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

Snafu plus Krazy Kat – Hastings Pier 28th Feb 1976

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Terry Pack…  I would have been a member of The Hollywood Killers in Feb 76, but have no recollection of this gig (as usual; maybe I had a double for 20 years?).

Ralph Town… Terry,was Ashley Pepper in the band in Feb 76?? Coz if he was,I would have been his “roadie” at that time and I cant remember that gig either smile emoticon

Terry Pack… Yep, Ralph, Ashley Pepper was in the band then. Maybe we ALL had doppelgängers!

Alan Esdaile… Found another cutting (see above) This might be the reason you don’t remember this gig. Possibly Hollywood Killers did not support in the end and replaced by Krazy Kat?

Dave Nattress… I don’t remember this gig or gigs but saw Krazy Kat supporting the wonderful Be Bop Deluxe at Eastbourne Congress in 1976 and they were really good. I’ve got 2 vinyl albums of Krazy Kat which likewise are good. Snafu were gigging a lot in this period and I have a CD of theirs – a sort of best of I think. Need to check out personnel and tracks when I get a bit of time later today.

Jim Penfold… My sister promoted this gig (Rollerball Productions) and we were billed to support (Hollywood Killers) but for some reason we didn’t!

Gerry Fortsch… I was there.

Skip Bifferty – Hastings Pier 24th February 1968

supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey…  Skip Bifferty on the Pier (February 24th, 1968). A psychedelic band formed in early 1966. Band members were…Graham Bell: vocals – Mick Gallagher: Keyboards – Colin Gibson: bass – John Turnbull: guitar, vocals – Tommy Jackman: drums. Following their demise in 1971 , together with , Bell, Turnbull and Gallagher, formed Bell & Arc. Bassist Colin Gibson went on to work with Ginger Baker, Bert Jansch, Alvin Lee and Van Morrison. John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher reappeared in 1977 in The Blockheads, backing Ian Dury; in 1979 Gallagher played and recorded with The Clash and The Only Ones.

Mick Mepham… Blimey! Haven’t heard On Love since we played it in Die Laughing. Great song!

Terry Huggins… They were also known as ‘Heavy Jelly’ and had a song called ‘I keep singing that same old song’ on the ‘Nice enough to eat’ sampler. Can’t recall what the story behind this was, but apparently there were several bands using the ‘Heavy Jelly’ name.

Phil Thornton… that was a great song !! written by Colin Gibson !! When we had a revival of Stallion recently we had planned to play a new version of ‘I keep singing that same old song’ as an encore !!

Terry Huggins… One of the best piano riffs ever.

Kev Towner… Now that would’ve been cool Phil!! I had no idea Colin wrote it – I think I’ve got a copy somewhere.

Sarah Harvey… Heavy Jelly…… Skip Bifferty had been clandestinely recording a new single “I Keep Singing That Same Old Song” with Paul Nicholls replacing Tommy Jackman on drums and with producer Guy Stevens at the helm. Writers of the London magazine ‘Time Out’ had written a review of a fictitious band with the name of Heavy Jelly as a spoof and a number of bands contemplated using the name. Skip Bifferty managed to be first out and the Heavy Jelly single was released on Island. For a while it was rumoured to be Spooky Tooth moonlighting, but journalist Chris Welsh almost disclosed the true identity of the group when his review punned “this one really skips and biffs along”. The single didn’t sell in the UK but did well in Europe.

Mick O’Dowd… Only just recently caught up with listening to this group. Most impressed especially their version of I Am The Walrus. Good band.

Wendy Wells… I have their autographs somewhere, I got from this gig, I’ll try and look them out lol!

Steve Cooke… … and of course Colin Gibson has lived locally for many years, forming Buick 6 with Roger Hubbard and Liam Genockey as well as numerous other musical and artistic achievements.

Gavin Martin… Good band!

Carol Ann Bolton… Excellent.

Tommy Quickly and The Remo Four plus Pagans Hastings Pier 27th Feb 1965


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Andre Palfrey-martin collection 

Alan Esdaile… Has anyone heard his version of The Wild Side Of Life (you will find it on You Tube). Rather different to the Status Quo version!

Peter Fairless… Not that different, if you play it at 78rpm, or Quo at 33rpm, Alan!

What’s your earliest memories of children’s television programmes and what ones did you like?

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Yvonne Cleland… I like the Telegoons!

Andy Qunta… especially Bill & Ben! Flobalob!

Mark Praid… Bill and Ben every Wednesday at Nursery School with a Yoyo Mint Chocolate Biscuit and a glass of milk….Before the Pubs opened

Pauline Richards… Woodentops

Eric Harmer…  Does anyone remember FOUR FEATHER FALLS ?

John Sperni… Woodentops

Gaynor Lewry… Loved them all

Wendy Belton… Woodentops and Bill and Ben but also liked Tales of the Riverbank. Does anyone remember ones called Picture Book and Torchy the Battery Boy. Must have been very early 60s. My favourites were Camberwick Green and Trumpton. I particularly liked Windy Miller who lived in the windmill …Collies Mill I think it was called.

Mike Guy… My wife & I were chatting about Twizzle yesterday!

Jane Hartley… Tales from the riverbank

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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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