Label : DC International Records
The Casuals were born accidently one spring evening in 1965. Ejected from a house party in Northwest, DC, Skip and his fellow over imbibers sought solace under the proverbial street lamp. A passing car, blasting Billy Stewart's "I Do Love You" prompted then 15-year old Mahoney to pipe the tune a cappella. Stunned by their hood mate's s sudden burst of raw talent, the fellas (George Norris, James Morse, Franklin Radcliff and Morris Moore ) quickly chimed backing vocals. The birth was quick and painless. Several sessions later, swelling with confidence, the group adopted the The Casuals as their moniker.
Jones complained of a girlfriend and her "funny moods." In 1973, finally recording for D.C. International Records, a local indie in search of the Next Big Thing, "Your Funny Moods" b/w "I Need Your Love" was released. Local radio programmers familiar with the group, provided air play for both sides of the 45. It was the B-side "I Need Your Love" which lit up the radio request lines and gave the group a Washington/Baltimore hit. An album, also titled Your Funny Moods, sold over 100,000 copies in it's hometown but did not find a substantial national audience.
Land of Love is a trademark LP for connoisseurs of falsetto based sweet soul music of the mid-'70's. It stands the test of time and represents the best the period offered. Dazzling vocals, unexpected hooks and a solid false tenor propelled the drop-dead gorgeous "Bless My Soul" into the R&B Top 40 for 15 weeks in September '76. "Wherever You Go" has its own tale to tell. The song would become a Boston/Cambridge classic of a 10 year period as DJ Arthur Kempton played it weekly as a sign off song for his Sunday radio show.
Mahoaney Skip & The Casuals - I Need For Love
Mahoaney Skip & The Casuals - Town Called No-Where
By Electric Looser