Mick Jade

Discography:

    Singles

  • Mama Looka (1970)
  • Give Me More (1971)
  • I Wanna Go Back (1971)
  • Do You Remember Yesterday (1972)
  • Theme From The Villagers - The Jade Brothers Band (1977)
  • Feeling For Love - The Jade Brothers Band (1978)
  • I Don't Want Anybody To Know - The Jade Brothers Band (1979)
  • Tried To Get To You - The Mick Jade Band (1979)
  • The Scheme Of Things - Sean Fury (1990)

    Albums

  • Time (1982)

Biography:
May 2001

Mick Jade is surely one of South Africa's most prolific, underrated and vastly underutilized songwriting talents.

In his youth he gained the reputation of being "difficult" to work with, a false perception created and perpetuated only by people who had "done him wrong", (he tended to react badly to being ripped off).

Having always been a high spirited artiste, he regularly opted to starve rather than compromise his songwriting ability and integrity for the industry in the pre-"local content quota" days when amongst other things, cover music was the order of the day and original "local" music was an anathema.

As a result he tended to shy away from the industry and chose instead to write his music in reclusion.

On the few occasions that he released his music for commercial use he has had instant "hits" For example:
Sold gold in Australia with "I Wanna Go Back", No.1 on Radio 5 top 40 charts with "Scheme of Things" {sung by Sean Fury, released on the "Sidney Sessions" album in 1987 - ed} (at the time voted best South African composition), most popular TV theme and music with "The Villagers" series. (a note of interest largely unknown is that South Africa's then most popular TV theme "The Villagers" {late 70s, the early days of SA television - ed}, was sung by Ben Masinga (a black man) who Mick had to smuggle into the SABC studio in order to record his voice. Had the "Powers-that-be" at the time known what he was doing, the theme would never have been used.

In the early eighties, RPM recorded an album of Mick's original songs performed by "The Jade Brothers Band". This album was really hot and quite progressive for it's time, with sax contributions by Dan Hill and Barney Rachabane like you've never heard. Unfortunately, when the band fired their manager for incompetent management, RPM shelved the album and to this day it sits unheard in the vault.

In 1984, Mick's wife for the past 30 years Deborah, established Wallstone Publishing in order to protect the rights and interests to Mick's vast catalogue of music.

From rock, pop, ballads, techno, R&B, country and western, Mick's writing has covered a wide range of musical genres and in amongst these works are numerous hits awaiting the right artist and producer to bring them to life.

Having spent the past years learning computer technology has finally enabled him to independently produce professional, high quality presentations of his music on CD.

He is currently completing a selection of moods, vibes and songs for distribution within the film and music industry.

Mick Jade can be contacted through his publisher at:
wallstoneproductions@yahoo.com


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