It all began in 1971, when guitarists Heinrich Winter and Udo Kreuß joined Frank Keinath on bass and drummer Thomas Moritz to form a band that had no name and no gigs as yet. Frank Keinath moved away from Reutlingen, and no replacement was to be found. As a consequence, another guitarist, Ulrich Herter, joined the band, and Udo Kreuß changed to bass. Shortly afterwards, Matthias Seelmann-Eggebert on Hammond organ and, subsequently, Matthias Zumbroich on keyboards became band members, which meant that the sound we have come to know later on was created.
They used two keyboards for a considerable period of time, following the example of Procol Harum. At the Hayinger Festival in 1974, where Kraan, Birth Control and Embryo also performed, the band had their first television appearance. They declined an offer made by Walter Holzbaur, manager of Erna Schmidt and Kraan, to appear live on the radio because they didn't feel self-confident enough at the time to handle such a project, an opportunity that was not to return. In 1976, Thomas Moritz and Matthias Seelmann-Eggebert left the band to concentrate on their studies, and Berthold "Bea" Maier joined them on drums to form the line-up that is to be heard on their LP.
Friedrich Förster and, later on, Wolfgang Dattenberg were responsible for the huge light show, which was supposed to enhance the music by means of laser effects, films and integrated slides. Messrs. Maier and Herzog were in charge of humping amplifiers and loudspeakers around. In 1977, when they considered themselves to be mature enough for serious work, Zomby Woof recorded a couple of clean demo tapes in their rehearsal room, which they sent around to record companies in the hope of landing a contract.
At the time, such a venture was not as difficult and doomed to failure as it is today. Jupiter of Munich accepted them, a relatively small label, which was to release the highly demanded LP "Acid In Wonderland" by Ego On The Rocks later on, and recordings started at the Olympia Music Studios in the spring of 1977, produced by Steve Kazan, a rather mad Englishman. In the studios, they found one of those incredibly expensive mellotrons, unfortunately out of order. During any possible time-off, Udo Kreuß cleaned the sophisticated device thoroughly, and it functioned again, which is why we are lucky to hear the sound of a mellotron on the LP, although the band didn't possess one.
For the cover design of the LP Zomby Woof came together in a former cinema in Dachauer Straße, Munich, where photographer Hans-W. Schultze took photos of them on stage. The photo shown here features the band against the background of a slide show. The record containing only songs written by the band was released in autumn 1977 (Jupiter-Records 25231 OT), distributed by BMG Ariola.
As far as we know, some 5,000 copies were sold, a considerable number. Today, collectors rate the record at 50 DM to 100 DM in mint condition. Shortly afterwards, a 7" single "Dora's Drive”/”Mary Walking Through The Woods" (Jupiter-Records 11656 AT) was released, but probably with a much lower circulation and is almost impossible to find on the market. Not even the band members are in possession of a copy, and it was extremely difficult and expensive to find one in mint condition.
We are dealing here with two tracks taken from the LP but in shorter versions of 3:55 and 4:30 respectively. A second LP on the Jupiter label never materialised because Steve Kazan, the man responsible for this type of music, was sacked because he got on everybody's nerves. In 1979, Berthold Maier and Heinrich Winter left the band to form Alarm. They were replaced by Achim Czech on drums and Harald Horvath on vocals, but this was not a sudden but rather gradual change in the line-up.
Together with an additional vocalist, David Hanselmann, previously with Message and Triumvirat, this line-up recorded a second LP called "No Hero" in the Galgenberg Studio in Schwabbach in 1979. This LP was produced by Ewald Schumacher, who still holds the rights to this effort today, but they were unable to find a record company to release the LP. Some of the tracks are in the vein of "Riding On A Tear", others, however, show a definite pop orientation. This is why Garden of Delights has decided not to re-release this work.
Without a recording contract and future prospects, Zomby Woof split. The last gig took place in the Listhalle in Reutlingen on 8 July 1980. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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