Here & Now (band)

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Here & Now are an English psychedelic/space rock band formed in early 1974. They have close connections with the band Gong and in 1977/1978 worked with Gong's Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth under the name Planet Gong.


The first version of the group was co-founded in London by drummer/vocalist Keith Dobson later known as "Kif Kif Le Batteur", guitarist/keyboardist José Gross, bassist Franco and others in March 1974.

In 1977, Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth recruited the band to tour with them under the name Planet Gong, and this combination released a live album Live Floating Anarchy 1977 and a single "Opium for the People".

The musicians who played on Live Floating Anarchy 1977 are:

  • Prof. Steffy Sharpstrings P.A. (Stephan Lewry)
  • Keith da Missile Bass (Keith Bailey)
  • Kif Kif Le Batteur (Keith Dobson)
  • Gavin Da Blitz (Gavin Allardyce)
  • Suze Da Blooz & Anni Wombat
  • Gilli Smyth
  • Dingbat Alien (Daevid Allen)

Steffe left the band again in 2009. He has continued to work with Steve Cassidy on various fusion projects and contributed to Joie Hinton projects. He is now concentrating on solo work and his long-time involvement in Visitation Arena with Cher Newsam.[1][2][3]


  • Bristol Gardens (Live CD) 1977 (Free Love Records)
  • Rivington Pike (Live CD) 1977 (Free Love Records)
  • Rivington Pike 2 (Live CD) 1977 (Free Love Records)
  • Oxford Poly (Live CD - with Daevid Allen) 1977 (Free Love Records)
  • Live Floating Anarchy 1977 (as "Planet Gong") (1977)
  • Give and Take 1978
  • Dog in Hell (EP) 1978
  • What You See... Is What You Are (LP shared with Alternative TV) (Deptford Fun City, DLP 02 1978)
  • All Over the Show
  • Off The Cuff (1979 Live Recordings - cassette only)
  • Stolen Moments (early 80's - cassette only)
  • Fantasy Shift
  • Theatre
  • Been & Gone
  • Standing Forever (EP)
  • UFOasis
  • Gospel of Free (1976 to 1978. Released in 1999)
  • Space and Time (as "Ici Maintenants") 2001/2003 (Free Love Records)
  • Wild and Free (1976 line-up re-union Live) 2007 (Free Love Records)
  • Coaxed out from Oxford originally on tape, CD from 2009
  • Live in London (2007 concert at Dingwalls, released 2013)


  1. ^ Archived 28 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Visitation Arena". SoundCloud.
  3. ^ "VISITATION ARENA - Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace.

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