Here & Now
Unabridged backstories for the Gospel of Free anthology CD (parts of which made the liner notes), including the times around the Planet Gong Floating Anarchy '77 tour (CD)
Someone said "Planète Gong"?
Dave the Slave
Here & Now - There & Then
Winzer the Ozone zone
*The Sound disintegrates from deep within your hemispheres
Leaving you here & now*
aka Windsor Dave
1976 was one of those years. Laughter, friendship and a Mother of a summer seeped through the pores and people were happy, The Colour Grey was put into suspended inanimation. Early in the year my brain was being liquidised in a tiny dungeon of an outhouse in Stoneleigh Street. A friend - Steffy - had asked me over to a band rehearsal. To put into words what I heard that night is like trying to explain the Colour Orange to a blind man. That was my intro to Here & Now and as far as I was concerned, if their sound didn't knock you into the middle of the next galaxy you were dead.
Me, me, me, me and Here & Now and me
aka Grant McFuttocks
I'd started to hear about Here & Now when I was living with Steve Hillage and Miquette up at the Gong farm in Witney, Oxford - I'd been a massive fan of both Gong and Bowie and had hitched all round the country to see both groups, bunking off school, but Bowie was somehow untouchable (Hunky Dory period) whereas me and my very tripped-out friends were getting lifts back in the Gong bus after gigs, often ending up crashing at Witney.
Keith the Bass
On the Bus
aka Keith the Missile Bass
Kif-Kif le batter
History of Planet Gong
Barefoot drums, nearly naked vocals
Suze da Blooz
Singing da Blooz by Suze
And how can these things BE spoken about? How can the memory of something so seminal, so forming and transforming be expressed? I feel wordless and my fingers keep getting onto the worng keys. I don't think that I can say anything which will come near expressing what I'd like to say about the Here and Now Band. Not Now. Not about Then. I don't even know how far back to go to find the beginning. But if I don't say my piece… So here goes…
'No Wave' Guerrilla Memory Theatre
aka Doug da Slug, Doug da Thug
Roadie, bus driver.
1962 Bedford J4LZ2, ex-London Metropolitan Police bus, registration 651 DJJ (4-cylinder petrol engine, 4-speed manual gearbox). Green when Twink owned it. Silver ('The Silver Slug') when Here & Now and Planet Gong toured it. In 1978 the band replaced it with a 36-foot (11 metre) faded red Leyland Leopard ex-London country commuter bus (inline 6-cylinder Diesel, 4-speed manual gearbox), which was later superseded by a Leyland Tiger.