But there’s much more to the Dynamic Hepnotics’ story than that one top five song. The music was soul, old school rhythm’n’blues and funky downhome blues – with a range of influences from James Brown to Curtis Mayfield and Slim Harpo. As the covers were mastered the band looked to more and more original material and soon developed what was to be the beginnings of a unique songbook of their own. The most noticeable being the classic Hepnobeat, which became an early and much loved signature tune for the band. It even found its way into the hip dance racks of New York record shops where it became a kind of cult item.
There was more homegrown recording success with the six track EP, Strange Land, a precursor to a signing with Mushroom Records in 1984. By now the lineup was well and truly consolidated with Continental Robert on vocals and harp, Bruce Allen on sax, Andrew Silver on guitar, Alan Britton on bass and Robbie Souter on drums.