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Jedrzej Dmochowski

Jed was born in Alperton near Wembley, a small community near the Grand Union Canal in North West London. At thirteen his father bought him an electric guitar and then, in 1972, Jed heard Tyrannosaurus Rex’s ‘Deborah’ for the first time on the radio. From that moment he started collecting all of Marc Bolan’s albums and singles, listening to them night after night at min volume, and slowly and deeply, the music danced into the very ballrooms of his mind, from where it has never strayed.

In 1977, in the thick of punk, Jed joined the VIP’s at Warwick University and dropped out of his studies for rock and roll. The band started to play round the capital and built a loyal following and soon released their debut single. 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 with whom they shared management. In early 1980 they went into Olympic studios in 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.

The bands next single, penned as the others had been by Jed, ‘The Quarter Moon’ was record of the week on BBC Radio 1 and radio Luxemburg’s Powerplay for two weeks (played once an hour for two weeks). The song is very Bolan, very T.Rex, but just when Top Of The Pop’s was booked there was a scene-shifters strike and the program cancelled for that all-important week. However, it sold more than 23,000 copies and the band toured relentlessly with Madness, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and The Beat, to name but a few.

Although disappointed by the fate of ‘The Quarter Moon’ they prepared to record their third record for GEM. This time producer Bob Seargent (who also worked with The Monochrome Set, The Beat and The Woodentops) 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.

Jed 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, 1982’s "Stallions of my Heart", released on Dan Treacy’s (Television Personalities) Whaaam Records, and The Guardian stated it was ‘The best debut of the decade’; many other excellent reviews corroborated this opinion, and the album still enjoys a high cult status. T.Rex inspired tracks include ‘Kissing My Girl’, ‘Ruined City’ and ‘I’m Perfect’.

Jed then went back to university where he studied English and moved into teaching as a profession, but never stopped playing guitar and writing songs. In 1988 Jed returned to vinyl with a version of Marc Bolan’s “Find A Little Wood” on the Bolan tribute album “An Exalted Companion” and with one of his own compositions, “Saving Lives” on 1991’s “The Point & The Rays” compilation. Jed later returned to the live scene as Tyrannosaurus Jed, performing a selection of Marc Bolan songs from the Tyrannosaurus Rex period. Since then he has continued teaching, writing, performing and recording with a number of his own bands, most recently Tranquilizers, for whom final mixes of their debut album are underway.

Most recently Jed became involved with Light Of Love Foundation, set-up by Marc Bolan’s partner, Gloria Jones, who through the Foundation is building The Marc Bolan School Of Music And Film in Makeni, Sierra Leone, West Africa. Jed became a UK Director for the charity and has been involved in a number of activities, and along with support from around the world, a number of guitars and keyboards have been sent over to the school, which Jed has also visited. Most recently he performed at a concert to raise funds for the school as Jed (performing both solo and VIP numbers), with his band Tranquilizers, and as Tryannosaurus Jed he performed a twenty minute Bolan work, ‘The Children Of Rarn Suite’.

“Born To Boogie” written by Marc Bolan and performed by Jed and friends is being released to raise funds for The Marc Bolan School Of Music And Film on Barracuda Blue Records (UTA 5DL). Jed says: “Born To Boogie is a song that celebrates life, love and music with energy and passion; it strolls across time and space with a beautiful Bolan beat that makes you want to boogie!”

Jed Dmochowski lead vocals, backing vocals and rhythm guitar.
Ben Hooper bass, drums and backing vocals.
Gary Sanford lead guitar and slide guitars.
Tony Mann hand percussion.

Recorded at Polling Station Productions, London, England

Design by Karen Hirst and Marc Arscott
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