Marquee Club – May 1982 and chat about Tandoori Cassette

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supplied by Roger Carey

Talking of The Marquee, I’m pretty sure Expandis supported Tandoori Cassette at the gig on 26th May 1982? Can you confirm John Wilde?

David Miller… No-one can confirm John Wilde – he is mercury, will-o-the-wisp, the enigma variations and more all made incarnate and barely contained within that delightul vessel we all know and love. As to Tandoori Cassette, we defintely supported them at the Marquee and I got to shake Zal Cleminsons hand, hoping that some sort of transmission would take place and I could play like him, even just a little….still waiting….

John Wilde… Affirmative. And they were most excellent

Phil Thornton… Tandoori Cassette were indeed excellent ! and a top bunch of blokes as well – super cool to meet Zal !!!

The Mobiles – Long Time 1982 & chat

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The Mobiles featured David Blundell, Chris Downton,  Russ Madge,  Anna Maria,  Eddie Smithson,  John Smithson

Nick Prince… Who remembers The Mobiles, who were based in Eastbourne. The bands members came from Hastings, Eastbourne and Bexhill. I distinctly remember Anna Maria, the lead singer came from Ore. They had two hits, Drowning in Berlin, and Amour Amour, having been doing the local pub circuit for a while. Did anyone on here see them?

Mark Randall… Only on TOTP with a Bowie at Victoria Station stylee salute

Henry Mann… She used to live just round the corner from me. Big surprise to see her on TOTP.

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Johnny Mars Band – Chatsworth Hotel Hastings 2nd Feb 1982 and Terry Pack’s memories of touring.

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Pete Shaw… Peter “Shore”….Just because I live by the sea….!

Phil  Thornton….another great band !!

Yvonne Cleland….I seem to remember Johnny Mars playing a lot in Cherries too.

Pete Shaw….Great gigs at Mr Cherries…packed house, Chris Cozens on keys and sometimes trumpet, Ray Fenwick, Terry the Pack, Johnny and moi on drums…we enjoyed it and had a blast…usually it was during a “South Coast “weekend…Six Bells Chiddingly, Mr Cherries and back to Chiddingly Sunday……!!

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Pete Prescott… I remember singing a song of his on the forcefield album called “fire in the city” he used a word in the song that doesnt exist (hellness) it still made sense.great player.nice guy.built like a brick s*@t house !

Terry Pack… Johnny has a talent for inventing new words! We recorded several different versions of Sonny Boy Williamson’s ‘Don’t Start Me Talking’ (album, TV, radio, etc) and he never sang the same thing twice in one of the verses. I once asked him what he was singing, and in typical Johnny Mars style, he said, ‘I don’t know. I listened to Sonny Boy a hundred times, and I still don’t know what the hell(ness) he was singing!”

Pete Prescott… Johnny was very exciting as a performer. Great on stage..

Terry Pack… At one stage in the 80s, we had three London residencies: Tuesdays at Putney, Wednesdays in the West End and Thursdays in Islington, and spent most weekends in Holland, Belgium or Germany. In the days before the Euro, Johnny always had the wrong currency because he never knew where we were. Johnny once bought a bag for his wife in a store in Barcelona. He was unsure of the exchange rate, and asked me how much the bag had cost, thinking that it had been about £14. It was more like £140. His response was classic John: “Mmm… I hope she likes it!”  John wasn’t the only American struggling with exchange rates. On the same Spanish trip, we found ourselves staying at the same hotel with James Brown and his band. Over a breakfast that consisted mostly of cigarettes and brandy (!), one of the band offered to buy more cigarettes and disappeared for a few minutes to do so. He came back with 5 packs of 20 packets of 20! ‘Man, you bought a lot of cigarettes!’ ‘They’re cheap!’ ‘How much?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘If you don’t know how much, how do you know they were cheap?’ A moment of thought… ‘Well, they seemed cheap!’ On another occasion, we spent a week touring with a very fine singer called Larry Johnson. I asked him where he lived. ‘London.’, he said. ‘Where?’ ‘Lancaster Road.’ ‘Where’s that?’ He seemed surprised by my question. ‘London,’ he repeated. ‘Which part?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Well. Is it north or south of the river?’ He looked really puzzled, ‘River?’ ‘Yes. There’s a river. Quite a big one…’ At this, he handed me a laminated card with his address printed on it. ‘I just show this to the cab drivers.’ ‘Have you only moved here recently?’ ‘No, I’ve been here for ten years.’

Martyn Baker… Some great stories Terry!

Terry Pack…American musicians with little or no idea where they were. We used to meet them all the time. Another good one was an Anglo-Dutch driver we had on one jaunt. We were booked on a festival, and had to cross a dyke by chain ferry. We could hear the festival but couldn’t see the best way of getting to the site from the ferry, so I suggested to Richard, the driver that he ask the ferryman if we should go right or left when we disembarked. He spent the ten minute crossing chatting to the guy, and got back in the cab. As we drove off the ferry and up to the T-junction, I said, ‘Right or left?’ ‘Oh!’ he said, ‘I can’t remember!’ Another one. Johnny had taken the details of a venue in Rotterdam over the phone from the Dutch agent, but had lost the address. We found ourselves driving around the city, showing anyone and everyone we could the piece of paper that John had brought with him, which had what looked like part of a postcode and the words Donkey Shot written on it. John insisted that this was the name of the venue, but people just shook their heads, mystified. After the nth attempt, Ray, who spoke Dutch fairly well, cursed loudly, and said the words Donkey Shot in an approximation of a Dutch accent. At this, the man we’d just asked repeated the name, ‘Don Quixote?’ and directed us straight there. At one stage, whilst driving in circles around Rotterdam city centre, I got stuck in the tram tracks, which were the same width as the Minibus I was driving, resulting our doing a couple of extra circuits until someone changed the points ad we regained our autonomy, or as Brexiteers might put it, ‘got our Transit back.’ Symbolic! (of what I know not.)

Harry R & The Jump Jets – The Continental 1982 & De La Warr 1983

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The Continental Bexhill 22nd September 1982supplied by Pete Prescott

Pete Prescott, Terry Pack, Dave Easton, Pete Shaw, Andy Caine and Ray Fenwick.

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The De La Warr Pavilion 5th October 1983 supplied by Pete Prescott

Pete Prescott ….it was one of those short lived (and everyone new it ) fun bands.ray was good at getting everyone on board and organising rehearsals.i learned 48 rock and roll songs in a week.the best 24 were picked and the rest dumped.i could still sing most me then now.we all learned a lot.especially how good rock and roll is.and how influential it is.

Robert Searle… Good pictures of Pete and great picture of some great musos.

Jane Hartley… Nice legs!

Phil Gill… You wouldn’t want to take any of ’em home to meet your parents, would you?

Harry Randall… I’m wondering what’s happened to them all?

Janet Rennie… Lovely boys

Mark Gilham… What is it with Ray and promo pics?

Pete Prescott… Great band ! Andy and Ray played so well. Fantastic players. We had our moments.

Terry Pack…  did a number of recordings with him, including a country blues album(!). I liked him and he was a very good player: much more than a rocker.

Andy Caine… Bags of fun!!!

Martyn Baker… Great band photo!

Pete Shaw… What fun we all had..before Harry R, during the mad days of Harry R and after where we all did a bomb burst back into more mad music in varying bands!! Great lessons learnt…22 minute guitar solos..easy!!!

Pete Prescott… Yeah ray solo Andy solo Andy Qunta solo Tony Qunta West solo ray solo in a blues jam. 28 sodding minutes ha ha !

Phil Gill… I believe Rev Stockdale’s mum met several of them one morning when she walked into her living room and found them asleep on the floor.

Pete Shaw… What fun we all had..before Harry R, during the mad days of Harry R and after where we all did a bomb burst back into more mad music in varying bands!! Great lessons learnt…22 minute guitar solos..easy!!! And I’m allegedly a drummer…!

Andy Caine… Making as much noise as possible!

Martyn Baker… I’ll have you know, my parents met at least 3 of them.

A Minute Passed & Prospect Place – 1982

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Mark Thirsk drums, Tony Qunta guitar & vocals, Roger Carey bass & vocals.

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cutting supplied by Tony Qunta, photo supplied by Roger Carey

Roger Carey… (second photo) in London. A Minute Passed were a jazz rock group formed by Tony & Roger and Head On drummer Mark. Band ran from late 1980-1982

Phil Gill….Mark Thirsk, bless him. Proper nice guy.

Peter James Shaw….Mark Thirsk nice guy and a good cool player…I liked his style!!!

Andy Qunta….Great band, great musicians, great guys! A Minute Passed were frighteningly good! Unbelievable musicians, all of them!

Steve Kinch….Wot they said. All thoroughly nice geezers! Mark was a fabulous player.

Pete Prescott…yes a stunning player.

Carol Ann Bolton… (photo 2) You could wear that now and not notice it was from another decade, unlike the ’70s.

Phil Gill… (photo 2) Tone appears a trifle confused as to the tie/collar interface configuration.

Geoff Carter… Played with Mark in his first band up in Yorkshire before he moved down to London. Awesome guy. We all miss him.

 

 

Reading Rock Festival – 1982

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supplied by Roger Carey

Nigel Ford… The Friday Rock Show put out the brilliant set from Randy California (sadly missed RIP) which I taped but would love to find it on a clearer format,..from memory it included tracks:Downer, Killer weed, Second Son & Run to your lover (+ others) I’ve found a cd of other studio versions of some of these but they aren’t as powerfull as the Reading set, can anyone help, I don’t think the BBC ever released the set (?) … and that should be VOW WOW from Japan, surely!! Also, seeing TANK. (formed by Algie Ward when he left The Damned).. I’ve had a watch on ebay for years for their Cd that contains “Number the Brave” track without luck,,,anyone any clues where I’d find it? The track was on youtube a few years back but not now.

Savage Hearts – 1982 – stage, pier, rumours (the crypt)

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all photos supplied by Mick Mepham

Mick Mepham… (photo 1) Hurrah! Note: The girl’s eyes front left!!!  (photo 4)  Takes me back to when Rumours was a really good gig. Packed out, hot, dark, sweaty and that was just Steve’s underwear …..This is how we use to get into the dressing room, hence the expression “the place was a dive”…… — With Steve Farris, Andy Animal, Momo Sex, Mick Mepham…. ”Not at all staged …..”