supplied by Pete Prescott
Supplied by Pete Prescott
Tony May… And yet ANOTHER local compilation I knew nothing about!
Kev Towner… News to me – a Wishbone Bash?
Pete Prescott… It was the brainchild of Neil Cartwright. Had fun doing my bits. I still have this and the first one (Hollycopter Christmas)
Neil Cartwright… A true Prescott special: https://soundcloud.com/neil5856/christmas-morning
Alan Esdaile… A GREAT track.
Kev Towner… Definitely gotta get this in my collection of Hastings music.
Neil Cartwright… Kev, I’ll post a few tracks on Soundcloud, then you can download as many as you like. It was a student-based project (Special Needs Dept) where students either performed, wrote, or did a workshop with a local performer. Pete came into college and he worked on a couple of tracks with the students – this being one of them. He then recorded this live with Jez Gillett (4-track Tascam).
Carlo Friggeri… What about K.Emerson’s involvement?
Neil Cartwright… Keith Emerson’s involvement? OK. Keith booked us to play at his son, Aaron’s 18th birthday party. This was back in October. It was a fantastic night. Keith brought across his then current band, ‘3’, and we all played together. Pete and I stayed behind afterwards for an hour or so – singing, dancing, playing, generally fooling around (Pete can give details), and I told him about the project we were doing, and asked if he’d like to be involved. He said ‘yes’ enthusiastically and invited us over to his studio. He said that he was also working on a Christmas album, and that his favourite carol was ‘It Came Upon the Midnight Clear’. Mine was ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’. Anyway, when I phoned him a week or so later, it was clear that he was talking about Music Therapy, and as valuable as it would have been, it wasn’t really appropriate for the kids that I had, so we declined the offer. He did, however, send us a card with his best wishes. When the project was completed, we were lucky enough to secure an interview on Southern Sound FM (or was it Radio Sussex??), so we drove over to Brighton. We listened to the radio going across, and a total coincidence – Keith was being interviewed about his Christmas album in the slot before us. Of course, Keith’s name meant nothing to the students, but imagine the feeling in the car, when after Keith’s interview, they played our version of ‘The Coventry Carol’, saying that we would soon be joining them in the studio too. It doesn’t quite end there, because as we were walking down from the car-park to the studio, Keith was just coming away. He (surprisingly) recognised me; he stopped and spoke with us, asking the students if they’d enjoyed the project. Then he and wished us the best of luck and went on his way. And basically, that was it. No, he didn’t play on the cassette, but Jez did a great homage to his style in out version of ‘In The Bleak Miwinter’. (Anna Madge from The Mobiles did the vocal.)
Carlo Friggeri… Thanks, Neil, great story
supplied by Mick O’Dowd
Featuring Andy Knight(Drums), Andy Bannister(Vocal/harp), Steve Hemmens(Bass), PaulDengate(Guitar), Piers Clark(Guest Guitar)
Mick O’Dowd… Found this cassette in my cupboard. Andy Knight & Paul Dengate and part was recorded at the Sunday Blues Nights at Pebbles Nightclub Winchelsea Beach. A good session and a good local band.
Geoff Peckham… Would have liked to have seen them. I missed a lot through leaving Hastings in ’74. Thought I recognised the photo on cover, then found it in my vinyl collection!
supplied by Mick O’Dowd
Not sure of year but line up at this time was Terry Corder – Bass Guitar/Vocals, Richard Parkhouse – Lead Guitar/Vocals & Lol Cooksey – Premier Drums/Vocals.
Mick O’Dowd… Another from The Cassette Cupboard( only 1 more to go at present). Die Laughing after Mick Mepham “left”.
supplied by Pete Prescott
Featuring Liane Carroll, Roger Carey, Mick Mepham, Buick 6, Jez Gillett Band, Ian Barnett, Splash.
Andrew Bantock… Ah, the memories. I was Station Manager of Radio Cracker that year. Memories of watching from backstage and Simon Halsey doing the radio mix. I don’t actually have a copy of that.
Mick Bean… When I did a Buddy Holly stint on Radio Cracker (who remembers that groundbreaking local radio station?) I left a photo of Buddy Holly on display in the studio, I’d got his wife María Elena Holly to sign it when I met her in London. I wonder where it is now… Thats rock ’n’ roll I guess.
supplied by Eric Cawthraw
Eric Cawthraw… ….The Weeping Crocodiles: John Storer, you were always a shocker for clearing out your music collection – I’ve still got a copy of ‘There’s More to Life than Snogging Barry’ – great value for the title alone. I used to work with Tim Noakes and my copy came via him. I still have a twin deck cassette player and just tried it out – still sounds pristine! I can play most things except wax cylinders, 78s and the barrel-organ, since the monkey died.
I’ve just copied the cassette cover and will see if it will attach. I’ll bring the cassette along to the next SMART meet on 26th (go for the plug, I say). I can transfer to CD/MP3 if required.
As an aside, I’m sure that there is a connection between TWC and Riuichi Sakamoto: I have a copy of Sakamoto’s ‘Left Handed Dream’ (from 1982) and while at work I was singing part of a track. Tim Noakes was sitting near and asked me where I’d heard the song. When I told him – he was gob-smacked as it was written by his mate (Steve I believe) who sold it to Robin Scott. The Sakamoto album features…..Robin Scott! So there you have it, Sussex to Tokyo via my dulcet tones. The title of the track on the album is ‘Once in a Lifetime’ if my memory is still firing properly. I can bring this along on the 26th as well.
Is Tim still around? Hastings calling Tim, Hastings calling Tim, over.
Redstar Richter… aaargh – where`s the quote from? had a “fuck art – let`s dance” t-shirt from the same company (my mum refused to wash it!) 🙂
Martyn Baker… Someone. Make mp3’s of these songs. They are terrific. Honest.
Mark Gilham… Nice sleeve
Tim Noakes… I’m still around… but am now in Dorset remembering all the good times in the Weeping Crocodiles. I also remember all of the good times playing snooker with Eric and the conversation re: the track with the lyric ‘Arrangements have been made’. I’ve just added all the brilliant Salvation Sunday tracks to my Dropbox and have enjoyed listening again to every single one of them. Stephen Winterbottom truly is a genius songwriter and an inspiration to me to this day. For my part, I last released a single 2 years ago (5 Rings – The Games We Play) and now provide voiceovers via my alter ego, Tim Noa (the Man from NOAVOA). It’s really good to hear from Hastings and to see so many familiar names on this link and site.
Stephen Winterbottom…OMGG Eric has a copy of “More to Life than Snogging Barry” and the best bit is that Tim Noakes lives!! Well I’m also still around and living near Seattle WA. Moved here from Philadelphia in 2013 was gamefully unemployed and in need of a new challenge. I love it here by the Puget Sound, the countryside is very beautiful, the climate perfect (just like Englands) and the people friendly funny and covered in Tattoos. Not me however I apparently am the only person in Seattle without at least ten.
Tim you look exactly the same, still got your hair and teeth, so have I am just a bit fatter these days. I’m not involved in music these days but I do work in Hi-tech for a company out here, still love gadgets! Tim, I would dearly love to get back in touch, I’ve looked for you on the web many many times and never been able to track you down.. Dorset eh! what took you there I wonder? The voice over pictures look very dapper BTW.
Eric! owner of the Snogging cassette! you have no idea how long I have been looking for a copy of MTLTSB. I would be tempted to fly back to England rent a car and drive round to your house if I could get a copy!! (and if I had the money).
supplied by Barry French
Tony Burnett, Paul Huggett, Tony Pettifer, Colin Chapple & Jo Hawkins
Gary Sykes… I remember drumming for Jo Hawkins and Mick Mepham in a talent comp on eastbourne pier, we came second, she had a great voice.
Tim Moose Bruce… Done gigs with her a few years back. She now lives somewhere in Spain. Be great to hear this tape.
Phil Gill… Nice. I bookmarked the page, it’ll be useful.