Here and Now 1975

 

 

 

Here and Now in 1975


Human survivors of Here Now, including Kif Kif and Jose Gross, got together with Jol on guitar in November 1974 and the "second incarnation" of the band began.
Alan Dogend played with us for a while and connections with the Latimer road squat-scene escalated with the addition to the group of Richard Heley, poet, singer and artist of that indisputably bohemian street. As well as jamming, songs were formed from the music of the jamming. Among these songs was "Soviet Kommercial Radio", the chorus line "Violence is caused by governments, armies, police force" is an old anarchist slogan, and its inclusion in the song was influenced by the police violence at Windsor the previous summer.
Early in 1975 Twink joined with his famous home-made synthesiser. This version of Here & Now gigged at the Greyhound in Fulham Palace Road, The Cabbage Patch in Twickenham and, on occasions, upstairs at the Chippenham Pub in West 9 with the 101'ers.
Twink's Synthi swoops and gurgles didn't always sit well with all the members of the band. And when we got to the first festival of the summer there was some discomfort with the "looseness" of the whole shambolic scene. A totally spaced-out set at this festival (Stonehenge, June 1975) was to be the swan-song of (this) Here & Now... the only survivors of the trip into "spacejam universe" being Twink and Kif Kif. You'd have thought it would have been easier to just chuck KK and Twoes out the band, but no, Jose, Richrd, Nick and Chris the Violin simply declared, en masse, a few days after Stonehenge, that they were leaving. And off they went - to form the seminal space-punk band "Blank Space".
1975 was the first Summer of almost continual Free Festivals, and KK and Twink set about trawling them for other contenders for Mr. Shiva's cosmic masterplan. Without a lot of success. That is, until Watchfield Free Festival, when Keith and Steffy played with the band for the band for the first time.
"Crazy" Alan Dogend was playing guitar on stage with the band when Steffy arrived and plugged in: "It was like a cascade just streaming out of Steffy's guitar. There was no way you could fit any other notes in! After about 5 minutes I just ambled off the stage and left them to it. KK and Twink had found a bass player and now a guitarist who could match them for intensity."

fh [reprinted from the 'Gospel of Free' booklet].

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Keith the Bass recounts the story story the night Steffy showed up...
This line up, Kif Kif, Twink, Steffy Sharpstrings, and yours truly "The Missile Bass", first got together in August 1975, at Watchfield Free Festival, somwhere near Swindon. The first time we played together was a str crossed occasion, the last night of the festival and we were jamming in front of a crowd of at least 5000. It was an incredibly intense experience, particularly for myself, as I had a rather a lot of, ahem, stimulants, and with all the energy flying around, found myself at some point, hovering 40 feet above the stage, looking at myself playing away, and wondering how the hell I was doing it....... something else!
After an hour or so onstage we were joined by Arthur Brown (The "God of Hellfire" himself!) who belted out stream of consciousness lyrics and danced like a dervish possessed for an hour or so. We just carried on - I think we'd hit such a strong (energy) line that we couldn't have stopped anyway - and after a while we were joined by the late Rebop Kwaku Ba, who was an extraordinary African percussionist. he stayed with us all the way through till dawn, playing any drums he could find and singing African folk songs across our rather racous space-punk-funk backdrop... amazing!

Keith the Missile Bass

Above - Kif Kif with Here and Now at Tarrent Keynston Pop festival (?), Dorset, Spring 1975. Pic John Pearce
Here and Now 1976
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