'Gods Zoo' was released as a single at 29 October 1983. It was released in the UK (#4 on the independent charts), Australia, and New Zealand. A triumph of Goth-pop dynamics, it hinted that the band were setting their sights higher than the parochial confines of the UK indie charts. Another European tour, with UK dates, followed later that autumn.
God's Zoo, 7", AUS, POW 0179, die cut red sleeve
God's Zoo, 7", UK, SIT 29, white label promo
God's Zoo, 7", UK, SIT 29
God's Zoo, 12", UK, SIT 29T
God's Zoo, 12", UK, SIT 29T, mispress Gods Zoo (These Times) on both sides, matrix SIT29TA1/B
God's Zoo, 12", UK, SIT 29T, misprint, labels on wrong side, matrix SIT29TA1/AA2
God's Zoo, 12", UK, DEBUT7, as featured in Debut Magazine + interview
God's Zoo (These Times) - fade out, 7", CAN, VTO 1, 6-track 33.3 promo split sampler ´A Sampling Above The Rest´
IA: That song’s so dilettante. This is a band of musicians who are really at the beginning of learning to play their instruments. [Laughs.] I think Billy [Duffy] was probably the most accomplished musician. Again, I just think it’s a young man who is trying to make sense of this world that he’s come into. Going back to that dystopian period in Britain, I remember when we were living in Brixton, which was a low-economic area that was the scene of riots and had a large West Indian population. There was a lot of racial tension. It was a very dangerous, violent place to live. Living in London in the early ’80s, living in a city that was pretty economically depressed. It’s dark, violent, and dangerous, but a beautiful city. Kind of like an empire in decay. Not much room for optimism. It wasn’t like we were getting a very positive message. The message was definitely Orwellian. I think the idea of “God’s Zoo” was based on being kept for the amusement of someone else, like a cosmic joke. I’d say it comes up in the same pool as “Moya” and all those early songs, where we were trying to break through the anxiety that existed for gadabouts and find a higher ground.
(from The AV Club interview w/ Ian Astbury - jun 7, 2012)