Glenn Caroline Piper….Never met Andre, but I knew Paul well
Mick O’Dowd….Come along to the next SMART meeting and you could be in luck!
Pete Prescott….it was (i think) 87.i went to it.great night.so full.people couldn’t get a drink.they did it again some months later.got loads of bar staff in.a lot of people were drunk.not such a good night.not blaming drink it was how it was.Pete shaw and terry played with ray backing cliff Bennet.great singer.not sure if this is the poster for the 2nd one.
Peter Millington….Pete is right, this ticket is from the 1987 Big Beat Reunion party on the pier, the first of 3 similar events. This was the best and the other two that followed were good but the first is always the best. The other two were held October 22nd 1988 and May 6th 1989. The Talismen and the Confederates played at both, probably because we were cheap i.e. free! Wouldn’t have missed the evenings for the world and their success was due to the hard work of Lloyd Johnson and Chris Sayer. Let’s hope something similar can be organised for the re-opening of the Pier in ???? if someone’s up to the organisational challenge and of course if there’s a covered weather proof theatre in the new design????
from 1964 – When you walk in the room
Tony Qunta….Beautiful song!
JINKS – The story of the group from the Confederates to Spyke to Jinks over 51 years! This website has been very well put together and thanks to Peter Millington for letting me use his photos.
Robert Searle….Absolutely fabulous feature. No doubt Peter Millington had a lot to do with this. Great stuff Peter.
Robert Searle….Spencer Davis group.
Tony Qunta…. seem to remember Ray did mention that, although no disrespect I was much more interested in the fact that Jenny Hanley was one of the presenters. 😉
Memories of being brought up in the 1970’s and 80’s.
Even if you are from the 90s you will love it!
Thanks Mr Andrew Barker for the music and Billy Joel for the original.
“…..Michal Fish You Lying Tw*t!” – Love IT!
Matt Thomas….”brilliant – feeling even more nostalgic now lol”
Andre Palfrey-martin….Oh Yes, memories of a past decade some good some ugh.
Phil Thornton’s first solo album ! recorded in 1983. He was asked to produce an album with the same title for Prism Entertainments in the USA in 1987. so this re release is now branded as ‘Expandis’ to avoid confusion. ( It is also similar in sound to the early Expandis material, but with more of a bias towards instrumentals) this album also features the only songs so far released with Phil on vocals !!
The music here was produced using vintage analog synthesisers and effects – Moog Source, Korg MS20, MS50, SQ10, Simmons Handclap and SDS4, Elka Rhapsody, Electric mistress and Roland space echo.
Video performance was created using ‘Arkaos’
Remembering Alan Jensen (‘Big Al’ And The ‘DJ’).
In the early 1970’s a local businessman-Johnny Hodgson, owned a record shop in the Old Town of Hastings entitled ‘The Disc Jockey’. The shop was doing very well but Hodgson had other business interests (like the promotion of bands on Hastings Pier) and these were beginning to take up more and more of his time. Johnny decided to put an advert in the local paper for someone to help him run the shop. Alan Jensen (at this point working for Courts) applied for and got the job. Hodgson and his wife (who ran a hairdressers shop in the Old Town) were well known locally and Johnny had political ambitions. In 1972 those political ambitions became a reality when Johnny was duly elected as a Hastings Councillor. Seeing his chance, Alan Jensen offered to buy Johnny out of the shop. His offer was accepted and the pair went their separate ways.
A larger than life character and a born showman, Alan soon managed to make a success of ‘The DJ’ (as it became more commonly known) and swiftly set about moving premises to a more central position in Hastings at the bottom of Queens Rd. For a short time, the shop was renamed ‘The Disc Jockey +1’ but Jensen had another way in mind about how to stamp his personality upon the shop… the invention of ‘Big Al’ – a caricature ‘mascot’ of Jensen himself (the medallion around the ‘creatures’ neck featured the words ‘I Like Big Al’).
‘Big Al’ was a massive success and gave the shop a unique (and very memorable) image. ‘Big Al’ appeared in all the shops newspaper advertisements and on all of the shops printed bags. With his beautiful and glamorous wife Sue at his side, Alan swiftly established ‘The DJ’ as the most popular and trendy place to buy your records in Hastings. A chart of the DJ’s best selling singles and albums appeared weekly in The Hastings Observer and regular ‘competitions and give-aways’ ensured that another smiling picture of Alan (along with the latest winner/s) was frequently in print. In short, Alan Jensen was not just a flamboyant and confident character he was a fine businessman.
Then of course there was the shop’s staff. As conclusively proven by his wife Sue, Alan was definitely a man with an eye for the ladies and invariably the shop would have a bevy of beauties behind the counter. While in today’s day and age such a practice might be frowned upon, (like the similar period practice of offering ladies free entry to nightclubs) it certainly ensured that the DJ was frequented by most of the young male record buyers in the town… including me!
It is worth mentioning here also that in the 70’s and 80’s competition to The DJ was fierce and there was at least 8-10 places (not including second hand outlets) in Hastings town centre alone where you could buy records, tapes (and latterly cd’s)..
Pete Prescott….pete prescott ray fenwick chris cozens neil murray and cozy powell was at the studio near slough (now closed down) i was ill.pretty bad.couldn’t sing.i was replaced by tony martin of black sabbath in the end (good singer). . . i was rattling.i had quincy.my throat was covered in white spots !