Siouxsie & The Banshees – Hastings Pier 20th October 1978

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poster 1 supplied by Mick Mepham & poster 2 supplied Mick O’Dowd

‘Human League’ didn’t play nor did Nico.

Pete Fairless….No, they did not. Support was from the Gang Of Four.

Mick Mepham….Gang of Four were excellent as were Siouxsie and the Banshees, can’t remember Spizz Oil. If I remember rightly, the singer wore a bin liner and by the end of their set he was plastered with gob …. yeeeuch.

Pete Fairless….I thought GOF were a bit boring, Spizz were fun, and Siouxie & The Banshees were fantastic

John Storer… The Human League did not play their first live gig until June 1978 (Sheffield Hallam University has a plaque commemorating the date and venue, which is now a computer room). They did tour with Souixsie that year, but not until December The Mark II line-up are still gigging for all they are worth, and never fail to surprise the crowd with how good they still are. First saw them in December 81 when “Don’t You Want Me” was No.1. Last saw them in 2012 and they were better … and doing stuff from both “Reproduction” and “Travelogue”

Alan Esdaile… Remember seeing The Human League in 2003 with John Foxx support and they were very good.

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Deborah Anderson… I was at the Siouxsie gig…a young 17 year old & still love Siouxsie. Great memories of seeing many bands on the pier….the best being The Clash with Richard Hell supporting, The Damned, Madness, The Stranglers, The Specials, Sex Pistols with Glen Matlock…(they were shit) & many more. I moved to London 4 years later & still love those bands. In the 80′s I was living in W11 & Paul Simeonon (The Clash) was my neighbour…became friends with him & spent many a drunken time in his company & at The Earl of Lonsdale, Portobello Road. Have fond memories of those days of my youth spent seeing such great acts.

Mike O’Dowd… The Siouxie gig I was involved in as “assisted by 558” and was mainly involved with promotion/advertising etc. This gig was a logistical nightmare as can be seen from the differing line-ups on the poster and handbill. The final show was different again. The handbill I produced was when Human League were billed as third band but they pulled out as I believe things were staring to happen for them and didn’t think they deserved 3rd spot. Along comes Nico. What happened to her I don’t recall but the final line-up was The Gang of Four taking the final place. Spizz Oil seemed to change their name every week and were once Spizz Energy. The following night I had my own gig with Dead Dog’s Don’t Lie. Hectic weekend to say the least.

Mark Syrett… I was so drunk!

Matt Thomas… I live in hope for Human League to still appear on Hastings Pier lol well you never know after the great acts we’ve had so far on the new pier 😉An 80’s retro weekender would be good.

The Norman Arms St Leonards to become The Piper

Chris Barnett… For 30 yrs I’ve spent my life going to what has been amusingly called ‘toilet venues’ to watch killer young, up & coming bands cut their teeth in some of the UK legendary small venues: My bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Goat, Blur, The Libertines, The Verve, The Manic Street Preachers, Ride, Oasis, Mazzy Star, Pulp, Flaming Lips, King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard, Spiritualized, Mudhoney, The Vaseline’s, Loop, Carter USM, The House of Love, The White Stripes……

Sadly as you may be aware, many once great venues have been forced to close over recent years, robbing this country of not just some of its great cultural underground beacons, but also crucially that of 1st base destination venues for both new bands to tread the boards, or old established bands wanting to revisit their roots!!!!

Closer to home: since the closure of the Crypt here in Hastings several years ago, the town has tragically fallen off the map on- The Great Rock n’ Roll Toilet Venue Trail! Thankfully though, this is (hopefully) all set to change!!! Last month my business partner and I secured the freehold to a strategically key building here in Hastings that crucially straddles & connects St Leonard’s with Hastings. Built in the 1930’s: ‘The Norman’ is a whopping great 4 storey 1930’s late Art Deco dive bar that used to be a corner stone of the local community, providing live entertainment into the early hours.

Tragically, along with many other places along our South East Coast, the pub had seen better times & following years of decline, 4 yrs ago it finally bowed to regional & economic problems and closed. More recently though (like so many other traditional pubs & other importantly positioned buildings), it’s faced a new ever more real threat – the blight of property developers wanting to turn it into ‘trendy’ apartment blocks!!? That would have been a further cultural travesty but thankfully this is now NOT going to happen!! It is our intention (with a little bit of luck & support from all our friends & the local artist community), to see this once much loved old boozer, brought back to life as a very much pivotal, community based rock n’ roll destination dive bar (but with nice toilets, a great beer-wine-spirits offering & (hopefully) an affordable, array of healthy, locally sourced food provisions! The pub will be christened ‘The Piper’ – a gentle nod to one of the greatest albums of all time, and the very town in fact which, believe it or not……: a certain young Syd Barrett, performed his last EVER gig here on our pier with his band: The Pink Floyd, 50 yrs ago this year!! So long rest The Syd & long live ‘The Piper’ as we enter a new era at the gates at dawn!!! Please take a moment to ‘Like’ our new Facebook page which is called ‘The Piper’ (& has the same pic of the pub as here on the post) where you will be able to follow the exciting developments of the pub as we start the renovation of this landmark building as well as details of the crowd funding project we are launching shortly, to help raise some much needed funds to help renovate this pub & see it returned back to its former glory!

The Piper… Like a Phoenix, rising from the ashes, the Norman arms will be reborn!
The Piper calls! Offering a vast array of live music, arts, contemporary culture and quality libations. Coming soon to a St Leonards/Hastings near you!

Alan Esdaile… Very best wishes to ‘The Piper’

Adrian Straatman… Keep it alive, good luck regards Adrian & Annabelle The Hurst Arms in eastbourne

Showaddywaddy – White Rock Theatre Hastings 11th January 2019

The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ is a bold statement but Showaddywaddy has lived up to that title as they recently celebrated their 40th anniversary.

More info and tickets

https://whiterocktheatre.org.uk/Online/tickets-showaddywaddy-hastings-2019

Julie Findlay-jones… Used to love going to see them , brilliant live.

Dave Nattress… Used to see them play at the Sundowners MANY years back before they had any chart hits, and they were extremely good. Not many of the original members are still with them but no doubt it’ll be a spectacular show if it’s anything like it used to be. I think they’ve been mentioned before on SMART. Back at The Sundowners there were 2 separate bands called Choice or Choise and Golden Hammers I think, (based in or from Leicester), each band did a pop covers set and they then changed their clobber into , crepes and drapes and did the Showaddywaddy Rock and Roll Show.

Robert Searle… Was there that night,the singer actually mentioned it when he last played the Congress Eastbourne,i was there that night too. I saw Showaddywaddy at Southend a few weeks ago,still good.

Jeff Belton… Great music ! Great ones for singing a long. Have a LP and and a double cd. Played alot of music on my radio shows.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Saw them a few times in the 70s at The Sundowners too & have got my ticket to see them in January! Got to be done..love a trip down Memory Lane!

The Continental and Bexhill Nightclubs and Record Shops

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photos from The Continental Fancy Dress Competition 1976. Supplied by Jill OHalloran (nee Sullivan).  Jill (Kermit) and friends who played Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Gonzo won the fancy dress comp.

Leigh Wieland-Boys asks…Does anyone remember the nightclub under the Cafe Continental in Bexhill?

Charlie Ball… I remember Shunters ? Used to go to Shunters at Bexhill, also the queens Head king offa way, and another just round the corner ?

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I don’t remember that name Mr B – I worked at the Continental in the restaurant early 70s whilst at college. Only remember the nightclub at the Con, can’t remember what it was called but it was very popular & always crowded at the weekends.

Yvonne Cleland… Yes, I used to go to that club! It was ok, as it happens!

Gaynor Duke… The club was called the Continental, the Cont by locals , it opened in the early 60s.

Charlie Ball… The York, Leigh, you must remember that one ?

Leigh Wieland-Boys… May & Headley Storkey ran it with their sons Brian & Ronnie(?) – they also owned The Bexhill Club across the road.

Bob Shoesmith… Shunters was in Terminus Rd (it’s an auction house now I think) – pretty sleazy!

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Live Aid July 13th 1985. Can you remember what you were doing?

Thanks to Matt Thomas for suggesting this.

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MTV 1981 – 1991

July 13th, 1985, At 12.01 Status Quo started the ‘Live Aid’ extravaganza, held between Wembley Stadium, London and The JFK Stadium, Philadelphia. The cream of the world’s biggest rock stars took part in the worldwide event, raising over £40million. TV pictures beamed to over 1.5bn people in 160 countries made it the biggest live broadcast ever known. Artists who appeared included Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, The Who, U2, David Bowie and Mick Jagger, Queen, Tina Turner, The Cars, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Bryan Adams, Hall and Oates, Lionel Richie and Led Zeppelin.

supplied by Barry French

Mike Curtis….I  was glued the the TV, astounded by the professionalism by all who took part, blown away by Queen and Dire Straits! And Quo.

Mick Mepham….I think I was still in Western Road then but that’s as far as my memory goes ….

Matt Thomas…I was working in the shop and all the punks and metalhedz kept asking for records to be played whilst i was trying to listen to the concerts on the radio lol

Alan Esdaile….Same as Matt but taped it all and watched when I got home. Queen were excellent.

Jim Breeds…..Living in West Kirby on The Wirrall. Watched it all through. Taped the whole lot on VHS. Never played the tapes. Bought the DVD when it came out more recently. Never watched a minute of it!

Clifford Rose…..As far as I can remember I watched Live aid up until 19:30 and then went to the Hastings Beer Festival. Queen and Bowie were excellent.

Karen Sweatman…..I was 15 and did not move all day from the telly. Loved it – particularly Queen and U2. As a Duran Duran fan, I was disappointed though cos they were a bit pants on the day. Think Simon Le Bon’s voice broke half way through 🙂

Phil Thornton….had it up loud all day !

Yvonne Cleland…..I was at a party in Northiam…

Matt Thomas……I remember a heavily pregnant Alison Moyet belting out a Marvin Gaye track with Paul Young and  I recall an interview with Bob Geldof and he was saying everyone was watching Queen backstage and said ‘That bastard Mercury has stole the show’ lol well he was the ultimate showman. Another highlight for me was when Joan Armatrading popped her head around the curtain and just said ‘Hello’ lol

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Kleenex to ditch Mansize tissues due to gender inequality complaints

Robert Searle… Gets worse

Keith Blizard… What a load of nonsense

Fiona Evans… I’m fed up having to hear about all this gender crap.

Allyson Breeds… It’s just a name change. Who cares what you blow your nose into.

Reginald Hogg… I think today’s women are aski’n for to much…….if they want to be like that then maybe we should say that women’s cloths shops should be banned to

Malcolm Sharp… Yorkie bars its for men only, loads of complaints..changed, insurance for women only, no complaints, and on wright show talking women only parking spots

Allyson Breeds… women only car insurance was banned in the EU in 2011 “In March 2011, a European Court of Justice ruling stated that price discrimination based on gender breaches EU rules on equality” based on complaints. Does it really matter though? 🙂 Kleenex are changing the name of a brand because they have worked out that it will make them more money, its simple marketing.

Mark Mackenzie… I think the PC brigade should all go and purchase a large box of PANTY LINERS.

Pauline Richards… Struth. Whatever next!!!

Fiona Evans… Person’s Own/Weekly !!!

Reginald Hogg… Women’s weekly ? Father’s day…Mother’s day…Parent’s day ?

Pauline Richards… what about ‘man handling’

Glenn Piper… This just gets more and more ridiculous

Mick O’Dowd… What next? Tena Lady!

Will Cornell… Real men with real noses use paper towels anyway.

Reginald Hogg… Use a hankie

Matt Thomas…  or a sleeve

Mike Tobin… Why waste money on tissues when there is a constant supply of free serviettes at every coffee stop / motorway services / takeaway ?

Dave Nattress… You know what…I’m sometimes at peace that I’m nearer the “Out” door than the “In” with all this stupidity going on. I mean thankfully it’s been a great life, very lucky, but all this, just absurd. Anyone else fed up with hearing about this thing called “Brexit” – for God’s sake, half the world’s hungry and lives in a tent if they’re lucky, no clean water, no sanitation, no nourishing food and we waste zillions on this Brexit crap. Anyone got a clue what the United Nations does? A word they need to learn “priorities”. I can see what sort of mood I’m in tonight!! I need some musical violence to match the mood – “Won’t get fooled again” will go on in a minute and super loud!!