Brian Kotz

London, April 2001


The continuing interest in Back to Zero - a band who made one single over 20 years ago - never fails to amaze me.  When Jimmy told me that he wanted to start this site, he assured me that there was enough interest, so I've been more than happy to assist him.  He's done a stellar job.  If you were there, I hope it ignites some memories, and if you weren't, I trust that the pages capture the spirit for you, of both the band and the '79 Mod scene in the UK.  It all happened half a life ago, and I'm definitely not the type of person who "never got over supporting Dr. Feelgood at the Hope and Anchor" as Nick Hornby put it in High Fidelity", but if asked, I'm always happy to discuss the era.  Good things and bad, 1979 was one helluva year to be 18 in London, and it annoys me greatly when so-called musicologists dismiss Mod '79 out of hand.  Don't they realise that they're slagging people's lives off?.

I must also say, that as lead singer, it has mistakenly been assumed that I was the leader of BTZ; this is totally inaccurate.  Sam Burnett's creative input was total.  As well as being guitarist, he wrote all the original songs, and taught Mal to play bass.  Quite simply, without Sam there'd have been no Back to Zero, and I find it astonishing that he didn't go on to make a bigger name for himself in music after the band finished.

Enjoy the site! and if you're an old friend (from '79, Ashmole schooldays or whenever), or have any questions, drop me a line: bribtz@yahoo.co.uk

Brian Kotz

London, April 2001

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