Some showbiz tycoons are too narrow-minded sometimes to ditch a gem they hold in their greasy palms. MAJIK MIJITS was the name of the band, two former SMALL FACES - the smallest ones - Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane created in 1981. The sad time as MS already began taking its toll on Lane and he couldn't play yet worked out the bass lines with Jim Leverton. Obviously, in such a state touring seemed unlikely, but why shelve it if the music's great?
Ronnie and Steve appeared in that Lennon-McCartney situation, where Marriott's raspy approach became mellower, while Lane's performance gained edge, although the two wasn't writing together and submitted six tracks each. The result is exquisite and hard to resist from the opening "Lonely No More", that has Steve sliding with light groove on the organ and sax waves. Hard to beat it may feel, yet Ronnie goes even further jauntily delivering "Chicken (If The Cap Fits)", an arresting rocky piece his fella picks up in folky ditty "Toe Rag". Songs sequence is of importance here because album is a beautiful music chain. Cocky "Bombers Moon" and poignant "Son Of Stanley Lane" conjure up mod days, so far from Eighties, gone for ever and "Birthday Girl", innocent as it is, betrays seasoned soulmakers. And sure, "Last Tango in NATO" is a surprise - Lane, trying to be serious, does real tango, framed by Mick Green's pirate guitar!
In places friends could easily swap their songs and soulful "How Does It Feel", wouldn't be strange to Ronnie. On the other hand, swaggering "That's The Way It Goes" is pure SLIM CHANCE and James Brown-ish "You Spent It" belongs strictly to Steve, very natural in this surrounding to muse "Be The One", which could end the collection but the role was given up to soothing "Ruby Jack" from Ronnie, both so painful sincere.
Two Mijits were Majik, indeed - it hurts to think they're no longer with us, but snippet of an old anthem "All Or Nothing", recorded live, gives a hope for a whole show to be released.