First Emotion (or sometimes billed as 1st Emotion) – Aquarius 1972

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 supplied by Barry French

Barry French, Den Wootton and Cliff Wootton – supporting ‘Total’

Cliff Wootton… Great pic. I still have the Hayman 4040 bass although I restrung it as BEAD instead of EADG and reversed the polarity of one of the pickups. This made it sound like a Rickenbacker which annoyed a genuine Rickenbacker bassist who heard it and claimed it sounded more authentic than his bass did. Sometimes you can’t help upsetting folks without even trying. For the geeks, Baz is playing an Antoria Les Paul copy and Den is playing Hayman drums. The Antoria guitars were pretty good and in some cases better than the originals.

Sarah Harvey… his bring back so many memories. St.Helens Youth Fellowship, The Regent Hotel etc…. What a wonderful picture.

Alan Esdaile… Crushed velvet trousers? I used to wear a Red pair.

Dave Nattress… Sarah, did you not have an Antoria Les Paul? Crushed velvet – between me and my mates in Bexhill we had the Dulux colour chart in hideous crushed velvet flares.

Cliff Wootton… Nah – not crushed velvet. These were medium grey brushed cotton/denim/corduroy (not sure which). They replaced the faux velvet Dralon suits we bought from the Undergound Boutique. We had matching maroon velvet blazers to go with these trousers. Looked quite posh. The Dralon suits weren’t robust enough for gigging. We bought them for a season opener at Frenchmans Beach in Rye. I tore the arse out of mine, den split the back of his jacket while drumming and Baz was strumming so furiously that the sleeve came off his jacket. Shaw Taylor who was MC for the night thought it was funny. I stood with my back to the amp for the second half of the gig to hide my embarrassment. Later I also had black crushed velvet flares when I was doing some DJ gigs. They didn’t seem to last very long either and split when I leapt up onto the stage (there’s a common theme starting here). Maybe some other contributors can tell us some funny stories about mishaps at their gigs.

Barry French… Your right the Antoria was a great guitar, not as heavy as a Gibson & had a bolt on neck like a fender (I wish I still had it). Regarding the Frenchman’s Beach Gig, I got the impression that Shaw Taylor thought that the wardrobe malfunctions were all part of the act.

Alan Esdaile… I hope Shaw Taylor didn’t advise you to ‘keep em peeled’.

Sarah Harvey… I had a white Antoria Les Paul. A lovely guitar. Bought new from a shop in Bromley for £150. I sold it because I needed the cash in the early 80s. Regretted it ever since 🙁

Cliff Wootton… I  was chatting to Baz yesterday at the Beatles Day and recalling this photo I didn’t realise how much of a fashion trend setting chap I was back then. This was 1972. It took until 1977 for George Lucas to copy my hair style as a model for Princess Leia in Star Wars.

and at The Lintonian Club Winchelsea…

Lucy Pappas… All great guys! I guess this was after I left the band. We were all about St Helens Youth Club at that time! x

Muscle Power – Aquarius 14th October 1972.

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MUSCLE POWER – Aquarius 14th Oct 1972,  Steve Maxted and a number of strip shows around this time. Interesting comment at the bottom of the ad… Contrary to recent rumours the Aquarius is not due for demolition. Anyone know anymore about this?

Jim Breeds… Nope.I know nothing about it. But was that about the time when they were threatened with closure because of noise complaints and didn’t they have to re-sound proof it? Am I making that up? Something rings a bell, so to speak.

Andre Martin… Your right about the noise, the locals and the council were often involved becasue the venue was never fitted out for such a level of noise.

Chris Coleman… remember going to these.

Jim Breeds… Didn’t they have to fit new baffles internally? They were described as shaped like egg boxes I think.

Peter Millington… I played there with Suspect in late 1972 and the decibel meter caused havoc. It shut us off whilst tuning-up! After turning it off we managed to complete the show at a reasonable volume and certainly not loud though. Eventually the place was shut down and after a massive re-furb it became Saturdays. I’m guessing it became Saturdays in 1974/5.

Anchor Inn George Street Hastings

Rick Baldwin… What a fabulous pub!!

Bookham Ally…

Tony Court-holmes… worked there when i was 18 for Don Stewart with my mum June and then in the 80s for Norman and Jan, I could tell you a few tales. Used to have three bars and gents only did number 1s a 2 was done in The Pump House

Dave Nattress… The Anchor was on the list – pub-crawl list I suppose, when the Bexhill lads had a Friday/Saturday night out in Hastings. Most weekends if not at a pier gig, (plenty of those too). Well what was there to compete in Bexhill! God knows how many pubs we could visit in the Old Town going back to about 1970 when my youthful drinking started – a little underage, but that was part of the deal. Drinking, fortunately which long ago now as good as finished! Pump House was always on, Anchor across the road, Jenny Lind, Cutter, Royal Standard, then of course the Nelson. I forget. And more up and down the High Street. I’d say the Anchor was a touch on the basic side, but we didn’t go for the decor. Taffy’s chip shop on the way home or another in Western Road, St Leonards to get a Beanoburger or whatever it was.

Tracy Birrell… Amazing photo.

Centre Page Saturdays Discotheque – Carnival Party 18th August 1976

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cuttings supplied by: Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

Chris Coleman… I was there, was you ?

Tont Court-holmes… i remember falling down the stairs or was i thrown out for being drunk its all a haze now

Will Hadfield… Best time ever!!!

Alan Pepper… Yes Will got to be the best year for Music Fashion Weather Nightlife etc !!

Jacquie Hinves… What a night with Tony Bird and“Centre Page”! Goodness what nights we had!

 

Saturdays Discotheque & opening night 1975 – George Street Hastings

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supplied by Hugh Beeching

Martin Richter…. saturdays

Clare Bennett… I remember dancing a lot in Scalliwags

Jules Stretton… Hastings seafront my parents used to party there ! X

John Storer… Definitely Saturdays …. we had our joint Stag & Hen night there in August 79

Yvonne Cleland… Reminds me of Bonitas or Aquarius…

Margaret Fletcher… Not Saturday

Rilka Brignall… Looks like saturdays to me

Peter Millington… Could that be Chris Glazier spinning plastic – Scalliwags perhaps?

Kevin Burchett… its definitly not scalliwags its saturdays

Alan Esdaile…  Thinking now this could be Aquarius which was what Saturday’s was called previously in the 70’s.

Kevin Burchett… Its Saturdays because of the lights no one had lights like that in Hastings then or now

Phil Gill… Could be the one at the back of Wellington Square that’s now a curry house.  It was always too loud for meaningful conversation, so I just used to listen to the music. If you listen carefully, you can spot the little disco funk references Steve and I worked into some of the Stallion songs. It’s very subtle, but it’s there. We were very cheeky. Well, two that spring to mind…listen to the bass and drums on Arsony in the UK, which is basically sped up disco funk followed by a 50s doo wop chorus. And on the live version of Cobra, we referenced Oops Upside Your Head.

Alan Esdaile… Was the club in Wellington Square called Courtneys?

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Supplied by…. Leigh Wieland-Boys via Kevin Burchett

Kevin Burchett… heres another pic from the opposition Saturdays lol.its a promo pic from the 1975 opening. with the lovely Leigh Wieland-Boys

Peter Millington… I recognise the waitress – anyone know her name?

Leigh Wieland-Boys….It’s me Peter! Lx

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The Thurn Brothers – Prinny’s Club George St Hastings 15th July 1969

Tony Court-holmes… i was the pot man in there when i was 18

Lloyd Johnson… I remember Prinnys opposite The Anchor…wasn’t it The Sombrero Coffee Bar before Prinnys? They had ‘Ride of the Valkeries’ On. The jukebox…

Monica Bane… Gosh ! That brings back memories. I worked there, for Bruce and his wife in the sixties!

Jimmy James & The Vagabonds – Aquarius 29th June 1974

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Phillip Earle… Seen Jimmy live on several occasions. Absolute master of showmanship. Voice still as good as when I first saw him in the seventies.

Andre Martin… Great showman to work with had some great gigs over the years, first time I recall was at the Shoreline Club in Bognor Regis many years ago !!

Mick O’Dowd… One of the undiscovered greats. Saw him at Butlins a few years back with Edwin Starr. Magic! Never recognised fully for the talent he has. Check out the album Live At The Marquee with him on one side and the other The Alan Bown Set. Another great band.

Charity Disco Dancing competition – Saturdays Discotheque George Street Hastings 3rd May 1979

Martin Richter… Goodhew’s days ? the guy on the right looks familiar ?

Jim Breeds… I doubt I was there. I’d started working in London the previous January and stayed in my flat most nights drinking cocoa.

Matt Thomas… I would have loved to have been old enough to go clubbing around this time

Julie Findlay-jones… I was probably there with your sister.x

Julie Morris… Happy times!

Patricia Wapshott… I was there ! The best of times

Julie Morris… Dawn, apologies if I’m wrong but is that by any chance you in the background?! I’m pretty sure my old school friend Sue is next to you – or I may just be getting old!

Dawn Leaney… Well it could be Julie? Although I think my hair was longer around that time and I don’t recall that dress? If it is I’m sure o would of had a few dubonnet and lemonades!

Kev Perry… I was in that

Perri Ann Haste…  I was there – Great evening, think I was drinking Martini & lemonade then! – those were the days!

Martin Richter… taking a punt (and I could be *very* wrong) – I think the guy is Martyn Wong ?

Paul Bryant… I think you could be right Martin,he was a fantastic

Matt Thomas… Ron & Joyce my old dance teachers from above FADS in Queens Rd

Leigh Wieland-Boys… oh my that brought back a memory, my friend & I had Saturday
Night Fever dance lessons with Ron & Joyce above FADS!!!🕺

Annika Banfield… Ooh, I was dancing in that competition. Sweet memories

Adlehied Hoohaa Welsh… I would love to know who these two are.? Anyone?

Alan Esdaile… In the write up it says the winners are Lorraine Burkes and Simon Ginsberg but a couple of people think it could be Martyn Wong?

Sara Mcdonald Kingham… I was going to say i think its Martyn Wong

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