Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Nazz

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Little Johnny Jewel said...

Which Nazz would that be?

Not any Nazz I'm familiar with.

[with which I am familiar]

mister muleboy said...

This would be the West Coast Nazz.

AKA Earwigs, The Spiders, and one other name I'm forgetting.

The uppermost photo features, left to right, Dennis Dunaway (bass), Michael Bruce (rhythm guitar/keyboards), unnamed drummer-type, Vince Furnier (vocals, harmonica), Glen Buxton (guitar).

The philly Nazz had a different wanker. tall effer.

mister muleboy said...

John Speer: drummer for the Nazz

mister muleboy said...

NAZZ 1 - Furnier, Buxton, Bruce, Dunaway, Speer

One Newspaper caption lists Fabian Buxton and Neal S. Muth as members of the Nazz - Looks like they were trying out stage names.

The Yardbirds had a song called "The Nazz Are Blue." It comes from that. The Yardbirds may have gotten it from a Lord Buckley reference. I'd say it's safe to say that Todd Rungren got the Nazz band name the same way [we] did. As far as I know, Todd's Nazz did not have a hit at the time but were getting known by that name so the guys figured it would be smart to change the name to
name hidden from Grahame to be on the safe side before it was too late.
(Renfield, July 1995)

One early song was called 'Everything is Orange' which "...was a song about getting high, according to Michael Bruce. They used to play it when they were the Nazz. He doesn't remember what it turned out to be or if it was used on "Easy Action" or "Pretties for You". There was another song called "Travel Agent", and another called "Mr. Machine" (which turned into "Woman Machine") that they used to play back then, and also, "Animal Pajamas", which turns up on "Ladies Man" as "Science Fiction" (he thinks).
(Jeff Jatras, November 1997)

You can see some of the Nazz's posters here and here.

July `67 Nazz shows with The Who, The Young Rascals, McCoys and Ian Whitcomb (press release calls this a "tour during the month of July"

In December '67, Neal Smith replaced Speer.

Little Johnny Jewel said...


Interesting that they were called The Spiders, given that probably the best known usage of Nazz is in this deathless stanza:

Ziggy played for time, jiving us that we were voodoo
The kid was just crass, he was the nazz
With God given ass
He took it all too far but boy could he play guitar

I think I'm going to write a song called Animal Pajamas too