"Zruism" includes the complete studio recordings of Zru Vogue from 1980 to 1984.
"The whispers of San Francisco are sometimes more haunting than the screams of LA." - Sub-Pop magazine writing about Zru Vogue in 1981.
Zru Vogue was all over college radio in the early 80's. Several Zru Vogue songs were in heavy rotation, including "Cumulonimbus" (Britain's New Musical Express described it as a "neo-African avalanche"), "The Dream Stops", and "Ubuhuha" (pre-techno trance funk). But the certifiable hit of its day was "Nakweda Dream", a haunting song with a lilting melody that Sub-Pop named the best independent single of 1981.
In the early 80's, Zru Vogue tended to be a reclusive group, preferring to play mysterious improvised music in candlelit living rooms late at night; but they did get out to perform in San Francisco and the Bay Area's major rock clubs. Zru Vogue performances were unconventional, incorporating performance art, neo-dada poetry, and improvisation.
Between 1980 and 1984 Zru Vogue recorded and released a 7-inch single, a full-length album, and an EP:
* Nakweda Dream / Cumulonimbus (1981)
* Zru Vogue, The Album (1982)
* Zru Vogue Now! / Possibly Imagined / The Artist (1984)
All tracks on "Zruism 1980-84" were digitally remastered to CD from the original studio master tapes. It even includes "Big Fish Swing", an out-take from the 1982 Zru Vogue Album sessions.
Zru Vogue is Andrew Jackson, Rick Cuevas, and Max Tyrell, with Zelda Blue (80-81), and Lawan Angelique (83-84). All tracks written and produced by Zru Vogue, recorded at Oasis Studio in San Francisco, Sensa Studio in Sunnyale, and Bayshore Studios in San Carlos, California.