Mitch eventually made it to London. It took several official lawyers' letters, but the British authorities finally admitted that they had mistaken a distinguished executive of Branded Records for an unemployed punk. Mitch received a six-month visa. "Today I speak about those few months in London as if they were the good old days, but actually it was a brutal time. I saw some great young bands like Joy Division and the Specials in small clubs, and met some very interesting people. But I was busking (playing guitar and singing) in the Hyde Park Underground walkways every morning so that I had enough money to eat, and then take the bus or tube to meet with various record companies each afternoon. The music scene was incredibly competitive in London, and I'd constantly be waiting in reception areas with loads of other musicians. It was an endless stream of rejections, near-misses, and come-back-tomorrows. I waited with the group Madness in reception areas all over London, but they got rejected one time less than me, and made some great records that year."
"When I returned from London I knew that I was starting over from scratch. I knew that Just Water was truly over in any form."
Mitch Dancik played in several bands in the early 1980's including PT-109 (with ex-Planet Steve Korff), Da Carmines (a Brooklyn band whose most famous gig was on the roof of a gas station on Flatbush Avenue), and Band Apart (the second line-up of a band Jayne Bliss had recorded with on Crammed Disc records), which consisted of Jayne Bliss, Mitch, and a tape recorder that sat on a stool at center stage.
Tom Korba never stopped playing music. He settled in Miami where he played bass and other instruments (including the Chapman Stick) with several bands. Tom has survived and even prospered under the moniker of the "starving artist". He has kept a creative and spiritual outlook while making his way through a maze of odd jobs from managing flowers, computers, and belly dancers. "The balance of survival and passion is a key to living a happy, successful life." Tom's first book is Haiku Therapy. You can learn more at www.tomkorba.com.
Danny Rubin continued to play music, including fronting bands and writing soundtracks. He occasionally crossed paths with Tom Korba. Danny has also pursued a successful career outside of the music business.
The other band members lost track of Gus Martin (aka Marty Guskind), except when he would call them out of the blue about some Just Water revival scheme. He put together a band to record a hard rock version of "What We Need Is Some Rock" with Tom's help. One day in the mid-1980's, Marty called Mitch to say that he was with the Scotti Brothers in Los Angeles, and that they had signed him and wanted him to put a band together and redo "Singin' In The Rain." Mitch let Marty know that he could use any of the Just Water songs, but that Mitch would not be involved. "That turned out to be the last time I spoke to Marty. A few years later he left a message on my answering machine. He rambled on about another record deal. Years later I heard that Marty died in tragic circumstances, but nothing has been confirmed to me. Marty caused lots of trouble for Just Water and drove a lot of people crazy - especially our managers and producers - but I do miss him. Underneath an incredibly high-maintenance exterior, he did have a funny and light side. He truly respected the talents of each member of Just Water, but his unquenchable thirst for "making it" distorted his view of reality. What I will always remember about Marty is that on some nights his drumming would explode in a way that epitomized rock 'n roll as much as any drummer I've ever seen."
From 1980 until 2006 there was very little contact between the members of Just Water. However, Tom Korba and engineer Neal Steingart stayed in touch and would occasionally send a cleaned up version of a Just Water tape to Mitch and Danny.
In 2007, after hearing a live performance that Tom had saved from an April 1978 gig at CBGB's, Mitch decided to get involved in collecting and remastering all of the Just Water recordings that could be found and salvaged. Neal Steingart was able to totally restore the old tapes to the way they sounded when originally recorded. The long lost second album, Meet The Competition, was a reality after 30 years. The web-site www.justwatermusic.com was created by Mark Mashewske at SKE Designs to document the recordings and the history of Just Water.