High Mileage & Babylon – Hastings Pier 14th May 1977

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… Best remembered as the founding keyboardist with Mott the Hoople, Terence “Verden” Allen was born May 26, 1944 in South Wales. He was in a number of bands following departure from Mott, one of which was Cheeks who he formed in 1976. This was quickly followed by the formation of HIGH MILEAGE, which featured Martin Chambers on drums, Paul Oaldenall on bass, and guitarist Dave Tedstone. Tedstone was another Hereford local, who was well known to Verden through his stints with the Doc Thomas Group and Lee Starr and the Astrals. High Mileage soon gave way to Verden Allen’s Seven Inches, which also featured Martin Chambers. Curiously HIGH MILEAGE isn’t even mentioned in Allen’s biography and skips from ‘Cheeks’ straight to ‘Seven Inches’. So if you saw High Mileage on The Pier, you were capturing a very rare gig.I can’t remember seeing them at this gig on May 14th, 1977…..but probably did….does anybody else remember them?  Also….Babylon! Was this the prog rock group that was formed in 1976 by Rick Leonard, Rodney Best, Doroccas, J. David Boyko, and Gary Chambers (As far as I am aware no relation to Martin Chambers…or was he)? They released one album, 1978’s Babylon, before breaking up that same year.

John Storer…This was one I missed. Had been to see The Vibrators the previous Saturday, and had spent shedloads of money on Thursday 12th May at Ye Olde Pump House celebrating Eric Cawthraw’s 25th, Mick Hurton’s 22nd and my 21st birthdays. It had been a night full of Thunderstorms (Mr Cawthraw will know exactly what I mean). So skipped this one as the following week, The Damned and The Adverts were playing and pay day was still two weeks away!

Mick O’Dowd… Good find Sarah. I’m not familiar with either band either.

Sarah Harvey… As for Babylon…they seem like a band who would appear on the pier but they were formed in Florida, so not sure…. but they were the only Babylon around at that time and all the dates seem to coincide with their short existence.

Eric Cawthraw…  just seen John Storer’s remark on ‘Thunderstorms’: a vicious little cocktail that slides down your neck so easy that you’ve had too many before you know it. After-effects ? – I hear you say…..well, the name is appropriate – it’s like having you head inside a car-crusher…only worse. Garry Peters and Mick Watson introduced the recipe to a bar in Florida – the barman got blitzed, but no surprise there!  It’s a bit like o/d-ing on orange juice: Take a small bottle of orange juice add a measure of Canadian Club and another of Cointreau a dash of soda water and ice – bingo, imbibe and hold on to your hat! Vince Bristow came in to the Pump House one evening and shouted ‘my round!’ – I think there were 9 of us along the bar, all on Thunderstorms having large ones in pint glasses and Vince paid up! It was another 3 weeks before Vince had to buy another beer as we bought him ales in turn. Then there were those evenings on the Green Chartreuse….how are we still alive!!!

Phil John… Saw him last year at The O2 when the original Mott the Hoople reformed for a short tour. They played to an audience of 9000 people. Not bad going for a band that had played only 3 gigs since 1975.

Pete Houghton… I saw High Mileage on the pier the line up was Verden Allen ,Martin Chambers , Paul Oaldpenall And Someone Called David S I can’t read his autograph as they signed a sheet of paper for me.

supplied by Pete Houghton

Dave Tedstone… hello Sarah, i’m Dave Tedstone. yes we did the pier gig ,77. Sorry , absolutly terrible set. , signed as Dave Stone, to avoid ID.

Oldies Unlimited

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Anyone remember the firm Oldies Unlimited? We used to give out these catalogues in the shop. Interestingly the owner Antony Lewis lived in St Leonards before he set up Oldies in Telford. I used to buy Led Zeppelin USA import singles from him to sell in Stylus.

Redstar Richter… yeah!!

Nick Prince… Yes. Ive still got a credit note from them somewhere.

Darren Holmes… Being young Mods in late 70s/ early 80s it was like our bible trying to get hold of certain sounds! I use to biy loads from your shop!!! Lol

Karen Sweatman Was Blackman… Ordered lots from them

Matt Thomas… Spent a big chunk of my wages on them lol

Nigel Ford… Yes I still have a catalogue somewhere. I bought a number of ex-juke-box 7″ singles though from ads in Disc & Music Echo in the mid 60′s with the plastic inserts in place of the original centres, sometimes receiving 2nd choice items as what I really wanted had sold out.

Mike Vawdrey… I used to buy from them in the early 1990 s but they dropped me off the mailing list when they relocated – to Wolverhampton I think. Some good bargains especially vinyl at a time when it was going out of fashion(no more of course). There is still an Oldies Unlimited Shop in Wolverhampton ….

Carol Healy… I have a catalogue sales no 2, when does this date too?

Alan Esdaile… Sorry don’t know the date Carol.

Tony Ham… I remember Oldies Unlimited, also remember Adrian’s, who I have just Googled and found they’re still going.

Barbara Foulkes… Brilliant company, I bought loads of singles from them

 

 

David Essex – White Rock Pavilion 19th November 1974

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Alan Esdaile… Shows how popular David Essex was, as his film was on at The Classic and The Curzon at the same time

Peter Fairless… Rock On!

Leigh Weiland-Boys… Saw him then & he stayed at The Queen Vic, where my friend was a receptionist, she worked that night so he gave her two free tickets to see him at the Brighton Dome & she took me! Double whammy!

Brigitte Lee… Where were the Penguin and The Orion?

Alan Esdaile… The Orion Cinema was next to the Old W H Smith (just down from the old main Post Office. The Penguin was where Dennies Club was, opposite Priory Street car park.

Chris Meachen… I was taking pictures for The Observer at that gig, along with the lovely Jennie Tocock who was attempting without much success, to get an interview with him..

Leigh Weiland-Boys… My Mum worked at the Observer at the time and got hold of a couple of photos from that night for me – I am not sure whether I still have them (moved a few times since 1974!!) but will have a look.

Jennie Tocock… He was a bit of a jerk if I remember rightly, Chris! We got so many great interviews with tons of the bands in those days … but dear old David was a bit too special to give us 5 minutes!

Alan Esdaile… Oh what a circus that must have been Jennie.

Lesley Bowles… My friend’s Mum worked in the White Rock box office and got me front row tickets, seat A20, I’ll always remember it – and so had the WR advertising poster on my wall for YEARS!!! Happy days!

Martin Curcher… I remember going to White Rock with my Mum, Aunt and Brother to see him perform, I was only 9, and it was loud. His hit song at that time was: Gonna make you a star.

Lesley Bowles… I was front row, 15 years old and cried through the whole thing – how I loved him