Mythology (London)

Jim Logan was previously a member of Perfume Garden, Paper Sun and Pattern People whose story can be accessed by clicking on the above link. Meanwhile Jim continues the story -

On our travels we met two of the old Mythology guys when we were on the same bill. By now they had taken on board Ozzie Osbourne and Geezer Butler and had changed there name to Earth . With their OK we decided to change our name to Mythology. We then headed up to Scotland and played for an agency run by the (later) notorious Tam Payton, Manager of the Bay City Rollers. Even in those days you could see that his attention to the marketing of bands rather than their musical proficiency would bring him success. The 'Rollers' were already big scream fodder for teeny Scottish girls. We spent about six months playing in and around Edinburgh, Glasgow and the rest of central Scotland . Tam then introduced us to a Management acquaintance in London .

So we headed down to London where we played mostly on the cabaret circuit. We appeared in many of the top London venues of the time such as Hatchets in Piccadilly, The Blue Angel in Mayfair, La Val Bonne in Soho and the club in the Churchill Hotel. We also played a number of suburban pubs such as The Flower Pot in Tottenham and the Rainbow Rooms.

Central London was full of recognisable faces in those days. On one occasion I remember the late Viv Stanshall and Keith Moon drifting in and out of a bar in Highbury when we were playing. Very nerve wracking having one of the world's most famous drummers in the crowd!

One night we 'accidentally' played for the London chapter of Hell's Angels. A big mistake! They were known as the Phoenix Angels and they made a point of never showing their appreciation. We knew they would be less than enthusiastic about harmony cabaret numbers so we played rock all night and, as a result, they wanted us to play at all their future gigs. We were not so 'impolite' as to turn them down on the spot. Fortunately they cannot have had our address.

We recorded a tape for CBS and it ended up being used in the boutiques in Carnaby Street . We also recorded with Philips but we never had a lot of success. We also recorded some covers for the BBC. In those days their 'needle time' agreement with the Musicians Union meant they has to play a set percentage of recordings they had made themselves in between the Top 20 type records.

At that time we also met a guy called Nick Ingman who wanted to record us for the Norrie Paramor organisation. Norrie had been huge since the late 50's having built his reputation producing Cliff & The Shadows' records. However, by this time (late 1970) some of the guys were getting a bit homesick so we ended up splitting up and all heading home where we all continued to play in semi-professional bands.