BIOGRAPHY

Biography Malcolm and Dave had been in bands before. They had tasted success with their band Hillman Minx, recording an album with Dave Stewart and even playing at Wembley arena. As the Britpop era drew to a close they retreated to Herne Hill in the summer of 1998 with a new musical plan.......

They dreamt of times past, the west coast sounds of the sixties, - Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, The Mamas and Papas, Laurel Canyon, the Doors, Donovan, Dylan, sitars, tablas, revolutionaries and poets.

Dave started dating a lovely young waitress named Sarah who, it turned out, had the voice of an angel. They recruited bass player Mark “Wing Commander” George Brown from critically acclaimed contemporaries Subcircus and the line up was in place.

They named themselves after the ranch where Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters had hatched their original plan for 60’s counterculture and the psychedelic underground.........LaHonda!

They released an EP on independent label Morpheus Records run by Ann Marie Shields, and one of their songs '27 Women' was picked up as the soundtrack to the Tic Tac ad campaign. As a result the band (and hundreds of boxes of free Tic Tacs) embarked on a UK tour supporting Drugstore during which they unofficially became Britain’s 'mintiest' band.

They had great times and made beautifull music but, as befalls so many young bands, somewhere in the Rock’n’Roll mayhem they imploded, exploded, fell apart and disbanded.

And so some 12 years later it gives us great pleasure to present the long lost Long Player. Having hunted down (and dusted off) the original multi track tapes in the archives of Bark Studio, Walthamstow, we have remixed and remastered these treasures for your listening enjoyment under the watchful eye (and ear) of the original producer, the legendary Brian O’Shaughnessy.

We are very excited to release the record under the helm of Ann Marie's new label AMS, as a joint venture with LaHonda Music Ltd, direct to music fans all over the world from our own online store at: www.lahondamusic.com.

It is our pleasure to finally share them with you - we hope you like them as much as we do.

Where are they now?

Sarah Joyce - Better known nowadays as Rumer, Sarah tours the world as the double platinum selling superstar that she was destined to be.

Malcolm Doherty - Malcolm has remained active on the underground music scene. Recent collaborations include Damo Sazuki (Can) and Lawrence (Felt/ Denim/ GoKart Mozart)

Dave 'Breaks' Roberts - Still lives in Herne Hill where he is revered as a landscape gardener and raconteur.

Mark 'George'Brown - Is a competitive runner and cyclist who now works in social housing. He too lives in Herne Hill.

Brian O’Shaugnessy - Having produced such diverse luminaries as Primal Scream, Felt, Campeg Velocet and Shampoo, Brian is still recording at Bark Studio where he combines classic vintage hardware, analogue equipment and years of experience to incomparable effect.

Ann Marie Shields - Still very active in the music business as a film music supervisor, an e-commerce consultant and manager of various projects, Ann Marie has recently been instrumental in the release of her brother Kevin's long awaited album 'm b v' direct to fan via my bloody valentine's own website. Ann Marie is now delighted to have the opportunity to again embrace new technology and make this beautiful record, by the fantastically talented LaHonda, available at last!

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