Hastings Pier ad Jim Capaldi 22nd October 1977 – not a good week for spelling!

Beki Milton… Stanglers

Peter Fairless… They didn’t have spell check then, though!

Michael Wilson… I wonder ‘What ever Happened To’ the Stanglers

Jane Hartley… I’ve heard of Jim Capaldi but not Cabaldi!

Chris Jolly… Must be Gari baldi’s brother!

Andy Qunta…  I notice Pot Black managed to get his name spelt right!

Chris Jolly… More luck pot luck I would think!

Stuart Huggett… The Stanglers: almost as good as Siouxsie & The Bashees or The Damed.

Tich Turner’s Mish Mash Band, The Jukes, Liane Carroll & Roger Carey, The Goodfellas featuring Pete Prescott – 22nd October 1989

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supplied by Pete Prescott

Tich Turner… I’ve only just seen this poster. Pretty sure it wasn’t 1985. I was still in The Ya Yas then. I believe the MM Band started in 1989 and we played last night. Another year!

Alan Esdaile… Thanks for correction Tich. Have updated from 1985 as that was a Tuesday. 22nd Oct 1989 would have been a Sunday.

Ernest Ballard… Still good whatever year Tich ha ha. Perhapes getting confused in his later years ah ha ha ha

Liane Carroll… Yep. 1989 I think. Rog and I weren’t together till 1987. I will ask him asap. Happy new year!! Xxxx

Pete Prescott… I was in Switzerland in 84/85 and 86.this was 89 or 90.I’ll check it out when I get home. Can’t remember much about this gig. It would have been fun with that line up I imagine.

B & Q opened in Rye Road Hastings in 1978. Closed in 2014 and now an Aldi.

Fiona Evans… Very much missed !

Gerry Fortsch… Made life easy coming from Rye

Matt Thomas… I remember when it opened

Fred Marsh… My dad said it would never catch on, people doing their own decorating

Kev Towner… Remember it well. I used to live in Broadlands (off Rock Lane).

Edward Adams… It was an east kent bus garage before that and part of the tb sanitorium before that

Mick O’Dowd… I miss it but always use Aldi now.

Judith Monk… Used to play hunt the staff member at B&Q…

 

The Adverts 22nd Oct & The Clash 12th Nov 1977 – Hastings Pier

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supplied by  Peter Fairless Bands on Hastings Pier https://www.facebook.com/groups/196962362327/

The Adverts replaced Jim Capaldi who was originally booked…

Ken Copsey .…Remember the Voidoids walked off stage after their ‘bald’ lead guitarist was hit on the head by what looked like a full can of beer. Thank god that kind of age discrimination doesn’t  go on nowadays or none of us would dare set foot on stage again!

John Storer…..The Clash in 77 was one of the best gigs I ever saw at the Pier, even though I had to stand at the back because it was the first gig I’d taken the future Mrs Storer to (She was a Genesis / Yes / Pink Floyd fan). We’d only been going out a couple of weeks so I had to be on best behaviour. Knew it was going to be a great gig as soon as they launched into “London’s Burning. “Their debut still stands the test of time and is one of the few albums from that era I still listen to occasionally. But only in the car … Mrs S still hates punk!

Andrew Clifton…. link for review of gig.

http://jeke13.blogspot.co.uk/2006/11/clash.html?spref=fb

poster for sale in Belgium

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sourced from Stefaan Delarue. Punk Memorabilia For Sale or Trade Facebook page.

Clash ticket supplied by Lynn Gale

Lynn Gale… My hubby found , may be of interest.

Shaun Wright… I went to that Clash gig…..😎

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SMART coffee meet no.57 – Friday 22nd October 2021

Pleased to say the next coffee meet is on Friday 22nd October 2021.Hopefully you can make it and please mention it to other like minded people.Best regards 

Mick O’Dowd… Be there or be square!!!!!

Alan Esdaile… Not long now please mention it to other like minded people.

Mick O’Dowd… I’ll be there. That’ll probably put a lot of people off!

A rare photo of Skip Bifferty

Photo Credit: © Gered Mankowitz. shared from Colin Gibson

Johnny Turnbull… A rare photo of Skip Bifferty. L-R: Mickey Gallagher, Tommy Jackman, Graham Bell, Johnny Turnbull, Colin Gibson. Classic.  Photo Credit: Gered Mankowitz

Julian Deeprose… Two Blockheads on board

Alan Esdaile… Great hair.

Alan Pepper… Wow ! Nice unusual photo. Gallagher and Turnbull Oi Oi  ? Thought those names rang a bell !

Stuart Moir… Macky Gallagher and Graham Bell sporting permed hair, Danny Beckett of the band Candy Choir used to do the same caught him a few times with his rollers in place .

Chris Barrett… That naughty boy Colin Gibson seems to have a police whistle on his jumper as well as the peaked cap. Was he undercover?

Phil Gill… Undernourished I’d say.

Chris Barrett… Phil, naughty boy. I’d have said elegant and noble but balanced it with slightly furtive

Jacqueline Marsh… Their hairdo was as good as mine use to be back in the day lol

Toffs Night Club, Queens Road Hastings – Halloween party 31st October 1978

Barry Upton… How lovely. We used to go there a lot. Loved the place. Thanks for posting it

Earl Grey… Very interesting.

Mick Knights… Much preferred the place when it was the Astral. I think Toffs started life trying to be a bit exclusive as I remember one of the questions on the application form was what make of car you drove!!

Food Hall – Plummers (now Debenhams) Hastings 21st October 1965

who remembers the food hall in Plummers? Remember it well and the first taste of yogurt, which tasted disgusting!

Brigitte Lee… I remember it. In my mind it was under the stairs?

Alan Esdaile… Pretty sure it was in a step down at the back of the entrance floor.

Richard J Porter… My wife would go there with her mother. It was opposite her Father’s Greengrocers, Coopers.

Steve Martin… Worked there early 70’s. It was Debenhams by then. Bonita’s on a Friday night after being paid my wages for the week. £4.50 tops. Good times with the football team on a Sunday. Alan, Simon etc.

Coco Pops… Remember the Wine Shop???

SMART SOUNDS by Colin Bell reviewing White Plains: The Collection, 3CD Digipak

THE COLLECTION     White Plains  (3CD SET)

I have looked forward with great pleasure to this release for some time. At last, released this Friday is a comprehensive overview of one of the finest UK vocal harmony bands we ever produced.  Much has been written about White Plains over the years and much of it has been wrong, So let’s finally put the record straight..pun intended! In 1969 a group of session singers, hit songwriters and additional touring musicians were coming to the end of their successful run. This collective was The Flowerpot Men forever immortalised with their big hit of summer 1967 ‘Let’s Go To San Francisco’. Later that year, on 25th November to be exact,. they played a gig on Hastings Pier where i first met them. Their glorious harmonies were as good live as i had hoped, they were a class act. After ‘San Francisco’ they had more modest success with subsequent records and by 1969 with ‘flower power’ now passe the band had reached the end of it’s natural life. At this point the members consisted of man of many voices & hit records Tony Burrows, plus Pete Nelson, Robin Shaw, Ricky Wolff & additional touring musicians lead guitarist Robin Box & drummer Roger Hills. In March they released their final single ‘In A Moment Of Madness’ written by serial hitmakers Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway. Another great piece of work albeit commercially unsuccessful. By Autumn it was clear the band had reached the end of the road and on the 28th of October 1969 they entered the studio for the final time and recorded 3 tracks before finally disbanding. All their material had been released on Decca’s ‘progressive label’ imprint Deram. Head of A & R at Decca was Dick Rowe, the man forever remembered for being the guys who passed on signing The Beatles. However Dick was not slow when it came to spotting the worth of recordings under his nose. Having listened to those final 3 songs recorded by the now defunct Flowerpot Men he spotted hit potential. All 3 songs were Greenaway/Cook compositions and comprised ‘Today I Killed A Man’ ‘You’ve Got You’re Troubles’ (a previous hit for The Fortunes) and ‘My Baby Loves Lovin’. Loathe to sit on this potential hit material, at his instigation ‘My Baby Loves Lovin’ was released in January 1970 under the name of White Plains (named after the district in New York). By February the record was a Top 20 hit in both the UK & the USA.  So what in fact was the last recording made by the Flowerpot Men became the debut hit for White Plains. With a swiftly re-assembled group made up of past Flowerpot Men minus Ricky Wolff who had other commitments they appeared on Top Of The Pops with Roger Greenaway standing in for Ricky, together with Tony Burrows, Robin Shaw & Pete Nelson. Simultaneously Tony Burrows was enjoying hits as lead singer with Brotherhood Of Man & Edison Lighthouse, given this workload after promoting ‘My Baby Loves Lovin’ Tony quit. Ricky Wolff returned and together with Pete Nelson took the lead on all subsequent releases. Phew! I hope i have now made the history clear once and for all! And now to this splendid 3CD box set. Disc1 contains their self titled debut album which naturally includes ‘My Baby Loves Lovin’ and the follow up hit from April 1970 ‘I’ve Got You On My Mind’ nestling alongside some beautifully constructed songs including ‘When Tomorrow Comes Tomorrow; ‘Taffeta Rose’ ‘In A Moment Of Madness’ (incredible harmonies), ‘Sunny Honey Girl’ (a hit for Cliff Richard), the previously mentioned ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ & the exquisite ‘Summer Morning’, The disc contains 2 bonus tracks and one of them is what i consider to be one of their finest ever tracks in ‘Gonna Miss Her Mississippi’ which was the bands 7th single release and while it didn’t fare well at the time it still stands up today as an object lesson in how to produce a top rate vocal harmony track, and one that is damn catchy, why it didn’t do well with the record buying public is a mystery to me. Disc2 finally sees a full release on CD for the bands second album ‘When You Are A King’ which of course features the title track that was another hit for the band and a memorable one, a glorious confection in a strange time signature that is still played regularly on the radio. The other big hit contained here is ‘Julie Do You Love Me’ the bands cover version of American Bobby Sherman’s hit in the USA. Other standout tracks are ‘Home Lovin Man’ ( a hit for Andy Williams) ‘Julia Ann’ ‘Carolina’s Coming Home’ & I’ll Go Blind’, The 12 tracks of the album are augmented by 9 bonus tracks, including ‘Step Into A Dream’ familiar as the theme used in a Butlins TV commercial, also notable amongst the bonus tracks are ‘I Cant Stop’ & the poignant ‘Dad You Saved The World’. Disc3 scoops up 11 tracks, 3 making their first apperance on CD. The firsr 4 recorded under the name Crucible for a 1972 film ‘Extremes’. The following 4 are the aforementioned tracks making their debut on CD recorded under the name Zenith. The compilation comes to a close with 3 tracks from a mid 70’s different line-up of White Plains. Although Disc3 is fine and in rarity terms a gift to collectors and an interesting listen it will probably more likely appeal to die hard completists. The First 2CD’s are the real meat and for my money the essential listening. White Plains were an unpretentious pop band who made some of the best harmony pop ever recorded and i’ve long extolled their virtues to anybody that would listen! If you are into the genre and have never had a proper listen now at long last 7T’s Records have given you that opportunity, for which i am truly grateful. The packaging, accompanying booklet and the sound quality of the recordings are all first class as you would expect from this label. Enjoy.

for more information go to https://www.cherryred.co.uk
Til next time….stay safe…..Colin…..

Alan Esdaile… I’m always amazed by the amount of tracks Tony Burrows sang on and lots that he is not credited for.