18.8.13

HEAVY JELLY : Time Out (The Long Wait) / Chewn In (Head 7", 1969).

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I've just returned from another London trip, memory buzzing with Ian Dury's nascent pop art daubs & a rucksack stuffed with slightly tatty (but very cheap!) back issues of WC2-based counter-cultural bulletin-cum-irritant International Times.

Ironically, amongst the profusion of eye-catching '60s graphics therein, what immediately captured my attention was the relatively tame black & white ad reproduced above - a modest blurb for Heavy Jelly's debut (& only) single. Heavy Jelly were a band with an interesting genesis: their name first appeared in a spoof record review in a 1968 edition of Time Out magazine, interest in which prompted not-1-but-2 opportunistic record labels to rush in & attempt to capitalise on the ensuing palaver. Island Records were first, in May 1969, with the Cream-styled "I Keep Singing the Same Old Song", an overwrought-but-underwhelming proto-prog groaner that was actually the work of an incognito Skip Bifferty. The single sank without trace, but the song is fondly remembered (by some) due to it's inclusion on Island's budget priced & mega-selling Nice Enough To Eat sampler later that year, rather than for any intrinsic musical value. In closely-contested second place came John Curd's tiny Head label, who followed suit a month later with the greasy, muck-under-it's-fingernails heavy blues 45 that I've uploaded below. Heavy Jelly #2 sounded like a degenerate, blotter-warped (P. Green-era) Fleetwood Mac samizdat, & "Time Out (The Long Wait)"/"Chewn In"'s 2 slithering sides of sloppily recorded dropout boogie appear, upon reflection, to be cut from the same crusty loaf of infinite-jam brain-puke that fostered Mick Farren's Deviants &, later, The Pink Fairies. The label claims that it was "produced by Paul Raymond" - but not that one, surely?

Formed by John Moorshead (guitar) & Alex Dmochowski (bass) - 2 fugitives from The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation - & crack drummer Carlo Little (an early member of The Rolling Stones who unwisely ditched them for Screaming Lord Sutch's Savages), Heavy Jelly #2 would only release this lone single before hooking up with battle-scarred singer-songwriter Jackie Lomax, a former Brian Epstein protégé whose career had subsequently been overseen by George Harrison until Apple Records' chaotic demise. Best known for psych-pop near-miss "Sour Milk Sea" - a Harrison composition recorded with Eric Clapton, Nicky Hopkins & most of The Beatles as his backing band - Lomax completed an entire album's worth of songs with Heavy Jelly #2 that, despite being mastered & pressed, was only circulated as a very scarce promotional item until it's belated release in the mid 1980s.

The "Time Out" single has been similarly neglected &, 40-odd years later, it's still not been officially reissued. Unfortunately, the copy I've sourced here has definitely seen better days, in fact it's royally fucked, but I think you'll get the general idea...

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous18.8.13

    Bin lookin for this beauty for 200 years!! Amazin!! :)

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  2. Glad to be of service... & thanks for taking the time to comment.

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