Stylus Record Shop – Castle Street Hastings 1973

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Outside Stylus Record Shop, boss ‘Bob McKenzie’, ‘Leif Ohlin’ and Alan Esdaile. Poster on the door for the Steamhammer gig and Gary Glitter’s taking over the other window!

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lp record bag supplied by Nigel Ford

Tony May.…Oh wow! What a find this is! Way before my time working there but brilliant to see a pic of Bob and amazing also to note the GG displays in the other window. I used to have to do the displays myself (best I could) towards the end of my stint at the shop because we weren’t able to buy big enough quantities of the top new releases from the record companies to qualify for a visit from their display teams.

Peter Howard… Is that you with the kipper tie Alan?

Alan Esdaile… Yes but can’t understand why I’m wearing a tie?

Peter Howard… Pretty groovy look 🙂

Mick Mepham… Nice poster for Steamhammer supported by Crimson Earth on the left side of the door Alan.

Kevin Burchett… Bob Mackenzie used to organise the E.F student discos in Scalliwags in the 70s nice bloke. Am I right Alan?

Alan Esdaile… Yes he did Kevin, probably with Bill Loveland from E.F.

Jonathan Nurse… Brilliant snap

Kevin Burchett… remember Bill Loveland to

Darren Johnson… Great picture. I’m actually trying to think if I actually went into the shop now. I came to Coombe Haven holiday camp in 1982 with the family and I remember coming into Hastings and buying a new copy of Slade’s Old New Borrowed and Blue from a record shop – it was actually quite hard to get hold of at the time and I could never finda copy for sale back home.

SMART chat show on Carnival FM Friday 5th August 2016 with Chris Gentry & Alan Esdaile

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Thanks to Andre Martin for the SMART chat last night on Carnival FM 87.9. Don’t forget Chris Gentry is back on the radio on Sunday 7th August 2016 5.00pm – 7.00pm. In the meantime don’t miss the retro show tonight 6th August 2016 – 8.00pm – 12.00pm with Sarah Harvey and Tony Davis.

Andre Martin… Have a great Carnival night with Sarah [break a leg] and Tony playing memories of the bands & music of our time in this town.

Sarah Harvey… Carnival 87.9 FM and also online this evening. The Hastings Retro show featuring some of those bands that appeared in and around Hastings in years gone by including local bands such as Die Laughing, Jinks, Spyke, Expandis.

Muller at Cavern Studios London – 2nd April 1970

Outside the Cavern Studios London, recording the single ‘Fooling Around. Paul Wiseman, Jon McCallion, Steve Demetri, Paul Dove and Alan Esdaile(Manager).

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photo by Ray Medhurst

Paul Dove….Great times, it amazes me were these photos keep coming from,next question did that record ever survive,! look at Alan doing the 1000yd stare !!,,, It always made me laugh seeing the veins in Jon Mac,s neck sticking out when we done house of the rising sun, classic.

Jon McCallion....Good times. I still have a copy of Fooling around, will play it to you one day.

Paul Dove….Hi Jon that would be great,although cant remember how it went. ! i keep meaning to come along to one of alans meetings, but i will.Yes good times.

Alan Esdaile…We only planned to record the one song and then had just enough time for an unplanned ‘B’ side which had to be an original. Nothing arranged, so the band came up with an instrumental called ‘Freak Out’.

Paul Dove…Alan you are doing wonders for my memory , yes i remember doing the b side ,We got to do a big meet up with factory, Steve k , I know we lost Stevie D .But would be great to see all the guys from that magical 60s 70s era,!!!  what was i looking at ,, think alan had dropped a 1 00 note , was good fun recording Fooling Around, same studio as the Who recorded , hope to see Jon,  Alan & maybe Paul Wiseman at Beatles Day tomorrow.

Alan Esdaile… We all look tired and fed up Paul. Hanging around for ages for the studio guy to turn up.

UFO Records – Hastings Pier 1976

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supplied by Clive Richardson

Alan Esdaile… This is a shop I ran with Clive and yes we did sell knickers! First time ever I have seen this photo. Anyone remember the shop? What intrigues me is the red poster below the window. This is for The Village Glen Fern Road Bournemouth. Seems very odd to advertise it on the pier unless a local band was on the bill?

Matt Thomas… Still selling knickers as well 🙂

Diane Knight… My dad had a shop on the pier then , you must have been the competition …which side were you on ???

Alan Esdaile… The right hand side Diane. Next to the bookies. What did your dad sell?

Diane Knight… Silly hats and all those necessary things …he also built the model railway on the other side…

Phil Gill… I remember it well.

Nastassja Kaschevsky… Remember it well, when I used to work on the pier

Mick O’Dowd… Yes remember this well Alan. If I remember correctly you specialised in prog rock.

Alan Esdaile… Sold mainly deletions and american overstocks which you could make a bit more money on. The only trouble being the American imports either had a hole punched through them, corner cut or a sticker on the sleeve showing that the import duty had been paid.

Muller – abbey road cover recreation

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all photos supplied by Bertie Wiseman

Steve Demetri drums. Jon McCallion, Steve Demtri, Paul Wiseman & Paul Dove struggle to recreate Abbey Road cover and Alan Esdaile with Paul Wiseman and his famous bubble car.

Jon McCallion….Fantastic.

Paul Dove….how steve managed to drum & smoke at the same time,!! and yes paul”s infamous bubble car.Its funny i didnt like the name muller also, happy days.