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Zak Starkey's work with:
The Lightning Seeds

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Some background: Ian Broudie, founder of The Lightning Seeds, first emerged as a member of Big In Japan, a 1977 Liverpool punk band which also featured Holly Johnson (pre-Frankie Goes Hollywood), Bill Drummond (pre-The KLF) and Budgie (pre-Siouxsie & The Banshees). By 1979 the band had split, and Ian joined The Original Mirrors, whose self titled LP appeared the following year. Then in 1982 he created Care with vocalist Paul Simpson (x-Wild Swans). He later went on to produce the first two Echo & The Bunnymen albums, as well as releases by The Fall, and many others. In 1987, he produced The Icicle Works album, "If You Want To Defeat Your Enemy Sing His Song" and The Bodines' LP "Played".

The Lightning Seeds were founded in 1989, and consisted mainly of just Broudie and who ever he chose to work with at the moment (such as Paul Simpson, and Icicle Works' Ian McNabb and Chris Sharrock). The band's first two singles, "Joy" and "Pure" were followed in 1990 by the LP"Cloudcuckooland". 1992 saw the release of the album "Sense", and Broudie busy producing Dodgy's debut "The Dodgy Album", as well as numerous other projects.

In 1994, they signed with Epic and released the album "Jollification". The band also took on a full-time line up: Broudie (guitar, writer, singer), Martin Campbell (bassist, ex-Rain), Chris Sharrock (drummer, ex-IcicleWorks), and Paul Hemmings (guitarist, ex-The La's), which lead to their first live performance and tour that same year.

Though the initial release of the single "Lucky You" failed to chart, "Jollification" spit out 3 Top 30 singles in 1995, followed by "Lucky You"'s reissue hitting #15. The album sold half a million copies in the UK, and lead to the Seeds nomination for "Best Band" at the Brit awards ( lost to Oasis). They toured Europe with Dodgy, performed at Glastonbury and appeared on numerous TV shows.

Their 1996 album "Dizzy Heights" reached #11, and they were again nominated for "Best Band" at the Brit Awards (but this time, lost to the Manic Street Preachers).

'Like You Do' cd cover In 1997, Chris Sharrock left the band. His seat was to be temporarily filled by Dodgy's drummer when necessary. In November, The Lightning Seeds released a 'best of' album titled Like You Do. To promote it, they staged a number of preliminary "pop quizzes" throughout the UK, with the winners receiving all-expenses-paid trips to the final in London, on November 10, the LP's release day. Celebrity teams also participated in the final, including ones from NME, Xfm, TFI Friday, Top Of The Pops and the Lightning Seeds themselves. The band also played a live set at the end of the quiz, with Zak Starkey making his live debut with the band. Shortly thereafter, the band set out on their UK tour.

LSeeds '97
The Lightning Seeds (Nov 97 - summer 1998) line up:
Angie Pollock - Keyboards ; Paul Hemmings - Guitar
Zak Starkey - Drums ; Martyn Campbell - Bass
Ian Broudie - lead singer, songwriter, guitarist

They spent time in the studio during 1998, surfacing for a few festival gigs during that summer. And after much silence throughout 1999, they returned to the TV promotional circuit and embarked on a mini UK tour in the fall of 1999 to promote the album TILT.

zak in studio with 'Seeds

Detailed Releases with Zak 1997 - 2000

Detailed Tour Information with Zak 1997-2000

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