Vogue, their lives were changed forever. Kinda. Zebra have never achieved the sort of mega–rock stardom that their music perhaps deserves. The self-titled debut in ’83 was a gem — unrestrained power-pop melodies, bubble-gum tunes with a hard edge. It was a great start but the follow-up, No Tellin’ Lies, didn’t perform commercially at all, despite coming only a year later. That said, the quality has never dropped, right up to 2003’s Zebra IV, the most recent album. They still kill live, too, and as far as we can tell the core lineup of Jackson, bassist Felix Hanemann and drummer Guy Gelso is still in place.
Randy Jackson’s hard rockers Zebra formed in New Orleans way back in 1975. A year earlier, they were called Shepherd’s Bush and performed covers of Led Zeppelin, Yes and Jethro Tull tunes. But after (literally) seeing a picture of a woman riding a zebra on the cover of