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Album Review

If the 20-song compilation of interstellar glam rock Timeless wasn't enough for sci-fi rock collectors, there's hope yet. Nearly 35 years after Zolar X formed, they swooped in to return with their second album, X Marks the Spot. While their ability to keep the Martian man costume party going this long is astounding, what's more intriguing is that nothing has changed since their '80s album, Zap! You're Zolarized. They sound (and look, according to the album cover) completely identical to the way they did with the original incarnation of the band. Songwriting is still top-notch and they are as vicarious as they were in their multicolored pixie-wigged heyday. Even the production quality sounds identical. Fans will be pleased as punch that the grown-up version of the band is still singing about laser beams, humanoids, and meteors, and ultimately has stayed true to the original vision of the group. Most importantly, they haven't lost their ability to craft huge hooks and melodic harmonies, especially on the spacecraft-themed "Retro Rockets" and "Saucers on Sunset." Even after all these years, they rock as hard they did in the '70s. It's almost as if they haven't aged at all. Perhaps they really are aliens.


Formed: 1974 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '00s

The Los Angeles glam rock trio Zolar X drew on classic science-fiction iconography in creating the fledgling group's image, with costumes including antennae, skintight body suits, and moon boots, and even the invention of their own alien dialect. The band formed in 1972, originally with guitarist Ygarr Ygarrist (born Steven Della Bosca) and bassist Zany Zatovian (Bruce Courtois). After recruiting singer Zory Zenith (Billy McCartney, formerly of rival L.A. glitter outfit Shady Lady) and drummer Eon...
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