Mungo Jerry – Aquarius 10th February 1973.

mungo jerry 13th feb 1973

Geoff Peckham… I believe this was the night that my Factory’s Sound City amp was stolen at the end of the evening. I stupidly left it unattended on the pavement whilst loading the van. Anyone seen it?

Phil Gill… I’m sure I saw Tony Qunta using an old Sound City head recently….

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Was there that night too (to see Mungo Jerry, not steal an amp I hasten to add

Phil Gill… Graham How, wasn’t this the gig that you, me and Burke Shelley from Budgie ended up at Rock a Nore in your Reliant Robin?

Geoff Peckham… If so, where did you find the room for my amp, eh?

Phil Gill… We made two trips.

Jim Breeds… I was at the Mungo Jerry gig.

Andre Martin…  And on Friday Night – Sabotage.

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Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Alan Esdaile… Remember working with Sabotage a few times. They were a great pop harmony band.

Dave Nattress… Very witty Mr Gill. Like it!! Knowing Budgie well and having seen them and got albums and CD’s – amazed they should play the Aquarius! Dance to Budgie?

Rock Night 2 – The Lost Boys, Jump The Gun, No Worries. Marina Pavilion 20th June 1992

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poster & cutting supplied by Pete Prescott

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supplied by Alan McCleave

Pete Prescott….that was a fun night, jump the gun were very good, dave woods was amazing and the place was packed. Probably the best time for the lost boys.we were twenty four years younger and at least that many stones lighter ! The place was always packed. I have a few of those nights on video.
I tried to appreciate The Lost Boys and those gigs. I knew it was never gonna be as good again. It was like a great big social club. So many people going mad. Brilliant times.
At the time there were 5 bands in the u.k.called The Lost Boys, we found that out when we registered the songs on the first tape we put out (remember cassettes!?)

Alan McCleave… Hastings rock night. Dave wood, ernie Ballard, joe rytlewski, Peter Prescott, Jez Gillette, mick burt + a host of others.

Redstar Richter… eek – played on stage with most of that lot!

Ernest Ballard… Hey hey. What a memory. My old rock band JUMP THE GUN. On a fab night gigging with the other rockers in Hastings. It was a bloody great night as I remember. Happy days. And when we all had hair!! X

Pete Prescott… Who fancies identifying them left to right !

Martyn Baker… I think you’re there Pete.

Andy Knight… I remember that night!

Nigel Polley… i was there

Steve Simpson… How weird. The singer from another band I played in now has a band called Jump The Gun.

Roland Groves… Saw Jump The Gun at Berties Bar in the early nineties.

Ernest Ballard… Cassettes yes they worked well. Just used to chew up. Then they were totally trashed. The gig was awesome. Didn’t we have some great times Pete. Happy memories

Martin Richter… nice line up 🙂 some faces there 🙂

Joe Knight… Great!!!

What is your favourite Abba Track?

ABBA in AVRO’s TopPop (Dutch television show) in 1974

 Images from Beeld en Geluidwiki

Roger Simmonds… Aren’t they just wonderfull !!!

Matt Thomas… So many great tracks but if I have to choose one it will be ‘Under Attack’ their final official single before splitting.

Mark Randall… Nope – Winner Takes It All

Phil Gill…The Name of the Game. So many hooks, classy pop song.

Alan Esdaile…Maybe SOS but probably Eagle.

Matt Thomas… The Piper.

Nick Webb… None !!!

Jan Warren…Eagle

Alan Parker… ABBA. The band that everybody loves but few will admit to. How great were they.

Alan Pepper… Ditto Mr Parker ! I think their best was S.O.S but Thank you for the music takes some beating . And let’s not forget the triumph in Brighton with Waterloo don’t get fed up with watching that ! Absolute cheese at it’s best .

Dave Nattress… Now then Nick!! Great songs from great songwriters. Several – but seeing them do Waterloo on Eurovision at Brighton – well on TV I mean in my case – 1976? takes some beating. And Anetha – wow….OK keep it clean!

Alan Parker… I think she was everyones fave

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Fernando for me

Dubious Connections – 1979 photo by Chris Meachen

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Mick Mepham…..Farid Seddiki (hope it’s the right spelling) on drums but don’t know anyone else except Min.

Martin Blackman….I think it’s an old friend of mine called Alamo Leal, a Brazilian guy who used to live in Hastings in the 70’s good blues player now back living in Brazil

John Wilde….Yep Martin it is in fact Alamo Leal. Spoke with him last week. He is doing very well and playing constanly.

Glenn Piper….Wow, thanks for clearing that up for me John.

Alamo Leal….My first ever band in Hastings, 1979. We called Dubious Connections, and the name was spot on. We were quite a mixed connection. Freddie(from Marroco) on drums; Min on sax; we had Paul”The Viscount” Gumble on guitar there on the right , and Big Roy, behind Min, on bass. If I’m not mistaken, this one was taken at the Etchingham Arms, when we supported Tiche’s band, The Roaring 80’s. We were doing some straight Chuck Berry and Chicago Blues stuff. Love it ! It was the night Jeff Beck turned up, cause he lived nr by the Pub, and after the gig we took him to Tiche’s party at the small cottage in the Fairlight Green wher he lived with Judy, maybe her birthday or something like that.  John Wilde was there with us. He’s got some funny memories from that night.

Andy Qunta… I miss Min!

Tony Qunta… Yes Min was a one off!

The Prisoners – photo 1979

supplied by Dave Nattress

Andy Leaney guitar, Dave Nattress vocals, Mick Bridgeland drums, Robin Heggie bass.

Dave Nattress… After Samisen split, Mick Bridgeland and I teamed up with Andy Leaney and Robin Heggie on bass. We set about writing a set load of post-punk, abrasive, incisive shortish tracks. I don’t think we did any covers. We played quite a few gigs around Hastings as The Prisoners, The Yorkshire Grey, The Yelton, (as was), Chatsworth, and Crypt etc.

Mo Blackford… Thanks Dave for posting. My first real friend and great influence was Robin Heggie. He was a very cool chap, who introduced me to Paul McCartney among other people. He had engineered a couple of Paul’s albums and had previously played bass in The Hollywood Killers. Anyway. we formed my first band in the UK together. Initially called Red Shoes, we changed the name to The Stand (cerca ’82) and did loads of gigs around Hastings. The Stand also included Bernard Jeffrey (Hollywood Killers) on drums and Kevin O’Connor on vocals.  I’ve tried on a number of occasions to locate Robin. Maybe somebody knows something! It would be much appreciated. Cheers!

Alan Esdaile… Does anyone remember The Prisoners and know of the whereabouts of Robin Heggie? I did search but if he is the Robin that lived in Milton Keynes  then not good news. Can anyone help? Could do with some good news.

Mark Gilham… Sorry Alan. Not good news at all. Robin passed away a few years ago now. 🙁

Andy Knight… I didn’t know that, Robin and I played in Missing Persons together I know it is v late but RIP

Mike Mitchell… and whatever happened to Mick Bridgeland? Least I heard he had moved to Amersham…

Martin Richter… sad news about Robin – he was a lovely guy.

Dave Nattress… Sad to have it confirmed about Robin, but I must admit I was thinking the worst. He was a great guy and bass player, lreally looked the part and we all had a frantic and great time getting The Prisoners going. Also, of course, Andy Leaney. Andy and I had a great connection also, smiles on the face as I remember these 2 old friends our fun times going for it, the stupid band names that Andy particularly liked to come up with that we all rejected!! Great sadness and regret that they’ve gone – like so many more on the local scene, and nationally and internationally all connected through the music. So many people who were the bricks in the huge wall that was built up over so many years. Some of the bricks have crumbled away, but then, more are being added all the time.

Dawn Leaney… I’m Andy Leaneys wife. . How lovely to see this old photo of The Prisoners.  Andy enjoying his passion, and so nice he is remembered with fond memories by many. Thank you so much for sharing this. You musicians give so much pleasure to so many! 🙂 xxx

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photo supplied by Kevin Burchett

Mo Blackford… Thanks Alan for your time and effort in trying to locate Robin. Obviously the confirmation of his passing comes as a bit of a shock. I’m wondering if anyone could throw a shred of light on the circumstances surrounding his untimely demise?

Dave Nattress… Brilliant, you found the Pete Breaks Out cutting. You know, going back we (or so many of us anyway), just did not record/photograph so many of our activities and it’s marvellous that you found this. It’s partly why this website is so very, very valuable to all of us, that stuff like this turns up that we’d lost, (or like I say not got a copy of ourselves), or just plain forgotten!!  These days as you well know everything, good, bad or indifferent can be recorded – I mean audio and visually, still or video etc. and everyone has the capability of so doing – smart-phones mainly I guess.  Back then, it was a BIT different!! The Prisoners: we were not a bad outfit, almost all our own songs and quite a few gigs around the area.  We didn’t get to make any criminal records as such, but I have some cassette recordings I must try and find – usually rehearsals, and OK, another gag, it’s not true, we were OK,  a tight unit, people said we should have been locked up making the sounds we did!!