"Lee Hazlewood’s LHI
label only put out
interesting albums. Yet despite the psychedelic cowboy’s success with
Nancy Sinatra and more, being on Lee Hazlewood Industries was no
fast-track to success. Gorgeous and talented Detroit, Michigan girl
group Honey Ltd had all the makings of a hit band, yet they disappeared
after releasing just one album in 1968, a vinyl rarity that now
regularly fetches upwards of $2,000.
Light In The Attic Records is now looking to set the record straight.
Having previously explored both the back catalog of Lee Hazlewood and
his LHI label via the You Turned My Head Around 45s Box Set, Honey Ltd’s The Complete LHI Recordings
presents everything the group ever recorded. Fans of The Ronettes, The
Shangri-Las and Pentangle are in for a treat – Honey Ltd’s music blended
social commentary with harmony-drenched, psych-soul pop. Even opening
track, ‘Warrior’, describes the mood of the times, as America sunk into
the Vietnam war: “We must kill more people; strong men are what we
Laura Polkinghorne, Marsha Jo Temmer and sisters Joan and Alexandra
Sliwin are the girls with the angelic voices. Hailing from Detroit, the
four members of Honey Ltd grew up in a culture of soul music and dance
shows, yet forming a band was never part of the plan. It simply happened
after they sung together in a Wayne State University cafeteria and
found they’d silenced the room. By 1967 they had formed a group known as
the Mama Cats and were playing shows with local singer Bob Seger. By
1968, against a backdrop of rioting in Detroit, they’d hauled over to
Los Angeles to give music a go, and it’s there that they hitch-hiked to
an audition with Lee Hazlewood on Sunset Boulevard. At the time, Lee
Hazlewood Industries was in its prime: the money flowed and the roster
swelled. “I think Lee just sat there for a while and listened, looking
at us,” Temmer recalls. “He said, ‘Yeah, I think we can do something.’
You know – immediately!” Before long, LHI had the band in the studio with crack session music unit The Wrecking Crew.
These were not enlightened times for girl groups. The group were
re-named Honey Ltd by Hazlewood, and were put to work on an album
without even realizing it. The band were under the impression they were
simply recording singles. As a result, the band were unphased by Honey
Ltd’s commercial failure.
The parent label, however, did notice the album’s failure but the
girls continued on. By the end of 1968, the band joined Bob Hope on the USO tour and headed to Thailand to perform for soldiers. In 1969, Alex married and quit the band, their tenure on LHI
was effectively terminated and the remaining members regrouped as
country-rock group Eve. But like their music, the girls’ outlook
remained resolutely sunny.
“Its all a karmic equation, isn’t it?" Temmer recalled. “So many
things to experience and learn and humbly let go of in this journey. Our
friendship is based on love – we love each other… always have… always
will.” - LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 04 September, 2013.