Everything from the Foundation to the Comeback
Bass and vocals
Eventually Jeff left Chelsea in 1980 and formed London based band The Smart with Chelsea guitarist David Martin and they toured the UK & US in the early 80’s with the likes of UFO, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Iggy Pop, Lords of the New Church, OMD and The Fixx to name but a few, but success eluded the band who also recorded a full length album produced and mixed by Jon Astley at Revolutions Studios in Manchester but was never officially released. The Smart recorded some 70 songs from 1980-1984 but split up in NYC in 1984.
HQ was the next London based band from 1986-1987 with the late Shaun Newnham (Thin Red Line) on vocals, guitarist Phil “SG” Oswald (Pump House Gang & The Choir) and Mark Freeman (Wild Willy Barrett & John Otway, The Smart and Michael Schenker Group). The band recorded 7 songs for a possible album release but were turned down by major labels which ended the band.
Returning to San Francisco Jeff started a pop trio in mid 90’s called the Merciful who released one album but faded away by 1999. In 1999 there was a brief reformation of the original Chelsea lineup after 20 years for the Social Chaos tour of the USA which included 12 US and UK punk bands.
After long break from music ended Jeff formed a modern rock trio called Revenant in 2010. The band had various line up changes but released 3 EP’s and a full length CD (www.revenantrock.bandcamp.com). During this period Jeff did a short US West Coast tour playing bass in the UK Subs and then played on Nik Turner’s Hawkwind Space Gypsy album in 2013 that was released by Cleopatra Records. One of his songs “Time Crypt” is a selection on the album. A side project called the Zombie Sex Idols that he started with
guitarist and friend Klara Lux (formerly of Binky & Clito) “Sex Idol Zombie b/w Time Crypt” is their debut single soon to be released.
In 2018 Jeff dissolved Revenant and returned to the UK where he started his current band Voodoo Raven in 2019 on the Isle of Wight with guitarist Dave Perryman and drummer Terry Eustace. The band recently released their debut 5 song EP (www.voodooraven.bandcamp.com). Voodoo Raven have played 2 festivals this past summer, the Ventnor Fringe and Happy Daze Festival and are ramping up for a busy 2022. For contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
After a few months he saw an advert for a drummer. Needless to say, he joined a band called Pirate Pirates with Isle of Wight musicians Frank Fletcher and Jim Elston (who was later replaced by Dave Perryman). They were a tribute band to Johnny Kidd and the Pirates who were a top band back in the day and played at various 60’s events at Holiday Camps across the UK.
Then he joined Blackhawk with Dave Perryman and 2 other Isle of Wight musicians and formed a very popular rock band on the Isle of Wight which lasted many years.
Suffice it to say, he is now playing in Voodoo Raven with two serious musicians he’s proud to play with and call his best mates.
Guitar and Vocals
We will be releasing a new song called All Fired Up on March 1st which features Frank Guiles on guitar and will be recording our debut album this summer. Onward and upward!