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Jonesy 1971 - The first line-up

Trevor remembers:"Bernie, Terry, John and I did what felt like a very long tour of Germany. Sadly, there was a lot of tension in the band and when Jonesy returned to England two of the guys decided to go their own way. Bernie had been offered a really good gig in a band called Tranquility and Terry retired from music completely to settle down to a much saner lifestyle in retail management."

BERNIE HAGLEY: saxes, flute, harmony vocals
TERRY CUTTING: drums
TREVOR: lead vocals, bass
JOHN: lead guitar, harmony vocals

Trevor and John auditioned for new musicians and recruited Jamie Kaleth (joint lead vocals and mellotrons) and David Potts (drums). However, the two brothers still found themselves arguing about the direction of the band and Trevor was not a happy bunny.

I had started the thing in order to continue the music I was playing in Sweaty Betty, specifically progressive rock, but John wanted to include white funk (listen, for example, to Ricochet on the first album No Alternative). By contrast, I was writing very different songs. During this period, for example, I wrote the first version of 'Inside the Dark Room' which was about early experiments in sensory deprivation which I was studying as a psychology student at London University. We had very heated arguments about musical direction and eventually I sat down with John and had an in depth discussion along the following lines: "Listen! We’re brothers and we are sharing the same house. If we continue like this we are going to end up hating each other. We have different musical tastes. Also, I'm enjoying being a psychology student and I've been offered a residency in the West End (of London) playing with Charlie Charles (see Ian Drury's Blockheads) who is a great drummer . I've decided to leave the band."

Shortly after, David Potts parted company with the band and John found himself auditioning for a new rhythm section.



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