DEBUT NYC EXHIBITION-OPENING NIGHT PARTY / Fri. May 29, 6-9pm
"Playground" Book Launch & Book Signing w/ PAUL ZONE
Guest Host: HOWIE PYRO / Superstar DJ: MISS GUY
Produced by TONY ZANETTA & KYMARA
"POP-UP" SHOW (2 DAYS ONLY): Gallery Hours May 30 & 31,1-6 PM
May 30, 4-6pm Gallery Talk & Book Signing w/ Paul Zone
May 31, 4-6pm Gathering & Book Signing w/ Paul Zone
The 1970s was a time when the death of glam and the birth of punk collided in a celebration of glitter and grime, and teenager Paul Zone was there to photograph it. This debut NYC show, "Growing Up In The New York Underground: From Glam To Punk" will showcase 70 rare images displayed from his new book PLAYGROUND: Growing Up in the New York Underground. Featuring photographs of Blondie, Ramones, New York Dolls, Iggy and the Stooges, Lou Reed, Dead Boys, Suicide, T. Rex, The Fast, Patti Smith, Kiss, Mumps, Planets, Milk n Cookies and more, as well as musicians, artists and scensters Richard Hell, Johnny Thunders, Wayne County, Alice Cooper, Eric Emerson, Lance Loud, Stephen Sprouse, Christopher Makos, Anya Phillips, Cherry Vanilla, Arturo Vega, Anna Sui, Sable Starr, James Chance, Lydia Lunch, and even more!
Exhibition sponsored by Manic Panic
More info: Kymara@Kymara.com
Phone (207) 286-7399
Brothers Paul Zone, Miki Zone & Mandy Zone formed The Fast in the mid 70s somewhere between glam & punk and soon became an integral part of the Max's/CBGB scene along side Blondie & The Ramones with their blend of power pop & garage punk. As Man 2 Man, Paul & Miki went on to composed, produced & perform songs that would come to define an era in 80s Euro dance/pop and their club sensation "Male Stripper" became a 1 pop hit throughout Europe, Austalia, South America & Mexico.
In 1975, with New York punk just around the corner, The Fast were already a headlining act at Max's Kansas City & CBGB in New York right from the start and by 1976 their first single "Boys Will Be Boys" for CBS Records UK produced by Bobby Orlando (Pet Shop Boys / Flirts / Bobby O / Divine) was released. Their sound & style was developed with 60s mod pop elements and the use of synths years before they became a staple for 80s New Wave. Their second single "It's Like Love" produced by Richard Gottehrer (Raveonettes / Blondie / Go Go's / Strangeloves) in 1977 was again a blending of electronic synth sounds and bubblegum pop. Throughout '78 & '79 The Fast toured the US and caught the eye & ear of Ric Ocasek who brought them on a tour of stadiums with The Cars and produced 50% of their first LP In 1980 "The Fast For Sale" and in 1981, their second LP, "Leather Boys From The Asphalt Jungle" would be the last time Paul & Miki would record with a live band. In 1982, The Fast go electronic, Paul & Miki tour up & down the east coast now with two back-up keyboard players. In 1983, for the first time as a duo they performed at New York City's Harrah, s.n.a.f.u., The Pyramid & The Mudd Club with keyboards, electronics & backing tapes.
In 1983 they recorded a few tracks with the first Fast producer Bobby Orlando (one being an early version of Male Stripper) and got bookings in bigger dance clubs like The Fun House, Limelight & The Saint in New York City and at Heaven in London. At this time they started calling themselves Man 2 Man, recorded self produced 12inch dance singles and would have popular chart topping club hits world wide by 1985. They continued as a live act, touring alongside Sylvester & Divine in clubs and venues holding up to 5000 people in the UK, South America & Mexico. A re-recording of Male Stripper co-Produced with Man Parrish was released as a b-side in 1986 and DJ's around the world fliped the record over and it shot to number 1 on the dance charts. In March of 1987 Male Stripper went on to become a break out, cross over number 1 pop hit and landed them on the most important music TV show in Europe, "Top Of The Pops" in England.
ZONE BROTHERS DISCOGRAPHY:
In 1975, with New York Punk & New Wave just around the corner and youngest brother Paul Zone just out of puberty, brothers Miki Zone & Mandy Zone's band The Fast (an integral part of the Max's Kansas City/CBGB scene along side Blondie & The Ramones) were ready for a big change. The hype on the band now with Paul up front made them a headlining act at Max's in New York right from the start and by 1976 their first single "Boys Will Be Boys" for CBS Records UK produced by Bobby Orlando (Pet Shop Boys / Flirts / Bobby O / Divine) was released. Their sound was developed with mod pop elements and the use of synths years before they became a staple for 80s New Wave. Their second single "It's Like Love" produced by Richard Gottehrer (Raveonettes / Blondie / Go Go's / Strangeloves) in 1977 was again a blending of electro synth sounds and bubblegum power-pop. Another change with The Fast accrued when Mandy left the band in 1978 to form Ozone, Paul & Miki regrouped, stripped down the sound and released their next single "Coney Island Chaos b/w These Boots Are Made For Walkin". Throughout '78 & '79 The Fast toured the US and caught the eye & ear of Ric Ocasek who brought them on a tour of stadiums with The Cars and produced "Kids Just Wanna Dance" for a Colombia Records compilation release of new acts. In 1980 they released their first LP "The Fast For Sale", this was a compilation of past releases, out-take recordings by Ric Ocasek and featured the new single "B-Movies b/w Cars Crash" produced by Ian North. Their second LP "Leather Boys From The Asphalt Jungle" was recorded live in the studio, released in 1981 and is the last time Paul & Miki would record with a live band. An even bigger change came at the top of 1982 when they shifted back to synth based pop, this time without guitars or drums. They toured up & down the east coast with two back-up keyboard players and Miki & Paul up front on keyboards & electronics. When it came time to record the last Fast single "Moontan", Paul & Miki were the only members involved with producer Ian North. For the remainder of '82 they performed for the first time as a duo in New York at Harrah, s.n.a.f.u., The Pyramid & The Mudd Club with keyboards & electronics backing tapes. These shows would be the last time the name The Fast is used. At the top of 1983 they started to record electronic demos, were asked to recorded a few songs with the first Fast producer Bobby Orlando and started calling themselves "Man's Favorite Sport" and got bookings in bigger dance clubs like The Fun House, Limelight & The Saint in New York and at Heaven in London. They quickly changed their name to a shorter, catchier Man 2 Man. Man 2 Man’s first single “Hottest Of The Hot” b/w “Walk Like A Man” recorded in 1985 with Martin Bisi became a club hit in the USA and a #1 pop record in Mexico. The second Man 2 Man single “Male Stripper” b/w “All Men Are Beasts” produced my Paul & Miki with Man Parrish was released in 1986 and became the #1 club record of the year through out Europe. 1986 also saw the release of 4 more singles, “Sex Symbol’ b/w “One Touch Of Eros”, Energy is Eurobeat” b/w “Mexico”, “Who Knows What Evil?” & “These Boots Are Made For Walkin (featuring Jessica Williams)”. 1987 started with “Male Stripper” becoming a top 5 pop hit in the UK, Europe, South America & Australia with a performance on “Top Of The Pops” in the UK. The release of 4 singles in 1987 included “I Need A Man” b/w “The Loneliest Man In The World”, “Hard Hitting Love”, “Swingin On A Star” b/w “New York City Beat” & “At The Gym” Produced by Jacques Morali (Village People). In 1988 still touring the world and recording, Paul Zone & brother Mandy Zone under the name “Zone Bros” scored a UK hit with the Sylvester song “Do Ya Wanna Funk?”. Singles “Action”, Love Is The Message”, “Bump In The Night” & “I’ll Try Anything Once (featuring Debbie Harry)” would be the last recordings for Paul Zone & Man 2 Man in 1989. Countless compilations, “Best Of’s” & Remixes are still being released to this day.
PLAYGROUND: Growing Up in the New York Underground. By Paul Zone with Jake Austin