Jerry on drums/ Jim in the shadows.

Jim Clench replaced Jim Henman on bass after our first album. Jim H. had decided the lifestyle was not for him. Smart guy that Jim. So I enlisted Clench. Since both bass players had the same first name, it made the transition amazingly simple. LOL

Neither player would ever be thought of as a technical player. Both were more basis players learning from the rudiments of basic acoustic guitar playing inspired by the british invasion and players like Sir Paul. And American folk music. In the case of Jim H. there was a blues influence as well.

Both had unique singing voices and the band continued to have several lead singers.

Songwriting was as important to them as it was with David and I, so rehearsals were always a real odd-ball mix of styles and often interesting. Especially when we were stoned. smile. Some daze!

Jerry never inspired to be a serious writer which was in his best interest I believe and let`s face, it didn`t hurt him none! haha But both bass players really needed and wanted a real drummer so when Jim C. and I got tired of not having a solid drummer I recruited….drum roll please…Jerry Mercer.

Wow! Now things got fun.

By the by, when Ritchie was replaced, David was not ask to leave the band but he wanted to go with his brother and he did. He was replaced by Gary Moffet.

 

5 Comments

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    Jim

    June 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    At what point during the recording of Electric Jewels did Jerry and Gary come on board?

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    Myles Goodwyn

    June 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Well Jim (Henman?) it`s a bit hazy as to what David and Ritchie played on exactly. We started the recording process but it soon became clear to me that the band needed a drummer. Ritchie is a cool guy but not a great drummer as a matter of fact he has spent his adult life working in an completely unrelated field of work. That`s cool.
    Anyway, any effort to record Electric Jewels with this line up was short lived so and Jim and I found ourselves alone and decided to head for England, find inspiration, a studio, a session drummer and do the recording there.
    We found a drummer soon enough (can`t remember a single thing about him really) and started recording. We started in the morning and had to be finished by 5:00 p.m.! An older wowan lived above this studio that our record company and producer Ralph Murphy found us. Christ on a bike! After about a week of this bullshit and my threatening to go home if they didn`t find a more complying recording schedule, Jim and I jumped on a plane and went home. They were warned this would happen and voila, it did.
    Everyone was pissed at us. I went off and wrote the song Electric Jewels. “Electric Jewels (us) in the hands of fools!” (them) They loved the song and didn`t even know it was about them and their stifling bullshit. lol
    Anyway it was time to find replacements for the Henmans and that`s when Jerry and Gary joined the band and the recording of the album finally began and ultimately finished for real. Murphy was still involved as producer.
    I remember I wanted a standup, acoustic bass on a track and we rented the instrument and Jim tried to learn it well enough to complete the track. Lady Run, Lady Hide I think it was. But that optimistic adventure went nowhere in a hurry. It`s a tough instrument to play! haha
    On the album there are Jim compositions, Goodwyn compositions and a couple that we wrote together although the writing credits state that we co-wrote all the tunes. That was not the case.
    Anyhoo the album got done and as a team, Clench, Goodwyn, Mercer and Moffet, we made some neat recordings together over the years.

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    Mink

    June 23, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Wow.. so that’s how you came up with the name “Electric Jewels” That’s quiet a story.. Thank you for sharing, awsome.

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    Dave

    June 24, 2013 at 8:01 am

    That is an amazing story. Everything happens for a reason…..and somehow it usually all works out. As in this case.

    Thanks for sharing, Myles.

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    Dave M in Tucson AZ

    June 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    For several years, I thought “Electric Jewels” was a reference to electronic gadgets that “control” us…..radios….TV sets….telephones…..of course back then we didn’t have cellphones, pagers, blackberries……

    I’m always pleased to learn what inspires a song. Thanks Myles!

 

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