Mega City Four were a local band, hailing from Farnborough, just down the road from The West End Centre in Aldershot, where we ran The Buzz Club. Brothers Danny and Wiz had originally been in a band called Capricorn.
Mega City Four formed in 1987 and when Steve Lamacq started championing them in the ‘N.M.E’ and John Peel started playing ‘Miles Apart’ on Radio 1, we knew we had a very exciting local band!
They played The Buzz Club when their debut album ‘Tranzophobia‘ was released. Support that night came from another band from the same scene, The Senseless Things. Very much a home coming gig, the club was rammed.
Mega City Four went on to release seven albums before splitting up in early 1996.
I bumped into Wiz at the Reading Festival in the mid ’90s and he told me his favourite tee shirt was his Buzz Club one. He said he’d been offered money for it in Canada and refused to sell it!
It was incredibly sad and shocking to hear that Wiz collapsed in a rehearsal for his new band Ipanema and died the next day in December 2006.
Here’s Mega City 4 in action, supporting Mudhoney in Chester just before their Buzz Club appearance in 1989.