Welcome

The novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald said “There are no second acts in American lives,” but he had not yet encountered Zolar X, a band bigger than America. Bigger even, than earth itself.

Their forty year-plus career is one of the great untold stories of modern pop culture – one of glamour, glory, chemical abuse, comebacks, imprisonment, near-hits and close-misses. Let’s rewind... - Ben Myers, aka Novell Scriptor

 

Sneak Peek 00X – Slab Lab - 12.17.17 

Zolar X now have a global footprint thanks to the powers that be in the cosmos…fans, the internet, and social media. The Spys have a much smaller footprint but it is never-the-less a stamp that they were here. What some and maybe many do not know is that I was in both bands at the same time (‘77-81), going back and forth between the two. If you know this then you can hear it – the influence of one affecting the other. Raidii and I have had many talks over zakoo (coffee) about getting more of the story out there about the Spys – and resurrecting the music. I am the only living member of the original Spys and since I co-wrote the songs with Rock, they’re still inside me. So the idea of the album came about many months ago that since I was in both bands, why not put out an album with Zolar X on side A and The Spys on side B. Hence the vinyl project/picture disc, 00X: When Worlds Collide was born. 

00X: When Worlds Collide 

Zolar X - Side A 

Welcome to Eternity 

Alien Heart 

Spacers 

A World Away 

Space Age Blues 

The Spys - Side B 

Slab Lab 

Rich Girl 

No Good 

Death Trap 

I Don’t Like You 

1055 La Jolla 

Leaking Secrets

We’ll be heading to L.A. later this week to finish the vocals on the Spy’s side of 00X. In 2009 I pulled I’m No Surfer out of my Spy memory banks and reworked it into Slab Lab. This song is a look at ‘79-1980 in Los Angeles - what was going on right there in the middle of West Hollywood. We played Slab Lab live a couple times in 2010-11 but unless you know some of the story and where the song came from it, well it makes a lot more sense knowing that the lyrics describe the scene, our crash pad at that time. The Slab Lab was everything that the lyrics say it was and nothing more. It was a dump, an abyss. We have a video of Zolar X playing Slab Lab live at the 2010 Pershing Square show where we opened for The Tubes which is below. 

Slab Lab (lyrics) 

8228 through the alley’s broken gate 

You enter at your own risk into the cement abyss 

Broken bottles, empty beers, lost souls, wasted years 

Hookers with stiletto heels, junky bangers popping pills 

Sirens wailing, cops with cuffs, Fire marshal’s, acting tough 

Void of humanity, kick in the door that was the key 

Crash pad promenade, blood spilt, trash bouquet 

Music faded, art cried, overdoses, many died 

Not for the faint of heart, across from Chateau Marmont 

A haven for punk refuges, dirty mattress, new disease 

Needle, spoon, dope and cotton, cocaine plans, names forgot 

On Sunset in tinsel town, LA’s underground 

The Zolar X side of the music has been completed. We were in the studio in August, 2017 and Don Bolles laid in drums for all tracks for the entire album. That was a long day, from noon to 3:00 a.m. but Don did it and did it in space-punk style. 

On December 23rd at Kitten Robot Studios-Paul Roessler (Engineer), the remaining vocal tracks for the Spys side will happen with Don Bolles, an original Germ member, Richard Simpson – Rock Bottom’s brother and myself. This is the last step before mastering which will be done by Geza X and then it’ll be off to the pressing plant. The release of 00X: When Worlds Collide will be in the Spring/Summer of 2018. 

Ygarr Ygarrist

 

 

ZOLAR X Digital Holiday Single Up Now! ZX Spirit (Mistletoe Fever) 

 

Nop trea (greetings) from the Zolar X Starship. The spirit of Christmas is universal, from the Elves of Plutonia to Santa's helpers. There's excitement in the air this Holiday season as we unwrap a brand new delart (song). Jingle bells chiming, elves giggling, guitron wailing - the magical wonder of this one-night ride. Available on our website at the link below.

https://www.zolarx.com/cd-s-tracks-vinyl

 

Sneak Peek-Zolar X/The Spys 00X: When Worlds Collide: The Vinyl Project 

A look inside the studio with Don Bolles laying down drums at Kitten Robot Studios in Los Angeles. This vinyl project reaches back in history and pulls out all the stops to deliver the Zolar X sound - leads, synths, Zory & Ygarr vocals and massive drums. That’s side A…and on side B we’ve resurrected The Spys, the Punk band Ygarr was in from 1977-1979. In fact, for a short time, he was in both bands at the same time. And what better way to bring a collectible to planet Earth than to make it a picture disc.

 

The ZOLAR X Vintage T-shirt is Here! 

Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco was cool – one of “THE” places to hang out in Hollywood. And we were there – playing live in 1974…This image was taken from one of those shows. What better pic to put on a t-shirt! Gildan/100% Cotton, black shirt with white screen printing.  Just click here. Nok voo.

The Language of ZOLAR X-Free E-Book! 


It seems like just about any time ZOLAR X are mentioned, we hear two things: "Those guys wore their space suites 24-7" AND "They talked in their own language." So we bring you our language and now you can talk it - know it too. We put a very small e-book out a few years ago and lately we've received requests to bring it back...so we did. We've added more words and phrases, a little over 132, so you can figure out what we're saying when we're talking Zolarian. It's fun and it's free! Just go to:

http://eepurl.com/biimKT

Nok voo opp nari´ ke-ôtu!

Generating Steam Heat's Radio Show from the UK 


Ed X and Gentleman Jimmy Tee played Timeless, talked about our language and a little about our wild story. It's an hour plus of punk attitude every Tuesday from 22.00 GMT on Soundart Radio.

You can catch it all here:

http://generatingsteamheat.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/generating-steam-heat-radio-show-210616.html

It's a Zolarian Fashion Show 

We were contacted by Elle Magazine in early 2016 and got to share space with the late David Bowie, The New York Dolls, Queen and Marc Bolan to name a few – quite an honor to be in this mag. The title of the spread is "VELVET GOLDMINE" ON PAGE 104. Zoomtateeta!! (Awesome!)


A Little Backstory on Space Age Love (1980) + Video 

This video was filmed in 2013 and 2014 with Zory Zenith, Ygarr Ygarrist and Raidia Visual-X. Here’s a little history on the music: Zolar X recorded this version of Space Age Love in 1980 at Army Street Studio, San Francisco - Engineer, Jim Alcivar. "Two nights recording, 4 hours each night, and we spent a total of $250 on all the sessions. I was coming out of the Canterbury haze and Ufoian quitting the band. Shit! Another bass player…Zolar X were playing gigs at the Mabuhay Gardens, most of my equipment had been ripped off by this time. Rock Bottom flew up to the Bay area and caught our show in Marin County and then I went back to L.A. and played a Spy's show the next night. I was in two bands at this time." - Ygarr Ygarrist of Zolar X 
  
Space Age Love 1980 is on ZAP! You’re Zolarized CD and can be found on CD Baby and our website under the Provisions Page. Nok Voo

Timeless: The Zolar X Story-The Memoirs of Ygarr Ygarrist & Zory Zenith  Podcast


Nop trea Xemiz! 

Timeless: The Zolar X Story-Volume I, The Memoirs of Ygarr Ygarrist and Zory Zenith is now in manuscript form and we are looking for a Publisher. Most of 2015 was devoted to writing Volume 1 which spans from 1972 to 1975. It is the formative years of the original Zolar X, where we set out to create the look and music of the band. We take the reader on the journey as it came together, experiencing our hits, near misses, hobnobbing with celebrities, our first recordings and through May of '75 when Zolar X temporarily dissolves with the bass player quitting, leaving the band high and dry in Memphis Tennessee at one of the high points of our career. 
Zory and I reached deep inside our minds recalling memories from years past. Raidia helped tie them together in a cohesive form. Most of the time we were working long distance with Zory and have 20 plus hours of audio conversations that went into the book. I hope we don’t have to self-publish this book but it is a possibility. We’re not going to let this book stay underneath a bed or in a closet collecting dust which was where I was at with Zolar X’s music in 1979. I wasn’t’ going let the music be lost and because of that DIY philosophy the world now knows Zolar X’s music and it’s time for the world to know the complete, true account of our wild story. 

Volume II is in the works and picks up where Volume I leaves off – from 1975 – 1982. 

(L to R) Zory Zenith, Ygarr Ygarrist outside Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco, 1973


An excerpt of when Zory and I first met at Rodney’s in 1973: 
“This time, there’s a line out front and Sable and Laurie are posing for pictures. Inside it’s elbow to elbow, more skirts, more glitter, and platform boots dancing to Suffragette City. There’s a buzz going through the crowd that Bianca Jagger is in the VIP booth. Shit, I didn’t even know they had a VIP booth! I glance over to an area that is slightly elevated where I see an entourage encircling someone. I order two beers and we find a table. I’m hoping for Deja-vu – I mean it was beyond cool last time. What might happen tonight? I feel all the eyeballs glancing our way – our pointed haircuts, eyeliner, and Clockwork Orange threads. I had taken off the Derby to adjust my point when Booty elbows me and nods his head towards the door. A red headed guy struts in with a haircut just like ours! And he was just fucking cool. Everything about him – his hair, his cloths, his persona. He’s being surrounded by these groupies shouting “Shady Lady!” The sea of skirts part as he makes his way to the bar and sits down with his beer. Unbelievable! How can this be? I have to find out who he is. I’m buzzed, and feeling a little pissed. Picking up my cane and putting on my topper I head to his table. 
  
Zory: I had just taken a long drink of my draft and look up to see this little guy walking right up to me. He has a cane in his hand and raises it. I don’t know if he’s going to hit me or what the hell he is doing. 
He taps his cane on my table and the first thing out of his mouth is, “Who the fuck are you - stealing our haircut idea?” 
  
As these words are flying out of his mouth, I’m thinking, damn he’s cocky. I’m sitting on the edge of my seat ready for anything and then I see his bangs and his words start to sink in. Shit, other than the color, his hair is cut just like mine. I see this other guy over his shoulder and his hair is cut like mine too. What the fuck? 
  
I’m getting ready to smack him and then he asks, “Are you a musician? Who are you?” 
I go on to say, “I’m Billy McCartney but you can call me Zory. I’m the drummer, for the moment, in a Rock ‘n Roll band called Shady Lady but I want to be a futuristic front man.” 

“I’m Stephen Della Bosca, a guitarist, and this is Bruce Allen Courtois, who goes by Booty. He’s our bass player, and we play space symphony. Our band’s name is ZOLAR X. We’ve just moved down from Northern California. We have a keyboardist, Ed, and our drummer is Gary, and well, he just isn’t going to work out so we’ll be looking for a new one.” 
  
Zory: My mind wanders for a second to the sketches I had done just a couple weeks ago. Four futuristic space men with pointed haircuts. Could I be looking at two of them? Am I dreaming? Who are these two? They just show up tonight like they just beamed in. And their band name! Shit! It starts with the letter ‘Z’!!” 
  

- Excerpt from Timeless: The Zolar X Story-Volume I, The Memoirs of Ygarr Ygarrist and Zory Zenith 

  
Check out the audio from one of our phone conversations with Zory directly below.