Die Laughing – first photograph – Mallet Hall Bexhill – May 1977

Supplied by Lol Cooksey

First photo of Die Laughing, Mallet Hall Bexhill in May 1977. Terry Corder bass, Kevin Williams vocals, Lol Cooksey drums and Phil Thornton Guitar.

Trisha Ann…. That’s Mick Mepham on the drums isn’t it not Lol?

Roy Penfold… Certainly looks like Mick!

Alan Esdaile… Doesn’t look like him but definitely Lol.

Jim Breeds… I bought a Die Laughing 7 inch in Courthouse Street yesterday! You Got The Power/Hard Living Man on Ocean Records OC 003. Bit of a punt – I haven’t had a chance to try playing it yet to see if’s OK.

Phil Thornton… haha ! It was high energy back in the day and fun to be on guitar for a change !

Richard J Porter… Now known as the 6Ts with Harry Randall replacing Philip Thornton. Saw Harry earlier today.

Phil Thornton… As far as I know the 6Ts are harry, terry and lol. Different material than DL – my replacement was Mick mepham ! The early DL material also featured 60’s covers but it was very stylised and delivered with a punkish attitude – an interesting mix with kev’s angelic soulful vocals ( I wonder what happened to him ?) when Mick took over, original material became the main focus with a classic/melodic rock approach ! I remember they put on an outstanding performance for the melody maker rock contest (1978 ?)

Andy Ives… And what a great band they were too

Kevin Williams… Moved to London…….formed ‘Rye & The Quarterboys’ (8 piece soul band) then ‘The Hunger’ – ‘The Stand’ , now got a 5 piece called The Cry. So still above ground and still doing it.

Ernest Ballard… Phil Thornton on guitar i never knew that

David Miller… PGT manifests music via a bewilderingly wide variety of instruments and is also particularly exceptional on the guitar – he has been for as long as I’ve know him. I nominate him for the Todd Rundgren Multi-Instrumental Born To Synthesize award.

 

 

Die Laughing at The Marquee – 1st July 1979

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Melody Maker Rock Contest 2nd Head.

Andy Qunta… That’s a great pic! Rock n Roll!!

Ernest Ballard… Mick Tez and Lol. You guys rocked. Great pic and sure a lively memory

Joe Knight… 67 68 69 use to go there plus Wardour St (upstairs down stairs)

Tim Moose Bruce… I was there. Great day. And they got through to the final. Remember chatting to one of the judges. A guy called Sting…

Pete Houghton… Yes what a great photo of the band

Die Laughing photos from Lol Cooksey.

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supplied by Lol Cooksey

Reunion photo – sitting on the stairs of The Carlisle. 13th June 1988
Stage photo – Melody Maker Rock Contest Final, The Venue London 1st July 1979 and Lol & Mick around 1981

Yvonne Cleland… Mick….That’s a hairy chest. Great one of Laurie x

Andy Qunta… Great pics! Lol – Great shot!

Tony Qunta… Lol Awesome pose!

Glenn Piper… Hastings own ‘Keith Moon’ and I mean that most respectively 🙂

Geoff Peckham… That’s our Lol!

Richard J Porter… Terry and Lol, 6Ts, still going strong with Harry!!

Kev Towner… You look like you’re just about to do a stand-in for the old Solvite ad Mick!! LOL

Mick Mepham… Lol, Pier maybe?

Sheila Maile… The colour photo, Are they the 6T s in their younger days they are a good band with their fancy dress. I like the Andy pandy theme tune at the end of the gig

Alan Esdaile… Yes Sheila, the 6T’s,  Mick Mepham’s not with them now but Terry Corder, Laurie Cooksey and Harry Randall are still constantly gigging and their next local dates will be Shearbarn Holiday Camp on the 20th August and The Comet on the 27th August 2016.

Andy Qunta… Those Die Laughing guys still look exactly the same to this day!

 

Die Laughing – No Laughing Matter cassette

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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”.

 

Jobcentre Rejects NWOBHM compilation featuring Die Laughing you got the power

Side A

1. Baseline – Suspended Animation
2. Predatur – Seen You Here
3. Spider – Children Of The Street
4. Stray – This One’s For You
5. Overdrive – On The Run
6. Frenzy – Thanx For Nothing

Side B
1. Die Laughing – You Got The Power
2. Speed – Down The Road
3. Energy – Don’t Show Your Face
4. The Next Band – Never On A Win
5. Static – Voice On The Line
6. Metal Mirror – (Living On) English Booze

A really thoroughly researched compilation documenting the NWOBHM phenomenon’s rarer out reaches. Twelve tracks licensed from rare and hard to find New Wave Of British Heavy Metal-singles originally released in England 1978-1982.

More details…

https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/music/various-jobcentre-rejects-ultra-rare-nwobhm-1978-1982

Mick Mepham…The album featuring Die Laughing is apparently selling fairly well globally!! If you haven’t heard of it, it’s called Jobcentre Rejects and features loads of NWOBHM bands including us, yippeeee!!! Also, I have a track being played on Sunday evening during the Tony Davis show, 7 – 9, named Face In The Crowd
Peter Houghton… Got the cd the other day and it’s brilliant

Hollywood Killers & Die Laughing – Hastings Pier 4th March 1978

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Mick Mepham….It’s Christmas in Haiti in March …. I remember it well Alan, it was the year after 1977 …..

Phil Gill… You sure Mick? I thought we went straight to 79. I tend to be a bit vague around then.

Mick O’Dowd… I’ve got this down as 1978.

Bernard Jeffery….”this takes me back”, I remember playing this one

Terry Pack….Dick Rowley and I used to take terrible liberties with Jim’s songs: ‘arranging’ them in weird and wonderful ways.

Ralph Town…. A Christmas Show in March….sounds about right 🙂

Mick Mepham… Definitely 1978 Phil, honest….

Phil Thornton… I have a vague memory of this one …. was I in the band (Die Laughing) at this point ?

Philip Meston… Wasn’t Ashley Pepper on keyboards? I just checked, Ashley Pepper was the keyboard player in 1976. I just didn’t know the dates! 🙂

Mark Randall… Ex Be Bop Deluxe?

Jim Penfold…. I …..Charlie Tumahai from Be Bop Delux was in the band around 1979/80t was part of our Xmas Tour in March 1978 great to see this again….Hollywood Killers are back in action at the moment……would be great to play in Hastings again www.hollywoodkillers.com

Bernard Goffredo… Yes that would be good to see

Mick Mepham…. I don’t think so Phil, I joined in about August of ’77. Hi Jim, I think I have several posters, flyers etc of you guys. Would you like copies?

John Wilde… WE want the Hollywood Killers HERE!

Ralph Town… If its at all poss,I think The Killers should play at the pier opening….deffo.

Jan Warren… Die Laughing!! – yeah, I did and hope I will, thanks guys! 🙂 

Conan Howard… I remember Ralph and me (Conan) LEN .. Samisen / going to see you Bernie at Covent Garden in the 70s .. keep well old chap… Len..

Ralph Town… Man I must’ve been pissed.I don,t remember any of it!! LOL I used to help load gear with Jim Penfold and the Hollywood Killers from 1976 to 78.I was working with Ashley Pepper at the time.I DO remember doing a gig at Oxford rag week and getting chatted up by Zoe Ashcroft,famous Playschool presenter….good times.

 

Die Laughing, Head On, Plastix – Hastings Pier 16th February 1978

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ad – Sarah Harvey     ticket – Mick Mepham     Head On Andy Qunta, photo David Mmirb.

Phil Thornton….I remember this one ! the plastix had to play on the floor due to the stage being full of gear. They were excellent ! I had forgotten that DL were headlining !!! ( I think it may have been my last gig with them ?) Head On were great of course !!!

Alan Esdaile…..Bizarre to see Soul Fever 78 tour, as that was the tour I put together when I managed Delroy Williams. I can’t remember putting this on at the pier but think we change venue to Emmas(below Queens Hotel) as not enough tickets were sold.

Phil Thornton…..no no no ! not my last gig with Die Laughing ! but it was Mick Mephams first Hastings gig with them ! I must have been there to cheer him on !!!

Mick Mepham…..I think it might have been Phil as I think I joined in late ’77. That billing is a bit dicey though!! Head On were excellent and the Plastix weren’t too shaky either ….

Janine Anne Hemsley… ”Remember this night lol”

John Wilde…  I was there. It was a great night. Plastix won the night.

Phil Thornton… its official …. the Plastix stole the show !!

Peter Fairless… Plastix, a St Valentine’s attraction?

Mike Mitchell… That well known Welshman….Die Laughing

Phil Thornton… …. and no it was not the sex pistols in disguise !

Kev Carlyon… 80p to get in!

Headlights, Be Bop Bella, Die Laughing, Sunstroke – Carlisle – 558 Entertainments – 12th Jan to 20th Jan 1979

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Mick O’Dowd… This was my first promotion at The Carlisle. I had previously promoted Headlights at The Caves and was very impressed with them. They came from London but that’s all I can remember about them. Can anybody else help out? As you can probably make out Be Bop Bella & Sunstroke were rock’n’roll acts and then there’s that other band that no one on this page has probably ever heard of. Die Laughing. Hi Mick, Lol & Tel!

Alan Esdaile…  Remember Sunstroke very well. Used to be managed by Cy Whitfield in Hastings. Very surprised we have not found any photos of the band so far. This is all I got.

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Mick O’Dowd… I now realise I promoted Headlights 3 times. They must have been good!

Jim Breeds… Was the audience mainly made up of transfixed rabbits? 😀

Sarah Baggaley… Hi, my dad played bass in a band called Sunstroke in the 70s. I have a pic of the band with a Hastings phone number on it so I guess it’s the same one?! Trying to find out a bit more about it as he died in 1997.

Alan Esdaile… Is Mick O’Dowd mad?

Tim Moose Bruce…  I remember Before The Storm, they were very young and new to the scene but every time I saw them ( Supporting bands like Die Laughing) they improved with leaps and bounds. I recall they changed their name to Billy Whiz later on.

Die Laughing, Johnny Mason – Speakeasy Club Hastings 1970’s

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supplied by Mick Mepham

photos supplied by Clive Richardson

Yvonne Cleland….Nice shirt, Mick.

Ken Copsey…Great picture. What year is this? I think Mick is playing the AC30 I later bought off him and used in the Teenbeats.

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Andre Martin talking on the whereabouts of The Speakeasy….Back in the 1970s, if you walked on the pavement side from White Rock Pavilion going west, you would have passed the old Veruum Building, information centre/students centre – built in the 1930s in the same style as the WRP. The temporary car park was on the site of the Grand Hotel, that was demolished in1965 – to clear up the site because the Queen would be coming down in 1966. Next to this was Beachcomber Café and then a few doors further The Saraceno Italian Restaurant – where we took GG after his Carnival Show in the Park – Paul and I often used this for meals, next door was the Casablanca Club.

Peter Pursglove…..I worked at the other Speakeasy in Kings Road Alan, and Tramps Disco under the Malborough Hotel,both were packed with students during the summer.

Mick Mepham….. I used to wash dishes in the Saraceno Andre! Next door to that was the Lido, used to go in there quite a bit too…. We (Die Laughing) had some great gigs in the Speakeasy and I’ve still got some pix somewhere …..

Martin Richter… speakeasy – those were the days ! joe (wossisname?)