Zantees PhotoNew York City rockabilly revivalists the Zantees (named for an episode of The Outer Limits) emphasized the crude, primitive aspects of the genre, recording raw, amateurishly infectious versions of rock & roll oldies, plus their own material. The group's original membership included singer Billy Miller, guitarists James and Billy Statile, and drummer Jimmy Devito; Devito was replaced after one performance by original Cramps drummer Miriam Linna. The revolving-door procession of bassists included Chuck Forssi (brother of Love's Ken Forssi), Rob Norris (the last Velvet Underground bassist; later founded the Bongos), James Stephanik, and Mike Lewis (ex-DMZ and Lyres). After an initial single, "Francene," was released in conjunction with Goldmine magazine, Out for Kicks, recorded with Norris, appeared on Bomp! in 1980. An album (Rhythm Bound, 1983) and EP (The Zantees, 1984) followed on Midnight.

When the Zantees disbanded in December 1983, Miller, Linna, and Lewis formed the A-Bones, another rockabilly revival act that has recorded well into the 1990s. Miller and Linna also started their own fanzine, Kicks, and the Norton record label, whose catalog includes Link Wray, Hasil Adkins, and King Uszniewicz. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide