November 1978


The Rezillos “Destination Venus” – In October 1978 the group recorded a new single, with producer Martin Rushent at The Manor, for release the following month.

By now there were growing tensions within the band about the group’s future direction (Smythe observed that from the start there had always been two factions within the band, one centred on boyfriend/girlfriend vocalists Reynolds and Fife, and the other on songwriter Callis, and with what they felt was poor treatment from their label.

Reynolds was unhappy with Sire’s choice of photographer for the single’s cover and the single’s mix and £5000 cost. Matters came to a head in November 1978, when after just five dates into a lengthy UK tour with The Undertones as support band, vocalist Fife developed scarring of the vocal cords, resulting in the postponement of the rest of the tour.

During the hiatus Fife recalled that Callis had told her and Reynolds that “the other three in the band wanted to toe the line more because of pressure from our manager, who was finding the job really difficult, and he was getting pressure from the record company to make us act as though we liked them”.

the split

Reynolds and Fife refused to agree to this, and unable to reach a consensus, on 22 November 1978 the Rezillos made the decision to split up. They did, however, reunite to play the last scheduled date of the aborted tour at the Glasgow Apollo on 23 December 1978, as a farewell concert.

The show featured guest spots by former members William Mysterious on saxophone and Gail Warning on backing vocals. The concert was recorded and released in April 1979 as the live album Mission Accomplished … But the Beat Goes On.

In 1993 this record was included almost in its entirety on an expanded version of the début album, now retitled Can’t Stand the Rezillos: The (Almost) Complete Rezillos. (wiki)

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