Greasy Trucker – 1973

Pete Cunningham, William Powell and Alan Turner

Ian Quinnell… Alan Turner aka AlBear- now there’s a face I’ve not seen for over 40 years. Used to work with him at Rediffusion, on the Ponswood estate. What became of him?

Barry Newton… I was wondering the same when I saw his photo

Paul Huggett… Haven’t seen Will in ages, still around here somewhere. Alan lives in Cornwall now.

Mick O’Dowd… One of the original “good guys” is Will. Nice bloke and good drummer!

Barry French… Pete Cunningham worked in Mullet Smith music shop when it first opened in Normans Road. I believe he was also in a folk duo with Paul Dengate. I never got to hear Greasy Trucker but I remember Will Powell being very excited about the project.

Allan Osbourne (prev Turner)… Greasy Trucker was a short lived band but it was certainly a lot of fun as I remember.  Peter Cunningham  was a paramedic as I recall  and last I am aware  was living in Rye. Will Powell  had always lived in Hastings  and  had played in several different bands in the area.  As for myself,  well  it was the early seventies and  just about everyone I knew at the time seemed to be in a state of flux moving from one band to another.  My own history is no different  having been in Sam Tripp, Arktuss, and  Greasy Trucker.  I think the most interesting gig we ever did in Trucker was probably Bonitas  where Pete and  myself  finished up on our backs playing on the floor and breaking guitar strings like they were going out of style. Lets just say it was an interesting night.  I haven’t seen Pete or Will since  the demise of Trucker back in the early seventies but would be interested to hear of their whereabouts  if at all possible. I  now live in south Devon  near a town called Seaton  and have been here for the last twenty years.

 

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…

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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

Die Laughing at The Marquee – 1st July 1979

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supplied by Mick Mepham

Melody Maker Rock Contest 2nd Head.

Andy Qunta… That’s a great pic! Rock n Roll!!

Ernest Ballard… Mick Tez and Lol. You guys rocked. Great pic and sure a lively memory

Joe Knight… 67 68 69 use to go there plus Wardour St (upstairs down stairs)

Tim Moose Bruce… I was there. Great day. And they got through to the final. Remember chatting to one of the judges. A guy called Sting…

The Kult bet & more…

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supplied by Jennifer Grist via Robert Searle

Pete Fairless…..Did they manage it?

Have not been able to find out if this happened?

Andre Martin……I have a memory of The Kult being in the Regent a couple of times, playing with UTD, perhaps the were deps – can not recall much else, but with keep digging. I recognise the name KULT from Hastings Pier Adverts.

Geoff Peckham….I was a big fan of the Kult, Andre. I saw them many times in the late 60s in and around Bexhill. They played blues based rock, some Cream covers and long instrumentals. Great guitarist called Sunshine. Was thrilled to support them once at Ninfield Memorial Hall.

Andre Martin…..Thanks Geoff, that now all falls into place, as I said they were either depping a member of the UTD or perhaps they were replacing them for a night in the old Regent Thursday sessions – this would have been around late 1967, I just remember the brothers, somehow the mention of Moor Hall came into the conversation, all those years ago – too many to really remember. Ninfield Memorial Hall, was that not the wooden building on the road between Ninfield & Sidley – I think that I even did a gig there in the last 1960s. – Small world.

Robert Searle…..I was the bass player after Mick O’Driscoll left.

Geoff Peckham…….Yes. I saw you with them. And with Mick too. Didn’t (Paul?) Freeman play drums with them towards the end?

Robert Searle……Thats right .Paul played drums after John Hales (custer)left.

Andy Qunta…..Love The Kult! One of the first “local” bands I saw when we first moved to the Hastings area in late ’69. They seemed very professional for a so-called local band! My brother, Tony, & I had just l left boarding school at that time, and were just starting out being in a band (Static Emotion, with Chris Sambrook & Dave Austin). It was very inspiring to see how good The Kult were, & we hoped to be somewhere as good as that eventually!

Geoff Peckham…..I loved Whiskey Mac and UTD (great name!) too, but Kult were definitely my favourite local band. Pete O’Driscoll was a strong front man and they had something special. And DID they win the bet? Two grand was a lot of money then….it is now!

Sunshine aka Richard Melhuish… They did not win the bet…..that happened right before I joined the band. btw thanks for the memories too!

Dave Nattress… Kult, really great and seemed to play a lot around Bexhill in the late 60’s and early 70’s and I saw them a good few times in all the church halls around the area of the time, also the Granville in the “ball-room” down the stairs at basement level – I was underage but nonetheless used to get well oiled on stuff like Whitbread Tankard, mind you, you needed a lot of it. Best of all, supporting T2 at the De La Warr. Definitely set me on the way to liking Cream, heavy rock in general and so-called progressive rock.

Andy Qunta… Like Dave Nattress, I remember seeing the Kult at the Granville, and with T2 (another great band) at the DLW.

Geoff Peckham… Me too, Andy and Dave. T2 were brilliant. At the Granville gig, I remember Tom Jones getting up in his greatcoat and harp, singing a blues, possibly the Rock My Plimsoll. Can anyone confirm? I do remember playing there with Factory later, and the Kult’s Pete Driscoll was there. Afterwards, when pressed, he said my bass-playing was great but my G string was out of tune. S’funny what you remember!

Robert Searle… Geoff, I remember Tom Jones,a Geordie, great voice, whatever happened to him?

Alan Esdaile… I remember Tom Jones Robert, he sang with Effigy for awhile. Yes great voice, not sure what happened to him but difficult to search with a name like that!

Harry Randall… Remember talking to one of The Kult down the Regent while watching UTD he was full of chat but can’t remember his name always down there

 

The Pullbacks – various photos

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all photos Phil Little  http://www.littledrum.co.uk

Joe Rytlewski, Jez Gillett, Phil Little, Martin Redstar Richter.

Redstar Richter……gem s2 – nice kit jez 🙂

John Wilde…..Joe you are so fucking cool!

Redstar Richter…..john – you obviously weren`t in his band 🙂

Peter Pursglove (comments on Redstar Richter photo)…..Big Guitar foor a little ole lad he he.

Redstar Richter….I`ll grow into it!

John Mcewen…..Top band. Still miss hearing “The Story of the Blue’s”. !