SMART coffee meet no 54, a great start to 2020. Among the newbies this time were Tom Cowan and Cliff Evans. Tom was talking about his group ‘Menticide’ and happy memories of the group and John Peel playing the record. Cliff was talking about his rock band ‘Tank’ and also when he was with ‘Chicken Shack’. Also talking about his new venture with Lauren. the Aquarius International Club with dj’s playing 60’s and 70’s rock and psych tracks at the monthly happening at the White Rock Hotel. Mick O’Dowd have with him Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys book ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ and was over the moon that people have found at last photos of ‘Jim The Jolly Fish’ that used to go along the seafront, which he has been searching for forever. Monica Bane confirmed that the band photo that Tony May could not confirm who it was, is definitely the Jazz Caverners at St Clements Caves featuring Johnny Griffiths. Reg Wood had with him a copy of Wizzard single Ball Park Incident, autographed at the pier gig in 1973. Gerry Powell had an interesting pile of cover version singles, released on the Embassy record label and sold in Woolworth, as well as some great flexi discs. Pete Houghton had lotsof rare autograph posters from the Hastings Pier gigs including Alvin Stardust, Zzebra, Esperanto, Stackridge, Judas Priest, Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers, Gong, Motorhead, Fusion Orchestra and a band I don’t remember ‘The Lou’s’. Anyone know them? they must have been a support to someone.Pete Prescott had some exciting rock books including the 1960s scrapbook by Robert Opie with a great Hendrix painted cover and a Sotheby’s rock ’n’ roll and film memorabilia book with Jim Morrison on the cover. Also a special collectors e.p. of The Split Knee Loons! This is a small bit of what I remember, if you were talking about anything interesting or anything else you wish to add then please do so.
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Patrick Batty… Anyone remember when the Mods & Rocker hit town & there was a battle on the beaches between them. My first vehicle was a Vespa scooter which I soon exchanged for a motorbike so you could say I was both a Mod & a Rocker but I wasnt involved in this battle in 1964.
Mick Knights… I was out of town camping with a few friends, I do remember being stopped by the boys in blue when we tried to get back into town on the Sunday. I did take a ride along the sea front on my elderly Vespa 125cc where there were lines of abandoned scooters, as their owners had been marched out of town and we’re not being allowed back to collect them. These days that kind of policing would most probably be against their human rights!
John Williams… I was one parked outside The Albion down from Peckham
Jan Warren… Love this …… and Quadraphenia is one of my all-time fave films!!
John Williams… Well it was just like that we were good boys
Mick O’Dowd… I was there. I worked in what is now the Italian Way by the Roundabout & Fountain. Watched it all happen from upstairs window.
Alan Esdaile… I remember being on the West Hill with my mates, collecting all the discarded Corona bottles and taking them back to the shop to get back the deposits.
Dave Nattress… Greatly nostalgic. I do recall troubles on and off, although I was only 11 in 64. Later when at Hastings College several class-mates came over from Eastbourne on scooters – mainly or maybe exclusively Lambrettas. Bexhill, where I lived, also has its fair share of scooters and all in all, lots of mates had scooters or bikes. Some of my friends now have pukka bikes. My old man, when asked by me, to lend me a few quid to buy a Yamaha 80 in about 1969 said no, you’ll kill yourself, wait till you’re 17 and get a car – which I did. A few good mates have gone, bikes/cars. Does anyone recall the Hell’s Angels “Branded” chapter based around Bexhill and Hastings for a few years. Several mates were in and often the guys used to drink at the Castle in Town Hall Square Bexhill.
Chris Sambrook… I was 11 in 1964. We lived along Bexhill Road. There was a constant roar of Motorbikes. 2 Mods broke down outside our house. My Mum invited them in for a Cup of Tea. From what i remember they seemed ok and grateful. They manged to get their scooter repaired and mum said to them stay out of trouble. To be fair my Mum & Dad later said they would have done the same for the Rockers.
Pete Fisher… watched the Mods being marched out of town from my bedroom window in Fairlight Road…
John Williams… We was not marched we was assisted lol. We slept in the cave at top of rock nore cambered up there good fun.
Pete Fisher… sorry, I meant gently guided…!!! (I was only 9!)
Tony Davis… I can remember the man who lived opposite me in Plynlimmon Road has one of these big Ford Consul cars and he drove me around town in it to see all the mods and rockers. I was about 11 at the time. I remember us driving around the roundabout outside the Italian Way three of four times. Think the IT was called Iorio’s then.
John Williams… There you go me and my old mum on my scooter in Peckham up the mods
Chris Leek… Takes me back, I remember I had never seen so many people on the sea front and the noise and when I got up to the west hill they were up there to.
Jan Warren… Yeah Dave I remember all the bikes and scooters in Bexhill, we all used to hang out on the seafront in Fortes Coffee Bar and “Ags”, the Amusement Arcade, especially downstairs where they had a juke box and pinball machines!! – I also remember The Castle pub being a bit of a bikers pub in those days!!
John Williams… We slept in the cave at top of rock nore cambered up there good fun
Monica Bane… I remember so well! Living in Tackle way when they all jumped off the hill in front of my house!
Madeline Scalliwags Reade… I remember it so well. My parents had the Guest House over the top of Faggins. The police were chasing them up Oak passage blowing their whistles.
Perri Ann Haste… Doctor Finlay’s casebook, blast from the past.
Wendy Weaver… Janet was the assistant
Tony Court-holmes… my nan used to love that
John Beeching… Aaaaaaaaaw Janet.
Pete Prescott… “Would you like a cup of tea Dr Finlay?” “For God’s sake Janet ! Can a man no have a shit in peace !” I remember it well. One episode had a lazy gardener covering all the weeds in a customer’s garden up to save digging them up. I always thought that must have taken him ages and been would have been easier just doing it. that would have been about 55 years ago. The pointless stuff my brain stores !
Jack Irving… “Doctor Finlay! I’m having a severe case of heartburn!” Dr. Finlay replies “Then get yer tits out of ma cup of tea!”
Dave Nattress… My Mother used to watch it and I remember it very well. Sunday night wasn’t it – 7.30 start for an hour? On balance a nice pleasant programme, no sex or violence or bad language. Way before I knew anything about any of that!!! Innocence!!!
David Edwards… Would you be wanting me in my negligee tonight Dr Cameron? Oh yes Janet yes. I think Dr Snoddy from the public health had a thing for Janet
Peter Fairless… The Disc Jockey
Lucy Pappas… The Disc Jockey! Words by the Bee Gees
Jim Breeds… The Record Shop. She Loves You. But anyone who listened to Alan’s radio show last week would already know that!
Mick O’Dowd… The Record Shop. Cathy’s Clown by Everlys.
James Johnson… The record shop Bowie ‘Breaking Glass’ – Chuck Berry ‘South of the Border’
Nanna Patt… Sounds To Go Holloway Road Islington
Judith Monk… The record shop – John Ogden and Vladimir Askenazy …not very rock n roll…
Pete Prescott… From the record shop In Sittingbourne high street. Sadly now gone.
Judy Struys… The shop in London Road. I’ve forgotten the name 1972.. It was my first ever pay packet. Deep Purple in Rock. I used to play Child in Time at full volume on the stereogram. My mother said desparingly “hasn’t that woman had her baby yet?”
Jim Breeds… My Dad’s stock comment for most of what I played on our stereogram (including DP In Rock) was “What the bloody hell is that racket supposed to be!?”.
Catherine Ireland… Jennery’s or Jenner’s in Devonshire rd Bexhill. Do the Huckle buck, I think
Arthur Sutherland… I’m sure we have been here before, but I didn’t buy my first record, my late father did. He bought three for a pound which were The Beatles, I Feel Fine, Slim Whitman, Anniversary waltz, and Richard Tauber, Oh Vienna Mine. He gave them to me along with a record player he built and he got them and all the parts except the casing fro, it was almost next doorm a little corner shop which did electronics repairs called Methvens radio, on Raeburn Place in Edinburgh, it was almost next door.
Aquarius International Club say... Come and join us on Saturday January 18th and kick off 2020 with a groovylicious night of 60s/70s heavy music and cool vibes in the comfort of the basement bar at the White Rock Hotel on Hastings glorious seafront. Your hosts Lauren and Cliff will be joined by special guest DJ ‘Johnny Gorillar’ plus other DJ’s to be announced soon. Hastings very own Johnny Gorillar, mighty frontman/guitarist of 70’s vibe rockers ‘Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’ and heavy psych legend ‘Gorilla’. Johnny will be spinning his awesome collection of heavy vintage vinyl through the Aquarius sound system so whether you want to have a blowout on the dance floor to the psychedelic backdrop of our liquid light show or chill out in style on a Chesterfield armchair with a cocktail in our chill out room and watch vintage movies, the choice is all yours. Above are a tantalising teazer of some of the mind blowing tunes we’ll be spinning on the night so come and let it all out on the dance floor or relax with a cocktail in our chill out room. Here’s wishing all you cool cats a super groovy festive season and we look forward to seeing you on January 18th – Let’s kick off 2020 in the only way Hastings knows how! We look forward to seeing you all there!
supplied by Sarah Harvey
Sarah Harvey….Two of many music-featured films I saw during the 1970s. Actually went to see both of these at The Curzon in St.Leonards. December 1973.
Alan Esdaile….Great Film and Great Soundtrack.
John Storer…..Now that’s a coincidence … have been listening to the Easy Rider soundtrack this afternoon!I saw both of these at that salubrious cinema, The Orion, along with a number of other films with great soundtracks … Zabriskie Point, Vanishing Point, and Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii to name a few. Then, of course, there was that other great double bill “Don’t Get Your Knickers In A Twist” / “Most Girls Will” … oh wait … that was a different Saturday afternoon LOL
Sarah Harvey…..Aha John…..I may have gone to see Easy Rider with you and Kevin Potter….you both seem to be the most likely candidates since I didn’t go to see them on my own.
Mick Knights…..The Curzon, now there was a cinema, if you went in the afternoon there was tea and biscuits served between the films!
Alan Esdaile….. I remember the teas and biscuits in the afternoon, very sedate. Mind you I think we were still smoking in the cinemas then? Used to always ask if they had any spare posters and occasionally got some good ones for the bedroom wall. Otherwise would buy them from the second hand shop at the top of Western Road.
Sarah Harvey….I remember the smoking….I have never smoked but I seem to remember the projector capturing the rays from everyone who was puffing on a No6 or No.10! I used to come out smelling like an ashtray!
Supplied by Sarah Harvey – The Curzon Cinema, Norman Road, St Leonards-on-Sea
John Mcewen…..Remember it so well, No. 6 fer me cos i woz posh in them days!
John Storer……Now you come to mention it, Sarah … have a recollection of us at the flicks watching a film about the Montreux Jazz Festival. It had Zeppelin performing “Dazed and Confused” and also featured the Modern Jazz Quartet, who failed to impress any of us. And I’d like it noted for the record that I never smoked No 6, let alone No.10 … It would have been Peter Stuyvesant for me (or possibly Consulate during my “menthol” stage) There was another cinema in Hastings town centre … memory is vague but it was on the road just round the corner from the old Post Office (looking at Google Earth now, Hastings looks unrecognisable to me) on Havelock Road. I remember it because …. it had a bar! The barmaid was lovely. Jill Haylock, if memory serves.
Nick Prince… The Penguin Cinema had a bar for patrons, the ABC had a cafe. Smoking wasnt banned in cinemas until the national ban came in about 7 years ago but by then only a handful of cinemas, mainly independents still allowed it and most of these were in the West Country. I think the Dome Cinema in Worthing was the nearest to still allow it as to did the London Coronet chain.Cannon banned smoking in auditoriums of less than 200 seats in 1985 and in every screen in 1987. The Odeon chain in 1991, Curzon, Bexhill in 1992 (and admissions collapsed) and the Curzon Eastbourne in the very late 90s.
Rye International Jazz Festival presents… Booker T, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, winner of four GRAMMY Awards and recipient of a GRAMMY Award for Lifetime Achievement, Hammond B3 organ.
Join us at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Saturday 9th May to see one of the most acclaimed, respected and legendary American multi-instrumentalist, songwriters, record producers, and arrangers.
For tickets and information… https://www.dlwp.com/event/booker-t-jones/
New people welcome to join us
Mick O’Dowd… Oh come all ye faithful but not until January!
Nick Warren… I had never been to Hastings until 1990s – I was in Brighton and following the music scene there in the 1960s-70s. Hope to get to a SMART meeting one day but they always seem to clash with other things up until now. Happy Christmas
Monica Bane… Hope to see you there Alan! If all goes well Monica x
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Mick O’Dowd…The song, We’ll sing in the sunshine. We’ll laugh everyday! I only wish. Fave track. Jimmy Page of Led Zep was on this recording as a session musician.