Zounds is an anarchist post-punk band from Readings, Berkshire. The band consists of Steve Lake, Joseph Porter, Nick Godwin, Tim Hutton, Jimmy Lacey, Lawrence Wood, Anthony Dickens and Steve Burch
When Steve Lake was about 5 years old, his parents got divorced. His mother went to live with her family in the U.S.A and he hadn’t much contact with his dad, so he lived with his grandparents. Even though he had little contact with his dad, his dad first introduced him to the music industry. Steve’s dad ran a jazz club and took Steve once to a New Orleans jazz band when he was about 6 years old. This was an important experience for him.
When he was 16 years old, he learned to play the bass. He played in a rock-’n-roll band doing Chuck Berry and Presley music in brothels and Speedway club dances.
Zounds was formed in 1977, started as a nameless jam-band of constantly shifting members. Steve Lake eventually took control of the band’s direction. The band came up with the name ‘Zounds’ when guitarist Steve Burch found the word in a dictionary. Zounds is an exclamation; a corruption of ‘Gods wounds’.
Worn out from touring the band split up around 1982. But Steve Lake reformed the band in 1998 with bassist Protag and drummer Stick. Zounds made the benefit single “This Land” in support of Dave Morris, who was sued by the McDonald’s corporation for libel.