John Watts’ 35 year career has included 20 albums & 3000 concerts & festivals worldwide.
He developed his musical career in punk clubs while studying clinical psychology and working in mental hospitals, with a first Fischer-Z album Word Salad released in 1979 on UA Records alongside The Buzzcocks and The Stranglers. His band’s European success increased exponentially with Red Skies Over Paradise (1981), establishing John Watts as a “political commentator in song.”
His first three solo albums included the anthemnic single “One Voice’ and the highly experimental The Iceberg Model (1983). A second Fischer-Z era included single successes, ‘The Perfect Day’ and the political ‘Say No’. He made the Destination Paradise album (1991) at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios and his next 3 albums continued to highlight some of the darker areas of the human psyche.
He returned solo again with Thirteen Stories High (1997) before producing Bigbeatpoetry (1999) – combining poetry, prose and song lyrics with beats. An era of multimedia projects began with Ether Music & Film (2002), where he travelled internationally recording random musicians in situ on his laptop. Real Life Is Good Enough (2005) and It Has To Be (2006) included poems and short stories. Morethanmusic (2010) added improvised orchestral cut-ups and a filmic dimension.
A forthcoming new Fischer-Z album ‘This is My Universe’ is due for release in Spring 2015. John is currently performing both with a Fischer-Z band and also on his own as Fischer-Z solo.
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