Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Now

The NowNew York, NY's, The Now were caught in the New Wave rush in 1979. They were playing the Max's Kansas City scene when they signed to Midsong International Records and hooked up with producer de jour Bobby Orlando. An album was "produced, arranged, engineered and concieved" by Mr. Orlando and sold about 200,000 records - enough to warrant a second LP which the band started to record. Then the label literally disappeared from their New York City offices. The band never received a dime and that was the end of The Now. The band splintered off into various bands but none achieved any level of success.

A live disc recorded in 1979 was released on CD. Check it out here.

Thanks to Geoff Danielik for his patience and answering my emails. Geoff continues to record, write and produced. His company is Alter Ego Productions. Visit his website here and hear what he is up to at his myspace page.

The Now were:
Jeff Lennon - (Geoff "Lip" Danielik)
Mamie Francis
Robin Dee
Bobby Ore - (Bobby Orefiece)

Go to the download page to get The Now - "Can You Fix Me Up With Her"

42 Comments:

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2:10 PM  
Blogger Amyl Nitrate said...

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2:24 AM  
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2:08 AM  
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1:30 PM  
Anonymous André said...

Hi , great site , a lot of informations and mp3.The Now are great powerpop , Lp and 7" was released in Portugal , I have both editions.

cheers
André
http://rocknoliceu.blogspot.com/

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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10:57 PM  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

Oh, your blog is the best. I certainly hope you will continue to update.

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please come back. You are a voice in the wilderness.

8:23 PM  
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3:39 AM  
Blogger Gaurav said...

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7:08 AM  
Blogger daveches said...

There were 8 British artists in the US Billboard Top 10 on May 25 1985. To find out who they were, go to www.daveches.co.uk/80s/

Now our charts are rubbish by the way.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Come back!

9:30 PM  
Blogger BrianT said...

One of my fave bands of the era was the Stiphnoyds, of Seattle, whose 7" single from 1979 'Afraid of the Russians' changes hands for up to $100. Someone gave me a copy in the mid 80's. No idea how it found its way to Pudsey, West Yorkshire, but there you go.
http://www.somethingilearned.com/2006/09/stiphnoyds

5:07 AM  
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8:55 PM  
Blogger 604 said...

Wonderful blog!
I really like it!
new wave! the best kind of music!

604

3:35 PM  
Anonymous wyfade said...

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6:09 PM  
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10:33 AM  
Blogger Uncle E said...

Anyone who posts about The Now and has album art by Gang Of Four and the mighty Clash on their site is okee-dokey in my books!
Drop by my little site sometime. I think you'll find some similiarly-minded individuals!

10:10 PM  
Blogger Ad Nauseam said...

Hello
Here's a new blog New Wave-Indie
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Thanks

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Rod Swindle said...

Hey - Great post! I bought this cool release on vinyl & cassette from the Jamesway department store bargain bin, right about 1979/80. Geez, was it a direct-to-cut-out-bin album?? Anyway, the platter is better than you'd think. "T. V. Private Eye" is a cool inversion of "Watching the Detectives." A bit of fun from the New Wave era. Thanks for providing info on this obscure band!!

7:52 AM  
Blogger cdmaniac said...

Great Blog!!
Thanks for the cool stuff!

12:44 AM  
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11:42 AM  
Blogger Isao said...

thanks for posting. thought i knew all bobby o stuff there is to know. I was wrong! Don't think the album to be one of his best productions, kinda like the downbeat one track! cheerio and keep the good stuff coming.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I was in "The Now". If someone lets me know how to upload additional songs, I'd post some of the better ones, "Can You Fix Me Up With Her" is total "bubble gum" pop wave. The upside to "Can You" is this song received the most air play in it's day.

As mentioned, there was a live recording (unofficially released) and what's not mentioned is that we did record a complete second album in just one evening "Bad Publicity Is Better Than No Publicity", we were going to mix the record a couple of weeks later when the record company strangely disappeared basically overnight. So it goes in the music world!

Oh, and that's correct - none of the band members made a penny - Gotta love it!

11:45 AM  
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5:48 AM  
Blogger Muhafis said...

erm, seem the now are fresh band?

11:42 PM  
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2:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

robin dee I was the drummer for the NOW and was supprised to see and hear anything related to my past.

3:09 AM  
Blogger The Wolfmen said...

Don't know this at all - great tune.

Loving the blog, will be back for more

10:06 AM  
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2:32 AM  
Anonymous andy rogers said...

hi! such awesome blog you have! i really love this post! thanks!

9:48 AM  
Blogger 80sMom said...

Great blog! I love chancing across something about New Wave. There is some music on here I have never heard before and when I have time, I will check out some of these bands. Thanks for introducing me to something new. You may enjoy my 80s blog also, check it out!

10:39 AM  
Blogger MikeAdamson said...

I'm always curious about why blogs abruptly end. Anyone know the story behind this one?

12:01 PM  
Anonymous LARZ GUSTAFSSON said...

One of the best bands ever.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Joker said...

It's a great shame. I only came across this blog through Googling for a Brains song, 'Tanya', just to check the spelling, and finding that entry from 2005. Now I see, in March 2010, that this last entry is from nearly three years ago. You can't help but think, has the blogger come to grief at the beaks and talons of feral chickens? Let's hope not...

Have The As been covered yet? I have two copies of their eponymous album from the early 80s, and it's cracking stuff. Produced by, IIRC, Rick Chertoff, and owing much to Elvis Costello. As with The Brains, it seems to be easier to find out stuff about them, just Google 'The As Artificial Love'.

6:53 AM  
Blogger Joker said...

I guess if the blogger has gone away, and he/she needs to approve comments, no one will ever see this? So the question is, did I ever write it..?

6:03 AM  
Blogger MikeAdamson said...

It seems you did.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Joker said...

Indeed I did. It's a shame, but I was going to all the trouble of writing a new response saying 'yay!', and suggesting some bands that might be included, then I closed down the computer without saving or sending it. Still, for all I know The A's aren't regarded as a 'lost' band, and Timothy Truman And The Dixie Pistols definitely aren't New Wave.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Sandman said...

Great post, shame about what happened to this band. I think alot of smaller bands got screwed by their record companies during the 80's

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It´s so sad, no words about how the rwecords are called. I try to search for it but the only band i found seems to be a "new one" that´s in "emo".

please upload the song again or i have to eat my feet. ;)

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robin Dee, this is Mamie of The Now. Howdy! Get me on Facebook if you get this. Geoff finally divorced me so I married a socialist, whom I find to make wonderful husbands.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous προσφορές said...

Great band!

9:17 AM  

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