folk music clubs in the area. He took the opportunity to talk with Drew and to discuss music. Their friendship developed, and since Targal had a solid musical background, Drew helped Jem with the transition from violin to bass. He showed Jem old blues songs as well as contemporary material from the likes of Otis Redding and groups like the Rascals. Jem found the transition to be very natural and soon began learning guitar as well.
Eventually, Jem and Drew, along with a couple of other fellows, put together a band. That first band was called "the BVD's." It was a four piece garage band as exemplified by their amplifiers - all Silvertones. After a while they picked up a new drummer. His name was Jim Craig. Due to a severe finger injury where he almost lost his finger, Jim had not played for about a year and a half. His drum style was hard driving and precise. The band then changed their name to the Blewsies.
The Blewsies went to school each day and performed, or practiced, every evening. They soon pooled their money and bought a van to haul their equipment.
Their first performance as the Third Power took place at a club called the Fifth Dimension. The group agreed on the name while they were on the way to the performance. The Fifth Dimension was a popular club that featured major acts like the Yardbirds and Jimi Hendrix as well as all of the best Michigan groups. At this time, the Grande Ballroom was still a year and one half from becoming Detroit's rock and roll Mecca.
The Third Power played frequently at a little club in Novi. The group liked the area and soon moved in together in a rented farmhouse on the east side of haggarty road between 12 and 13 mile. The "Farm" who eventually become legendary for their huge parties and notable rock and roll guests (Rod Stewart, Badfinger, Tim Buckley, etc). One location that the Third Powere played often was called the Psychedelic Midway. In fact, it was a carnival-like atmosphere where the stage was set on open tennis courts. It was here that the Third Power met their future manager, Lloyd, who, along with Bill Barron, organized the recording, and release, of the band's first single.