Formed: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Peterborough's only first wave punk band, The Now evolved out of The Faderz at the end of '76. In isolation from the rest of the punk community they nonetheless played the Roxy and The Vortex, supported 999 and organised their own local gigs. They also released two singles. The first of these was Development Corporations: self-written, self-produced and self-released, but also shambolic, pretty dreary, ploddingly slow and humourless, dragging on for four long minutes. Single No. 2 was Into The 80's, recorded for Cambridge label raw in late 77 but not released until November '78 (according to the band's website) or early '79 (according to everywhere else). The title of the second single was sadly non-prophetic: after a studio session in 1979 (documented on the superb Here Come The Now) they split, so they didn't make it into the 80's.
However, following reissues of the two singles in 2000, The Now came out of retirement in 2004 and finally recorded their 1977 LP that never was, Fuzztone Fizzadelic, featuring all their oldies. And a great album it is.
Singles / Albums
|Development Corporations (7", 1977)||Into The 80's (7", 1979)|
|Here Come The Now
|Into The 80's! - The 1978 Demos (LP, 2005)||Fuzztone Fizzadelic
All This And More UK Tape 1982 (Solo): Room At The Top / Don't You Believe Me
England Belongs To Me Vol. 1 Japan LP 1996 (77 Records): Into The 80's
Short Sharp Shock UK CD 1996 (Overground): Development Corporations / Why?
England Belongs To Me Japan LP 1996 (77 Records): Into The 80's
England Belongs To Me Vol 3 UK LP 1996 (77 Records): Development Corporations
Bloodstains Across The U.K. 2 UK LP 1997 (Bloodstains): Into The 80's
Oh No It's More From Raw UK CD 2003 (Damaged Goods): Into The 80's
Don't You Know, It's...Last Year's Youth! Japan CD (Wizzard In Vinyl): Into The 80's / Development Corporation / 9 O Clock
Every One A Classic!!! Volume 1 UK CD ???? (Punk, Mod, Powerpop - PMP CD001): Nine O'clock
THE NOW - Official website