Pete Plastic & the Chuck-ups!/Captain Dogmeat and his Pedigree Chums

Steve Kinch supplied by Steve Kinch

Tony Court-holmes… does anybody remember Andy Strictland at art school in the 70s. I seem to remember a band called paul chain and the toilit rolls, again it could have been the beer

Phil Gill… I remember Andy Strickland – I was at Hastings College with him 72-75. The only bands I remember Andy in were “Pete Plastic And the Chuck-Ups” and “Doctor Dogsmeat and his Pedigree Chums”. Andy was on bass,  Graham How on drums and Steve Kinch on guitar – until Steve left and I took over the guitar slot. Can’t remember if I was a Chuck-Up, a Chum or both, it was a while ago. But it was a seminal punk/garage band ahead of its time. Here’s one song we could actually play..

Steve Kinch… Ha ha! Pete Plastic & the Chuck-ups! We were certainly ahead of our time, by at least… ooh, 5 minutes 😉Actually, they were great days and a lot of fun. I only remember doing 3 gigs, but things were very hazy back then, so could’ve been more.

Graham How… And didn’t we then we change our name to Captain Dogmeat and his Pedigree Chums… just for protection!?

Steve Kinch… I believe that this was either our first or second gig, at Hastings College. Spot the lovely Karen, the future Mrs How

Graham How… I recall having loads of trouble with the amps?

Steve Kinch… I recall having loads of trouble with my make-up

Robert Searle…Played the Battle Abbey pub, upstairs, used to be packed out. Wouldn’t pass the safety regulations today.

Simon Lokes… Is that the Andy Strickland the former music writer?

Glenn Piper… I remember Andy very well

Tony Court-holmes… good mate of mine

Angela Frances Gardner… I remember him as well , he was very tall with black curly hair.

Yvonne Cleland… I remember Andy very well.

Elizabeth Turner… Yes I do


Transistorised Record Player – Currys 1962

Anyone have one of these? I remember one of my friends did and had Bob & Earl Harlem Shuffle, as one of his first records.

Ron Prosser… We used to make them at Alba. Radio and TV Ltd

Sandy Max… I was given one of these by my godmother. I remember taking it to school with some records at the end of my years at grammar school, just for some of the others to steal some of my records.

Dave Nattress… First record player – must have been about 1963 because I was buying new Parlophone Beatles singles – Black labels and Green paper covers from a shop in St Leonard’s Road, Bexhill (think it was). Also some Hollies singles – was it same label? Freddie and the Dreamers. Also other Mersey sound bands. Had to fight to keep my Mum from playing Gracie Fields 78’s on it!


‘Group Scene’ talking about John Martyn’s forthcoming gig at The Carlisle 9th January 1976 and review.

supplied by Sarah Harvey

Alan Esdaile… Remember going to this one.

Tony Court-holmes… he used to play and drink in the Nelson, i used to serve when i was behind the bar back in the 70s

Chris Sambrook… From what i can remember, John Martyn became very annoyed with people talking during his performance.,quite rightly so. Did Pendragon play support.? or did they play another night.

Paul Sleet… I remember going to the Nelson one night when he had just come back off a tour with his wife Beverley, and they did a free gig. The place was packed.

Yvonne Cleland… Yes, I was at that one, Paul. Stood at the bottom of the stairs!

Hans van den Berk… The concert must have taken place in the first week of January 1976. Does anyone have a more specific date? Either of the concert or the publishing date of the article (and the name of the paper). Greetings,

Alan Esdaile… The Hastings and St Leonards Observer but not sure of the correct date. Perhaps Sarah knows.

Phil Gill… I was there, great gig. He had Stallion’s PA – Digger, and Dave the Plank sorted that and did his sound. JM’s best put down of the night was aimed at a woman constantly talking loudly in the audience, and I quote: “Look, I’ve got a 2000 watt PA here and I still can’t hear myself for you talking, so shut up. If my wallet was as big as your mouth, I’d be the richest c*** in Hastings.” Only with more swearing involved…

Sarah Harvey… The article appeared in The Observer on January 3rd, 1976.

Hans van den Berk… Amazing, that means another new concert date.. One of the last shows in the UK before the sabbatical, me thinks. Still wondering if Beverley and Danny Thompson were actually present that night.

Alan Esdaile… I’m pretty sure Beverley was but don’t know about Danny Thompson.

Ken Copsey…  I was 13 and this was the first proper gig I attended. God knows how I got in. Pretty certain that neither Beverly or Danny Thompson played. I thought this was a warm up for an American tour. I think he played only electric. Gibson SG and a lot of extended improvisation through the Echoplex. Did he play more than once at the Carlisle in the 70’s?