The Fenzyx

The Fenzyx

Fenzyx was a 1980s North London based band formed largely of ex-Demon Preacher personnel that released the double A sided single, "Soldiers" c/w "Angels of Mercy" in 1981 on the prestigious Ellie Jay label.

Fenzyx started life in 1979 spending a few months rehearsing at Halligan's rehearsal rooms on the Holloway Road in Islington, North London, before finally unveiling itself to the world. Tony Gialanze (lead & rhythm guitar and vocals) and Jim Rutter (bass) came from former band Demon Preacher which also featured Nick Wade (Fiend) (later of Alien Sex Fiend). Demon Preacher had moderate success with "Little Miss Perfect", a song about the notorious Joyce McKinney, who got up to all sorts of things…..allegedly! Preacher also recorded "Royal Northern N7", a song critical of The Royal Northern Hospital in Islington, following John Lydon's (Johnny Rotten) brother's attack on it after he had received some treatment there.

Tony and Jim were joined in Fenzyx's original line up by Gerry Lyons on vocals and Gerry Healey (also ex-Demon Preacher) on drums, the latter being replaced shortly afterwards by Paul O'Connell.

In 1980 Fenzyx recorded the double A sided "Soldiers" c/w "Angels of Mercy" at IPS Studios in Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush for the independent Ellie Jay label. The single saw a release in 1981 with only 500 copies pressed. Nick Wade produced with the sleeve artwork and notes being penned by Ray Mathew, sometimes rock journalist for the illustrious Islington Gazette and as Ray Zell, a member of local glam rock band Marionette. Marionette's drummer Razzle, another ex-Demon Preacher member, went on to join Hanoi Rocks but was later tragically killed in a car accident in the US in 1984.

Both songs were recorded in a late 1970s punk / new wave style reflecting Nick Wade's influence and production. "Soldiers" had an anti-war theme whilst "Angels of Mercy" was a song with a political message protesting against the closure of the casualty unit of The Royal Northern hospital; taking a swipe in its closing bars at Demon Preacher’s previous offering "Royal Northern N7".

The single received support from the doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital and allegedly received airplay by BBC Radio 1's John Peel, but despite this; did not sell in significant numbers. However, today it is sought by collectors as a punk rarity, particularly so across Europe, following several entries in "Record Collector's - Rare Record Price Guide" and some heavy online trading.

Ultimately the Fenzyx line-up turned out to be fluid, although that was never intended! The core line-up of Tony Gialanze, Jim Rutter and Paul O'Connell stayed together until virtually the very end, Nick Watts filling in on bass for a session at the BBC in late 1984, after Jim Rutter's departure a few weeks earlier. By then, Paul O'Connell had already announced that he intended to quit after the BBC session.

A long succession of different vocalists and lead guitarists throughout its life had taken its toll and the band folded after the BBC recording on 25 November 1984.

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The Fenzyx Discography

Singles & EPs

EJSP 9655 The Fenzyx Soldiers(7") Ellie Jay Records EJSP 9655 UK 1981 Sell This Version