Here And Now – What You See Is What You Are / Dog In Hell / Addicted
A little snippet of the ‘free tour’ by ATV and Here And Now, with many different support acts around the country including The Fall, The Mob, Zounds, Patrick Fitzgerald, and any other local bands that happened to be around where a gig was being held indoors or out.
This is a decent LP but for a real good time, purchase the ‘Give And Take’ studio LP (with a picture of Latimer Road, and surrounding West London squatted area’s on the front cover), and / or the ‘Floating Anarchy’ LP with Daevid Allen from Gong. Both these LPs are now both available to listen to on this site if you use the search function.
Tributes to Suze Da Blooze, one of the vocalists for Here And Now, who passed away peacefully in August 2007 can be sent here.
Below is some text / history from the site:
By popular request, here is a brief description of Suzy and her life:
Suze was born in Lancaster on Feb 11th 1950. Her family moved to Ealing in West London about 2 years later.
In the early 70’s Suze attended Exeter University where she graduated with a degree in Greek Mythology.
While in Exeter she joined the band called “Tribe”.
In the mid 70’s she moved to the famous Latimer Road / Frestonia area in Notting Dale, (Notting Hill) West London.
I first met her in Bath, on the way to Trentishoe (Pinhoe) free festival in Devon, in early summer 1976. She danced on stage with us (Here & Now) at the festival, and gradually joined the band over that summer, and we became partners.
There are more tales about those free festival days on various pages at the main website: http://www.herenow.be/
Suze was also a member of Planet Gong, along with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and the rest of Here & Now in 1977.
Planet Gong completed a European tour in Nov/Dec 1977, and released the Album “Floating Anarchy 1977” and the single: “Opium for the People” early in 1978.
Suzy had two children: Lily-Rose, our daughter, was conceived during the Planet Gong tour, and born in August 1978 during a Here & Now British tour. Tommy, our son, was born in December 1979.
Suze left the Here & Now band in January 1979. By 1980 she had formed all girl band The Androids of Mu with Corrina, Cozzie and Birsen. Although a collaborative project, Suzy shared lead vocals with Corrina and wrote much of their material.
The Androids were well received by all, including the music press of the day. They were an integral part of the post punk scene and released one album “Blood Robots”, with one music paper headline proclaiming it as “Android Genius”.
*THE ABOVE LP IS SOMEWHERE ON THIS SITE IF YOU SEARCH FOR IT*
The Androids often performed with other West London squatland heroes including The Mob and toured in Britain and Europe until about 1983.
Suzy lived in London’s Shepherds Bush from the early ’80’s until around year 2000, when she moved to Devon for a year, then Tottenham in North London, and more recently in Leominster and Hammersmith.
Outstandingly creative, Suze was a living artwork, frequently wearing clothes she designed for herself. She designed wonderful clothes, some of which featured on the front cover of Melody Maker magazine in 1988. Suze was aesthetically gifted and naturally talented in many media, including drawing, painting and ceramic work (she learned techniques from potter John Churchill).
A brilliant astrologer, having been a student of Liz Greene in the 1990’s, Suze was also great at Tarot, and several well known folks sought her out for Astro as wall as Tarot readings.
Mainly during the 1990’s, a lot of Suze’s time went into organising theatrical events at various venues and camps, including co-ordinating week-long performing arts camps for the rainbow circle in the UK. She was particularly good at working with folks who had never performed before, inspiring them to recognise and express previously hidden talents. She also directed ‘Astro-theatre’ at astrology camps and often performed with Alan Dogend’s fun “Little Majic Theatre”.
Suze was a great originator of ideas.
Many of us alternative-minded folks try to think for ourselves. But Suze just couldn’t help it. She was simply incapable of following the norm. She always saw things the way she saw them, and gave it to you straight. I think this was the essence of her marvelous creative talent.
I remember in France 1976 when we pulled up in the snow on the edge of the Alps. We were excited because none of us had seen snow for a few years. Suzy just took all her clothes off, ran out of the bus and started literally rolling around in it!
She was some girl…
If you have some fun memories of Suze, why not share them with everyone via the MessageBook?
With love, Kif Kif.