City Zu

The City ZuFrom: Bellevue, WAS, USA

The City Zu formed in 1965 as The Zu. The band changed their name to The City Zu after local DJ, Pat O’Day, suggested that “City Zu” would have more of a bubble-gum appeal. They had a gritty punky pop style very similar to Paul Revere & The Raiders. The band landed a record deal with Columbia and released the 1967 single “Give A Little Bit” / “I’ll Find Another.” The single was a flop, at which point, the band switched to the Dot label for their next two singles. The City Zu actually received a fair amount of airplay, but problems with distribution meant their singles were not in stores until much later, resulting in poor sales.

“Too Much, Too Soon, Too Fast” is a great example of pop punk. Around the time of their singles, The City Zu got to open for many of the biggest acts that came to town, including The Who, Herman’s Hermits, Dave Clarke Five, Sonny And Cher, The Yardbirds, and The Byrds. Original band members included Mike Cox (bass), Mike Garlund (drums), Chuck Harcus (keyboards), Doug Heath (lead guitar), Brad Miller (guitar) and Jerry ‘Zu’ Matheson (saxophone, lead vocals). The band is still together today, but Jerry Zu is the only original member left.

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From the 1968 single “Eeny Meeny”
Too Much, Too Soon, Too Fast

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