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The name Fischer-Z is derived from a term used in statistics (Fishers z describes confidence intervals in correlations). Originally the band was called Sheep, but under that name, there is little heard of them. The hub of Fischer-Z was John Watts: he was the composer-singer and later also the producer of the band.
In addition to John Watts played Steve Skolnik (keyboards), Steve Liddle (drums) and Dave Graham (bass) in the band. In 1978 they closed a record deal with United Artists. The first plate, which appeared in 1979, was Word Salad. In Netherlands, Belgium and Germany it became of The Worker coming Word Salad a hit. The group toured a lot. Initially fell against the success in England and also the next plate, Going Deaf for a Living, brought no change in there. The Group changed: Skolnik couldn't stand the predominant behavior of Watts and left. First they toured as a trio, early ' 81 was the replacement for Graham Pleeth Skolnik. Short time also played Bern Newman as guitarist.
With Red Skies over Paradise had Fischer-Z eventually the desired recognition and the desired success in England. With the song Alireza they had a hit throughout Europe. In June 1981 they stood on Pinkpop, one of the last performances of the time, because the band was lifted a month later.
Watts then went on alone (he had the project The Cry, with whom he recorded the album Quick, Quick, Slow ) and a few years later he used the name Fischer-Z again. His last album under that name was 2003:Ether Music. For Ether cut and pasted Watts recordings he had made on a world tour. In 2005, Watts released a solo album under the title Real Life Is Good Enough. When the album was a collection of poems.
After stopping the band, John Watts has solo occurred, also in Netherlands. He plays during his concerts still hits by Fischer-Z as "So Long" and "The Worker".
|Going Deaf for a Living||1980||UA|
|Red Skies over Paradise||1981||EMI|
|The Garden Party (dvd)||2004||EMI|
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in the Radio 2 Top 2000
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