Breaking Glass – Classic Cinema Hastings – September 1980

who remembers seeing Breaking Glass at The Classic Hastings?

Tim Brooder… My mum and dad went to the first screening, mum worked for a research company that screened the movies and payed you a quid

Tony Ham… I saw Hazel at The Oasis Club in Rye in 1980 and got my copy of Breaking Glass signed.

Derek Clemans… I saw it at the cinema first time round and I thoughjt it was superb. I watched it again a couple of years ago. I was obviously easily pleased back then.

Barry Upton… Love it

 

Monsters of Glam Rock Sweet and Mud – tour programme – White Rock Theatre Hastings 1990’s

Supplied by Colin Bell

Anyone remember this, or the year? Colin thinks The Glitter Band were also on the bill.

Matt Thomas… 91 or 92 I was in the Yelton sitting next to Les Gray.

Ian Mantell… it was just Sweet and Mud, Brian Connolly was in a bad way but his voice was still strong. A clue to the date is the use of the expression “Brian Connolly’s Sweet” he and Andy Scott had been in dispute over the name and so agreed to identify which band was playing in the early 90’s

Karen Sweatman… I was there dancing like a prat! Think it was around 91. You might be interested to know around 1990 I saw a band at The Crypt called The Wandering Crutchless with two ex members of Sweet in. They were brilliant

Jan Warren… Sweet are playing at The dlwp, Bexhill on The 21st December!

Ralph Town… I think the story of Sweet Mk1 is one of the saddest in music.

Damaris – National band competition Brighton 1970’s

Supplied by Nick Webb

Phil Gill… That would be before July 1976, when Iain Cobby sold me the Fender Precision Bass he’s playing .  I would guess it’s 1975, or pre-July 1976 at the latest. I still have that bass, I used it on all the Stallion recordings, some tunes on Hutch Hutchins’ album and the Jo-Jo Laine single, “When the Boy’s Happy”.

Dave Nattress… Brilliant, Iain on the Precision as you say Phil, Tony Barraclough on Gibson SG, Mick Kemp – drums, Paul Durrant on keyboards and Paul’s girlfriend Ruth on vocals. Yes, Iain bought a Rickenbcker 4001? Soon after, Paul got a mini- mood – may have had it in this shot. I then joined on vocals and we had another shot the year Stallion smashed it and won and very deservedly.  Nice one Nick, I remember you very well from 40+ years ago. Frightening!!

Dave Nattress…OK so are these shots actually from the Brighton Band competition which I didn’t go to and the MM National band competition which Stallion won in 1976. Damaris appeared in 1975 I think then I was with them in 1976. The backdrops are different, and Paul’s keyboard stands are different- also some of the clothes. I remember the glass wall/glazing behind the stage at Sussex Uni. Great for acoustics! If you were rich back then it meant u could afford 2 pairs of Lionel’s. Huckells for pukka gear or Loon Pants from Ken. market or ads in music papers.

Alan Esdaile… Can you help Iain?

Iain Cobby… Oh, what memories, thanks Nick. The lower shots were of the Brighton heat that Stallion eventually won in that long hot summer. We all piled into Richard Ive’s dads american estate and drove up to support them at the Roundhouse final. I remember going to work the next day and sleeping it off in Alexander Park. Glad your looking after the old P Bass Phil, sold because I had to pay back my dad the £300 I borrowed to buy the Ric 4001 (sadly sold too) I also used at that gig. The other 2 shots of Tony Barraclough and Paul Durrant were taken later, I think as Paul had that white stand built for his Elka Rhapsody and Korg synth so it looked like a Mellotron 400 . That would be when Dave replaced Ruth on lead vox. however I could be wrong……. thanks for that Nick, lost all my photos 20 years ago and sorry I didn’t make the SMART meeting.

Dave Nattress… Iain, we must meet up at SMART – anyway I must get there.  That would help.  So often I’ve wanted/intended to get there but failed – work and other stuff. I have some photos of Damaris on one pier gig – the one supporting Supercharge  I think, and must show you them and get them copied.  I may have the negs. How I got them I don’t know. There’s also a few of the MM Rock Contest at Sussex Uni. – which I think was the one the year after the one you did with Ruth. I’m thinking Rich or Nick took the snaps on the pier