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
Being in two bands at the same time - a fork in the road...The beginning of this video (audio) is a typical day at the Canterbury Apartments and at the end of the video (audio) is when the power blew at Rodney's English Disco. What you have in between is from the album 00X When Worlds Collide.
Last year Vans Skate Team, Paul Labadie asked us if they could use Timeless the song in a video they were making. A year later…here it is.
Vans Europe Presents: Natural Born Cooler | Skate | VANS
Vans Europe proudly presents Natural Born Cooler. Directed by Paul Labadie and showcasing exclusive footage of the Vans European skateboard team who travelled across Luxembourg, Spain, Austria, Cyprus and Italy last year. Kris Vile, Chris Pfanner, Victor Pellegrin, Nassim Guammaz all deliver full parts and Vans introduce Albert Nyberg to the team. The video also features the rest of the Vans European skate team including Ross McGouran, Josh Young, Alain Goikoetxea, Jonathan Thijs, Sam Partaix, Joseph Biais, Martino Cattaneo, Yeelen Moens, Flo Marfaing and Muki Rüstig.
Collectible 12” Vinyl Picture Disc – ZOLAR X on side 1 & The Spys on side 2, only 250. New Rocket Roll, Space Punk, vintage Punk Rock with Rock Bottom and The Spys. Lyrics written in prison, 2017 recordings with Don Bolles on drums, Ygarr Ygarrist, Don Bolles, Richard Simpson (Rock Bottoms brother), Paul Roessler, Raidii X - vocals. One song played live by Zolar X at Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco in ’74, re-recorded. Decades of material packaged into one vinyl collectible. Album is in a protective plastic sleeve and jacket and also comes with a two-sided insert.
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
A World Away
Space Age Blues
The Spys - Side B
I Don’t Like You
1055 La Jolla
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: