|Formed in 1985, Zodiac Mindwarp And The Love Reaction projected an image of sex maniacs, party animals and leather-clad bikers all rolled into one. Put together by Zodiac (b. Mark Manning), a former graphic designer, their image and attitude was always more interesting than their music. With twin guitarists Cobalt Stargazer and Flash Bastard, plus Trash D. Garbage and Slam Thunderhide on bass and drums, respectively, they were the ultimate science-fiction garage band, influenced by Alice Cooper, Motorhead and the Stooges. After releasing the mini-album HIGH PRIEST OF LOVE on the independent Food label, they were picked up by Mercury Records, which funded the recording of TATTOOED BEAT MESSIAH.
Although rigidly formularized, it did spawn the hits Prime Mover and Back Seat Education, which were accompanied by expensive and saucy videos. The creative juices soon ran dry, however. Zodiac's backing band disintegrated and Mercury dropped him from its roster in 1989. In 1991, he reformed the band with Stargazer, Thunderhide and new bassist Suzy X, and released the single Elvis Died For You. Manning lived up to his reputation by collaborating with the KLF's Bill Drummond in 1994 on the semi-pornagraphic work, A BIBLE OF DREAMS. ~ Phillip Ewing, 80s Retro Music