Richard Heley is a poet and a painter. An artist.

His work can be viewed at his own site here and at Saatchi here.

As Dick Heley he was in an early incarnation of Here And Now, co-writing along with Kif Kif and José the Here And Now crowd pleaser Soviet Kommercial Radio; later reframed as Floating Anarchy Radio (along with 'alternate' credits). He was with the band until the 1975 Watchfield Festival.

He went on to form Blank Space and perform as a solo musician appearing at many of the Here And Now, Fuck Off Records and Idiot Ballroom events over the years, before moving on to concentrate on his artistic career.

His work with Blank Space will be covered separately.

Bio text:-
Richard Heley is an artist, poet, songwriter, storywriter and 'live' performance painter. He exhibits his paintings and drawings regularly in the UK and paints as performance in night-clubs and arts events internationally, often inviting audience participation, an activity that has been particularly successful while working with children. His paintings are represented in collections around the world.
Richard is the 1997/8 Farrago UK Poetry Slam Champion, has a reputation as a spoken word performer and has toured extensively in the UK and America.

Richard Heley, dropped out of a conventional middle class family lifestyle, a restless soul, returned to the UK from Australia in 1974 to lead a life of contemplation and creativity. Played with rock bands, wrote songs and poetry and drew constantly. There followed a very introverted period studying Buddhism, a unique style of paintings emerged, depicting a world where “everything passes, everything changes, everything born knows the process of ageing.” He dislikes to be compared to any impressionist titans of the past, but he surely paints like a poet and writes poetry like an artist. [Seema Gill]

Yearning for calm in the arms of the storm. [Richard Heley]

All images © Richard Heley. All reproduction rights reserved.
Reproduced here by permission of the artist.

1979 Cass Fuck Off FO 001 Compilation Back To Sing For Free Again Soon
1980 Cass Fuck Off FO 005 Compilation Really Weird
1981 Cass Fuck Off FO 007 Compilation Music For Pressure
2011 CD Perfect Mistakes

Full tape detail here
Back To Sing For Free Again Soon
Fuck Off
FO 001

Side 1 Slightly Sanesville

Dick Heley - Void Burstin'
Dick Heley - Photograph Of Feeling
The Astronauts - Secret File
The Astronauts - All Night Party
The Astronauts - Big Ben
The Astronauts - Back To Sing For Free
                                              Again Soon
Dick Heley & Blankspace - Fantasy
The Anal Surgeons - Wheres That Fag
The Dog Ends - Aint No Free Unless Its Free
The Fuck-Off All-Stars - Jingle Bells
Alternative TV - Terrified Of Dogs

Side 2 Completely Crazytown

Wilful Damage - You Hang At Midnight
Wilful Damage - No-one Cares
Wilful Damage - Fictitious
Wilful Damage - Farewell To Innocence
Danny & The Dressmakers - Ernie Bishop's
                                                Dead Body
Danny & The Dressmakers - How Hot Is A Match
Danny & The Dressmakers - John E. Begood
Danny & The Dressmakers - What The World
                                                Needs Now
Danny & The Dressmakers - Whole Lotta Pinball
Danny & The Dressmakers - Don't Make Another
                           Bass Guitar Mr. Rickenbacker
Danny & The Dressmakers - Manchester United
The Sell-Outs - Rock & Roll Concert
Seventh Angel - From A Sly Fox To
                                A Pack Of Wolves
Amazing Zeepee Silent Orchestra -
                                No Kung Future
Planet Gong - Opium For The People
Blankspace - Take It Or Leave It
Blankspace - War

Full tape detail here
Really Weird, Slightly Weirdsville
Fuck Off
FO 005

Side 1 Really Weird

The Astronauts - That's Where I'll Be
The Astronauts - The Night
                     (Baby Sings Folk Songs Part 3)
The Astronauts - Midsummer Lullaby
Danny & The Dressmakers - Song Chocolate
Zounds - I Made It Happen
Zounds - Holland Park
Bob Green - The Last Great Rolling Stones
                                          Lick In The Sky
Daevid Allen & Friends - Zero

Side 2 Slightly Weirdsville

The Mob - Crying Again
The Mob - Frustration
The Mob - Never Really Cared
The Mob - Youth
Cardiac Arrest - A Bus For A Bus On The Bus
Horrible Nerds - Pope Paul Is Dead
Androids Of Mu - Every Time I Hear The Spirit
Androids Of Mu - Pretty Nun
Androids Of Mu - Ride Me, Easy Rider
Blank Space - You Can Try
Blank Space & Dick Heley - Rest On Still Water
Danny & The Dressmakers -
             Edward Exposes Her Mammary Glands
Danny & The Dressmakers -
                             TV Overdose On The Dole

Full tape detail here

Music For Pressure
Fuck Off
FO 007

Side 1

Dick Heley - Aladdin's Lamp Road
Here And Now - Round & Round
Axolotl - Everybody Get Some But Me
Real Insects - Warrior Queen
Real Imitators - Make Up Your Mind
José Gross - Don't Hang On To Your Shadows
The 012 - Use It Up & Wear It Out
Blue Midnight - The Riff
Androids Of Mu - Seven Cities
The Entire Cosmos - Vampire Feast
Ultimate Parrots - Mutated Alarmist

Side 2

Zounds - I Just Wanna Be Loved
The Astronauts - Fatique
Vince Pie & The Crumbs - Jet Set
The Voletones - Luxury Living
The Mob - Shuffling Souls
Steffy Sharpstrings - Violent Maze
The Instant Automatons - Emma
Black Magic ? - Do The Possesed
Evron & Adrian - Dubdub Dub
The Murphy Federation - Smile
Colin Potter - Musik For Sheds
Unknown Artist - Untitled

Perfect Mistakes

01 Here Lays The Night
02 Waves Of Love
03 The Order Was Chaos
04 Jumble Of Thoughts
05 Learning To Love
06 Soul On The Run
07 Photograph Of Feeling
08 To Be Alive
09 Barbed Wire Blues

directly from Richard
for £10

All songs written and performed by Richard Heley
Backing vocals on 1 by Joy Mobbs
Backing vocal and guitars on 9 by José Gross

1-7 recorded & engineered by José Gross
8 recorded by Chris White
9 recorded at Street Level by Grant Showbiz and Kif Kif.

Known gigs - there's bound to be a load more...

1979 Aug-15 London Acklam Hall The Good Missionaries; Zounds; Blank Space
The Sell-Outs; Good For Nuffinks
1980 Aug-23 London Meanwhile Gardens Androids Of Mu; The Instant Automatons; The Voletones
Blue Midnight; Inner Force; Vince Pie & The Crumbs
1981 Oct-27 London The Windsor Castle Blue Midnight; Real Imitations; The Murphy Federation
1981 Dec-08 London Clarendon Hotel
Blue Midnight; Real Imitations; The Murphy Federation
Merry Zap Zap; Sir Alias Sounds
1981 Dec-15 London Clarendon Hotel
Blue Midnight; Real Imitations; The Murphy Federation
Merry Zap Zap; Sir Alias Sounds
1982 Aug-03 London Clarendon Hotel
Blue Midnight; Merry Zap Zap; Risky Biscuits
Mac Truck & The Fender Benders; Uncle Phil


Richard Heley Online Art Gallery

Artworks at Saatchi online


Perfect Mistakes CD available directly from Richard for £10 or there's an option of an accompanying piece of unique artwork. Ask away.

Perfect Mistakes on youtube

Mind Walls Are Waterfalls