Gong – Hastings Pier 9th May 1974

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ad supplied by Sarah Harvey, paper plate frisbee supplied by Mick Mepham

autograph poster from the gig supplied by Peter Houghton

photos supplied by Clive Richardson

Gary Kinch….Wet Cheese Delirium

Clive Richardson...I remember Daevid Allen had a fishing rod and cast something into the audience.

Mick Mepham.…It was Daevid Allen with the rod and it was a little rubber fish on the end of the line. He cast it out, reeled it in and said “hmmm not biting today”. It utterly freaked loads of people out hahaha. Great gig.

Phil Thornton…..the UV flying UFO’s over the audience was the most memorable moment for me, along with the splendid ‘gliss’ guitar orchestra bliss out soundtrack ! I also loved steve hillage’s home made leslie cab device made from an old record deck and a big wedge of expanded polystyrene

Mick Mepham…..I’ve still got one of the paper plates that they frisbeed out into the audience …. see above

Perri Ann Haste…..Steve Hillage! – I still have one of his Vinyl albums in the loft somewhere… Think one of the tracks is called ‘ All too much ‘

James Turner…I was just sorting out my old albums,I got this on the pier in the 70’s

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Mick Mepham… I do that one at Beatles Day Perri Ann Haste. Good innit?

Tony Court-holmes… I i am now going to trawl through my mind for another odd band that played there.

Tony Ham… I’ve got the Flying Teapot album.

Pete Fisher… Saw Steve Hillage in 1976…

Jeremy Harrison… Anyone else buy Camembert Electrique for 99p? Worth a few Bob these days in good condition……

Mike Curtis… my copy has Gong on one side and Side 1 of Tubular Bells on the other

John Mcewen… 79p for mine, I think I got it in Woolworths.

Ben Taylor… No way, did they have Allan Holdsworth at that point?

Jeffrey Beadle… I think it’s Steve Hilage?

John Coleman… I Was there!

Stuart Moir… Look at those trousers, his mum probably ran them up on her singer sewing machine

Dave Nattress… Didn’t see Gong – I have got “L” by Steve Hillage in vinyl – must play it later, must be years since I did, but Tony Court-Holmes commented about trawling his mind for another odd band. I reckon the oddest band I saw at the pier was Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come – I just have an image of them now, seemed like weird stuff both the music and it was somewhat theatrical.

James Turner… I got the album somewhere.

Pete Houghton… I remember those days. Still got mine

Pippa Barber… Wow ! Great pics

Who remembers Pinball Machines?

David Miller… Tommy does….

Roy Penfold… Plays by sense of smell! I remember there used to be a row of four or five on the pier amusements at one point.

Mick Knights… There were several in the games room at The Pam Dor, Eric banned me for playing one of them as my name wasn’t in the members book. Not bitter or anything!!!

Phil Little… Are there any left in Hastings now ? There used to be loads of them on the Pier.

Mick O’Dowd… Met my first wife in the games room of The Pam-Dor coffee bar. I was playing the pinball machine I thing was called “Buckaroo”.

Jim Breeds… TILT.

Alan Esdaile… Love them, remember playing the ones in The Pam Dor, Black Cat, the club at the top of the stairs above The Fiesta (can’t remember the name), The Pier, Olympia amusements George Street, come to mind.

Steve Cooke… I am a reformed pinball addict. Oh… TILT!

Paul Huggett… None in Hastings now (apart from three a mate of mine is restoring 👍) but if you’re ever in Minehead, Somerset, there’s a room full of them in an arcade near the WSR steam railway station….

Nigel Ford… There was one in the Kings Head, Battle, late 60’s- 70’s that got changed at least once over the years. A friend of mine sat on it and broke the glass – very expensive! Another in the Abbey Hotel too, I think.

Dave Nattress… There were many pin-ball machines for budding wizards in the amusements in Bexhill – the place is still there and open but I haven’t been in for years. Must look next time I’m down that way. This place and outside on the steps was a major hang-out in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Juke box always on and Fortes coffee bar across the road and the Cont a little further along.

Pete Prescott… Roger Carey and I play this song ! Love it !

Tim Anderson… He’s an actor and producer now.

Paul Huggett… Still do, when I can find one. There’s a large arcade in Minehead, Somerset, that has quite a few modern ones – very rare now. I have a PC game called Pinball Arcade which I love, features very accurate representations of old and new real life machines; I played the real thing at Minehead on holiday a couple of years ago and it was spot on! There’s an old one in the Piper in Norman Road, wasn’t on when I went in there recently. The song BTW, always thought it was good, and he’s not a bad actor either.

Jan Warren… Yeah, I love that song too!!

Paul Crimin… A songwriters song.

Richard J Porter… We know a chap in Australia that builds arcade style machines that contain every arcade game known to man since they began including electronic pin ball games.

Tim Moose Bruce… I remember the ones on Hastings pier in the 70s. Loud, with air horns.

Clive Garrard… I loved this song reminds me of sitting my o levels in 1974

Jane Hartley… I have that single!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… That’s bizarre…. I downloaded this Brian Protheroe track just the other week! Loved it then love it now!

Judie Struys… I loved the one in the Lido. I perfected the art of nudging it with my hip just enough to steer the ball without it tilting.

 

Rye and the Quarter Boys – anyone remember?

Clive Richardson asks… does anyone remember Rye and the Quarter Boys? A great rock jazz group with brass section from the 1970’s?

Steve Boyce… I was the guitarist from 1981-1982. I appeared on the single “Fantasy / Private number”. I still have my copy (no, it’s not for sale). We weren’t so much jazz as soul, very much in the Stax mould.

Graham Bates… … and I was the drummer! If anyone has any live recordings, please let me know.

Kevin Williams… …..and that’s me singing. The production is very much of it’s time but I still love it’s ‘live’ sound.

Dave Nattress… Rye and the Quarterboys!! Just back-tracking a bit and found your single – Private Number. Now I thought the original was great – I still do, but yours is just wonderful – better. Love it. Won’t be the last time I play it.

Kevin Sheppard… In reply to Kevin Williams. Is that Kev who worked at the London hospital? I went to a few of your gigs at the college hall and the place down the canning town flyover long gone now

Karen Mc Kernan… I just found a copy of this belonging to my dad !

Mike Tomlin… ………… and I played keyboards. In the band from start to finish!

Vivien Mead… I remember watching you in the green rooms Bristol. Great band

Gareth Ward… Very disparaging towards the Q-Tips after a gig at QMC I recall

Gregory Brown… I played Saxophone in this band. (in reply to Kevin Sheppard) Yes Kevin worked at the London Hospital.