ZODIAC MINDWARP AND THE LOVE REACTION – Tattooed Beat Messiah +9 [Rock Candy Remastered]
As requested here we have the now out of print, ‘remastered & reloaded‘ reissue by Rock Candy Records of ZODIAC MINDWARP AND THE LOVE REACTION 1988’s album “Tattooed Beat Messiah“, including no less than 9 bonus tracks, b-sides taken from the various singles the band released back in the day, for the first time on CD. This was one of the few RC releases housed into a cardboard slipcase.
At the time, Motley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses and Bon Jovi were ruling the American rock, 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 unexpurgated 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.
Choc full of kick ass riffs, sleazy grooves and swagger the album received critical acclaim in 1988…
1985: In a musical World of hairspray and spandex, two long haired leather clad rockers were introduced to each other by their “exotic dancer” girlfriends. One – a graphic artist and poet. The other – a budding philosopher.
They immediately dropped everything, joined forces and created the dirtiest, wildest band of all time. One year later, they signed to Polygram, released, first the ground breaking High Priest of Love EP, and subsequently the ‘Tattooed Beat Messiah’ album, containing the well received single “Prime Mover”.
Over night, they accidentally changed the look of all the rock bands of the time from the obligatory spandex, eye liner and tinsel, to rough biker jackets, engineer boots and goatee beards.
Mötley Crüe declared them to be their favourite band and immediately restyled themselves for the Girls, Girls, Girls record. ZMATLR grew in notoriety, touring the World and America, co-headlining arenas and theatres with Guns N’ Roses and finding themselves at home in the U.K. playing festivals and stadiums with Iron Maiden.
After attending a Hammersmith Odeon ZMATLR concert and giving it his seal of approval, for his Hey Stoopid late 80s album Alice Cooper then recorded the Zodiac Mindwarp penned ‘Feed My Frankenstein’, later performed in the film Wayne’s World…
The critical acclaim of ZMATLR then caused rare misfortune, when they lost their young naive bass player to the lures of The Cult. The band soldiered on regardless. Sometime later, in Paris, Slam Thunderhide, their drummer decided to put down his sticks to become a go-go dancer in Vancouver.
“Backseat Education”, “Prime Mover”, “Skull Spark Joker”, “Planet Girl” and the other killer tracks sound as good today as they did almost 30+ years ago. Anyone who claims to be a sleazy fan will likely pencil ”Tattooed Beat Messiah” into their list of most influential albums, and for a short period of time the masses latched onto Zodiac‘s outrageous gimmick as well (the band broke into the Top 20 in the UK).
But it was short lived and to this day ”Tattooed Beat Messiah” remains as his crowning achievement.
Rock Candy Records have ‘remastered & reloaded’ Tattooed Beat Messiah, and have probably put more detail into this release than Zodiac ever did with his music.
If you were too young to remember the debauchery of Zodiac Mindwarp in his prime, or if you want to upgrade your old cassette version, this CD is a must have.
This is Zodiac at his demented peak, in fact this is sleaze hard rock at its best.
01 – Prime mover
02 – Skull spark joker
03 – Backseat education
04 – Bad girl city
05 – Untamed stare
06 – Tattooed beat messiah
07 – Let’s break the law
08 – Spasm gang
09 – Driving on holy gasoline
10 – Planet girl
11 – Kid’s stuff
12 – Messianic reprise
13 – Laughing in the face of death
14 – Hangover from hell
15 – Mess with the killer
16 – Whore of babylon
17 – Lager woman from hell
18 – Messin’ with my best friend’s girl
19 – Dog face driver
20 – Born to be wild
21 – Go go baby dream show
Zodiac Mindwarp – vocals, guitar
Thrash D Garbage – bass
Cobalt Stargazer – guitar
Flash Bastard – guitar
Slam Thunderhide – drums