Happy Days?

This Happy Days tour ad, from the NME in April 1973, has kindly been sent in by Martin Storkmann. He’s currently writing for David Christie’s ‘Doo Dah Diaries’ on the history of the Bonzo Dog Band. Martin is wondering whether Roger Spear played every gig of the tour… or indeed, what memories people have of the Happy Days tour.

Please visited Malc’s Facebook page to wax lyrical!

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Support slot to Bridget St John

If anyone can make it down to The Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon, London, this coming Sunday, Malcolm will be supporting Bridget St. John. This is very much a last minute thing, so your support would be appreciated. Malc will be playing a solo set… including material from his upcoming solo album.
PS. Note that this is an afternoon gig!

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Must Be the Devil in Me

Ahead of finishing the new album, here’s a brand new track, Must Be the Devil in Me. This bluesy number didn’t seem to fit the rest of the album tracks so we’ve decided to release it as a one-off download via the Bandcamp page.

Go here for a quick listen and to download!

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It’s gotta be Stiff!

Here’s one from the dark recesses of Malcolm’s musical CV… credited as a producer of this demo (the b-side to Wreckless Eric’s cover of Buddy Holly’s Crying, Waiting, Hoping single)… from the heady days of Stiff Records! Or should that be Stiff Wrecords?!

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We’re in the process of uploading various soundfiles to Bandcamp ~ albums, EPs and the odd song or two that didn’t quite fit into any particular recording project or session. Feel free to suggest things that we’ve neglected to include. Only restriction is with regard copyright. Most Help Yourself material (Helps 5 aside) belongs to UA… or UA as-was. The ownership has changed many times since the original albums were released!

This screen-grab of the Bandcamp page is of our admin page… note the material we’re pondering releasing into the wild. Hopefully, there’ll be more to come.

Click here to visit Malc’s Bandcamp page.

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Dave Charles / Help Yourself 5

Dave Charles, the Help Yourself drummer ~ who later became world-renowned for his studio work at the famous Rockfield Studios in Wales ~ has signed copies of the limited edition Help Yourself 5 vinyl album. Malcolm will also be signing the album sleeves soon, after which it will go on sale via Malcolm’s Bandcamp page. The edition is strictly limited to just 100 copies, around half of which have already been reserved. If you wish to bag a copy of this historic ‘lost’ album ~ which has been gaining praise for its audio quality ~ email mike@malcolm-morley.co.uk


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We’re frequently asked about the digital download availability for Malcom’s albums. So by popular demand, here’s the first one… Aliens. You can purchase either individual tracks or the entire album. More to follow in the coming days/weeks.

Visit www.malcolmmorley.bandcamp.com to sample the tracks and/or buy.




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Ernie Graham & Help Yourself

For those not aware of the Ernie Graham / Help Yourself connection, click here for an article on the irishrock.org website:

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Help Yourself 5 ~ on vinyl ~ special limited edition!

We’ll soon be taking delivery of a batch of Help Yourself 5 albums. Originally released in 2004 on CD (on Hux), it has long been unavailable. This is first time it has been released on vinyl. Mastering was by Dave Charles, and it sounds incredible.

We’re currently working out postage costs to make it as affordable for you as possible. The entire run is only 500 copies, so make sure you don’t miss out.

To reserve a copy and to register your interest email: mike(at)malcolm-morley.co.uk

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Pioneers of the West in the Head

Help Yourself covers are more than a rarity. But here’s one, of Pioneers in the West in the Head (originally on ‘The Return of Ken Whaley), by the Boston-based band Hands and Knees. That’s Boston USA, not Boston Lincolnshire in the UK! Kinda apt that a US band is playing this eh?

You can hear the track by clicking here.

There’s also some talk of the track being issued as a limited edition single. Watch out for more news on that.


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Help Yourself 5

The CD of Help Yourself 5 has long since been deleted. As HUX have no plans to reissue it, we’ve teamed up with Sugarbush Records to produce a limited edition run of 500 on vinyl.

We’ve had to be creative with the sleeve because the original Rick Griffin artwork is believed to have been lost in the forest fires that swept California late last year. Hence its use small here… taken from the only known high res scan of the painting.

Details on how to order will be on the Sugarbush Records website (sugarbushrecords.com) and of course here on malcolm-morley.co.uk

The album has an inner sleeve with an essay on the making of Help Yourself 5 by The Ptolemic Terrascope’s Phil McMullen.

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Rehearsals underway!

Rehearsals are now underway for the upcoming Anachronism Tango Tour 2019 with Man. Hope to see you at one of the gigs!

Jan 25th – The Borderline London
Jan 26th – Beckington Memorial Hall, Frome
Jan 27th – Giants Of Rock, Butlins Minehead
Jan 31st – The Flower Pot, Derby
Feb 1st – The Green Hotel, Kinross
Feb 2nd – Llandudno junction Labour Club, Llandudno


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Man Tour 2019

The last tour was such fun I’ve decided to do it again. Well, that’s the current mode of thinking anyway. Short and sweet, the list of dates is above.

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A gig for Jeff

Deke always asked why they always take the good ones. And Jeff was certainly a ‘good ‘un’. The Green Ray play a gig specially for Jeff, fittingly on Remembrance Sunday. RIP Jeff… we will miss you. Hell, we already do. 44166188_2050736288312314_3473762990589739008_n

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Jeff Gibbs RIP

The news that Jeff Gibbs of The Green Ray had passed away came not long before Man’s 50th Anniversary tour. Several weeks later and it is still hard to take in and accept. Heartfelt thoughts are with Jeff’s family and The Green Ray.

Jeff… it was an honour to know you. Thanks for the music and the memories. You will be greatly missed.

It was fantastic to hear that the band had supported George Jones’ Son of Man at the Dagenham Roundhouse recently. The set began with applause for Jeff – a fitting tribute and something he’d have been touched by.

For all things Green Ray related, check out their Facebook page.


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That was fun!

Many thanks to Martin Ace and Man for giving Malcolm the chance to play live with the band on their 50th Anniversary tour around the UK. The highlight for Helps fans was undoubtedly Malc playing Blown Away backed by the band but the entire Man set was pure joy from beginning to end. If you missed it, Man are playing some more UK gigs in early 2019.



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On the road again!

There’s been quite a bit going on of late. For those who are unaware, Malcolm is now on the road with Man, as part of their ’50th Anniversary Tour’. At the time of writing, the band have played a sold out date at London’s Half Moon and will be heading off to Scotland for two dates before coming back south. Full tour dates are on the poster shown here. Note that the Evesham gig was cancelled.

Getting tickets in advance is well advised. Please contact the venues / Google for online ticket sites. Malc says please come and say hello if you get to one of the gigs.

PS. You may well hear an old Help Yourself song if you come along. Can you guess what it is?

PPS. Although we try and keep this website updated, the best way to get the latest
news, is to follow Malcolm on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MalcolmMorleyHelps) and/or Twitter (@bewaretheshadow).



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Back on the road

Guess who will be playing keyboards with Man on their short upcoming UK tour?

Tour dates and ticket info here.




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Jack Bentley is Mister Dodo Bones!

Remember The Jack Bentley Blues Band who played at the Richard Treece memorial gig? Well Jack Bentley has a new release, this time around as Mister Dodo Bones.

Accompanied by the One-Eyed Jacks, this is well worth checking out, especially, in the immortal words of Deke Leonard, if you enjoy “Stonkin’ quirky blues played with terrifying conviction”.

Richard was part of the Jack Bentley Blues Band before upping sticks and coming down to London and eventually joining Help Yourself. Jack Bentley and his merry band of bandoliers were kind enough to come down to Walthamstow for Richard’s memorial gig, helping turn the occasion into something special.

More info on the new release here.


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More from Danny!

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Thanks to Blair Finlay for spotting another Tweet from Danny Baker. He seems keen!



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Sadly, the old form that was on this website was proving to be rather problematic. We became aware that quite a few messages were being sent that weren't being received ~ so we've resorted to using a simple email address for the time being. Many apologies if you sent me a message and I didn't reply. I urge you to try again! Send your email to: hello(at)malcolm-morley.co.uk


The Man tours were such great fun we’re doing it all again later this year! If you have any pics or clips of video, please send ’em in!


Putting together this website has certainly been a 'learning curve' ~ but I think we're getting there. Also, there's now a Malcolm Morley Facebook page and a fledgling Twitter account (@bewaretheshadow). And if all goes well, who knows, maybe even a YouTube channel.