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Although frequently aligned with the punk movement, the Rezillos'} (later known as the Revillos}) irreverent glam-rock image and affection for campy girl-group iconography set them distinctly apart from their peers. Formed in 1976 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the group was initially a fluid and highly informal collective centered around lead vocalists Eugene Reynolds} (born Alan Forbes) and Fay Fife} (Sheila Hynde) and fleshed out by lead guitarist Luke Warm} (Jo Callis), second guitarist Hi-Fi Harris} (Mark Harris), Dr. D.K. Smythe} on bass, drummer Angel Patterson} (Alan Patterson), and backing vocalist Gale Warning}.

The Rezillos'} early repertoire contained material from the likes of Screaming Lord Sutch}, the Dave Clark Five} and the Sweet}. The success of their 1977 debut single "I Can't Stand My Baby" was unexpected, especially by the band members themselves, who never considered the group much more than a lark; as a result of the more serious pressures now exerted on the Rezillos}, Harris}, Smythe} and Warning} all departed, while bassist/saxophonist William Mysterious} (born William Donaldson) signed on as a permanent member.

After signing to major label Sire, the quintet reached the U.K. Top 20 with a single titled, ironically enough, "Top of the Pops." After releasing their 1978 debut LP Can't Stand the Rezillos}, Mysterious} was replaced by Simon Templar}, but internal problems continued to plague the group, and following a farewell tour, they disbanded in December 1978. Patterson}, Warm} and Templar} continued on as Shake}, while Reynolds} and Fife}, promised they could be released from their contract if they dropped the Rezillos} name, formed the Revillos}.

Rejoined by Harris} as well as onetime Pork Dukes} drummer Rocky Rhythm}, bassist Felix} and backing vocalists Babs} and Cherie} (a.k.a. the Revettes}), the first incarnation of the Revillos} recorded a pair of singles, "Where's the Boy for Me?" and "Motorbike Beat." In mid-1979, Harris} left to become an architect, and was replaced by 17-year-old guitarist Kid Krupa} in time to record 1980's Rev Up}. Following the usual line-up fluctuations (Felix} was replaced by Vince Spik}, and Babs} was replaced by singer Drax}), the Revillos} signed to the Superville label and issued the single "She's Fallen in Love With a Monster Man" and the 1983 LP Attack!} After a pair of self-financed U.S. tours, the band split in 1985; Reynolds} formed Rockatomic} and Planet Pop}, while Fay} joined Destroy All Men}. The Revillos} reformed in 1994 to play a series of concerts in Japan, ultimately recording the Live and On Fire in Japan} album and the Yeah Yeah} EP. In 1996, they issued a rarities compilation, From the Freezer}, and played some live dates in Britain. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

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