GODS ZOO

Released: 29th October 1983
Recorded: 29th/30th Sept and Oct 1 1983 at Wessex Sound, London.
Producer: Jeremy Green
Label: Situation Two

Additional track:

Initially released as both a 7″ and 12″ single which were identical record in song lengths. It was remastered and reissued on a CD titled ‘Ghost Dance’ in 1996. This Death Cult compilation, featured these two tracks, the four tracks from the Death Cult EP and four songs from a live radio broadcast on the BBC.


* UK 7" picture sleeve


* UK promo poster


* UK advert


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)