PROhibition – Bexhill beat group

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 supplied by Mick O’Dowd

Alan Esdaile… Anyone got any photos or more info?

Josie Lawson… Not sure if same group but when I lived in Burgess Hill I knew a group called PROHIBITION. They had some words of mine to link in as a song, but we lost contact when I came back to Hastings, but after appeals on radio shows for the banjo player who was Tony Cross, I had a message back, and this was 5 years of appealing, he had just died of a heart attack. I did have some 45 records of theirs but seems like many of my things they were skipped when I had some nasty falls.

Geoff Peckham… Laurie Cooksey was in the Prohibition – the local one, anyway. According to ‘LOL COOKSEY’S MUSICAL HISTORY’, a copy of which he gave me, The Prohibition were: Frank Isted, Roger Crerie (not Carey!), Laurie, and David Laffar. They gigged a fair bit in their 9 month life-span including several appearances at the Happening Club. There are many anecdotes in this ‘literary work’ and it would be of great interest to local music historians.

Dave Nattress… Well Geoff I’d love to see Laurie’s musical history, especially I would guess because there’ll be a big helping of Bexhill 60’s and 70’s band history in there.

Factory – Time Machine

 

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Recorded 30 January 1971 – Oak single RGJ718
No relation to the late 60’s CBS/MGM group of the same name, this particular Factory were based around the talents of the Qunta brothers – Andy on lead vocals and acoustic twelve string guitar and Tony on lead guitar and electric violin, supported by a rhythm section of Geoff ‘Jaffa’ Peckham (bass) and Laurie Cooksey (drums). Andy and Tony had previously visited R.G.Jones, the owner of Oak Records, in October 1968 and March 1969 as prime movers in a school band called Perfect Turkey, who recorded an Oak acetate coupling ‘Stones’ and ‘Perfect Turkey Blues’. Factory recorded four songs – ‘Time Machine’, ‘Castle On The Hill’, ‘Mr. Jones’ (no relation) and ‘Road Sweeper Joe’ – in a three hour session on 30 January 1971, with the first two tracks issued as a single that sold out its limited pressing of 99 copies within a few weeks. With its science fiction-derived lyrics,prototipe heavy metal sound and harsh,metallic vocal (an extraordinary performance from Andy Qunta), ‘Time Machine’ eerily predicted David Bowie’s forthcoming album ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, although the opening chords were surely borrowed from Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Green Manalishi’. During their lifespan, Factory attracted considerable interest within the music industry: their live performances were attended by such luminaries as Mickie Most, Robin Gibb, former Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell and Roger Daltrey, who was sufficiently impressed to invite the band to record at his home studio. By the time Factory shut down in 1976, Geoff Peckham had been replaced by Steve Kinch, who joined the Quntas in a new band called Head On. When this project fell by the wayside of 1979, Kinch and Andy Qunta played with Hazel O’ Connor before the bassist joined Manfred Mann’s Earthband in 1985. Tony Qunta has been a session guitarist since 1982, although he still finds time to lead a band called High Level Drive, whilst brother Andy had a six year spell with Australian group Icehouse, co-writing their hit single ‘Crazy’ and John Farnham’s anthemic ‘You’re The Voice’. One of Factory’s final gigs, incidentally, had featured a support set by a bunch malcontents bearing the unlikely name of the Sex Pistols. Within a matter of months, punk would seek to reverse the excesses of the progressive rock dinosaurs, signalling a return to three minute pop songs and more intimate live venues as well as a comprehensive demystification of the musical process. With punk inspiring media outrage to match coverage of the Stones’ emergence, ellied to the obvious generic antecedents provided by mid-1960’s R&B and garage bands, it genuinely appeared that, however fleetingly, the musical wheel had turned full circle.

Phil Gill …”With its science fiction-derived lyrics,prototipe heavy metal sound and harsh,metallic vocal (an extraordinary performance from Andy Qunta)…”. What great write-up – he’s right.

Glenn Piper… Oh the memories 🙂

Andy Qunta… Not sure what that “harsh metallic vocal” was all about! Maybe I was just trying to make up for the fact that I wasn’t playing an instrument, and wanted as much “air time” as poss!

Robert Blackham… Hi, am I right in thinking that Andy Qunta, Tony(or Mendy?)Qunta and Dick Bloom were Epsom College’s Velvet Hush band in 1969? “Broken Heart” and “Lover Please” were the songs on their Oak single. Bob Blackham (Epsom 67-72).

Geoff Peckham… I thought your band was called Perfect Turkey at Epsom, Andy and Tony?

Andy Qunta… We were originally Perfect Turkey, but we changed it to Velvet Hush later on.. Hi, Robert Blackham! How do you know about such things?  And by the way, do you by any chance have a copy of Broken Heart/Lover Please? The latter is on the double album, Best of Oak Records, but none of us have a copy of Broken Heart, and haven’t heard it in decades!

Rock Museum – Parkstone Road Hastings 1969

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supplied by Laurie Cooksey

Laurie Cooksey… Rock Museum Autumn 1969, posing alongside someone else’s mini in Parkstone Road, Hastings. Left to right: Tony Carr(lead vocals), Terry Corder(bass guitar/vocals), Dave Gurr(lead guitar/vocals), Laurie Cooksey(drums/vocals). Rock Museum had formed in early 1969 as a 3 piece heavy rock group, Tony Carr joining on lead vocals in the summer of 1969. The group split up at the end of 1969.

Janine Anne Hemsley… This is great.

Andy Qunta… Saw Rock Museum rehearsing in a Church hall in late ’69, shortly after moving to the Hastings area. Very impressed, especially with Laurie Cooksey! Remember thinking it would be great to play with him in a band one day!

Geoff Peckham… You never know, Andy. It may still happen!

Sarah Harvey… These photos are absolute gems

Colin Fox… I have to say that I have never heard of this band, but they certainly look the part. Great photo.

Mick O’Dowd… It’s amazing how many bands are coming out of the woodwork now thanks to Lol. Can’t say I remember these either so it is great to see them and just goes to show how lucky we were/are in Hastings to have such a rich musicak heritage.

Mark Asseenontv Scutchings-Stevens… I remember Dave Gurr in 1976 when he was living in Crawley ! He was riding a Honda CB500T . What’s become of him now ?

Ian McGilvray… Is Laurie still playing? I saw him behind His kit on many occasions in Bexhill.

Alan Esdaile… He’s still playing Ian, with the 6T’s (next gig The Comet 30th Aug 2014) and with a reformed Factory.

Janine Anne Hemsley… Terry Corder too .

Jan Warren… Oh, great to see this photo – I remember these guys and did some of them go on to form “Die Laughing” and “Factory”??!!

Andy Qunta… Laurie was (& is!) in Factory, and he & Terry were in Die Laughing, and are now also part of the 6Ts!

Sheila Maile… Are this band currently called the 6Ts

Richard J Porter… Two of them make up part of the 6Ts!

Terry Corder… Yes we are and still playing regularly. Find us on facebook, just search for thefab6ts

Sheila Maile… You used to play in the angling club not so long ago, shame you don’t any more. What they have there now are not a patch on you, yes I will look on fb.thanks

Terry Corder… We were at the little angling club on pirate day. It was a great day!

Tim Moose Bruce… Dave Gurr lived opposite us in Little Common. About that time he bought a little Gilera motorbike. He then got the nickname “Flying Jesus”!

Factory – Tony & Laurie – Battle 1975

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supplied by Roger Carey

Tony Qunta, Laurie Cooksey rehearsal hall Battle 1975

Andy Qunta….Great photo! Thanks, Roger

Geoff Peckham… Look; they haven’t changed……much!

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Alan Esdaile…  I want to know how they look younger now.

Yvonne Cleland… They look better now!

Terry Pack… Portraits in the attic, I reckon!

Andy Qunta… Such an interesting contrast in fashion there!

Yvonne Cleland… You mean between Laurie and that hippy in the afghan, Andy?

Andy Qunta… Yes, Yvonne, exactly! 😉

Simon Page… Laurie and Tony both came to our gig last week. Was great to see them both.

 

Factory – Folder 1973

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supplied by Geoff Peckham

featuring Andy Qunta, Laurie Cooksey, Tony Qunta & Jaffa Peckham.

Phil Gill….Brilliant. Bloody hippies.

Geoff Peckham… No, Phil. Just the stoned Herbert on the floor! It’s looks as though what’s happened is this: In my bewildered state I’d toppled over; they couldn’t get me up so they all got down on their haunches for the pic!!

Tony Qunta… Cheesecloth 😉

Andy Qunta….Fantastic! Well done keeping that, Jaffa!

Pete Fisher….wonderful! nice to see Kev Wood get a mention as roadie – he was also a gifted guitarist as I recall, who played with me, Roger and Bernie in Mae West, before it became a trio as Pueblo. Still have a couple of recordings.

Andy Qunta….I  remember Mae West! Great band!

Tony Court-holmes….comeback tour please

Yvonne Cleland…..And Ade! What happened to Ade?

Geoff Peckham….He called on me when I was living near Pulborough c.1979. I think he was studying at the Agricultural College near there. Lovely chap. There are a few Factory road tales featuring him!

Andre Martin…..here is an old advert I think from the late 60s

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Andy Qunta….Following the comments about Ade Weaden – I actually saw him a couple of years ago. He’s been living in Canada for donkey’s years, and is in charge of the water dept in his town. He came on a golfing holiday to Palm Springs with some friends. It’s not too far from where I live so we met up for coffee at a casino about the halfway point. His hair was not so long, so I could actually see his face! Otherwise he was the same old Ade! We had a lot of fun chatting about the old days, and of course he asked after everyone! Here you go, Ade fans!

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Martin Blackman…..Nice one Geoff, as a matter of interest my good friend Ade Weaden now lives in BC Canada and is coming over to the UK this summer and apparently Kev Wood is an extremely wealthy man in the Offshore Oil Industry and living in Oz

Factory reunion?

Andre Martin…..This would be a good idea for the Pier Fund ?

Andy Qunta…..I’ve been thinking for quite a while how much I would like to come over for a Factory reunion! Been talking to Tone about it quite a bit recently too! No reason why not, is the way I’m thinking! I really like Andre’s Pier Fund idea for a Factory reunion! I feel like Factory owes the Pier quite a bit for the great times we had there!

Geoff Peckham…..And hear hear to that too, mate!

Sarah Harvey…..It would be nice to do a few 70s band reunions and whilst that would not be possible in a number of cases… they could revive themselves with some of the original members and attempt some of their old stuff. It would be a unique event…. perhaps for charity? We have such a wonderful unique musical heritage in Hastings and what a way to embrace that!

Steve Kinch…..they could revive themselves with some of the original members and attempt some of their old stuff, Sarah, you make it sound so appealing!

Phil Thornton….it would be super cool to have a Factory reunion !! ( I’m sure ‘Stallion’ would want to be on the bill as well !!)

Tony Qunta….Great idea! Maybe we could have lots of Hastings bands from that era and make it into an all nighter!

Geoff Peckham…..I dunno, Tone. I like to be home by 10.30 for my cocoa! But seriously, Phil’s idea would make a great evening.

Phil Gill….This Stallion bass player is definitely up for the idea

Dennis Torrance… Saw Factory many a time on the pier jig a jig

The Mone – 1967

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all photos supplied by Lol Cooksey

Lol Cooksey… Phillip Earle(from Sidley) on drums/vocal and Dave Neale on bass guitar vocals(from St Leonards) had been in the 3-piece pop harmony group, The SHREW PEOPLE, with Paul Dove on lead guitar/vocals. With the demise of The SHREW PEOPLE and drummer Laurie Cooksey’s group, PROHIBITION in what was probably the spring of 1967, Dave, Phillip and Laurie came together to form THE MONE, with a leaning towards the heavier music popular at the time. Dave Neale was a superb and very fast bass player but with all the excitement created by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton at that time, he wanted to play lead guitar. With apparently no suitable bass players around at the time, Dave taught Phillip to play the instrument and he quickly became very proficient.
Dave was also an excellent carpenter and he built the back line speaker cabinets, his bass one was as large as a Marshall stack but all in one piece and so very heavy, with Phillip’s being about three quarters the size. The group stayed together for about 9 months but only two gigs can be recalled, one at Bexhill Drill Hall and another as support on Hastings Pier.

Andy Qunta… Wish I had seen them! I think I would have liked them! Also, by co-incidence I had one of those WEM Sapphire guitars at that time!

Geoff Peckham… I missed them too. Although Philip Earl became Factory’s first manager. He left shortly after being involved in our van crash following a gig in Lewes.

Mick O’Dowd… I remember Prohibition who played at Rodeo 67 at Bexhill’s Polegrove with Deep Purple and Suspect but I don’t recall The Mone so it comes as a surprise to see them now. Were they short-lived or who did they then morph into?

Tony Qunta… Great photos! Lol already with the double bass drum kit! Nice amplification too! That WEM Sapphire looks very like a Burns! had forgotten about Philip Earle managing us.

Andy Qunta… Yes, I remember Philip managing Factory. As to the WEM & Burns, Tone – I remembered having a Burns Baldwin electric 12- string, but didn’t remember I had a WEM Sapphire 12 before that, until I saw the early Factory pics! They do look very similar!

Dave Nattress… Did Dave Neale play in a band from Bexhill called The Spirits. Mid 60′s? For many years the tag “The Spirits” was to be seen painted on the brick wall of the old Down Primary School – now King Offa – a really early example of band grafitti!!

Phillip Earle… The Mone was indeed short lived. Each member going it’s own way. For me I gave up playing bass guitar and stopped doing anything for a number of years. I returned to playing drums again at the age of 50 playing in various bands until I moved North after my heart bypass. I am now happily retired and often toy with picking up the sticks again.