Killing Floor & Factory – high & grammar school dance 15th July 1971

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supplied by Roger Carey

Andy Qunta….Think might be from ’71 though. Factory were “getting it together in the country”, i.e. not gigging, in July ’70, & decimal money wasn’t in till ’71. Like any of that matters!

Phil Gill…I was there- end of term gig and I also think it was ’71 and not ’70. There was an amount of pupil revelry resulting in some pictures of teachers on a corridor wall being smashed and possibly at least one expulsion. It was a great gig. I was 15 and highly impressed with both bands and the drunken anarchical japes which resulted in said expulsions.

Pete Fisher…. The heady days of HGS…..must have just done my “O” levels…..vaguely remember Killing Floor inciting a small riot, probably just a couple of fire extinguishers getting let off, and the holy photos of the staff (Henshall in particular) getting defaced…still have a ticket for April that year for the High School Dance, with Factory and Sam Tripp…

Gary Kinch…..Bless the High School Girls

Barry M Dyke…..I must have been there. My present wife was a High School girl and most of my mates were Grammer lads.

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Budgie & Factory – Aquarius 14th February 1973

budgie budgie back budgie new

handbill supplied by Iain Cobby

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cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey

Andy Qunta… Wow! What a gem! Thanks for finding, Iain, & thanks for posting, Alan! I  also like the ads for the Disc Jockey, Aquarius, and especially Ace Promotions! If my memory serves, that was Graham How’s company around the time he was designing the “Factory man” logo! Good times! I was wondering what I was doing that day! Budgie were always great, and lovely guys!

Graham How… And Ace Promotion’s philosophy and belief in Hastings peoples’ love of good live music came true. Big time! Was proud to be part of Ace Promotions and I still have my business cards!

Glenn Piper… Ace Promotions gave me my start as a Pier roadie – thanks Graham. I was there, I remember it well (which is surprising in itself 😀) After the gig had a good time with Budgie.

Tony Court-holmes… same as Glenn where did our youth go

Soho Jets & Factory – 1975

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all cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey

Andy Qunta… Great finds, Sarah! Thanks! Don’t remember the Soho Jets! I remember lugging all our gear down the Caves though! Lugging it down the Pier to the ballroom was a breeze compared!

Bernard Jeffery…. I remember doing caves gigs, the damp atmosphere affected the drums tuning, couldn’t keep a good sound.

Dave Nattress… Sarah, remember Samisen’s caves gigs well and for sure the damp atmosphere and the lugging. Worse was getting the gear down the steep footpath off West Hill Road, then down the steps, then the ramp to the entrance, in and down and down and down. Then getting it all out again.

Factory – more rare photos – Hatters early 70’s

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supplied by Laurie Cooksey

Yvonne Cleland….These pics are great. xx You all look so young that this must be before I met you with Daisy.

Mike Curtis….And you’ve not changed a bit!

Geoff Peckham…..Evocative pictures taken at a rehearsal at Hatters, seemingly. Love them!

Tony Qunta….Wow! That does bring back memories! 🙂

Andy Qunta….Don’t remember ever sitting down at a keyboard, but apparently I did!  Jaffa cheesecloth & loon pants! Stylin’!  Wow! That white Strat! Tone could play it too, even then!

Tony Qunta….Is that the Wurlitzer?

Andy Qunta…..Tone (Tony Qunta), I think the keyboard was an Elka organ. 1st keyboard I had. Hideous thing! Always going out of tune! Each note had a tuning thing, which was under the lid bit. Used to glue them in tune, but then they would shift when the organ was moved, especially when we had a gig to do! Curse that thing, but it got me started on keyboards. This would have been ’71 or ’72, didn’t get the Wurlitzer electric piano for another 4-5 years.

Graham How…..Was this Andy in his Librarian period?

Andy Qunta…..I do look kinda studious there, Graham How! Don’t see that very often!

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Factory & Daisy – Hastings Pier – 5th October 1973

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poster supplied by Mick Mepham and advert supplied by Nick Prince 

Phil Gill….Wasn’t Will T in Daisy?

Yvonne Cleland….Yep, he was, along with Mr. Terence Corder, Tony Barraclough, and young Kevin Hoad. I was Will’s gf and did the sound. Wes Magoogan had joined them, by this time, and Marion did the lights.

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supplied by Yvonne Cleland

Yvonne Cleland….Here’s one of me and Will when he was in Daisy

Andy Qunta…Daisy were a great band, & we had some great gigs together! Daisy were really good!

Terry Pack….One of the first gigs I went to featured these two bands, at the youth club in Bexhill, pre Wesley.

Phil Thornton….I remember that one ! I was there ! 2 great local bands !!

Paul Dove….Great band Factory played with them on a few dates with, ( muller & 3 on ice,) great days.

Geoff Peckham….Great days indeed, didn’t you keep a diary, Andy? If you did I’d love to see it – I’m sure I’ve forgotten half of what I got up to!

Nick Prince… Electric Ray when he was the last landlord of the New Clive Vale. hahaha, I still laugh at his antics more than a quarter of a century on

Yvonne Cleland… RIP Electric Ray x

John Wilde… Let us raise our glasses to Electric Ray (Wickham). A beautiful Soul.

Phil Thornton… funnily enough I bumped in to Tony Barraclough today !!

Lyn Humphrey… Yvonne Cleland–I worked with thee, in ’73! (Ashdown House, Works Bills).

Factory Time Machine 7″ single reissued – limited

The latest addition to the Rare Record Club series – No 43 – is from a Hastings band

Further details from Record Collector…

https://shop.recordcollectormag.com/product/VINFACT/buy-factory-time-machine-7-?utm_source=eshot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OCT.RC

Alan Esdaile…  I wonder if any of Factory know anything about this and if it is done with their permission?

Andy Qunta… Thanks, Alan, but yes, & yes! Woo hoo!

Geoff Peckham… Ahem….

Pete Fisher… that’s what I was wondering, but good to hear they do…

Joe Knight… Wow how young

The Factory – Crowhurst Recreation Ground – 19th August 1972

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admission to dance 37 1/2p !

Geoff Peckham… I’ve just looked this up in Andy’s famous gig diary. Andy describes a it as ‘a load of rubbish’! PA problems in the first set, small crowd and cold weather given as reasons.
The corresponding gig in ’71 was better, however:
“August 14th at Crowhurst for £15.
This was an outdoor affair and we were up on the back of a lorry which made a change. Once we gained control over the erratic electricity supply we played pretty (well) and people enjoyed it. We had complaints about the noise about 4 miles away which can’t be bad. Mark Anderson blew a train for us which was nice.”
Does anyone remember Mark or know what he’s doing now? I met him at Hastings College in ’69 where he played guitar and harp with Min and me.

Phil Gill… “Blew a train”….is that some sort of euphemism?

Geoff Peckham… I see how that could be misconstrued into an extraordinary feat! No, Mark used to do a great Sonny Terry-style train impersonation on the blues harp. (I think you probably knew that, Phil!)

Half Human Band, Factory, Stackridge – Hastings Pier 20th & 27th July 1974

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supplied by Mick Mepham, HHB promo photo unknown venue, Stackridge photos from the gig by Chris Meachen

Andy Qunta….Funnily enough I don’t remember the Half Human Band, although I don’t know how I could forget a name like that! I remember Stackridge though! They were great! Factory supported them at least once! Thanks to Mick Mepham for finding this, btw!

Geoff Peckham…..I remember the name Half Human Band, but no matter how much I scrunch up my face, I can’t summon up a memory of them. Now Mutter Slater and Stackridge playing Purple Space Ships Over Yatton present no such problem!

Martin Waghorne…..I can remember watching Stackridge @the De LA Warr Pavilion, one track I remember is ‘Mr Mick’.

Tony Qunta…..I never realised we were a half human band!

Andy Qunta…..Which half was human, & what was the other half?

Sarah Harvey…..Super human?

Phil Thornton.….Stackridge were great !

John Storer…My abiding memory of the Stackridge gig, which was great fun. is of seeing half the band smashing dustbin lids together during one track

Chris Baker…..Saw Stackridge twice I believe. They were a great band!

Mick O’Dowd…..Saw them at Wembley Stadium with Elton John , The Beach Boys & The Eagles + others.

Terry Pack…..I  was at that Wembley gig, too, Mick. And the Pier gig above. The Wembley gig was incredible: Stackridge, Rufus, Joe Walsh, Eagles, Elton John, Beach Boys!

Phil Thornton……yes Stackridge – great band ! I was at this gig and when they played at the De La Warr Pavilion – I think Stallion supported them at one point ! btw – they are still going, I have a recent album – excellent stuff !

Martin Isaacs….Sorry you can’t remember Half Human Band. My only memory of the gig was the van (we called it The Pig) going through one of the planks on the pier, and we feared we’d not goet it out – but we did … Check out the HHB page on Facebook!

Mick O’Dowd….Yeah Terry it was a great day at Wembley including the weather. Did we actually SEE these bands as there were no large screens in them days and I was on the half-way point on the pitch? Stackridge were a highly underated band who deserved more recognition.

Dave Nattress… Stackridge – seems like they gigged everywhere constantly in the 70’s and I saw them a few times but in the hazy past I can’t recall where or when although one I’m sure was at a festival and once at the pier. Don’t remember the DLW – slapped wrist to have missed that on the home turf. Didn’t have any of the albums as vinyls but delighted to have mopped up 6 albums on CD over they years including “Radio 1 In Concert “and “The Radio One Sessions” . I used to get to London a lot – working – and Stackridge was on the list of stuff I always had with me that I wanted to get hold of, so back in the day before the WWW, Amazon and others and a lot of mail-order shops, Tower Records, HMV, Virgin all clustered in and around Oxford Street/Piccadilly – Tower I think was Piccadilly and also in Kingston-upon-Thames, used to occasionally have one or more in stock

Mick Mepham… Let There Be Lids – Dustbin Ones!