Related Information for Brand New Heavies The Brand New Heavies began in 1985 as an instrumental acid jazz group called Brother International.The group came up with the Heavies name after signing their first record contract, borrowing from a liner note on a James Brown single declaring the artist "Minister of New Super Heavy Funk". As The Brand New Heavies they gained a cult following in the London club scene and soon signed to Cooltempo as acid jazz replaced rare groove in clubs. The band issued a debut recordin.. read more