Fischer-Z developed in punk clubs while John Watts was still studying clinical psychology and working in mental institutions. The first Fischer-Z album 'Word Salad' was released in 1979 on United Artist Records, alongside The Buzzcocks and The Stranglers. The second album 'Going Deaf For a Living' firmly established Watts’ ability to convey worldly political issues in narrative songs against a background of quirky pop music. Fischer-Z’s European success was cemented with their third and most successful album 'Red Skies Over Paradise'.
This year is a milestone in the Fischer-Z journey; the 40th anniversary of the band’s first show, the release of a 20th studio album and the pulling together of Fischer-Z in a continuous timeline from 1977-2017. ‘Building Bridges’ is the title of the new work containing songs about the major challenges of our time; to build bridges over religious divides, between political left and right, between rich and poor and attitudes towards global migration.