The Zantees

This revivalist unit was formed in October 1977 in New York City, USA. The Zantees (named after an episode of the science fiction television show The Outer Limits) drew on the raw rock ‘n’ roll styles of the 50s, particularly rockabilly music, emphasizing its primitive qualities rather than trying to update the sound. The original quartet comprised Billy Miller (vocals), Billy Statile (guitar), Paul Statile (guitar) and Jimmy Devito (drums). Devito was replaced after only one performance by Miriam Linna, ex-Cramps drummer, who remained throughout the band’s history. Although they originally had no bass player, four musicians eventually occupied that position: Chuck Forssi (whose brother Ken had been in the 60s band Love), Rob Norris (the last bass player of the Velvet Underground and later a founder member of the Bongos), James Stephanik and Mike Lewis (formerly of DMZ and the Lyres). The Zantees’ first record was ‘Francene’, a flexi-disc single released in conjunction with the US record collector magazine Goldmine, in 1979. Other singles followed, as did Out For Kicks, on the Bomp Records label in 1980, and Rhythm Bound, released on the US Midnight label in 1983. They also released a self-titled EP on Midnight in 1983. The Zantees toured the USA, as well as Scandinavian countries in the early 80s, and disbanded in December 1983. Miller, Linna and Lewis subsequently started the A-Bones, a band of similar qualities, in 1984. Miller and Linna also launched the popular independent record label Norton Records, and published their own fanzine, Kicks.

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LLP 5073 AP The Zantees - Out For Kicks album art The Zantees Out For Kicks (Album) Bomp! LLP 5073 AP Germany 1980 Sell This Version
MIR 101 The Zantees - Rhythm Bound album art The Zantees Rhythm Bound (Album) Midnight Records (2) MIR 101 US 1983 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

GM-1 The Zantees - So Much Lovin' / Francene album art Ral Donner, The Zantees Ral Donner, The Zantees - So Much Lovin' / Francene(Flexi, 6", Single, Mono) Goldmine Soundsheet GM-1 US 1979 Sell This Version
MT 8000 The Zantees - Rockin' In The House album art The Zantees Rockin' In The House(7", Single) Little Ricky Records MT 8000 US 1980 Sell This Version
INTER 001 The Zantees - I Thought It Over album art The Zantees I Thought It Over(7", Single) Poko International INTER 001 Finland 1981 Sell This Version
MID 4501 The Zantees - The Zantees album art The Zantees The Zantees(12", EP) Midnight Records (2) MID 4501 US 1983 Sell This Version