Flyright Records – Bexhill. 1970’s

Martin Waghorne… I’ve still got my copy up in the roof.

Dave Weeks… Terry Pack expert shop assistant.

Terry Pack… Thanks, Dave. Music has always been my specialist subject, after all!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Still got my copy too

Chris Meachen… Got mine, & still play it now & again…

Terry Pack… I had several happy years working at Flyright during the 1970s. I used to visit the first shop in Wickham Avenue in 1973, and was soon asked to work there after school and on Saturday mornings. Although I was only 14, I was already knowledgeable about pop and rock, and was interested in blues and jazz. My friends started to buy their records there, and at the new shop in Sackville Road. I became friends with Simon and Mike, pictured above. They founded the magazine Blues Unlimited, and released rare blues and jazz recordings on the Flyright label. The connection with Stallion came about after Phil Thornton recommended me to Steve Demetria as replacement for Steve Kinch when he left to join Factory in 1975(6?). I was still at school, but went to audition at Steve’s rehearsal room above his family’s restaurant. I was offered the gig, but I felt much too young compared to Steve, Vic and Tich, and declined. Steve, though, took my number, and called to ask about releasing Skinny Kid on Flyright Records. A deal was done and the single was released (I have a white label copy somewhere). Steve chose not to pay Simon the balance he owed, and Simon took out a small claim to get it back. Despite this, Steve asked me once again to join Stallion when Roger left the band. Again, I declined, still feeling too young. I had a pang of regret when Stallion won the Melody Maker Rock Contest with Phil Gill on bass, and thought that I might have made the wrong decision (twice!), but had a good year with The Hollywood Killers before joking The Enid in October 76. That was when I left Flyright Records, which had become a much larger concern, employing Peter Stacey, Dave Carter and Pete Kent from the rival shop, Beaney’s. As we know, Steve D passed on a few years ago. Mike Leadbitter died in 1974, Simon Napier died in the early 1980s, Dave Carter died a couple of years ago, and I heard today that Pete Kent had passed on, too. I suppose that it was all a long time ago.

Phil Gill… Funnily enough Terry, at the same time Steve asked me to join Stallion, I was lined up to play guitar in The Hollywood Killers and was already learning their songs. Stallion appealed to me more. I’m glad I jumped in the direction I did.

Phil Thornton… I didn’t know about the stand up, I thought you joined the Enid to play Bass ?

Martin Waghorne… Hi Terry, didn’t you work in the shop with Dianne in Wickham ave before moving round the corner to Sackville rd. I used to spend most of my saturdays in Flyright records.

Terry Pack… Diane is Roy Stephenson’s mum. I knew Roy from playing football.

Tony May…  I bought some pivotal records in Flyright Records towards the end of its life. I got the original 12″ version of ‘Wham Rap’ by Wham in there in the cheap bin and discovered Midnight Star via the ‘I’ve Been Watching You’ 12″. My worst mistake as far as the shop was concerned was when I saw the Prince 12″ ‘Let’s Work’ in there. I had just got into Prince at the time but as the 12″ was full price and I didn’t have much cash I decided to leave it for now and see if it ended up in the cheap bin! I have NEVER seen another copy of it since! I seem to recall that they also had the similarly rare ‘Gotta Stop Messin’ About’ 12″…

Dave Nattress… Memories. Flyright and the staff were great. Being a Bexhill lad I was often in there, I remember Terry well as a real youngster. Dave Carter was a school friend at the Downs until he joined Westminster Choir School when he was about 7/8 and we were in contact for many years and as I said once before on these pages I saw him quite often and then one day he told me about his serious illness – really knocked me over. Played snooker with him not very long before he passed. Good old Pete Kent from Beaneys. A real source of knowledge and another great shop back in the day!!!

Jan Warren… many great memories and yeah, sadly our dear friend, Pete Kent passed away on 16th September, his funeral is tomorrow in Eastbourne, R.I.P dear Pete xxx

 

Die Laughing – first photograph – Mallet Hall Bexhill – May 1977

Supplied by Lol Cooksey

First photo of Die Laughing, Mallet Hall Bexhill in May 1977. Terry Corder bass, Kevin Williams vocals, Lol Cooksey drums and Phil Thornton Guitar.

Trisha Ann…. That’s Mick Mepham on the drums isn’t it not Lol?

Roy Penfold… Certainly looks like Mick!

Alan Esdaile… Doesn’t look like him but definitely Lol.

Jim Breeds… I bought a Die Laughing 7 inch in Courthouse Street yesterday! You Got The Power/Hard Living Man on Ocean Records OC 003. Bit of a punt – I haven’t had a chance to try playing it yet to see if’s OK.

Phil Thornton… haha ! It was high energy back in the day and fun to be on guitar for a change !

Richard J Porter… Now known as the 6Ts with Harry Randall replacing Philip Thornton. Saw Harry earlier today.

Phil Thornton… As far as I know the 6Ts are harry, terry and lol. Different material than DL – my replacement was Mick mepham ! The early DL material also featured 60’s covers but it was very stylised and delivered with a punkish attitude – an interesting mix with kev’s angelic soulful vocals ( I wonder what happened to him ?) when Mick took over, original material became the main focus with a classic/melodic rock approach ! I remember they put on an outstanding performance for the melody maker rock contest (1978 ?)

Andy Ives… And what a great band they were too

 

 

What Is the best Debut Album? asks Dave Nattress

Dave Nattress… OK another question, from me this time, I don’t think it’s been done already, but apologies if it has. What about the best rated debut album? I think of a few that really blew me away. For instance Black Sabbath’s first, Scouting for Girls – wonderful songs all of them and brilliant arrangements, Hopes and Fears – Keane.

Phil Gill…Jeff Buckley “Grace” wins this hands down.

Tony Ham… The Stranglers, Rattus Norvegicus, my all time favourite album.

Tony Davis… How about Jethro Tull This Was

Patrick Lewis… Fleet Foxes

Glenn Piper… Bridge of Sighs-Robin Trower 😀 Black Sabbath -Black Sabbath

Colin Fox… Can’t buy a thrill.

Phil Gill… A Girl Called Eddy

Roger Dando… Boston. Led Zep 1.

Michael Wilson… The Damned “Damned Damned Damned “. I saw them at the Dome Brighton on thier 40th tour. A great night had by all.

Tony Ham… Saw them last year on the 40th anniversary tour, they played the album right through. Same one I went to. Seeing them in Bexhill next year.

Kev Towner… Queen – Queen

Martyn Baker… Osmonds

Dave Valentine…The Velvet Underground and Nico. Not just the greatest debut of all time, probably the greatest album of all time.

Nigel Sherwood… Please please me , always my favorite Beatles album

Tony Qunta… Are You Experienced!

Will Cornell… A vote for John Prine’s first. More genius songwriting in any 10 seconds of any of those songs than we’d see in the next 40+ years, and he had some heavy competition!

Mike Curtis… Can I have two? Led Zeppelin 1 and Crosby Stills & Nash.

Paul Morfey… Dire Straits!!

Steve Reents… Van Halen’s first album is up there.

Chris Meachen… Free,- Tons of sobs..

Pete Prescott… Montrose, Rickie Lee Jones, Nick Drake Five leaves left, Santana Sep 1, Free Tons of sobs

Pete Fisher… Taste

Patrick Lewis… Pentangle

Steve Kinch… Not sure if this qualifies as the best debut album, but 21st Century Schizoid Man by King Crimson has got to be the best opening track on a debut album. The sheer fearlessness and confidence of that track is progtastic

Clifford Rose… Led Zeppelin’s first album.

Peter Thomson… Debut’s Greatest Hits?

Andy Qunta… Are You Experienced! I expect nobody else suggested this one!

Dave Nattress… Well the first King Crimson album with 21st Century Schizoid Man on (as Steve Kinch commented) was pretty out there. I have it on CD never having got the vinyl which a good friend had back whenever. At the time, listening to that and name-dropping King Crimson we thought we were pretty cool – to walk around with that cover under your arm we thought was pretty cool also. I was delighted and surprised to hear the track on R2 on a saturday morning programme about 2 weeks back.

 

 

The Prisoners – photo 1979

supplied by Dave Nattress

Andy Leaney guitar, Dave Nattress vocals, Mick Bridgeland drums, Robin Heggie bass.

Dave Nattress… After Samisen split, Mick Bridgeland and I teamed up with Andy Leaney and Robin Heggie on bass. We set about writing a set load of post-punk, abrasive, incisive shortish tracks. I don’t think we did any covers. We played quite a few gigs around Hastings as The Prisoners, The Yorkshire Grey, The Yelton, (as was), Chatsworth, and Crypt etc.

Mo Blackford… Thanks Dave for posting. My first real friend and great influence was Robin Heggie. He was a very cool chap, who introduced me to Paul McCartney among other people. He had engineered a couple of Paul’s albums and had previously played bass in The Hollywood Killers. Anyway. we formed my first band in the UK together. Initially called Red Shoes, we changed the name to The Stand (cerca ’82) and did loads of gigs around Hastings. The Stand also included Bernard Jeffrey (Hollywood Killers) on drums and Kevin O’Connor on vocals.  I’ve tried on a number of occasions to locate Robin. Maybe somebody knows something! It would be much appreciated. Cheers!

Alan Esdaile… Does anyone remember The Prisoners and know of the whereabouts of Robin Heggie? I did search but if he is the Robin that lived in Milton Keynes  then not good news. Can anyone help? Could do with some good news.

Mark Gilham… Sorry Alan. Not good news at all. Robin passed away a few years ago now. 🙁

Andy Knight… I didn’t know that, Robin and I played in Missing Persons together I know it is v late but RIP

Mike Mitchell… and whatever happened to Mick Bridgeland? Least I heard he had moved to Amersham…

Martin Richter… sad news about Robin – he was a lovely guy.

Dave Nattress… Sad to have it confirmed about Robin, but I must admit I was thinking the worst. He was a great guy and bass player, lreally looked the part and we all had a frantic and great time getting The Prisoners going. Also, of course, Andy Leaney. Andy and I had a great connection also, smiles on the face as I remember these 2 old friends our fun times going for it, the stupid band names that Andy particularly liked to come up with that we all rejected!! Great sadness and regret that they’ve gone – like so many more on the local scene, and nationally and internationally all connected through the music. So many people who were the bricks in the huge wall that was built up over so many years. Some of the bricks have crumbled away, but then, more are being added all the time.

Dawn Leaney… I’m Andy Leaneys wife. . How lovely to see this old photo of The Prisoners.  Andy enjoying his passion, and so nice he is remembered with fond memories by many. Thank you so much for sharing this. You musicians give so much pleasure to so many! 🙂 xxx

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photo supplied by Kevin Burchett

Mo Blackford… Thanks Alan for your time and effort in trying to locate Robin. Obviously the confirmation of his passing comes as a bit of a shock. I’m wondering if anyone could throw a shred of light on the circumstances surrounding his untimely demise?

Dave Nattress… Brilliant, you found the Pete Breaks Out cutting. You know, going back we (or so many of us anyway), just did not record/photograph so many of our activities and it’s marvellous that you found this. It’s partly why this website is so very, very valuable to all of us, that stuff like this turns up that we’d lost, (or like I say not got a copy of ourselves), or just plain forgotten!!  These days as you well know everything, good, bad or indifferent can be recorded – I mean audio and visually, still or video etc. and everyone has the capability of so doing – smart-phones mainly I guess.  Back then, it was a BIT different!! The Prisoners: we were not a bad outfit, almost all our own songs and quite a few gigs around the area.  We didn’t get to make any criminal records as such, but I have some cassette recordings I must try and find – usually rehearsals, and OK, another gag, it’s not true, we were OK,  a tight unit, people said we should have been locked up making the sounds we did!!