Rezillos bassist and sax player William Mysterious has passed away.
Born Alastair Donaldson, he was originally a member of folk group Silly Wizard, before moving to the Scottish punks to play on their second single for Sire Records, ‘Flying Saucer Attack’ / ‘My Baby (Does Good Sculptures)’ as well as the band’s debut album Can’t Stand The Rezillos.
He left the band after a UK tour supporting The Ramones, but did make a guest appearance on sax at the Rezillos’ final gig at the Glasgow Apollo – the show was recorded and issued as the band’s posthumous live second album, Mission Accomplished (But The Beat Goes On).
Donaldson also joined The Revillos – the post-split act formed by core members of the band – playing bass on the Rev Up long-player. And in 1982, he put out one single, ‘Security of Noise’, on the Mezzanine label as William Mysterious with Alastair Donaldson.
Although not involved with the reformed Rezillos, Donaldson was to be seen occasionally on the live scene in his native Edinburgh, including an appearance with Shock and Awe in 2007.