Eddie & The Hot Rods – Hastings Pier 17th July 1976



ticket supplied by Pete Fairless,  Sniffin’ Glue Fanzine supplied by Gavin Martin

Peter Fairless… Their second visit of a very hot summer. Do Anything You Wanna Do, said Barrie, So, we did…

Ralph Town…  I was there!!

Nigel Ford… I was there and bought the album (Teenage Depression – tracks from which I have played on HASTINGS ROCK when not doing the Heavy Rock Show) on the strength of their first appearance, which I still have. Barry cartwheeling across the stage in between singing. “Do anything” came a bit later…

Tony Ham… Paul Gray is in The Damned now. He’s also got another band, again with Captain Sensible called The Sensible Gray Cells.

Pete Houghton… I was there and they signed my single do anything

Tim Moose Bruce… Mosaic. One of Joe Rytleski’s Bands.

Eddie & The Hot Rods and Kieran White – Saturday, 17th April 1976 Hastings Pier



poster and ads supplied by Pete Fairless – Bands On Hastings Pier Facebook page. Kieran White photo taken on the pier by Clive Richardson

Pete Fairless… Not sure if this was their first visit, certainly, the first time I saw them… a mere 50p, what a bargain!

Alan Esdaile… Did they play the pier 3 times Pete or more?

Pete Fairless… Yes, 17th April and 17th July 1976, 18th March 1978, on my list. They didn’t play in 1977 , the year they had a big hit with ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ and toured the US. Also, it was the year when the pier hosted The Stranglers, The Clash, The Jam, The Damned, The Adverts… Perhaps, they might have been seen as too ‘popular’?

Nigel Ford… Was at both ’76 gigs to see Barry cart-wheeling across the stage in between singing and bought their TEENAGE DEPRESSION album after the first gig which I’ve played tracks from on Hastings Rock: “Get across to you” & “Double checkin’ woman” from memory? though I think the deck slipped and I had to cut one short…. Dammit! Great to see them again last September too at the BIG GREEN CARDIGAN event.

Pete Fairless… Ah, yes, and Judas Priest on the 23rd. That was a good gig, too!

Virginia Davis… Those were the days. 50p a ticket and no added booking fees!!

Wesley Magoogan… He came on pretending to have only one arm

Tim Moose Bruce… Saw them at the de la warr in bexhill, the Naughty Rythmns tour. Also on that night were John Otway, Dr Feelgood and The Hamsters. 1999 I think.

Peter Fairless… Barrie was such a genuine guy, always had time for the Facebook group. He remembered the pier gigs…


Eddie & The Hot Rods, Radio Stars and Squeeze – 18th March 1978



ad supplied by Sarah Harvey, ticket supplied by Ken Copsey

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Sarah Harvey… A pretty good line-up. March 1978.

Mark Gilham…Had a Radio Stars album called ‘Songs for Swinging Lovers’ featuring the hit single ‘Beast of Barnsley’. From what I can remember it was pretty good.

Mark Randall… Electro encepholograph ! I believe you turned Kelly onto this ( Nervous Wreck) and de facto I heard it from Jonathan! Why o why do I remember this sort of thing ….

Mick O’Dowd… That is an amazing line-up similar to the U.F.O. / Supertramp gig.

John Storer…  Remember this gig very well as one of the most enjoyable I saw at the Pier. Had been looking forward to it as soon as the tour announced as all three bands were big faves of John Peel and they had all had a lot of airplay on his evening shows. In fact, I already had the Eddie & the Hot Rods and Radio Stars albums and think I had the Squeeze debut by the time of the gig Squeeze were getting a lot of daytime radio plays by the time of the gig with their single “Take Me, I’m Yours”. This was the first time I saw them live; I have now lost count of how many Squeeze gigs I’ve been to … well over 20, the last time being December 2012. Radio Stars were flying under the “new wave” banner but were actually made up of survivors from the glam rock period …. seem to remember Marc Bolan had a hand in writing / producing some of their stuff. The Hot Rods were superb …. pub rock at its best. Barrie Masters sweated so much he must have lost a stone or two in weight. Their debut, “Teenage Depression”, has stood the test of time as well. Definitely a night to remember.

Andy Gunton… I think the Marc Bolan connection with Radio Stars came through their singer Andy Ellison, who I believe was a member of Johns Children with Bolan. I saw Radio Stars several times & really liked them. As you say , not exactly Punk, but still good.  I would have loved to have been at this gig, great line up.

Mike O’Dowd… You’re right Andy, the other Andy was in John’s Children.

Alan Oliver… Saw them a while ago in Nottingham. Still brilliant!

Mark Syrett… Great gig remember it well especially Squeeze

Tony Ham… Life On The Line, great album, I was too young to see them though!

Joe Knight… Was talking to someone out of Squeeze in the Queens Head last year?

Paul Gray… 16 at the time. Surprised I was allowed to go

Peter Fairless… Well, Ken was there and he’d have only been… what, 12?

Ken Copsey… You’re mistaking the way I behave with my actual age! I was in fact 15

Nigel Goodman…I was there amazing gig

Michael Windsor… Saw them twice, fabulous concerts

Wesley Magoogan… He came on stage pretending to have only one arm !

Chris Pelling… By some strange quirk of fate I was at Hailsham Pavilion last night, exactly 40 years to the day after this gig, for an evening of stories and music by Chris Difford (Squeeze) and Boo Hewerdine. “Take me I’m Yours” took me right back! Both the ’78 gig and last night’s were excellent – albeit last night’s perhaps lacking some of the, er, “energy” of that four decades back – and if Chris Difford’s book “Some Fantastic Place” is half as good as last night’s show it will be well worth the cover price as he certainly has more than a few “rock and roll” stories to tell.

Mike Cramp… Was that the gig where he climbed the speakers and put his head through the ceiling tiles ?

Nigel Goodman… I was at this gig Absolutely fantastic

Richard Brown… The supporting band I think was the Radio Star and they played tracks from there album song for swing lovers.

Shaun Pont… My first gig.

David Farnes… I was there. First band was Squeeze, followed by the Radio Stars, then Eddie and the Hot Rods. Still ranks as one of the best gigs I ever saw.

Ralph Town… Radio stars were,of course, Marc Nolan’s,johns children band mates. They were still recording Bolan songs at this time. The b side to their only hit was a tune called horrible breath by Bolan. More useless trivia…lol.

Martin Waghorne… Wizard