Gigs & Events Part One - 1975-1982
Gigs & Events Part Two - 1983-1999
Gigs & Events Part Three - 2000-Present
Discography Part One - Official Releases 1980-1983
Discography Part Two - Fuck Off & others 1979-1982
Discography Part Three - Steve Lake Projects
Discography Part Four - Zounds Post-1983
Discography Part Five - Compilation Appearances
An attempt to organize disparate information and celebrate the wonderful work of Steve Lake & Zounds. Most of the information below has been stolen
Input from NickG & Cheap 'n' Nasty
2020 Lockdown - Zounds ensemble recording of Dancing
Steve Lake's website and Zounds online are both up and running.
Originating from Reading, Steve Lake and Steve Burch formed the band in Oxford with Jimmy Lacey. After a single gig, Nick Godwin was recruited. As a four-piece they noodled and jammed around Oxford and embraced the loose hippie musical meanderings of the mid-70s. Real music.
Steve Burch left in 1978. Lawrence Wood was recruited.
A tour with Here And Now under the Planet Gong banner and numerous free festivals followed, during which Zounds and Yeovil misfits The Mob became acquainted. Jimmy Lacey departed, Zounds moved to London, eventually ending up in the Brougham Road squats. Judge (James Loudon), from Random Pulse Lights, volunteered his services at a festival and took over the drum-kit. Further touring with Here And Now and then the Weird Tales tours with Androids Of Mu, The Mob and The Astronauts among others followed. Some great recordings from Wood Green and at Street Level with Kif-Kif have survived from this period, along with some live recordings that are a joy to hear.
In the late 1979 haze Nick Godwin parted ways with Zounds. A visit to Dial House altered the direction - more of a tighter punk rock than the looser DIY sound. Steve and Lawrence, along with Josef Portar, friend of The Mob from Somerset, formed the most celebrated incarnation of the band and in 1980 Zounds released the 'Crass' hit single and then signed to Rough Trade, releasing the superb Demystification single and the equally superb solitary album (late 1981). Two further singles came out in 1982. Multi-talented Tim Hutton another Mob satellite played some drums in the studio and then joined to play bass on tour, reverting to drums when Josef jumped ship for The Mob.
Despite their success (albeit within the enclosed Melody Maker/NME 'alternative' chart umbrella), ideology, apathy, external and the usual musical differences combined so that the band eventually fell apart toward the end of 1982. Zounds would, years later, along with The Mob, be heralded as part of the UK 'anarcho' political peace-punk scene. Whatever that was.
Josef who was already drumming for both bands, carried on with The Mob until they packed it in, late '83, and then formed the Deltic of folk-punk bands that is Blyth Power.
Steve and Lawrence formed World Service for a quickie single on Rough Trade. Steve, with the help of Nick Godwin, then went on to release a couple of great (but much maligned by no-one more than Steve) euro-synth glazed albums in 1985 and 1987.
Steve Lake's numerous extra-curricular activities, away from both teaching and Zounds, have included performance as Steve Lake & I.K.E.; Neurostar; the Spook Orchestra; collaborations with Project Adorno; The Relatives, who released an album called Jim Morrison in 1990; and, Thee Evil Presleys with an album in 2007. The Sea Horse Opera has yet to see the light of day. An initial attempt to record the second Zounds album was abandoned, resulting in a CD single in 2005. A second album was eventually released in 2011.
Steve has revisited his Zounds material often - Demystification on The Relatives album, Steve Paradis in Neurostar re-inventing Dancing, The Melt Project, and Zounds re-unions or reincarnations.
Hopefully he'll revisit his later under-rated solo material and perform or re-release such greats as Prick, The Vigilante, Europa Radio & the Big Beat, I Joined The Navy etc in the very near future. Full remastered re-releases may be too much to hope for, but a compilation on All The Madmen entitled The Comedy Years would be just the thing. I live in hope.
Steve's book Zounds Demystified is probably the best place to start. Notes and lyrics. A good read. Send an email to
email@example.com and ask for details.
Check out the Muhmur blog for an excellent review of Steve's book.
For official banter and the late much lamented ace anarchist Lance's take on things, see
A-B-C-D Paranoia's Killing Me
or view the original article as it appeared in Maximum Rock 'n' Roll #227 April 2002.
Steve Burch's site has an early 1978 Zounds recording called The Bird Of Bob.
Adobe Flashplayer can be a bit of a drag so I've recreated it here >
The Bird of Bob > Dark Star > The Eleven
Try the Blyth Power website
for Josef's unique writings (Genesis To Revolutions in particular) and his somewhat dismissive views on the pre-Blyth Power zeitgeist.
Special praise for Nick Godwin's treasure trove of Fuck Off era paper and photos, some of which I've reproduced here where relevant.
More trouble coming... soon
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