Z bands

The last letter. The last ever. Nothing comes after Z. It always has the final say, the last word. But it doesn’t let things end calmly, peacefully. There’s edginess, tension, even aggression in Z. As Roland Barthes writes in S/Z:

“…phonetically Z stings like a chastising lash, an avenging insect; graphically, cast slantwise by the hand across the blank regularity of the page, amid the curves of the alphabet, like an oblique and illicit blade, it cuts, slashes…”

No wonder Z has always had a special place in pop music, which seems to seek out the dangerous, the rebellious, the thing at the margins, the kid at the back of the bus.

Z gave My Morning Jacket the ultimate solitary character for the title of its 2005 album. Z lent ’60s legends The Zombies a dark side to their perfect pop. Z gave Aztec Camera a touch of angular sophistication in the early ’80s. Before you even hear their music the double Z at the heart of The Buzzcocks tells you to expect jagged buzzsaw guitars. And would Gorillaz be any good as a band name if it ended in S? (I think we all know the answer to that question.)

So today on It’s a Jangle Out There: the Z bands.

ZEBRAS – Too bad

ZOMBIES – I want her she wants me

ZIMMERMEN – Ordinary man

ZIG ZAG – Have I gone too far?

SPIRITUALIZED – Soul on fire

TRANQUILIZERS – Something about you

MAZZY STAR – Fade into you

SPACE DAZE – Line up on the solstice

AUTOHAZE – Dying flowers

FAZERDAZE – Zero

THE GAZE – Wouldn’t wanna miss you

AZTEC CAMERA – Oblivious

BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG ZOMBIE – Sad dreams, rainy morning

RAZORCUTS – I heard you the first time

NAZZ – Open my eyes

BUZZCOCKS – Ever fallen in love (with someone you shouldn’t’ve)?

JAZZ BUTCHER – She’s on drugs

JIM RUIZ GROUP – Every other Sunday

MARK NARKOWICZ – What a way to end the weekend

JOSE GONZALEZ – Heartbeats

SPLIT ENZ – One step ahead

ZILLIONS – Even though

BOZMO – In a dream

FANZINE – Dream of you

SNEEZE – Going for the drive

SQUEEZE – Pulling mussels (from the shell)

WEEZER – Island in the sun

GORILLAZ – On Melancholy Hill

LIZ PHAIR – May queen

SUZY BLU – Blu

ZONE OUT – This place

ZONE OUT – Clothes (still sick of it)

HOLLOW EVERDAZE – Last laugh

EYELESS IN GAZA – Invisibility

AZURE BLUE – Time is on our side

ZEN MANTRA – (Maybe) I’ll see you in my dreams

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Playlist for Thursday 18 June 2015

DICK DIVER – Percentage points

SUMMER FICTION – Perfume paper

ARRESTER – The will beneath the waves

HIGH TAILS – Maps

RAILWAY CHILDREN – A gentle sound

THE AUTEURS – She might take a train

TRAIN SET – Sink or swim

LAZYBIRDS – Slinky skanky

SPLURGE – Kiss me

CURIOSITY SHOP – Happy together

SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN – Goal mind

PRETTY EYES FOR CAPTAIN AMERICA – She lives for the moment

DRAIN ON THE BALCONY – Plan A (sell the family silver)

THE VERY MOST – Just a pup

FAZERDAZE – Reel

REAL ESTATE – It’s real

APPLE ORCHARD – The early riser

TOBIAS HENGEVELD – Fools rush in

LONG NECK – Lullaby

HARVEST MINISTERS – You do my world the world of good

THE ORCHIDS – Thaumaturgy

LIGHTNING IN A TWILIGHT HOUR – The pattern room

ALPINE – Foolish

TALK TALK – It’s my life

TALK TALK – Life’s what you make it

SNOWY NASDAQ & SNOWY LIFE – Dolewave2015

SNOWY NASDAQ & SNOWY LIFE – Same mistakes

YEAH YEAH YEAHS – Soft shock

NEW ORDER – Ceremony

PETE BIRD & THE TAROTS – Fortune telling fool

Playlist for Thursday 11 June 2015

SUMMER FICTION – Perfume paper

THE SCHOOL – I will see you soon

ALVVAYS – Atop a cake

AMERICAN WRESTLERS – I can do no wrong

BEN MASON – Birds on the wire

YOUNG SINCLAIRS – Someone like the hawk

BELLE & SEBASTIAN – I’m a cuckoo

COOL SOUNDS – Control

CIGGIE WITCH – Look of pain

THE NEWSLETTERS – Lucky country

SNOWY NASDAQ & SNOWY LIFE – Ironic life

APPLE BOUTIQUE – Love resistance

TEASER PONY – I.D.E.K.W.Y.S.F.N

THE WELLGREEN – Maybe it’s the pressure of the city life that’s tearing us apart

LOCH NESS MOUSE – In the city in the morning

JULIENNE CLARK – Three goal Geoff

ANTHONY ATKINSON & THE RUNNING MATES – It radiates

Peter Lenaghan’s Special Six at Six:

  1. EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL – Cross my heart
  2. THE LUCKSMITHS – Downside to the upstairs
  3. THE FAIRWAYS – Darling, don’t you think?
  4. CAMERA OBSCURA – Lloyd, I’m ready to be heartbroken
  5. CLARE BOWDITCH – Lips like oranges
  6. DARREN HANLON – When you go

THE GO-BETWEENS – Bye bye pride

NIGHT FLOWERS – Bound

RIPE – Hey sugar

LACHLAN DENTON – Get away

NICK BATTERHAM – Lonely boys of Brunswick

SUFJAN STEVENS – Carrie & Lowell

SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN – Full possession of all her powers

Playlist for Thursday 4 June 2015

BLUR – There are too many of us

D.ROGERS – Poison pen

D.ROGERS – Don’t smile ’til Easter

DANNY McDONALD – A bitter way to end a sweet weekend

UV RACE – Unknown pleasures

THE CANNANES – Eating biscuits

THE STEVENS – Fast cars

THE NEWSLETTERS – Stranded

THE NEWSLETTERS – Lucky country

THE TRIFFIDS – Red pony

SNOWY NASDAQ & SNOWY LIFE – Ironic life

SNOWY NASDAQ – Limited stock

SNOWY NASDAQ – Snowyband at hot ham

SNOWY NASDAQ – Lopsided smile

PREFAB SPROUT – Radio love

FREELOVE FENNER – Eva

RICHARD DAVIES – Sign up maybe for being

LOOK BLUE GO PURPLE – Cactus cat

BEN MASON – Help the best things grow

MAMMOTH PENGUINS – Propped up

TRICK MAMMOTH – Days of being wild

BLAKE BABIES – Out there

SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN – Goal mind

SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN – Full possession of all her powers

TOBIAS HENGEVELD – Fools rush in

FELT – Until the fools get wise

STONE ROSES – Fools gold

FAZERDAZE – Somethink

FAZERDAZE – Reel

ANOTHER SUNNY DAY – Green

ANOTHER SUNNY DAY – I’m in love with a girl who doesn’t know I exist

FIREKITES – Fifty secrets

FIREKITES – Antidote