The Regent Hotel – February 1973 with Spyke

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Spyke – Peter Millington, Twiggie (Vocals), Terry Chedzoy, Ian Williams.

Martin Richter… Ian Williams – lol

Peter Millington… Spyke converted to Jinks in 1974 shortly after Twiggie left. 40 years on. We did a few Gigs at the Regent – The seafront was alive with good music then – I miss those days at the Regent/Scalliwags, Alexandra, Witchdoctor/Cobweb, Pier, Mr Cherrys etc. etc.

Madeline Joyce Morton… Miss, Chris Sayer those were the days at the Alex x

Robert Searle… Great photo. Played at The Regent with Easy Street and remembering seeing Shaft play there with the late Dave Shaw on vocals.

Jon McCallion… Nice picture Pete.

Joe Knight… great!!!

Andy Qunta… I remember all those bands! I remember playing at the Regent with Factory too!

Pete Millington… The above picture was taken at the Regent Hotel in 1973 – The advert is for SPYKE in 1968 which was this line-up, although taken at the White Rock Theatre on 12 January 1968. The KB Annual Dance with Bob Miller and the Millermen – Great memories!

Janie Lowe… What happened to Twiggie

Pete Millington… She still lives locally. She can be seen in black top hat and black uniform in the old town drum procession eg Carnival march

Charlie Ball… Always finished with Alright Now, in the Alex

Pete Millington… You’ve a better memory than me and I was playing it!

 

Who was the most disappointing band….

Sarah Harvey… This is for those of you who frequented The Pier during the 1970s….. what was the most disappointing bands / artists you saw. NO local artists allowed because ALL local artists were and still are brilliant . For me, it was the Sex Pistols, I thought they were dreadful!

Peter Fairless… I agree, Sarah, they were dire. The worst band I saw, though, were Eater, they supported The Stranglers in March ’77, they were even worse!

Alan Esdaile… I will have to think on this one. Mind you if the band were bad, we would end up in the bar getting wasted on cheap cider.

Peter Thomson… There was a Boxer/Crawler/Moon gig and none of them set the world on fire, but one lot spent their time on stage arguing almost to the point of fisticuffs. Not a musical memory to enjoy

Nigel Goodman… Gary glitter no glitter band taped backing suspected miming too

Jim Breeds… I can’t think of any disappointing bands/artists because beer.

Glenn Piper… I agree with Sarah also. There may have been worse bands, but the dichotomy between them and Budgie seemed to emphasise just how bad they were. (If that makes sense 😀)

Dave Weeks… I watched the thunder storm when they were on.

Linda Day… Paul and Barry Ryan

Chris Meachen… I thought Magma were piss poor as far as entertainment went.. They were quite clever musicians, but none of them appeared to be taking a blind bit of notice of what the others were playing…

Phil Gill… Chicken Shack. I spoke to Stan Webb afterwards, all bright eyed and bushy tailed, saying how much I liked his playing and he was a totally miserable.

Pete Prescott…The 2nd gig I ever did was supporting chicken shack at Kemsley town hall (near sittingbourne) yeah he wasn’t the most happy chap… mind you Kemsley would make most people lose the will to live !

Dennis Torrance… I think most of the time if band were bad it might have been down to how without the technology then. I liked curved air and remember quite a lot of feed back. I still look back on them pier days with a smile

Ernest Ballard… Bring back the end of the pier Organist. Say no more ha ha

Peter Bridger… Souxsie and the Banshees – no interaction with the audience, seemed to think they were above all of us (I suppose they were, being up on the stage!)

Peter Fairless… I thought she was just being arty!

Peter Thomson… Several months (maybe a year or so) before the big Status Quo gig in ‘73, they made a much lower profile appearance in front of a suitably smaller audience. So how were they SO different? I take Dennis’s point on technology (and even older equipment) but have often wondered if we were fobbed off with Not Really Status Quo But They’ll Do For Mugsborough. Got any posters Alan?

Pete Fairless… March and July ’73, Peter. It was the same band, might just be down to confidence, the start and end of a tour?

Pete Fisher… For me back then (as a teenager), going to a concert on the pier was a big deal, a real treat, a social event, something both to look forward to and to talk about for ages afterwards…I wasn’t there to pass judgement, or join the arms akimbo music police at the front, I was there to see real live musicians playing loud rock music, and maybe pick up a couple of tips and inspiration for my own playing…I don’t remember ever being disappointed, apart from occasionally poor sound from those pathetically small PAs often manned by incompetent sound engineers, but if you got close to the stage the PA became irrelevant. There’s also a big difference between whether you don’t like the band or them actually not being good – back then I looked up to anyone who’d made it as far as playing there, and was really grateful they’d come to such a small venue in my home town…

Andrew Reid McDuffie… I never went to any of the 1970’s pier gigs, the 80s was more my era. But……bit of vicarious kudos….my sister, Susan Conti saw Hendrix there in 1967. I don’t think she ever went to another rock gig after that. Maybe she didn’t need to…..

Phil Thornton… Going to see a band on the Pier was always great ! I can think of a few bands that didn’t hit the spot for me in terms of sound or style but the musicianship was usually excellent so I never came away disappointed ! Also it was always a social occasion !

David Essex – White Rock Pavilion 19th November 1974

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Alan Esdaile… Shows how popular David Essex was, as his film was on at The Classic and The Curzon at the same time

Peter Fairless… Rock On!

Leigh Weiland-Boys… Saw him then & he stayed at The Queen Vic, where my friend was a receptionist, she worked that night so he gave her two free tickets to see him at the Brighton Dome & she took me! Double whammy!

Brigitte Lee… Where were the Penguin and The Orion?

Alan Esdaile… The Orion Cinema was next to the Old W H Smith (just down from the old main Post Office. The Penguin was where Dennies Club was, opposite Priory Street car park.

Chris Meachen… I was taking pictures for The Observer at that gig, along with the lovely Jennie Tocock who was attempting without much success, to get an interview with him..

Leigh Weiland-Boys… My Mum worked at the Observer at the time and got hold of a couple of photos from that night for me – I am not sure whether I still have them (moved a few times since 1974!!) but will have a look.

Jennie Tocock… He was a bit of a jerk if I remember rightly, Chris! We got so many great interviews with tons of the bands in those days … but dear old David was a bit too special to give us 5 minutes!

Alan Esdaile… Oh what a circus that must have been Jennie.

Lesley Bowles… My friend’s Mum worked in the White Rock box office and got me front row tickets, seat A20, I’ll always remember it – and so had the WR advertising poster on my wall for YEARS!!! Happy days!

Paul Sleet, Mick & Friends – Sea Front Hastings 1972.

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Jim Breeds…  I knew Paul Sleet! His Mum & Dad were friends with mine.

Kevin Burchett… paul is a scalliwagger lol. I actually remember him wearing that afghan coat.

Chris Meachen… Likewise!…

Pat Sleet… I know – hip wasn’t he??

Tony Davies… The guy in the middle playing the blonde J200 copy was a lodger at my mum and dads house in The Croft. I had some good jam and drinking sessions with Mick, he always had his guitar slung over his back, never had a case , and they were always getting bashed and dinked. He also had an old Eko guitar as well. Last I heard he was living in Battle after getting married but that was about forty years ago. Does anybody know what’s happened to him since then ??

Stephen Fletcher… Paul Sleet, Mick, Paul’s cousin Rick, Suzanne Judge and Sue Jeffries .

Sue Weatherill… Paul was a big David Bowie fan & i was his girlfriend at the time, Sue Jeffery.
Yesterday brought back all the fantastic times in Hastings in the 70’s. Super photo of us all….thank you for putting it up.

Paul Sleet… Hi Sue. Good to hear from you. Also pictured with your friend Suzanne is my cousin Rick who lives in Alderney. This pic is around 1972 I think.

Tony Court-holmes… Paul with long hair I remember that.

Glenn Piper… Wow, 72? It really doesn’t seem that long ago

Jo Turner… I bet that coat on the right came from pretty novelties near warrior square

Neal Hunter… is that Paul Sleet with the guitar?

Alan Esdaile… Yes Neal.

Eugene Hughes… Love the old Maidstone and District bus

Harry Worth – who remembers doing this?

Alan Esdaile… Used to be a shop in Robertson Street about where Walkers is now. I think it was a shop that sold televisions and we all copied this.

Dennis Torrance… So remember this grew up with Harry Worth on BBC think most at this time tried this

Philip Wood… …..I don’t know why, but there it is.”

Matt Thomas… Used to be able to do this at the bus stops in Queens Rd

Virginia Davis… Remember it well !

Tony Davis… There was also a suit shop, John Colliers I think by the bus stops that used to be in Wellington Place. It was opposite the very old wood and marble decorated Sainsburys

Mark Randall… Did Mr Worth do anything else apart from this ( that people remember)

Dennis Torrance… Made me laugh at most things he did not like some of the modern comedians

Philip Wood… His sitcom was funny and he did Panto.

Jim Breeds… Gosh yes, I think I remember doing that at the shop in Robertson Street!

Diane Knight… me too !!!

Jo Turner… Yep

Flanko Fin Barr… my mum loved him bless her heart

Keith Cowper… I did it!!

Jake Nelson… Me & my mate ‘did the Harry Worth’ every time we passed a certain newsagent’s window!

Alan Pepper… Yes waiting for the bus in Queens Road by John Colliers we all did it early 70’s !
Did find him a bit annoying though to be honest !!

Lesley Brown… Some of us still do!!!

Karen Towner… Remember it well- my dad always had a go.

Michael Wilson… The window of the Sewing shop in London Road Bexhill with my brothers and sisters every Sunday morning in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Kevin Williams… Still do it!!!

Jim Breeds… Part of Walkers is at No. 47. It’s the one on streetview with curved windows. In 1960s and 1970s directories, that was occupied by Rediffusion. I wouldn’t have thought, though, that the curved windows allow for a Harry Worth moment. And my recollection of doing similar is that it was on the other side of the street.

Eugene Hughes… I used to do that in a shop in Robertson Street too

Joe Knight… Good old Harry bless great comic act

Ernest Ballard… Still do it lol

 

Mister B – Hairdresser York Buildings Wellington Place 1979

Matt Thomas… My barbers of choice in my teens

Martin Richter… me too

Matt Thomas… Patrick

Martin Richter… oh yes – known him since I was 13

Eugene Hughes… Didn’t that used to be The Black Cat (le chat noir)?

Alan Esdaile… It was a bit further along Eugene stairs going up maybe next to Mozleys?

Chris Meachen… Always used to get my hair cut by Patrick, who I still bump into occasionally.

Alan Esdaile… I also bump into Patrick from time to time and used to get my hair cut by him.

Terry Hardwick… Patrick was a DJ and clued up on his music

Chris Meachen… Originally above the greengrocers, which is now part of KFC…

SMART coffee meet No. 39 report

A nice warm afternoon for our 39th meet and among the newbies this time was Sarah Ferguson. Sarah was chatting about memories of the Pam Dor and Black Cat coffee bars with Colin Bell.  Mick O’Dowd arrived with some interesting albums Righteous Brothers Back to Back, Vogues Greatest Hits, Sgt Barry Sadler Ballard Of The Green Berets and Whistling Jack Smith I Was Kaiser Bills Batman which got people whistling the tune as soon as they picked up the sleeve! He also had two local cd’s from the Tar Babies and Jinks Night Fever from August 1999.  I had sheet music books of The Rolling Stones 8 new songs, Shadows Golden Greats, Stranglers Collection 77-82, Who Best Of and Hazel O’Connor Breaking Glass. Pete Prescott arrived with a pile of LP’s including Return To Forever featuring Chick Corea Where Have I Known You Before, Atomic Rooster In Hearing Of, Wishbone Ash 1st album and Argus. Barry Taylor popped in with a couple of interesting photos from 1975. Iain Cobby came along with a bunch of photos of Wal Basses. They were very popular in the 80’s and are now being made again. Ann and Phil Gill were talking about the success of son Miles with the band Roam, who are setting the charts alight with their new cd Great Heights and Nosedives and currently on tour in America. Phil was talking to Iain and Lol Cooksey about the Stallion album has had over 3 million illegal downloads without getting any payments. Interesting to hear that Iain is having a group rehearsal with Factrio, watch this space. Jon McCallion was reminiscing about Effigy and when Chris Baker was in the band. Graham Belchamber was talking to Ray and Anita Medhurst about his Bruce Springsteen plaque on the end of Hastings Pier and has written to Bruce about it.  Eric Harmer and Sarah Harvey were talking about their recent successful gig with James Westlake and Tony Davis was talking about his up and coming show on Conquest Hospital Radio. This is just a small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Pete Prescott… I hate missing these meetings. It’s great hearing other peoples past adventures and seeing books/ albums and photos. Wonderful.

Tim Moose Bruce… I got a Tar Babies cd. Great band . One of their bassists being Lee Pomeroy who at present is in the Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman line up of Yes.

Mick O’Dowd… Great afternoon as usual. Thanx Alan!

Jim Breeds… When’s the next one? We may even be living locally by then!

Alan Esdaile… Looks like being 15th December but will confirm in due course.

Wooden Lion plus Crazy Lizzard – Hastings Pier 24th January 1976

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flyer supplied by Mick Mepham and photos supplied by Clive Richardson. Last photo is of Crazy Lizzard.

Peter Fairless… I might have gone to that!

Alan Esdaile… This gig was one of Clive Richardson promotions.

Clive Richardson… Along with Kingdom Come, Wooden Lion had one of the first VCS3 Synthesizers.

Alan Essex… Interestingly (or not) despite living in the East London / Essex borders at the time I sold my VCS3 to a guy in Hastings. A nice chap he was and had seen us play several times at festivals and of course Hastings – unfortunately I’ve forgotten his name. I also sold him one of my Sound City 120 watt valve amps and a 4 x 12 speaker cab. I remember borrowing my dad’s new Mk 3 Cortina Estate to deliver it all to him.

Alan Esdaile… I think it was Clive Richardson.

Roy Weard… Love these pictures . There are so few of them from the original Wooden Lion – amazing stuff. That was such a fun band. Thank you for posting them.

Martin Richter… (Crazy Lizzard) – not *that* crazy – they should have turned it up to eleven !

Saskia Wesnigk-Wood… My little Ray Wood of sunshine..

That Legendary Wooden Lion… Tony’s name spelled wrongly and it was Johnny Lyons on bass guitar!

Steve Allen… I remember that.

 

What was your first car? Getting to gigs etc. asks Dave Nattress

Dave Nattress… Who recalls their first car? I got my first car in 1971, a 1958 Austin A35.  Many a great time in it for a year or so before graduating to a 1965 Ford Anglia.  I can’t even recall if the Austin had a radio?  But the angle-box did and I soon fitted a cassette player as well.  Who else recalls their first cars, what were they and lets have some stories about them.  Everyone piling in going to gigs, pubs in the back of beyond, racing back across the marsh from The Sundowners or Kings to get to Taffy’s.  Have to admit after many a heavy night in Hastings driving back along the sea-front to, Bexhill, couldn’t hear, PA and backline  on the pier too loud, could hardly see, fogged brain, one beer too many, could manage steering, someone else changing gears – well not quite but a few dodgy moments.  Way back when cars were pretty unreliable but you could change an engine in an afternoon and a set of spanners and then a socket-set would do most things.  The old Austin even had a starting handle – used it on occasions as well!  Later on I got a Ford Cortina Mk2, 1600E, highly rated back then, and the back seats would come out – the bit you sat on, and I could just get my PA bass-bins in.  One time, Robin Heggie’s (RIP), 2 x Simms-Watts 4 x 12 cabinets and amps went in not with the PA though.  Often drums and goodness knows what else.

Lynn Humphrey… Well, Dave, how strange–my first car was the same as your second–a Ford Anglia. Not only that, but it was also a 1965 model. It definitely didn’t have a radio, or not my model anyway. Mine was grey in colour (I wish I’d looked now to see if it had, “Nattress was here,” carved on the steering wheel.

Pauline Sims… My first car was a Triumph Herald, like this, probably around 1968 – it definitely did not have a radio but it was a lovely motor!

Chris Meachen… My first car was also an Austin a35, bought from Jerry down the pub for 50p.. I’d never driven before, but he showed me where it was (by the blue dolphin) gave me the keys & I taught myself to drive it on the way home up Croft Road…

Terry Corder… Ford thames van, 15cwt, blue, 3 speed, column change. Probably 1969/70. Not the van but the year I bought it.

Jane Dorsett… Remember it well, Dave.

Judith Monk… I had a Vauxall Victor Super in two tone grey and black. The license number was SRX 615. I adored that car, bench front seat that would squash four across, no seat belts, column gear stick and tons of chrome and class!

Mike Curtis… Triumph Herald in a mushroom colour. 7086 DU. So proud of it. Have more than 70 since, many of which would be worth a lot of money if I’d kept them?

Geoff Peckham… I remember it well, Mick. I used to ride on the back of your scooter prior to your getting the Triumph. It used to get a bit chilly. When you turned up with the car for the first time you were dressed in shirtsleeves – just because you could!

Jeff Belton… My brother in law had one, and when turned up he managed to to fit my mum, dad, sister and me , and himself,. A tight queeze, but we all got in . This was the first time we met him.

Chris Baker… I had one during my mid-life crisis! It had the original engine but was souped up so it could rev to 8000 rpm without melting and do 130 mph. Scared the shite out of me!

Colin Fox… Mini, which had the start button on the floor, a piece of rope to open the door and sliding windows.

Dave Nattress… Hi Lynn, mine was light Green with a White roof. Bought off Roy Sanderson – The Road and Lysander and other bands often mentioned on these pages!! So, definitely not yours old friend!! I think we’d lost contact by then by year or two – we left the Downs in what – 1969!!

Now, going back to my own question – first cars and gig travels etc. I suddenly recalled this. Who from the area recalls going to see Pink Floyd at Earls Court on the Dark Side tour -1973. Between Bexhill and Hastings we filled a big coach one evening 45 – 50 odd seater. Possibly a Renown from Bexhill. Can’t recall who organised it but it was a pukka do. Possibly the idea originated in the Castle, Bexhill, but undoubtedly it took in some of the haunts (pubs), of Hastings, maybe the Nelson/Anchor, to get the coach fully booked – coach and tickets and all. The driver was quite possibly the only one not, (at least slightly), off his head! Not condoning that sort of behaviour and all that!!

Graham Wilks… A 1955 Fiat 600 with suicide doors. Not easy to get a Vox AC30 onto the back seat!

Chris Baker… My first car was a mini which I bought from a Debenhams colleague for £50, I think. Apart from the door hinge breaking when my driving test examiner got in, which I think helped me pass, it was great! Got it from Sean.

Paul Huggett… Split screen Morris Minor, all throbbing 803cc of it, bugger-all brakes, and a fair bit of filler. But I loved it!

Neil Cartwright… Paul – ditto!

Simon Page… Austin A40

Mick O’Dowd… Mine was a Ford Consul with a bench seat in front and column change I bought for £75. Replaced it with a red Triumph Herald convertible. That’s where my hair went!

Wendy Weaver… My first car was an Isetta Bubblecar, 300cc I think. My fourth car was a green (same as above) A30 with a 35 engine. Great little car, I bought it in 1969 for £25. It had a smaller rear window than the A35.

 

Rockpile featuring Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe – Hastings Pier 11th June 1979.

Phil Gill… How did I miss this gig? I’m a huge fan. In a related story, Steve Demetri, Andy Caine and I arranged to meet up with Ray Fenwick in the Old Town one carnival night, 1980, maybe 1981…Ray turned up with his friend Billy, who turned out to be Billy Bremner from Rockpile, dressed in exactly the same clothes as he wore on the cover of the “Seconds of Pleasure” album, same red jacket, same shirt , everything . He was good company, but it was weirdly like my album sleeve had come to life and was wandering round the Stade.

Peter Fairless… Likewise, gutted to have missed it. Guess it was because it was a Monday night. ‘So It Goes’ is one of my all time Top 10. Well found, Alan. Obviously a warm up for that US tour

Chris Giles… Thanks AlanI knew I had seen Dave Edmunds …was doubting myself it was the pier though… Thank you for searching ….yay. It was loud … I stood LH stage where I always did, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t very crowded.

Jim Breeds… Wow! I’d just started working in London by then, so that’s why I didn’t go.

Dave Boutwood… It was very poorly attended, so I watched right by the stage, couldn’t hear properly for a week.

Graham Wilks… The great Terry Williams on drums.