Chris Chapman here - yeah I played in the Zygotes. No, I did NOT pick the name. A very early incarnation of the band had two other members - Hemu Nair on guitar and Mike Horner on drums. I remember vividly how the name came about. We were rehearsing for a high school battle of the bands and needed a name. Horner took out a dictionary, flipped through the pages and randomly put his finger on a word - which happened to be zygote. We all went ok yeah sure and went on with it.
Britt, however announced to the crowd that our name was "The Stone Groovers, not the Zygotes". But for whatever reason it didn't stick. I actually have video of this somewhere. But don't pin the name on me.
And yes, I have probably the only remaining copy of the Zygotes cassette we did. Soon after it was done, my car was broken into and it, along with other stuff was stolen. Thankfully, I had made a copy before that happened. I once had it posted online about 8 years ago but Britt contacted me, asking to pull it down. This was because Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga was getting ready to be released - he didn't want the distraction, which I totally understood and obliged. I think he was also a bit reluctant to have his early writing out there. But i CAN tell you a line from the most recent record, i forget which song at the moment, the phrase "the trains collide" - he used that phrase in a song called Cloud Head.
But no - I will not post the recordings again, in respect of Britt's wishes.
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As for me - I quit music for quite a while to have a career. But in 2007 I hooked up with Chris Savage (ex Buck Pets) to remaster many Buck Pets demos and unreleased recordings, which appear on the CD 'Demos and Rare'. Soon after, I joined a band called Mic The Tiger with Savage, playing guitar. In 2010 the band broke up - I'm currently in a band called Oddlot on bass, playing in mainly Dallas/Ft. Worth, though we've played Austin a few times, SxSW and such.
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