What did Hastings Pier sound like through the ages?


photo Alan Esdaile 6th September 2015


All Day and All of the Night – The Kinks
Not Fade Away – The Rolling Stones
Foxey Lady – Jimi Hendrix
Get It On – T.Rex
The Ballroom Blitz – Sweet
Pretty Vacant – Sex Pistols
Alison – Elvis Costello
Fire – The Prodigy
One Way – Levellers
Night Boat to Cairo – Madness
Kiss Them For Me – Siouxsie and the Banshees
Brown Paper Bag – Roni Size
Sugar Daddy – Secret Knowledge
The Rains of May – The Raveonettes
Red Right Hand – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Day Tripper – Jimi Hendrix

Allyson Breeds… It was fun 🙂 We made some suggestions about how it could be ‘improved’ including having different decades, to encourage repeat business.

Nigel Ford… Wot no BUDGIE!!…… they played there more times than all these surely?… and HAWKWIND, MOTORHEAD etc plus all the local bands that played multiple support/ headline gigs.

Andre Martin… I have to agree the listing was not really reflective of the acts that played the pier over the years, many decades were omitted.

Alan Esdaile…  I’m surprised he who can not be mentioned was missing and surely The Who should be included. Were you asked to contribute to this list Andre?

Andre Martin… The UofBton kept everything very much to themselves and from what I recall very little input. I think that it is not very reflective of the period and the acts that appeared.

Tony May… This looks like a pretty poor effort from people who have no real grasp of the subject matter to me. Fusion Orchestra, Medicine Head, Golden Earring and PINK FLOYD (Syd’s last ever gig!) all represent much more accurately the ‘aura’ the existing memories of the Pier ballroom have in the modern day.

Andre Martin… True, there are many arround from 60s onwards that have memories of the Ballroom and the music, because “they were there”

Tony Court-holmes… alan the young lady in that photo is my partner with her dad in 1960 Jill with her late father Ben


Alan Esdaile… That’s interesting Tony. I wonder where the photo came from and take it Jill has seen it before? Maybe it was one you submitted to the Pier archives?

Jim Breeds… It was an “experimental playlist” very much designed to test the concept and the technology rather than be a list that would appeal to all. They did ask those of us who went to the Silent Disco for our opinion. Which we gave them, as per Allyson’s earlier comment. The BBC must have been given the photo by somebody 🙂

Andre Martin… Could have been taken from the Official Pier Archive, at some point copyright etc would have required clearance.

Tony Court-holmes… Jill did give it to the archives still a laugh to see it again

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