Originally named The Sceptors, The Afex (pronounced effects) were young mods from Dagenham in Essex.They played a mixture of R&B and pop chart standards throughout 1964-65. With an average age of only 13, they performed mid-week evening gigs in Soho nightclubs, whilst still going to school in the daytime.
EMI approached the group in 65 and offered some recording time ‘Too Many Things’ and ‘Moon Blues’ were recorded but never released, the songs never progressing past the acetate stage.
By 1966 the band were established on the live circuit supporting major acts such as John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers. In 1967, a record deal was struck by King Records. A single was released, a cover version ‘She’s Got The Time,’ was the plug side, (although originally by The Poor, the band were influenced by another band The Gass, who also covered the track). An original composition ‘I Never Knew Love was like this’ on the flip.
Released in 1967, the Afex’s one and only release quickly vanished without trace and the band soldiered on for another couple of years, calling time at the end of the decade. The single however has become a firm favourite in modern Garage clubs and has remained a much sought after and expensive underground classic.
This E.P, released by Acid Jazz Records, the first of a second box set of Rare Mod E.Ps planned for release at the end of the year, includes the first ever re-release of ‘She’s Got The Time’ together with its original b-side and the two, only recently rediscovered, aforementioned acetate tracks making this a must-have slab of vinyl for all serious R&B collectors.
Release date 16th April 2012