Hutch Hutchings – Feels Like Rain LP – 1977

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Jan Warren… sorting through my records I came across this album Tony Qunta played several instruments, can anyone enlighten me??

Ernest Ballard… That was Charlie Hutchinson. Guitarist songwriter. He was married to the sister of Tony Brooks wife Tony ran Dragon Studios in Hastings. Tragically Hutch was killed in a a car crash in Hastings shortly after the album was recorded. He was a lovely guy. Steve D and Min have sadly passed away too X

Jan Warren… I also remember “Min”, he was a musician who lived in Hastings Old Town in the early 70s, he was lovely, sweet hippy – our friend.

Ernest Ballard… He played sax. Yes a great character.

Phil Gill… Well, I’m on it. What sort of info would you like?

Tony May… This is a very emotive subject for me as ‘Feels Like Rain’ is probably the record I remember most from my days at Stylus Records in Castle St. We had quite a few copies in stock and I always remember Nelson De Souza ( the boss) telling me he had taken them on ‘sale or return’ but that the artist had subsequently died and he could not do anything about returning those we had not sold. Sadly, I have never heard the album. If any of you here can remember anything more about Hutch or the recording of this record I would love to hear it. Thanks Jan for posting this!

John Williams… Min played in our band PLC yes he was nice.

Pete Prescott… I had a copy of the album but lent it to someone years ago and never had it returned. Min was a lovely guy, his funeral was unforgettable. So many amazing stories. Hilarious in places. He took a photo of me staggering along the sea front on the half marathon. Then when he saw me out months later he ran home to get it. I still have it with his inscription on the back.
The album was worth some money abroad at one time I believe. There are some good local legends in it. Now ! Who did I lend it to?

Roland Clarke… Min was a great character, always stopped to have a chat if I saw him in the street. I knew Charlie back in the day. He used to hang around the studio from time to time. He wrote and did this album before he was 25. I remember him giving me a copy on lp, however, I unfortunately lost my copy in a flat move. Charlie was about 6 years older than me but was tragically killed as a passenger in a car accident returning from a pool match. He was sitting in the back but the car hit a tree driving down London road in St Leonard’s, he was only 25 I believe.

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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!

Static Emotion – 1969

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supplied by Chris Sambrook

Featuring Chris Sambrook, Tony Qunta, Andy Qunta & Dave Austin.

Andy Qunta….Wow! Never expected to see this fab card again! Thanks, Chris Sambrook!  Well, I know we played the Gun song, “Head in the Clouds”, because I remember Lol Cooksey saying that was one of the main reasons he wanted to have a band with Tone & myself – just so he could play that song! Hopefully that wasn’t the only reason! Probably not, because Factory lasted over 6 years! Chris Sambrook seems to have a very good memory, Maybe he remembers more songs than I could! Hope so!

Chris Sambrook….Hi Andy. Head in the Clouds was and still is a great track. Besides Head in the  Clouds I believe our set list at that time included Nights in White Satin,Crossroads, Communication Breakdown. I’m sure we also played a song from Tons of Sobs, can’t remember which track now, its all a bit hazy. Static Emotion was the first band I played in and probably a bit out of my depth [no change there then] but it was  great experience.

Andy Qunta….. Thanks for adding to the Static Emotion setlist! I do remember playing those songs now! I think the song from Free’s Tons Of Sobs could be either Walk In My Shadow or The Hunter perhaps! Great fun playing all that stuff with you Chris!

Here’s The Gun track they were talking about…..

Martyn Baker… Love the 4 digit phone number. Everyone in Hastings must have known almost everyone who owned a phone in those days!

Andy Qunta… There must surely be photos of the band somewhere, but I don’t know where!

Factory – Mallet Hall Bexhill (early rehearsals) 1970

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‘Jaffa’ (Geoff Peckham) Bass, Lol Cooksey Drums, Andy Qunta Lead Vocals 12 String Guitar, Tony Qunta Lead Guitar.

Yvonne Cleland… Lovely x Bexhill’s produced its fair share of musicians!

Phil Gill… Nice to see a pic of Tony Qunta playing the WEM Sapphire. You sold that guitar to me about a year later Tone, remember?

Geoff Peckham… Can anyone identity the bass I’m playing? I don’t remember it.

Phil Gill… Is it a Vox of some sort Geoff? I’m more concerned that you’re apparently possessed by demons in the first pic.

Geoff Peckham… That’s right – I think it is a Vox. Yes that’s a strange picture isn’t it. I sent it to Andy as a Halloween card! I blame it on Lol. He still has the power…..

Andy Qunta… Yes, Lol has always had the power!  I don’t remember that bass at all, Jaffa! I thought you always had a Fender Mustang! Don’t remember Tone’s WEM Sapphire either! I remember what I had for breakfast today though, so no need to worry yet!

Geoff Peckham… Yes, Andy. And I still have the Fender Mustang – always a pleasure to play but the pick-ups are shot so hardly any volume. Does anyone out there know of any way I can replace or repair them without spoiling the guitar? I think I had an Antoria bass at some stage, before buying the Mustang

Tony Qunta…. Phil, thanks for reminding me re selling the WEM guitar to you – I had completely forgotten about that! I’m pretty sure that was Andy’s originally. (photo no 4) My Miles Davis pose! 🙂

Phil Gill… It was a great guitar. I liked it a lot, but eventually traded it for this:

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Steve Kinch… great to see these old shots

Mick Mepham… You can get the pickups rewound I believe, as long as they aren’t hermetically sealed …..Also, the bass looks a bit like a Danelectro (maybe)

Phil Gill… Try my pal James Collins at http://www.jamescollinsguitars.com/ I think he’s in Mayfield. Or if you fancy a pick up expert and are prepared to post to USA, I highly recommend Curtis Novak. He made me a great set of Strat pickups: http://curtisnovak.com/pickups_bass.shtml

Mick Mepham… Jaffa, are you actually the devil in disguise? Those eyes …..

 

Factory – Tony & Laurie – Battle 1975

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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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supplied by Factory Facebook Page

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.

 

Andy Qunta in Hastings Sunday 22nd March 2015 to meet old friends.

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Andy Qunta in Hastings on Sunday at the Jenny Lind and would love to meet up with old friends. Tony Qunta says…. just to let you know I am coming to Hastings with Andy this Sunday(22nd March)! We are going to the Jenny Lind around 2.30. anyone who would like to see Andy before he goes back to the US can meet us. Cheers, Tony.

Mick Mepham… See you there Andy. 🙂

Phil Gill… I’ve actually met him before, a couple of times. Seems like a nice bloke, so he’ll probably remember me.

Yvonne Cleland…I’ll be so sorry to miss you, Andy, but I’m unable to get to the Jenny on Sunday. Hope you all have a great time xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Phil Thornton… I  would love to be there and say Hi but sadly I’m not able to be out and about yet ! – should be OK when you come back over to gig !!!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Hope the Jenny Lind has been pre-warned & ordered an extra barrel! Have a great catch-up

Alan Esdaile… Just come back from an enjoyable afternoon at the Jenny Lind and great to see Andy Qunta after all these years. Catching up with old friends and new ones and with Titus playing what more could you ask for.

Andy Qunta… Had a great time! What great people! Thanks for coming down!

Mick Mepham… What a table of talent!  Great to see you all and roll on the reunion!!!! Cheers all.

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