The VIP's were formed in 1978 while Guy Morley (guitar), Paul Shurey (drums), Jed Dmochowski (guitar/vocals) and Andrew Price (bass) were at Warwick University. They soon found a manager, Clive Solomon who with Timmy Mallet (now a television and radio presenter) and both students at the University, helped to finance the groups first single. During the holidays the VIP's started to play round the capital and built a loyal following. A second release tied in with the band member's leaving University.

The 3 track EP, featuring "I'm Perfect", "I Believe", and "Boy's Of The City" was released on Clive Solomom's own Bust record label. During the summer of 79 the VIP's could be found playing all over the country and although not particularly considered to be a mod band, they played most of the popular London venues, frequently on the same bill as Squire (they shared the same management).

In early 1980 they went into Olympic studio's (Barnes) to record some tracks with ex-Animals bass player/Slade and Jimi Hendrix manager, Chas Chandler. Eventually a recording agreement was reached with GEM records and "Causing Complications" came out in March 1980. To coincide with the release the VIP's went on tour supporting SECRET AFFAIR.

After the tour "The Quarter Moon" was recorded and on it's release received widespread radio airplay. The single reached number 54 in the charts and would have earned them a valuable Top of the Pops appearance but due to an industrial dispute at the BBC they missed out. Disappointed the, the VIP's continued to play gigs and joined MADNESS on tour as support act prior to recording their third record for GEM. This time producer Bob Seargent (of BEAT and HAIRCUT 100 fame) was recruited to give "Need Somebody To Love" the extra something to capture the bands individual pop sound on vinyl. Although this was probably the most representative single by the group it didn't take off and by the end of 1980 they seemed to be losing heart with the business. Internal rifts had become apparent and in December the band played its last concert at Leicester University. A fourth and final single ironically titled "Things Aren't What The Used To Be" (a song taken from the original sessions for Causing Complications) became the VIP's epitaph. Paul Shurey and Guy Morley had already made alternative plans for THE NEW VIP's and recruited Simon Smith to take over the drum seat from Paul who had returned to his native keyboard instruments. Eventually with Tony Conway (guitar), Phil Ward (vocals) and Andy Godfrey (bass) they became the MOOD SIX.

Jed Dmochowski issued a press statement as to why the split had occurred: "I felt like a vegetable in the Garden of Eden" he claimed; though later admitted his health was beginning to suffer through constant gigging. After taking time off he returned with a solo LP. "Stallions of my Heart" on WHAM records (an LP, which featured bass player Gary McManus, now with. THE SPECIAL AKA and Simon Smith on drums) and played sporadic concerts under the pseudonym "The Poetic Slave"

After Mood Six split up Guy Morley recorded some solo material but has not materialised with any positive plans for his musical activities. He now works for a video production company. Paul Shurey joined "The Bollock Brother's" recording several singles and playing concerts with them until recently. Jed Dmochowski is still a solo artist working on new material for future release. Bass player Andrew Price left music after the VIP's split up to become a computer programmer.

 

 

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