Expandis – new line up 2015.


supplied by Expandis Facebook page.

John Wilde , Philip Thornton and Andy Maby.

Don’t forget Expandis are playing The Big Green Cardigan Festival on Friday 4th September 2015. Also playing on Friday are Titus, Mick Bolton and lots more. Saturday 5th September The Fabulous Red Diesel, Joe Rytlewski Band, Eddie & The Hotrods and more. Sunday 6th September Terry Pack Trio, Cajun Dawgs, Blockx and more.


Alamo Leal… This is great ! Good to see those guys back at it.

Expandis – Dungeons and Dragons


supplied by Mick O’Dowd

Mick O’Dowd… Here’s another one for Expandis people. Probably recorded at The Expandibubble in Bexhill. Not sure wether it saw the light of day but i’m sure John Alexander Wilde can put us right.

John Wilde… Yes Mick this was a project that Phil and David were involved in. It eventualy made it to vinyl and the finished product was frankly a bit of a masterpiece.

David Miller…. This was released as First Quest – The Music and here’s a blog on it to which, if you scroll down to the bottom, I give, in my nom-de-bog of spiggman, some background on it all. http://blogonomicon.blogspot.com/…/album-first-quest… Here’s a YouTube excerpt from the album. The first face you see come up is that of Valentine Dyall who, among other things, would take part in some of the Goon Show radio events back in the 50’s. I remembered him from those days and had him contacted and brought out of retirement to do the between-tracks dialogue for the album. Alas, I wrote some of the most self-consciously cheesey and trite sword-and-sorcery dialogue for him and I still apologise to him abnd his memory even to this day. He apparently was pleased to be remembered and paid so hopefully that was something of a balm to this indignity….



Expandis – The Complete Home Cassette – 1984



John Alexander Wilde….phew thats scary!

Mick O’Dowd… Another classic from the Cassette cupboard. Expandis early tape. I did have a cassingle( anyone remember those?) of I’m Not Waving..,but it seems to have disappeared.

John Wilde… Wahoo a holy relic! I don’t have one of those. Would you ever consider parting with it Mick?

Mick O’Dowd… Well John as I have not got anything to play it on I suppose I could be tempted with a bag of sherbert lemons!

John Wilde… wahoo nice one Mick I would happily relieve you of it. Where can I find you? Next SMART meet?

Mick O’Dowd… Of course John. I’ve also got a copy of Dungeons & Dragons which I think you might have given me. I’ll bring them along on Friday.

Expandis – Kid Jensen’s Coast To Coast Show 1981


supplied by Expandis Facebook Page

Matt Thomas… Remember watching this at the time

Martin Richter… me too!

Terry Pack… I remember the drive to Southampton and recording the song(s?), the TVS studio and canteen. It was a long day.

David Miller… Love this pic…..

Mick O’Dowd… Remember this well.


Expandis – David Miller Rocket Records promo photo & others




all photos supplied by David Miller

Backstage at The Crypt, David Miller Rocket Records promo photo & The Carlisle 1981.

John Wilde….(Dave Miller photo) A favorite image.

Dave Miller…..I like that one a lot too – I had fun decorating that white shirt by blowing differnt dyes at it using a straw. Good times…

John Wilde……You impressed me with that whole graphic psychedelic look. The transparent watch and the multilense shades. It was though the black plastic crocodile skin pants that got me.

Dave Miller…..It was quite the look, wunnit? It was a fun time for just putting things together and enjoying the sum of them. I thought the digi-watch with the inner gubbins reversed so you saw the circuitry came through you…. Lennon specs and clip-on shades were quite the look too….

Angela Frances Gardner…..”So young!!”