Young mod revival group Back To Zero formed in early 1979 in North London where bespectacled guitarist Sam Burnett (17), drummer Andy Moore (16) and 17-year-old bassist “Mal” (Mark Malyon) were going to school together.
They met diminutive Brian Betteridge (an old man at 18) at a mod gig and he became their singer.
Appearing on the original ‘March Of The Mods’ tour along with Purple Hearts and Secret Affair, the band built up a loyal following and signed to Chris Parry’s Fiction label, releasing the Who-inspired single Your Side Of Heaven.
Drummer Andy Moore departed shortly after and was replaced by Nigel Woolf (who ended up in the Cockney Rejects) and eventually Nick Sinclair.
Brian Betteridge also departed with Craig Lappin joining (briefly) on vocals although the band only lasted around a year before packing it in.
Mark ‘Mal’ Malyon