The end of
1978 and early 1979 is very quiet. No BISHOPS record is planned.
Despite most of the next album is ready, nothing is released yet.
early hours of the morning of March 10th, 1979 Zen had been
seriously injured in a car accident. It was after a BISHOPS concert
at The Nashville in West London. Zen had been in intensive care at
West Middlesex hospital in Brentford.
was off the critical list mid week, "he had been conscious and
coherent to the point of demanding to see proofs of the artwork for the
upcoming BISHOPS third album (recording of which had been completed
only a few days before his accident) and insisting that the band carry on
with a temporary replacement until he was fit enough to rejoin them"
had reported Charles SHAAR MURRAY in the NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS dated March
he'd been experiencing trouble breathing and what was expected to be a
fairly routine operation was planned. Unfortunately there were unforeseen
complications. Zen died on operation table".
March 18th, 1979. He was 27. Everyone describe Zen as a talented
musician and a fine man. He was known for his energy, his humour, his
by Zen, the band carried on.
was the "Mr. Jones" single which is released on April
4th, 1979. It's a John D. LOUDERMILK composition with a good time boogie
rendition and splendid vocals and guitars. The B-side features 2 tracks:
"Route 66" (Live at The Roundhouse) and "Human
Bean". The last one is available only on this B-side.
single was scheduled for release in April or May 1978, but was delayed,
then cancelled. "Human Bean" is "The BISHOPS'
nod to something they had helped to start, despite themselves"
said Roger ARMSTRONG.
this time, Andy EASTWOOD (best known as BLITZKRIEG) from
BLAST FURNACE, joined the band as a fill in for Zen.
"Human Bean" is a Dave and Johnny
composition. It's a very fast track played a la punk. It's a "send
up" track that holds punk music and musicians up to ridicule. One month after the single, the third album called "Cross
Cuts" is at last released on May 11th, 1979.
From the 14
tracks, 6 are composed by the band. There's one track written by Zen
alone, "Rolling Man". Zen also co-wrote "Your
Daddy Don't Mind", "No Lies" and "Hands
On The Wheel" with Dave.
From the 8
covers, there are tracks by FLEETWOOD MAC ("Somebody's Gonna Get
Their Head Kicked In Tonight"), Sonny Boy WILLIAMSON ("Don't
Start Me Talking"), Otis REDDING ("These Arms Of
Mine") and also VANDA & YOUNG ("Good Times").
But 1979 is
not a lucky year for The BISHOPS. In June, on the return to England
from a festival in Barcelona (Spain), the British Immigration Department
officers have stopped Paul BALBI.
permit was out of date and he was given the choice of being deported to
where he came from Barcelona (Spain) or to return voluntarily to
Australia. Paul chose to return to Australia.
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