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ZODIAC MINDWARP - Tattooed Beat Messiah

THE MID-’80s were an interesting time for rock‘n’roll. The charts may have been filled with quasi-electronic pop, but in the streets & gutters a revolution of sorts was bubblin’ away. The US West Coast had chipped in hard with Motley Crue, Guns n’ Roses and more, whilst the UK was struttin’ its stuff with The Cult, Rogue Male and… Zodiac Mindwarp!

The brainchild of Mark Manning, former music mag designer and professional raconteur, Zodiac Mindwarp And The Love Reaction (to give the project its full & glorious title) was brought into being with a single aim in mind; to live the sex, drugs & rock‘n’roll dream like there was no tomorrow. An intoxicating idea certainly, and for a while it looked as though frontman Zody and his band of rapscallions might just have the cheek (and the choruses) to pull it off…

‘Tattooed Beat Messiah’ – originally released in March 1988 – appeared on the back of mainstream media coverage and singles chart success. Packed full of late-night riffs (courtesy of the wonderfully monickered Cobalt Stargazer and his ‘Sleazegrinder’ guitar), lowdown grooves, cantankerous lyrics and a swagger that suggested they’d been working the circuit for years rather than months, the critics knelt and kissed the feet of rock‘n’roll’s latest travelling freakshow.

Of course, the shelf-life was to be limited, but in a way that made it all the more exciting. A forbidden fruit destined to ripen quickly on the bough. Buckle up and enjoy the ride once more…

24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, previously unpublished photos, all spread out over a super 16 page full colour booklet.

Track listing: ‘Prime Mover’. ‘Skull Spark Joker’, ‘Backseat Education’, ‘Bad Girl City’, ‘Untamed Stare’, ‘Tattooed Beat Messiah’, ‘Let’s Break The Law’, ‘Spasm Gang’, ‘Driving On Holy Gasoline’, ‘Planet Girl’, ‘Kid’s Stuff’, ‘Messianic Reprise’

Bonus tracks: ‘Laughing In The Face Of Death’, ‘Hangover From Hell’, ‘Mess With The Killer’,'Whore Of Babylon’, ‘Lager Woman From Hell’, ‘Messin’ With My Best Friend’s Girl’, ‘Dog Face Driver’, ‘Born To Be Wild’, ‘Go Go Baby Dream Show’