Groovin’ Over Beirut with the Proxies

23 Jun

It’s a pity I can’t find any video of the next band.

It would give you an idea about the sound of Proxies.

They could easily fit in your synth-pop record collection next to bands such as O.M.D., Heaven 17 and the early Depeche Mode.

Coming from the city of Thessaloniki, singer and guitar player Dimitris Bizenis, drummer (?) Lazaros Pliambas and keyboard player Manolis Trichakis formed the Proxies in 1980.

When they released their debut album “Groovin’ Over Beirut” in 1983, they created a sensation.


A Side


2.Let The Radio Play

3.Something Went Wrong

4.Little Lorraine



B Side


2.Its A Life-Life

3.Groovin’ Over Beirut

4.These Boots Are Made For Walking


Groovin’ Over BeirutI think this was the very first Greek synth-pop release and for sure the boys would have a better luck if they were in some other country.

You can listen to one of their songs here.

By the same year, CVR, their record label released a very smart cover of the Greek folk song “Fishing Boat” on a 12” EP which became a club hit.

Thanks to the “Fishing Boat” track, they were discovered by the Greek audience.

The band never managed to repeat their success and disbanded after 5 albums sometime in the mid 90’s.

For their last two albums they turned their name to Greek, “Προξις”.

Although Proxies  should be well respected for their contribution to the Greek new-wave, synth-pop scene, their first album is nowdays very rare and there is not even a single track of theirs on youtube…


Posted by on June 23, 2009 in New Wave / Dark Wave



7 responses to “Groovin’ Over Beirut with the Proxies

  1. Costas

    November 7, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    exoun anebei merika sto youtube – des edo

  2. tony zebe

    October 21, 2010 at 12:20 am

    wrong cantry 4 this music shame i like it but i monly me krima i eladitsa mas me to busuki tis ti na canume ipomoni

  3. panole8riambos

    October 21, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Thanks for your comment, this is very very true.

  4. Dimitrios Bitzenis

    September 26, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Hi, I am Dimitrios Bitzenis the singer , songwriter from Proxies. Please correct that the singer was not Giannis Nastas but me and thank you for your nice comments on our music ! I have uploaded most songs of Grooving over Beirut. Take care !

  5. panole8riambos

    September 26, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you very much for the correction !
    All the best !

  6. angelos bakas

    February 24, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Dimitrios Bitzenis, I’d love to read the lyrics of groovin’ over beirut (side 2, song 3). Great work for that time, I was there!

  7. panole8riambos

    March 17, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Thank you for your comment Angelos!


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