Hastings Pride 25th August 2019 – Sigue Sigue Sputnik Headlining. The Oval Hastings

The Happy Maureens, Expandis and more acts to be announced shortly. https://hastingspride.org.uk

Sarah Harvey… Expandis at 15:40 in Arts Tent – Maureens Main Stage at 15:50 and Maureens at 17:00 in Arts Tent.

Matt Thomas… See you there.

Parade route on Sunday

 

Expandis – Hastings Pier 3rd July 1982 & promo photo

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poster & ticket supplied by Mick Mepham,    photo supplied by David Miller.

Phil Thornton….Many thanks to Mick Mepham for finding this old poster ! This brings back happy memories of a fine evening on the pier ! – we (EXPANDIS) had the ballroom about half full (over 600 people)
we had a few guests that night … Min on Sax, the ‘Foxx’ dance troop and of course the ‘Bag ladies’ !

Yvonne Cleland… The DLWP should book Expandis!

Kev Towner… It’s like a trio of Trevor Horns!!

Alan Esdaile… I always thought they would be great on Later with Jools Holland. What is that in John’s hand?

Phil Thornton… its a mk 3 sonic disruptor. when we were all on the mothership John was usually on ‘shotgun duty’

John Wilde… we came from the future……

Phil Thornton… ……… and crash landed in Bexhill (the cosmic AA have been called)

David Miller… It seems like only yesterday…..

Expandis at the Marquee and other London gigs 1980’s

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supplied by Phil Thornton

Alan Esdaile… Great photo Phil but can’t work out if your expression is from the passion of the song or has John just smacked you in the mouth?

Mick Mepham… They’re playing ‘Everything stops for baby’

Ernest Ballard… Great band.

Expandis – Hastings Carnival 1983

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supplied by John Wilde    David Miller, John Alexander Wilde and Philip George Thornton.

Phil Gill……Photo taken a split second before the bus ploughed into the stage.

and from 1981 – Moment Of Passion

Yvonne Cleland… My mum could have made two pairs of trahsers out of those strides 🙂 🙂

John Wilde… Great memory, thanks Alan. Oh if only I had saved that gear. Loved those pants! Great times.

David Miller… Loved that day, that event and that performance.

Phil Thornton…  was going for the ‘space priest’ look which has fallen out of favour in recent years … cant get hats like that anymore ! Just noticed I’m playing an acoustic 12 string !! I must have been going through a phase !

Phil Gill… Eko Ranger 12? I used to have one of those…. I’ll say no more.

Andy Qunta… Those are surely award-winning trousers that John is flaunting!

 

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 !!!

Rumours Club – 1982/1983

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gig posters supplied by Mick Mempham, Expandis postes © John Alexander Wilde

Pete Fairless…Doing the boxer beat? I remember JoBoxers being fantastic! Thoroughly brilliant, in a dripping wet, hot and sweaty, rather loud, Crypt, kinda way!

rumourssupplied by Mark Richards The Crypt Archives . https://www.facebook.com/thecryptarchive

John Wilde… Ha! The Expandis fantasy Ball. What a great New Years Eve.

Peter Millington… ABADABS Friday 26th November – 1982

 

More Expandis rarities 1983 supplied by Roger Carey.

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photo, poster and play list all supplied by Roger Carey

More Expandis rarities. supplied by Roger Carey who played bass for the band in 1983.

Photo from Vines Cross Festival near Heathfield (Top of the bill was The Enid) L-R David Miller guitar/vocals, Roger Carey bass, John Wilde vocals percussion, Phil Thornton keyboards/vocals. Poster – Rumours Club Hastings 22nd July 1983 & Alexandra Park 23rd July 1983. Set lists. Probably from a gig in London and a gig in Bath. Notice the van hire charges totally £40.00.

John Wilde… Wahooo. Nice save Roger!

David Miller… Great pic of a great day and other fine stuff – nice one, Roger….

Yvonne Cleland… What a picture, what a photograph! Good find, Rog! x