UFO Records – Hastings Pier 1976


photo 1 supplied by Clive Richardson, photo 2 supplied by Eva Neuke

Alan Esdaile… This is a shop I ran with Clive and yes we did sell knickers! First time ever I have seen this photo. Anyone remember the shop? What intrigues me is the red poster below the window. This is for The Village Glen Fern Road Bournemouth. Seems very odd to advertise it on the pier unless a local band was on the bill?

Matt Thomas… Still selling knickers as well 🙂

Diane Knight… My dad had a shop on the pier then , you must have been the competition …which side were you on ???

Alan Esdaile… The right hand side Diane. Next to the bookies. What did your dad sell?

Diane Knight… Silly hats and all those necessary things …he also built the model railway on the other side…

Phil Gill… I remember it well.

Nastassja Kaschevsky… Remember it well, when I used to work on the pier. I was working in the Dome on the pier, that summer!

Mick O’Dowd… Yes remember this well Alan. If I remember correctly you specialised in prog rock.

Alan Esdaile… Sold mainly deletions and american overstocks which you could make a bit more money on. The only trouble being the American imports either had a hole punched through them, corner cut or a sticker on the sleeve showing that the import duty had been paid.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Still have a Yes LP Steve Demetris bought for me on one of our visits to the shop

Roger Carey – Burns ‘Sonic’ bass guitar Oct 1973

supplied by Roger Carey

Roger Carey… October 1973, with my left hand Burns ‘Sonic’ bass guitar, which I played upside down for several years.

Martin Richter… nice axe

Pete Fisher… great photo…Pueblo days!

Phil Gill… He was only ever allowed to practice in the garden, bless him.

Pete Fisher… one advantage of those curly leads we had back then…

Sarah Harvey… Too much playing guitar young man and never looking after the bloody garden by the looks of it!

Phil Gill… 20 years later, Rog was so used to outdoor practice, he found it difficult to adjust.

Iain Cobby… I had a red one (had it sprayed white at cave road motors). really well made, but try to put a set of Rotosound strings through the machines…………… no way.

Glenn Piper… I remember that bass

Alan King… I’ve never played guitar upside down ! I’ve played an upside down guitar though but………… (tumbleweed)…….

Liane Carroll… Beautiful x

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The Old Grey Whistle Test to return for one show – 23rd Feb 2018 BBC4. Who loved TOGWT?


Peter Thomson… Staying in that night!

Andy Qunta… One of the best music shows ever

Jim Breeds… Fantastic. Now we are all Old Greys!

Janet Rennie… Yes love seeing the old repeats in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep

Dennis Torrance… Good news looking forward to seeing the show

Alan Thynne… Fascinating origin of the phrase Old Grey Whistle Test on Google…

Dave Weeks… Who remembers it on the pier?

Alan Pepper… Sounds good ! Who would be your ideal act for the show ?

Tony Davis… This is great news. Always loved Whispering Bob a great presenter

Dave Nattress… The OGWT was an absolutely essential programme for myself and some old mates. Got the 4 DVD’s a long time ago. 2 in the first set in the Black cover, then 1 more each in the Brown and Green covers. I’ve also recorded the occasional BBC repeats on the hard drive. Very nostalgic and the original TV shows stimulated me to buy a lot of my old vinyl albums.

Clifford Rose… I’d like to see Alice Cooper on the show again.

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Did you like Worzel Gummidge or find it scary?

Thanks to Josie Lawson for suggesting this post.

Janine Anne Scott… Freaked

Roger Simmonds… Loved it still have DVDs!

Dawn Leaney… Loved it! ♡ xx

Terry Pack… I never saw it, so this is the first time I’ve heard the theme music, which sounds like some written for a sitcom 20 years earlier (something with Terry Scott in it). The drummer is trying to make it sound a bit more 80s, and is clearly on the wrong session.

Philip John… The English equivalent of the American clown in the Stephen King book & film IT, though didn’t they make a horror film called The Scarecrow?

Keith Cowper… Loved it saw the show in London have signed pics of the cast! Still show the dvds to my grandchildren

Lyn Humphrey… Loved the prog. And when a very young child, my Mum read me the novels. Magic.

Eddy Amoo of The Real Thing dies

photo: Hans Peters / Anefo 13 December 1972 http://www.gahetna.nl/collectie/afbeeldingen/fotocollectie/zoeken/weergave/detail/q/id/ac034e18-d0b4-102d-bcf8-003048976d84


Alan Esdaile… Sad news, saw them play many times, always put on a great show. R.I.P. Eddy Amoo

Janine Anne Scott… Our Butlins 70s weekend’s essentials. Gosh, what a loss.

Tony May… I must have known! I was only playing their anthology of songs yesterday… Such a shame that none of the group’s earliest recordings have ever been made available on CD. Grossly under-rated, The Real Thing are one of Britain’s finest soul/pop acts and I have wanted their early stuff for years… R.I.P. Eddie and thinking of you, Chris, Ray and all of Eddie’s family and friends… Its definitely, ‘Rainin’ Through My Sunshine’ today…

Janet Rennie… Sad , I loved them . Missed them at the white rock last year

Mick O’Dowd… Sad news indeed.