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"The songs of John Zonn: Caffeine Days, Headhunter's
Song
, Photocopy of my Mind and Don't Speak Too Soon,
seem to me the beginning of a rebirth of 'Beatles'. The
main and background vocals in Don't Speak Too Soon
create a perfect blend that you would either sing with
it, dance with it or do both at the same time.

Caffeine Days is soft and mellow and invokes an
introspective mood. Remember Lucy in the Sky
with Diamonds
in the song Photocopy of my Mind.
John Zonn intended it that way I guess, and
created a twist in the lyrics to focus on delivering
what's inside his mind. John Zonn is a breath of fresh
air in music. He abandons the convenience of distortion
effects to direct your ears to the vocals and lyrics instead."

- Jodelen Ortiz (Admin Member WikiMusicGuide)



About John's appearance at Danny's Comedy Club, in
Haywards Heath...


"First up was singer John Zonn with his simplistic, but
catchy musical style. His intentionally shambolic song
about perpetual drunkenness was a strange start to
the evening but gradually won the audience over."

- Lawrence Smith (Mid-Sussex Times)









1. "Listened again today - brilliant recording,
like being there - the opening story is just lovely."

Ginge (from 'Up Holster')


2. "A Zonn classic."

Jim Best (Founder & Chief Executive of 'Next Train Productions')


3. "John and his audience create an intimate and
spontaneous evening of gentle magic and
considerate whimsy and to appreciate it
you had to be there - or buy Snap Shot."

John Francis Cross (Author & Performance Artist)

4. "Most entertaining...like the way you handle
the crowd (hope you've given up eating
sentient beings now). No, it's John
Zonn well on form - great."

John Hiom (Artist)





5. "Great to hear John's speaking voice, gives the
whole thing a sense of atmosphere. Also to
hear the songs set in context is great.
Although I am surprised at the wood pigeon
admission, previously we have seen seagulls
revered with religious adoration. Here the
bird is given a life beyond his dinner plate
but ultimately consumed by Zonn. I felt this
warranted a visual reply, as seen above."

Tracy Boness (Artist)









1. "Wonderful. Dropped out of nowhere, like Bowie...
...tender songs that brighten, from a genius friend of mine...
...don't pass this by, these really are brilliant."

Ginge (from 'Up Holster')


2. "This is cool. Family Man speaks for us."

Jake Chambers (Facebook)


3. "I listened and liked."

Sally Goodwin (Facebook)


4. "I love John Zonn."

Sara Brown (Facebook)


5. "Love it, great stuff x. Esp like the picture for
This Time Of Year, those trousers really suit you."

Tracy Boness (Artist)


6. "Thanks for the copy of new release, have heard
it twice already and enjoyed doing so. The red slacks
are hilarious comic genius at work."

John Hiom (Artist)





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1." Xtreme Cleaned Feet C-Limbing."

Daniel Yáñez Pinzón








1." Hi Zonnimyer,
Separation Anxiety: A review

I've listened to this collection umpteen times now - it just keeps giving. The
number of voices swooping at you here is the most striking thing - it's like a
radio show - but not, I don't know - it's just bloody magic.

I struggle to think of anyone who packs this much variety, humour, melody &
passion into half an hour. JZ has played another blinder.

The Die is Rolled: Rolled up jacket sleeves? Mullet? Synths? A Keytar? What's
going on? This is what I love more than anything about each new JZ release,
pressing play and being taken on a ride. This builds on the success of
'Lament...' from the last E.P. - mixes message and humour in that unique Zonn
stylee - "too little recompense", too bloody right - they take forever to say
goodbye to each other too, which had me in stitches on the train, much to my
neighbour's alarm.

The Occupant's Return : the thump percussion works brilliantly here and wakes
you from the ambient opener - the new 'chug and melody' tracking is introduced
too, far from the Dylan backlash JZ might have feared, it feels natural &
sounds superb. Great Bowie-esque vocals too in the 'we are not alone' refrain.

I'm not Your Child : this must have taken the longest to perfect? Beautiful,
fluid arrangement - still haven't managed to count all the subtle changes here,
surely a record? Faraway vocal sound on 'the way I am' part is cracking.

It's a Dog's Life : a real pop gem confidently buried as far back as track 4,
love the high chords coming in on the 2nd verse & the dog bark solo. Deffo this
for the single.

Do the Seagulls know it's Xmas? : the most traditional Zonn-like song in this
collection & my current favourite - though not for this reason - just the free
drifting tunefulness of the string work, complimenting the bright seaside
imagery of the story - lovely stuff. And when the narrator enters the song
towards the end with the secret admirer "I hadn't mentioned before".

January : didn't get this the first time I listened to it I must say, but then
on subsequent listens it's quite compelling & a fitting coda for a mini album
which has successfully broadened the Zonn sonic palette still further.

Have a sunny one, baby"

Ginge (from 'Up Holster')


2." I've listened to all of it now. Its sooo good! The song about not being a
child reminded me of a documentary I saw a while ago about a girl living in
Brighton with her family. She had become a heroin addict and was living on
the streets in Brighton. That song seemed to echo some of the things in
the doc. Excellent stuff John Zonn."

Tracy Boness (Artist)


3." John your CD is brilliant!!! I LOVE the take on Carpenters/Day The Earth
Stood Still (?) LOVE it, very quirky and full of little truths."

Vanessa Beard (Artist)








1."I was driving along listening to it in the car with Hollie
and after we'd heard it once, we sat there with
the engine off and had to listen to it again!"

- Jim Best (Founder & Chief Executive of 'Next Train Productions')


2."I really enjoyed your banjo poem...
...very cute and funny, nice one!"

- Sharon Lewis


3."Hi John – here are my thoughts after a dozen
or so listens on my commute:

Back in Blighty: When the album comes out this
has to be the opener. Love the deep bass vocal
multi-tracking complimenting the downcast lyrical
themes. It’s a winding beauty that never quite unravels,
more and more tension with no release – brilliant.

Lament for ma Banjo Case: Knowing your recent
personal history the start of this “I have recently
suffered a loss” really did stop everything for a
second – sent a shiver – what it then turned into is
absolute genius. Seriously – this is talent mate.
I think because of the first association that for
me this represents a victory of your soul over grief.
I don’t know if that’s where this came from, but it’s
what I felt as I heard the laugh behind the ‘amen’
– I thought “good, John is alright”.

This track makes me feel privileged to know you.

Varnished (You Will Last Forever) : Hook upon
hook this has to be one of the catchiest songs in
your cannon – the guitar break is a gem too. After
one listen the whole thing has stuck and you find
yourself singing ‘bash bash saw saw’ at your
workstation. A definite showpiece for any gig-getting
CDs you should compile in the future.

A Change is as Good as a Rest : Sorry about the
prog comparison – but you know ‘Harlequin’ off
Nursery Cryme? – this reminds me of that – a super
delicate melody and sentiment. The ‘bu bu bubbing’
later on works a treat too. This was Sara’s favourite.


I know I’m always piling on pressure for an
album, I suppose it’s greed – I want a big listen.
But this EP puts that demand at fever pitch. I know
I said it with the last EP, but you’ve pushed that
watermark even higher with this.

It’s made me think again about recording – no big
production, just thrumming them into a mike Zonn stylee.

Most of all, it made me realise I miss you mate."

Ginge (from 'Up Holster')


4."I heard the sample songs from gardneronline.
Back in Blighty is amazing! I am such a sucker for
easy listening type of songs... So relaxing and
exactly the song you wanna play during long drives!"

- Jodelen Ortiz (Admin Member WikiMusicGuide)






1."Hi Zonn

Your latest release arrived yesterday - I knew what
it was before I opened it, it was singing in the envelope.

What did I find? a fresh sounding e.p. by someone who
has invented and mastered their own genre - 'Los Galgos'
- a moody Spanish opener which just makes you glad
Zonn is back in black.

'Mes parents' is full of subtle poppy chord changes
and pulls you in as you try to keep up translating with
a grade B in GCSE French - this is quite brilliant John.

'When science meets art' with it's intricate waltzy
hooks and lunatic narrative is its equal.

I'm serious when I say you have blown your previous
high standard out of the water - this is a very
addictive e.p. - listened to it several times already.

The artwork is excellent too.

We demand an album."

- Ginge (from 'Up Holster')








1."With the proliferation of singer-songwriters available for
your delectation how do you manage to separate the
wheat from the chaff? Well my friend this is where I
come in, pointing you in the direction of John Zonn.
"Who?" I hear you cry. Well that doesn't really matter,
you just need to feel the warmth of the acoustic
songs that make up 'Portfolio Career', a selection of
songs from John's back catalogue re-recorded first
take in the studio. This decision is one that pays
dividends, as the rough unpolished edges are one of
the things that makes these songs special. The other
is that he writes lyrics that are at turns, funny,
heartfelt, happy, sad and much more about a range of
everyday subjects. The album features some intricate
guitar playing which can almost appear flamenco
at times ('You Make Me Melt') and some accentuated,
near crooning vocals. If by nothing else the
album justifies itself over the space of one song,
the heart rendingly sad 'Hands Of The Brewery'."

"If you like your music melodic, thoughtful and unaffected
you could do much worse than check out John Zonn."

- Russell Barker (Russell's Reviews Online Music Magazine)








1."Hello John, thank you so much for that CD - it is very
brilliant - I like the lo-fi casio drums and cute
handclaps - it's a cracker of a song too - really.
Sara really likes it too and put it on herself again
when I was in the bath.

You have GOT to record another 7 or 8 songs using
this production method - and put together an album
- I can hear a lot of time and love has gone into it.

I salute you over and over again,
Baby."

- Baby Ginge (Songwriter from 'Up Holster')



2."I loved it!!!"

- DJ Chotvacs (Late Film & TV Scriptwriter)



3."I like it, he's got a good voice. It's as good
as anything you hear on the bloody radio..."

- Sara's mother



4."Like this one its unusual good tempo goes with the voice."

- Jem Allaway (ubl.com/artistdirect.com)



5."Lovely!! Gerry and The Pacemakers meets Bob Marley (- real easy groove."

- Terry Songs (ezfolk.com/terrysongs/)








1."Thanks John. Enjoyed your songs, gentle and honest.
I liked 'Bless those Blues' and 'Night of the Moths' best".

- Mike Russell (Author)



2. "Sometimes Tom Robinson, sometimes Dinner Ladies, and
a superb anthology of 80s-tinged folkpop. A tiptop
achievement, hats off old bean. I’m in no position to
truly comment on the songwriting performance because
I’m thick, slow, shallow and possess no poetic soul,
but I liked the sentiments and the use of the words
themselves as instrument...
...Thanks for sending me a copy, I really
enjoyed it, as did Finlay, and will keep it for future
listening. Good luck in future performances and I
hope this finds you well."

- Famous Dave (Ex-Drummer from 'Header' and
'the Budgies', now House-husband)



3."That Moths song should be a number one!"
"Mature songs about everyday things."

- Steve Risby (Artist)



4."Today I was inspired by your 'Mucky Pup' song
and spent two hours cleaning up and down."

- John Francis Cross (Spoken Word Performance Artist)








Commenting on the tune: 'Englisserator/Oogenesis':

1. "A good strange title for some good proper
weirdness, nice hissy ambience. Hooray for
lofi experimentation! Delays sound dirty n'
retrotastic, all rather oogenistically intriguing".

- Gee Unit (Carbon Logic website member)



2."Same as above, I like this good work!"

- DHW (Carbon Logic website member)



Commenting on the tune: 'Skinheads in Uniform':

3. "Hi, your talent is really great! You should set
up a free account at www.celebrityhilltv.com
and upload & sell some of your stuff there. I
gave you 5 stars cause you truly deserve it.
Have a great day! ~ Check me out too :) ~

- Briana-Mariaah (Carbon Logic website member)



4. "Top tracks, John!! Belladonna Baby is superb!"

- BigDim (From 'Darkside - The Floyd Experience')




PRECARIOUS FLAMINGO



Commenting on the tune: 'Obzedrolliscool':

1. "Honky tonk, lo fi. Enjoyed it, like a slice of
trout mask replica.... or something like that".

- Hi Rise (Carbon Logic website member)



2."Lovely film foley".

- Gee Unit (Carbon Logic website member)





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Free-soloing Chapel Rock at Marazion, Cornwall. August 2012


Radio Gets Wild Silver Artist Award 2005


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