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

 

 

Die Laughing rock The Carlisle 1st November 1980 & Melody Maker Rock Contest The Venue 1st July 1979

all posters supplied by Mick Mepham

Tim Moose Bruce… went to the venue for that one. the bit i remember was £1.70 for half a lager!. DL did a good show. went to the area heat final at the Marquee. that was a great nite. Bite the pillow won it. splodges came 4th i recall. dont know what came of bite the pillow afterwards.

Colin… My pals Bite The Pillow won. What a glorious night it was. We all bussed down from Glasgow and a wonderful celebration was had after this somewhat unexpected triumph. The band went their separate ways shortly after. Russell went on to become lead singer and guitarist with Positive Noise and the others formed Dance Walesa, which is when I joined them on percussion and string machine. We had a great time together and disbanded shortly after our last minute cancelled gig supporting Yazoo at Glasgow’s “Tiffany’s”. The disappointment was obviously too much for us and we did the honourable band thing and called it a day!!

Tim Moose Bruce… Max Splodge got best bum award after their performance of Michael Booths Talking Bum… And Die Laughing’s gig van didnt blow up its engine like it did on the area heat final a few weeks previously.

Harry Randall… Mmmmmm must ask Terry Corder about that?

 

 

Hollywood Killers & Die Laughing – Hastings Pier 4th March 1978

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supplied by Mick Mepham

Mick Mepham….It’s Christmas in Haiti in March …. I remember it well Alan, it was the year after 1977 …..

Phil Gill… You sure Mick? I thought we went straight to 79. I tend to be a bit vague around then.

Mick O’Dowd… I’ve got this down as 1978.

Bernard Jeffery….”this takes me back”, I remember playing this one

Terry Pack….Dick Rowley and I used to take terrible liberties with Jim’s songs: ‘arranging’ them in weird and wonderful ways.

Ralph Town…. A Christmas Show in March….sounds about right 🙂

Mick Mepham… Definitely 1978 Phil, honest….

Phil Thornton… I have a vague memory of this one …. was I in the band (Die Laughing) at this point ?

Philip Meston… Wasn’t Ashley Pepper on keyboards? I just checked, Ashley Pepper was the keyboard player in 1976. I just didn’t know the dates! 🙂

Mark Randall… Ex Be Bop Deluxe?

Jim Penfold…. I …..Charlie Tumahai from Be Bop Delux was in the band around 1979/80t was part of our Xmas Tour in March 1978 great to see this again….Hollywood Killers are back in action at the moment……would be great to play in Hastings again www.hollywoodkillers.com

Mick Mepham…. I don’t think so Phil, I joined in about August of ’77. Hi Jim, I think I have several posters, flyers etc of you guys. Would you like copies?

John Wilde… WE want the Hollywood Killers HERE!

Ralph Town… If its at all poss,I think The Killers should play at the pier opening….deffo.

Jan Warren… Die Laughing!! – yeah, I did and hope I will, thanks guys! 🙂 

 

Die Laughing, Head On, Plastix – Hastings Pier 16th February 1978

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ad – Sarah Harvey     ticket – Mick Mepham     Head On Andy Qunta, photo David Mmirb.

Phil Thornton….I remember this one ! the plastix had to play on the floor due to the stage being full of gear. They were excellent ! I had forgotten that DL were headlining !!! ( I think it may have been my last gig with them ?) Head On were great of course !!!

Alan Esdaile…..Bizarre to see Soul Fever 78 tour, as that was the tour I put together when I managed Delroy Williams. I can’t remember putting this on at the pier but think we change venue to Emmas(below Queens Hotel) as not enough tickets were sold.

Phil Thornton…..no no no ! not my last gig with Die Laughing ! but it was Mick Mephams first Hastings gig with them ! I must have been there to cheer him on !!!

Mick Mepham…..I think it might have been Phil as I think I joined in late ’77. That billing is a bit dicey though!! Head On were excellent and the Plastix weren’t too shaky either ….

Janine Anne Hemsley… ”Remember this night lol”

John Wilde…  I was there. It was a great night. Plastix won the night.

Phil Thornton… its official …. the Plastix stole the show !!

Peter Fairless… Plastix, a St Valentine’s attraction?

Mike Mitchell… That well known Welshman….Die Laughing

Phil Thornton… …. and no it was not the sex pistols in disguise !

Kev Carlyon… 80p to get in!

Headlights, Be Bop Bella, Die Laughing, Sunstroke – Carlisle – 558 Entertainments – 12th Jan to 20th Jan 1979

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supplied by Mick Mepham

Mick O’Dowd… This was my first promotion at The Carlisle. I had previously promoted Headlights at The Caves and was very impressed with them. They came from London but that’s all I can remember about them. Can anybody else help out? As you can probably make out Be Bop Bella & Sunstroke were rock’n’roll acts and then there’s that other band that no one on this page has probably ever heard of. Die Laughing. Hi Mick, Lol & Tel!

Alan Esdaile…  Remember Sunstroke very well. Used to be managed by Cy Whitfield in Hastings. Very surprised we have not found any photos of the band so far. This is all I got.

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Mick O’Dowd… I now realise I promoted Headlights 3 times. They must have been good!

Jim Breeds… Was the audience mainly made up of transfixed rabbits? 😀

Die Laughing ticket Carlisle – 19th August 1977

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Ticket supplied by Andy Knight.      Ad supplied by Sarah Harvey.

Phil Thornton…. Checked this out with Mick but I think this was before he joined the band ! – I have pics of me playing upstairs at the Carlisle and I think we only did that one time so it should be this gig !!

Tony Qunta….I seem to remember that Big Willy Promotions was Kevin Wood

Michael Mepham.…That’s right Phil, I think I followed your good self in November of that year.

John Wilde….I  was at this gig and the guitarist was Mr Thornton. with your Flying V no less.

Phil Thornton….hurray ! it was me. a long forgotten chapter in my musical history !  twas in my beard short hair white boilersuit phase. it was a good thing that you took over Mick !!