The Undertones and special guest Neville Staple Band – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill. 17th May 2019

Formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1975, The Undertones became renowned for combining lyrical invention and musical flair with intelligent simplicity. Their anthemic Teenage Kicks, much loved by John Peel, is one of the most influential songs of the post-punk era. On May 13, 1979 Seymour Stein’s Sire records released the band’s self titled debut album ‘The Undertones’. To mark the 40th anniversary of its release, The Undertones now present a glorious set of classic tracks taken from what is considered by many to be one of the best punk albums of all time…

more information and tickets… https://www.dlwp.com/event/the-undertones/

Pete Fisher… old this story here before, but worth telling again…in 1978 I was using my car as a minicab in London and picked up Terry Hooley, founder of Good Vibrations Records, to take him to Sire Records in Soho, who signed the Undertones…after I’d told him I’d heard “Teenage Kicks” on John Peel and loved it, he gave me this…

Dominika Hicks… That’s brilliant!

Petrol/fuel filling stations. Anyone recall when their car was last filled by an attendant and where? asks Dave Nattress

Dave Nattress… We all used to have our vehicles filled by attendants, then increasingly fuel stations became serve yourself, but can you, and SMART readers recall when they were last “attended to” in this way, and if so, when and where was the filling station.  I’ve used a mass of filling stations for a long, long time, but I actually can’t recall the answer to my own question.

Alan Esdaile… I remember some used to clean your front windows as well and always polite.

Dave Nattress… Indeed, the fuel station attendants used to wipe your windscreen even ask about checking tyre pressures and oil.  But, “progress” has stopped all of that.  Also, there are very few petrol stations compared with years ago.  Take the A21 for instance – a good few have gone.

Dave Weeks… Gran Canaria last March

Tim Moose Bruce… Smith and Humpheries in Sidley still do attended fuel.

Lyn Humphrey… I might be wrong here, but I believe the last time my car was filled up and had all the checks done, was in the States, sometime in the 1980s. An attendant rushed out and began cleaning my windscreen almost before I’d stopped! Never had that happen before.

Pat Sleet… Western Road St Leonard’s circa 1990

David Edwards… Certainly common in Spain but Guestling Garage up till 20 odd years ago by a really helpful Welsh fella.

Mike Vawdrey… A filling station on the outskirts of Alsager, South Cheshire just a month or two ago. Still there and still attended service when I drove past the other week having (shame on me ) filled up at Asda…

Dave Nattress… Dave Weeks…are you “The Dave Weeks” used to work in the Cont. a million years ago? Used to play guitar? u used to be in there a lot with various mates and girlfriends – well only one at any one time I mean! If so, good to meet you again, if not apologies….

Dave Weeks… Yes Dave Natress . 1600E too. Still around and still enjoying playing. I trust all is well with you.

Wendy Weaver… In Wareham about 3 years ago.

Barry Newton… Just outside Barcelona about five months ago

Ernest Ballard…  Near St Austell Cornwall 4 years ago by an old man owning an independent garage. His sweet counter stank of parafin too inside and was like going back in timeif you didn’t let him fill the tank up full he wouldn’t serve you at all for wasting his time ha ha

Stackridge – Hastings Pier 27th September 1972 & Bexhill De La Warr with Stallion 16th November 1975

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ticket and poster supplied by Mick Mepham

Terry Pack…. was too young (14) to have gone to the Pier to see Stackridge in 1972. I went to a lot of gigs between 73 and 76 before I went pro, after which I almost never went again for many years, being too busy playing myself. I really enjoyed the gigs on the pier, often enjoying the support bands more than the headline acts.

Phil Gill of Stallion….At the De La Warr I remember playing bass and 12 string at that gig – we had an idea for a Genesis type song and if Mike Rutherford could do it, then… It was also one of the last gigs Stallion played with Tony Bridger on guitar. I was also present at the Stackridge pier gig and remember it as big fun.

Terry Pack.…That was one of the first times, if not the very first time, that I heard you play, in that case, I suspect, although I might have heard you on a gig or two in Hastings before that. As you know, I can’t remember very much about the distant past! I don’t actually remember the De La Warr gig, I just recall going to it and enjoying it. That was a good period for music in Bexhill, usually a bit of desert for gigs that weren’t Centre Page.

Michael Mepham…. still have one of the Stackridge dustbin lids. They were for the song Let There Be Lids (dustbin ones) Hurrah!

John Wilde….Yep I performed with Stallion this night.

Martin Waghorne… Great night @ the De La Warr. Can’t believe it was only £1:00.

Lucy Pappas… Goodness! I’d forgotten all about Stackridge but I was definitely there!

Mick O’Dowd… Saw Stackridge at Wembley Stadium with Elton John/Beach Boys/Eagles/Chaka Khan & Rufus and many more. Think it was about 1972.

Pete Fisher… 21st June 1975…I was there! Must have missed them, as I remember the first (and best) band was Rufus…left after two songs from EJ, who was definitely not the act to follow the Beach Boys…

Mick O’Dowd… No he wasn’t Pete. Stackridge were early on. Beach Boys had the weather (sun sun sun) in the afternoon and Elton played “Cpt Fantastic” album track by track( a dirge) and lost the crowd. When he played the hits the place cam alive!

 

Wilko Johnson – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill 2nd March 2019

The original Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson is performing here at DLWP on Saturday 2 March!

Heavily influenced by Mick Green, Wilko employs a finger-style, chop-chord strumming action (the ‘stab’, as he describes it). This allows for chords and lead to be played at the same time, giving a fluency and a distinctive sound very unlike the cleaner swat of a pick. With this economic sound, coupled with that black-suited, scowling look, and the yards he covered across the stage pausing only to twist the guitar lead out from under his feet, Wilko became one of the guitar heroes of the era.

for further information… https://www.dlwp.com/event/wilko-johnson/

Alan Pepper… Is that Norman Watt Roy ( ex blockhead ) in the lineup ?

Tony Ham… Yes it is, Wilko used to be in The Blockheads.

Paul Bryant… Looks like him.

Tony Ham… It is, seen them a few times in recent years. I took this when they played in Rye.

Mike Curtis… And support act………Glenn Tilbrook!!! With a bit of luck a couple of local lads will turn up – Chris Difford to play with Glenn, and Roger Daltrey with Wilco?

 

John Cale – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill – 29th November 2018

Rare UK appearance from John Cale at DLWP!

As an original founding member of The Velvet Underground and producer of Patti Smith and The Stooges, amongst others, John Cale’s career has been creative, innovative and boundary breaking in equal measure.

We are delighted to welcome him for this rare UK appearance and his first at the De La Warr Pavilion.

More information… https://www.dlwp.com/event/john-cale/

 

Anyone remember a 60’s Bexhill group called The Spirits?

David Betts asks… I was in a band called The Spirits,in Bexhill in the sixties and would like to track down any pictures that anyone might have or memories.Band line up was me,Dave Betts ,lead guitar,Colin Watford vocals, Dave Neal bass,Johnny Orchard rhythm guitar and Dave Gibbs drums.Hope this might ring some bells.

Alan Esdaile… Not Johnny and The Spirits, Dave, who supported The Rattles on the pier?

David Betts… No sorry not them.

Dave Nattress… The Spirits – sort of. Bexhill. Dave are you the brother of Sue Betts? Went to school with Sue from infant to Downs Secondary Modern and my old dad, long gone was a friend of Jack Neal who I think was Dave’s dad. Pretty sure Sue had an older brother who played guitar. Also, what I definitely remember is a graffiti of “The Spirits” on a wall by the Downs Secondary School – girls side back then. It was there for a long time – early band graffiti like I say, faced out by the footpath that led to the kitchen/dining room. All, a very long time ago.

David Betts… That’s me,Sue still lives in London Rd the graffiti was on the old railway arch.

Phillip Earle… I’m sorry to tell you that Dave Neal passed away at the end of last year after a long illness.

David Betts… Sorry to hear that,Dave and me were schoolboy buddies an knocked around together. I remember a Stuart Earle and Earle’s bakery, any relation?

Laurie Cooksey… Dave Betts was in my class briefly at B’hill Down Boys’ School and I remember he lived in a white weatherboard cottage in Belle Hill, just above Barrack Road, long since demolished. The Spirits were the first live band I ever saw and it was on the same Sat eve that Brian Poole and the Tremeloes performed their 1st single, ‘Twist little sister’ on Thank Your Lucky Stars. The Spirits’ gig was at Victoria Hall, Town Hall Square, Bexhill. The Spirits’ painted name remained on a brick wall next 2 the Downs Infant school until not that very long ago. Hope that’s of interest. I’d love 2 meet up with Dave again. Best wishes, Laurie.

The Mone – 1967

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all photos supplied by Lol Cooksey

Lol Cooksey… Phillip Earle(from Sidley) on drums/vocal and Dave Neale on bass guitar vocals(from St Leonards) had been in the 3-piece pop harmony group, The SHREW PEOPLE, with Paul Dove on lead guitar/vocals. With the demise of The SHREW PEOPLE and drummer Laurie Cooksey’s group, PROHIBITION in what was probably the spring of 1967, Dave, Phillip and Laurie came together to form THE MONE, with a leaning towards the heavier music popular at the time. Dave Neale was a superb and very fast bass player but with all the excitement created by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton at that time, he wanted to play lead guitar. With apparently no suitable bass players around at the time, Dave taught Phillip to play the instrument and he quickly became very proficient.
Dave was also an excellent carpenter and he built the back line speaker cabinets, his bass one was as large as a Marshall stack but all in one piece and so very heavy, with Phillip’s being about three quarters the size. The group stayed together for about 9 months but only two gigs can be recalled, one at Bexhill Drill Hall and another as support on Hastings Pier.

Andy Qunta… Wish I had seen them! I think I would have liked them! Also, by co-incidence I had one of those WEM Sapphire guitars at that time!

Geoff Peckham… I missed them too. Although Philip Earl became Factory’s first manager. He left shortly after being involved in our van crash following a gig in Lewes.

Mick O’Dowd… I remember Prohibition who played at Rodeo 67 at Bexhill’s Polegrove with Deep Purple and Suspect but I don’t recall The Mone so it comes as a surprise to see them now. Were they short-lived or who did they then morph into?

Tony Qunta… Great photos! Lol already with the double bass drum kit! Nice amplification too! That WEM Sapphire looks very like a Burns! had forgotten about Philip Earle managing us.

Andy Qunta… Yes, I remember Philip managing Factory. As to the WEM & Burns, Tone – I remembered having a Burns Baldwin electric 12- string, but didn’t remember I had a WEM Sapphire 12 before that, until I saw the early Factory pics! They do look very similar!

Dave Nattress… Did Dave Neale play in a band from Bexhill called The Spirits. Mid 60′s? For many years the tag “The Spirits” was to be seen painted on the brick wall of the old Down Primary School – now King Offa – a really early example of band grafitti!!

Phillip Earle… The Mone was indeed short lived. Each member going it’s own way. For me I gave up playing bass guitar and stopped doing anything for a number of years. I returned to playing drums again at the age of 50 playing in various bands until I moved North after my heart bypass. I am now happily retired and often toy with picking up the sticks again.

Jan Warren… Probably saw them at the Drill Hall, went to lots of gigs there in the late 60s/early 70s.

The Prisoners – photo 1979

supplied by Dave Nattress

Andy Leaney guitar, Dave Nattress vocals, Mick Bridgeland drums, Robin Heggie bass.

Dave Nattress… After Samisen split, Mick Bridgeland and I teamed up with Andy Leaney and Robin Heggie on bass. We set about writing a set load of post-punk, abrasive, incisive shortish tracks. I don’t think we did any covers. We played quite a few gigs around Hastings as The Prisoners, The Yorkshire Grey, The Yelton, (as was), Chatsworth, and Crypt etc.

Mo Blackford… Thanks Dave for posting. My first real friend and great influence was Robin Heggie. He was a very cool chap, who introduced me to Paul McCartney among other people. He had engineered a couple of Paul’s albums and had previously played bass in The Hollywood Killers. Anyway. we formed my first band in the UK together. Initially called Red Shoes, we changed the name to The Stand (cerca ’82) and did loads of gigs around Hastings. The Stand also included Bernard Jeffrey (Hollywood Killers) on drums and Kevin O’Connor on vocals.  I’ve tried on a number of occasions to locate Robin. Maybe somebody knows something! It would be much appreciated. Cheers!

Alan Esdaile… Does anyone remember The Prisoners and know of the whereabouts of Robin Heggie? I did search but if he is the Robin that lived in Milton Keynes  then not good news. Can anyone help? Could do with some good news.

Mark Gilham… Sorry Alan. Not good news at all. Robin passed away a few years ago now. 🙁

Andy Knight… I didn’t know that, Robin and I played in Missing Persons together I know it is v late but RIP

Mike Mitchell… and whatever happened to Mick Bridgeland? Least I heard he had moved to Amersham…

Martin Richter… sad news about Robin – he was a lovely guy.

Dave Nattress… Sad to have it confirmed about Robin, but I must admit I was thinking the worst. He was a great guy and bass player, lreally looked the part and we all had a frantic and great time getting The Prisoners going. Also, of course, Andy Leaney. Andy and I had a great connection also, smiles on the face as I remember these 2 old friends our fun times going for it, the stupid band names that Andy particularly liked to come up with that we all rejected!! Great sadness and regret that they’ve gone – like so many more on the local scene, and nationally and internationally all connected through the music. So many people who were the bricks in the huge wall that was built up over so many years. Some of the bricks have crumbled away, but then, more are being added all the time.

Dawn Leaney… I’m Andy Leaneys wife. . How lovely to see this old photo of The Prisoners.  Andy enjoying his passion, and so nice he is remembered with fond memories by many. Thank you so much for sharing this. You musicians give so much pleasure to so many! 🙂 xxx

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photo supplied by Kevin Burchett

Mo Blackford… Thanks Alan for your time and effort in trying to locate Robin. Obviously the confirmation of his passing comes as a bit of a shock. I’m wondering if anyone could throw a shred of light on the circumstances surrounding his untimely demise?

Dave Nattress… Brilliant, you found the Pete Breaks Out cutting. You know, going back we (or so many of us anyway), just did not record/photograph so many of our activities and it’s marvellous that you found this. It’s partly why this website is so very, very valuable to all of us, that stuff like this turns up that we’d lost, (or like I say not got a copy of ourselves), or just plain forgotten!!  These days as you well know everything, good, bad or indifferent can be recorded – I mean audio and visually, still or video etc. and everyone has the capability of so doing – smart-phones mainly I guess.  Back then, it was a BIT different!! The Prisoners: we were not a bad outfit, almost all our own songs and quite a few gigs around the area.  We didn’t get to make any criminal records as such, but I have some cassette recordings I must try and find – usually rehearsals, and OK, another gag, it’s not true, we were OK,  a tight unit, people said we should have been locked up making the sounds we did!!

 

The Zombies – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill – 6th June 2018

Iconic British psychedelic pop legends The Zombies have returned for a UK tour in June 2018, led by founding and current members, vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent.

For more information… https://www.dlwp.com/event/zombies/

Dave Nattress… Check out Colin Blunstone’s “I don’t believe in Miracles” and “Say you don’t mind”.  Wonderful, beautiful soaring vocals.  Seen him a couple of times on 60’s revival shows and some old stuff on TV and Youtube with the Zombies and at one time he went out with a string quartet.

Janet Rennie… Colin Blunstone fabulous voice , my two favourite songs from the seventies

Jen Franklin… Never fails to please. How does Colin maintain  hitting those high notes? Worth waiting for the late start. All ended too soon.

Review by Andy Gunton for The Stinger…

http://www.thestinger.org.uk/article/5b1a97f225bc29c203b6ebbf#.Wx_-PC_MzyI