Hastings Records Shops by Tony May for Hastings Town Magazine

As regular readers will know, I have a very soft spot for all things musical and have written a number of articles for H.T. about local record shops and characters associated with them.

Well, I’m delighted to inform you this month that a new website called ‘The British Record Shop Archive’ has been set up by another such enthusiast, Leon Parker.

The aim of the website is not just to record for posterity the name of every record shop to ever open its doors in the U.K. but to also make sure that the social interaction, culture and day-to-day way of life that was buying a physical music product from a real person over a counter is documented and remembered.

Having been in more record shops than Sir Richard Branson over the years I have been having a whale of a time contributing photos, memories and memorabilia to the site and you will be glad to know, have personally made sure that Jack & Sonia London’s ‘The Record Shop’ webpage has been royally decked out and the part they played here in Hastings for 44 years properly recorded.

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In fact, Hastings Town has played quite a large part in helping me to see that Hastings record outlets are not forgotten. As well as my article on Jack London, I have contributed my article ‘Remembering Alan Jensen’ about the man we knew and loved as ‘Big Al’ of The Disc Jockey and submitted the photos our sadly missed friend, Ron Fellows, sent me of Stylus Records.

Being a true ‘anorak’ I also sent in photos of a few old local record shop bags I found stored away in the loft as well.

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Its sobering to think now that at the height of the popularity of vinyl records in the 1980’s there used to be thousands of independent record shops in the U.K. In 2009 that figure had dropped to just 269 (according to The Independent newspaper).

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Wout Steenhuis – White Rock Pavilion 22nd April 1973

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photo: http://www.davidstjohn.co.uk

Jim Breeds… Aaagh. 🙂

Barry French… I went to that concert. Wout Steenhuis was an amazing player.
( A mixture of Les Paul & Chet Atkins with a dash of Hank Marvin thrown in) Totally brilliant!!!

Phil Gill… I saw old Wout at the White Rock on 24 Aug1969…which was one of the dates The Move played on the Pier. I know because I was desperate to go see The Move but wasn’t allowed to at 13. Got given tickets to Wout as a consolation and went with a friend. Wout was good…I even got to meet him and talk about guitars and how to make a living at it. He encouraged me to keep keep playing and told me to practice a lot. Nice guy…but he wasn’t The Move.

Iain Cobby… He was related to Chris Baker who lived in the old town and took Steve Kinch’s place on lead guitar in the last line up of Effigy before another change in the line up. Sorry Phil but I did see the Move. They were late arriving and went straight into the Pier bingo hall and told my father who was the manger, they were sorry but the van broke down! he quickly showed them the back route to the ballroom. Well he was wearing a tux……………….

Chris Baker… My mum, Brenda, wrote lyrics and some songs with Wout. He wasn’t related though. He lived in an amazing house he designed himself in Broadstairs. He was brought up on Jazz and joined the Dutch Swing College Band before coming to the UK. He was put on a train by the Germans during the war and managed to escape but was shot in the arm which never set right. Didn’t stop him being a brilliant guitarist. He had a friend, Les Wake who helped set up his home studio for multi-tracking. They produced broadcast quality tapes for the BBC. Incidentally, The Town Council recorded their single with Les Wake in Broad stairs. Sweet & Neat / The Harder You Love both written by Steve Hersee, rhythm guitarist in the band.

Iain Cobby… Hi Chris, hope you are well and a happy man. Is Wout still around or has he shed his mortal coil and joined the celestial guitar chorus?

Chris Baker… Hi there. He died of cancer many years ago, sad to say.

Tramps Disco Club Warrior Square. 1976/1977

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Pete Fairless…..I’m in shock! These belong in the museum, anyway. What a great bit of social history. Not one over eighteen, I’ll bet!

Joe Knight…..looking good Alan!!!!

Eve Neuke….How many nights did I spend there as a foreign 16-year-old student!

Jim Breeds….Whatever happened to Go-Go girls? 🙁 Gosh, Tramps. I didn’t go there very often but that’s another memory bank nudged.

Mick O’Dowd….They went! Always remember you playing Van McCoy’s The Hustle and I have never heard it sound better than at Tramps!

Jeanette Jones……Great memories:)

Peter Pursglove…..That was my last Venue with Paul Casson RIP , we used to pack them in there

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Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Andre Martin…..Just look what you could get for 40p – great value eh Alan ! from Hastings Observer Autumn 1977

Dawn Leaney… Loved Tramps! The 2 girls nearest the camera in the photo in the middle are Karen and Lynn and they were in my class at school at the time this was taken! We were about 15/ 16 ! 🙂 good times!

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Oldies Unlimited

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Anyone remember the firm Oldies Unlimited? We used to give out these catalogues in the shop. Interestingly the owner Antony Lewis lived in St Leonards before he set up Oldies in Telford. I used to buy Led Zeppelin USA import singles from him to sell in Stylus.

Redstar Richter… yeah!!

Nick Prince… Yes. Ive still got a credit note from them somewhere.

Darren Holmes… Being young Mods in late 70s/ early 80s it was like our bible trying to get hold of certain sounds! I use to biy loads from your shop!!! Lol

Karen Sweatman Was Blackman… Ordered lots from them

Matt Thomas… Spent a big chunk of my wages on them lol

Nigel Ford… Yes I still have a catalogue somewhere. I bought a number of ex-juke-box 7″ singles though from ads in Disc & Music Echo in the mid 60′s with the plastic inserts in place of the original centres, sometimes receiving 2nd choice items as what I really wanted had sold out.

Mike Vawdrey… I used to buy from them in the early 1990 s but they dropped me off the mailing list when they relocated – to Wolverhampton I think. Some good bargains especially vinyl at a time when it was going out of fashion(no more of course). There is still an Oldies Unlimited Shop in Wolverhampton ….

 

 

Footloose and Hat Trick – Hastings Pier 15th April 1978.

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cutting supplied by Barry French,  photo supplied by Roger Carey

Tim Moose Bruce… Footloose were great. Loved their versions of Foreigner and Boston songs.

Iain Cobby… nice bass Rog, but I can’t remember the gig? Thank you TMB we had a great time as Footloose. God bless Tony Bridger. Harry Randall (I was on 2 bands after you on Beatles Day for Mania’s last gig) and my old friend Brian Setchfield who I haven’t seen for over 20 years.

Dave Nattress… Hi Iain, Brian is alive and well and we often bump into each other and talk about old times – and music of course, whilst walking our dogs along Cooden sea-front.

Who Used To Have A CB Radio?

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photo supplied by Josie Lawson

Tim Moose Bruce… Breaker one four. This is Spiny Norman.

Josie Lawson… Hello Spiny Norman.Dont remember name.Do you remember mine from way back?

Tim Moose Bruce… I was on am from 81 to 85. My handle, Spiny Norman went on to be my nickname.

Josie Lawson… Tim Moose Bruce My handle was as I mentioned in the paper article. When I moved back to Hastings where I was born the computer took over. I have always been a communicater but hardly ever face to face except for the occasional times. I suppose that’s why I write. But I do miss my open ‘mic’ poetry readings. Even then I was shy…I tended to look above the heads. Was given this advice from someone else.Did you ever have a shoulder CB..tended to be used for 10.33 times

Tim Moose Bruce…  I wanted a handheld rig but never got around to getting one. Had a Jaws 2 AM rig. Quite compact and a pa socket which got me in trouble with police a couple of times with the pa speaker under the car bonnet!

Josie Lawson…. Tim Moose Bruce I can remember a gigantic aerial on the side of my house. We used to go up on Ditchling Beacon to have meet ups… Here is a picture of me up there one day with the handheld CB on my shoulder

Josie Lawson… Ah! I wasn’t in AM -I was in FM

Chris Meachen… One four for a copy…

Tim Moose Bruce… Copy Golden Arrow..

Mick O’Dowd… That’s a copy Rubber Duck!

Roy Penfold… AM only for me – Garden Gnome…wonder why?

Sarah Harvey… I was (still am) a G4 licenced Radio Amateur FB OM …. 73s and 88s 🙂

Joe Knight… Great portland st and radio at the Ashdown club now gone

Tom Hodkin… Breaker 19 for a copy .. blue devil here . Eyeballing the Smokies…

Chris van Rock… I was gun runner !! Lol

Joe Knight… G8mwf

Sarah Harvey… G4NVQ

Dave Nattress… For a few years from about 1980 living in Bexhill but travelling every mile of every motorway in the UK with my job, week after week, just about everywhere, the CB radio a friend suggested I put in the cars of the time, was great fun.  It might only have had a range of 10 miles or so, but great entertainment, left on the trucker’s channel – 19 was it?  Also, one did get warnings of where accidents and bears were.  Great fun. There were some amazing characters broadcasting, really helped the journeys along.

What Song or Songs Do You Really Hate?

Terry Corder… I’ll name 2 if I may. House of the rising sun and a whiter shade of pale. Oh, and peggy sue. Oops, that makes 3.

Phil Gill… Brown Eyed Girl.

Eric Peckham… Anything and everything by the Carpenters. So middle of the road, it should be run over.

Terry Corder… Brown eyed girl. I hate that one as well and Freebird.

Michael Wilson… Anything they play over and over again on Heart Radio. Especially ‘Galway Girl’ by Ed Sheeran.

Alan Esdaile… Loads but Mr Blobby comes to mind.

Eric Peckham… I just want to stick a bullet in my head every time I hear that one.

Terry Huggins… Anything reggae or ska, most punk rock and anything that’s played too often.

Eddie Caffrey… Apart from the obvious ones -long haired lover etc O Lori by Alessi …sooo annoying!!!

Peter Thomson… Y Viva Espana or Una Paloma Blanca. Got me thinking what my problem is with Spain now…

Rick Pentecost… Sweet home bloody Alabama and Freebird

Simon Page… Boo Boo Boo! Rock Me Amadeus by Falco. Life Is Life by Opus.

Peter Antony… I don’t know… I mean there are the obvious ones. But to tell you the truth, I’m probably not that happy with the current top 5, whatever they are this week.

Richard Wood… “Bohemian Ratshit” – pompous, pretentious glam-rock at its worst.

Mandy Wright… The birdy song!!

Eddie Caffrey… Right on Mandy as it falls into the silly category Long haired lover….combine harvester….mr blobby….tellytubbies….bob the builder….

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