So Long: In Concert [Import]
Fronted by the enigmatic John Watts on guitar & vocals, Fischer-Z leaped into the music scene in 1979 with their quirky debut album, World Salad. This quartet, with Steve Skolnick on keyboards, Steve Liddle on drums and Dave Graham on bass played a rough-and-tumble form of new wave that was equal parts Roxy Music and Talking Heads with Art-Pop and Prog-Rock leanings. Watts' vocals were extremely distinctive, veering from a low baritone to a higher register that was not unlike Pete Townshend on helium. Chart success was immediate with "The Worker" and "Pretty Paracetamol" and their second album, 1980's Going Deaf, featured the international hit "So Long". This set was filmed in Bremen in 1981 to promote the band's third album "Red Skies Over Paradise", that proved to be their biggest selling ever and secured the dedicated following that supports the band concerts throughout Europe, today some 25 years later.