Anyone remember this group and is this the same band?
poster supplied by Jim Penfold
Martyn Baker… Simon Fuller
Peter Fairless… The start of something big…
Jim Penfold …. Simon Fuller’s first promotion 19th May 1978…the Hollywood Killers…..the man who invented Pop Idol/American Idol..manager of The Spice Girls/David Beckam/Andy Murray/ Annie Lennox etc etc etc…..if you have a magnifying glass his name is bottom right…..his Easybeat Promotions promoted us a couple more times that year……what went wrong!!!!(for him)
Tim Moose Bruce… I remember Before The Storm. They supported Die Laughing a few times and I think changed their name to Billy Whizz im my memory serves me. A memorable gig was at the caves.
Jim Penfold… Happy days! I’ve got the Hastings Observer’s review of that gig and will post it when I can find it! It says promoter Simon Fuller raised £100 for charity for this sold out gig!….it’s a pity Simon didn’t go on to bigger things……
Mike Mitchell… I remember seeing Simon strolling down the road stuffing fiver’s into his pockets… We got paid a fiver for being bottom of the bill. My first professional engagement as a drummer. Happy days indeed.
Photo from Dutch TV programme Fenklup, 9 February 1968 by A. Vente, A & F. van Geelen
Andy Qunta..She did my favourite version of Stay With Me, Baby. Great voice!
Janet Rennie… She was fab . What happened to her
Alan Parker… I think she originated from S. Africa. and went back home
Mick O’Dowd… How did I not know of this? Loved Sharon Tandy but also believed her to be coloured! Recorded for Atlantic and her most well-known tune was Toe-Hold.
supplied by Neil O’Warne via Dave Arnold.
Featuring: Stark, Widows, Quality Fish, Dicemen, Blue Fish Poetry Collective.
Neil O’Warne says… Gig flyer for a CND “benifit” at Falaise Hall in Hastings – probably from 1981. On the back there’s a 25p discount as well!
Dave Arnold… Remember this -singing with Stark…
supplied by Smokestack Lightning Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/smokestacklightninghastings/
Mike Mitchell… You don’t see an apostrophe at the front of the word phone these days. Oh how standards have slipped
Neil Partrick… Yes and a “disc jockey” too. Great poster.
Eugene Hughes… DC Disco. I was only chatting with Adrian last week.
poster from Alex Chapman West Marina to Hastings Pier. Original gig flyer for the ‘Falaise Hall’, Saturday 2nd August 1980.
Originally called ‘Charlie and the Criminals’ .Charlie Turner vocals, Alex Benton guitar, William “Bill” O’Neill bass, Brian Spiers drums, Lee Benton guitar.
Redstar Richter….gary turner and lee Benton? bullshit detector….?
Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason….Yes they were on the album ‘Bullshit Detector’ . I remember selling a few, also I think I made the badges for them at the time.
Kev Towner….Oh yeah – I remember these guys.
Alan Esdaile… Anyone in contact with any of the guys from the band Clockwork Criminals? Charlie Turner vocals, Alex Benton guitar, William “Bill” O’Neill bass, Brian Spiers drums, Lee Benton guitar. I’ve had an email from Victor Diez Lopez from Vomitopunkrockrecords Valencia who wishes to speak to them about a record deal.
Bill Willaith… Hmm never got any royalties from vomit records had to cancel the Porsche , still got a full seT of the badges I think I designed all 3 Bill O Neill. Great site well done
Kev Towner… I don’t actually own a copy of this, although I’ve got lots of other local bands’ vinyl offerings.
Tony Ham… There was an album released a few years back, think it was a compilation.
Martin Richter… I can feel my foot tapping
Pete Millington… Spyke at that time were -Ginger Millington, Terry Chedzoy and Ian Williams
Colin Fox… Yet another one for my collection. Cheers
Alan Esdaile… Looks like you missed this one Colin, as the later advert says Performance has split up.
Colin Fox… No wonder I couldn’t remember this gig.
Pete Millington… Same here Colin – I was thinking that I’d lost the plot. Spyke as a Trio would bave been blown away by a 6 piece, I would certainly have remembered the experience. Phew SPYKE survived!