SMART 8 Reminder

SMART 8 Reminder – The next coffee meet is this Friday 10th January 2014 at the White Rock Hotel 3.30pm.  An informal get together where we chat about music memories. Everyone’s welcome to join us and if possible please bring along any photos, cuttings etc.

Mick Mepham….Will be there if poss and a happy new year to y’all.

Sarah Harvey….Hopefully be there.

Mick Mepham….Al, do you want me to bring the posters again?

Alan Esdaile….Great if you can Mick and especially anything we have not seen. Thanks.

Mick O’Dowd….Come on down! Be there or be square for a fabaroonie time! Sorry. Too much Lucozade!

Jim Breeds….Have fun this afternoon.

Alan Esdaile….Hi Jim, pity you could not make it. Another great afternoon with lots of new people. Thanks to everyone who turned up and I will post a report over the weekend.

Jim Breeds….One day …


Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas. A very big thank you to everyone who have supported SMART but I cannot do it without you. It started out as a small idea of posting a few music cuttings and has been far more successful then I could have ever imagined. I hope you have enjoyed keeping the memories alive and continue to come up with more photos,cuttings in 2014 .

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.

Andy Qunta…Same to you AEJM! SMART is a big part of my life now! Hastings/70’s/music rocks! Happy Christmas to one and all!

Andre Martin….Good for you Alan – Seasons Greetings and looking forward to our next meeting in 2014.

Graham Burfield….happy christmas to you all

Matt Thomas….Happy Christmas Boss


Leigh Wieland-Boys….Happy Christmas to you & yours too Alan & thanks for all the memories – very much appreciated. Keep up the good work!

Terry Pack….Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.

Paul Dove…Merry xmas Alan well done on the smart & 70.s stuff, and i WILL get to one of the meetings next year,A Happy New Year to you & yours mate ,, see yah, Dovey

Jim Breeds….HAPPY HICs SMART! (That’s an anagram with a festive drinking imperative). Thanks for this page. Very enjoyable

Jeanette Jones…..Yes thanks for putting it together ‘Ez’. Whilst we were mostly so young back in the early 70’s & most of the memories are a real Rave from the grave:) It should serve to remind those of us still lucky enough to be around of those heady days full of the potential the times & being young then gave us. Its still a reminder that life is for living & for real & not a dress rehearsal. Is it just me or are women poorly represented in our memories here

Mick O’Dowd….You’ve rejuvenated me since I discovered you back in the summer. I thought the days when you could talk to anyone seriously about music, especially gigs we witnessed etc, were long gone. Well done Alan you deserve a CDM for Xmas! Keep the Faith! Greetings to all other anoraks!

Alan Jensen Disc Jockey Record Shop with one half of Peter & Gordon.


Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

Jim Hobbs…..Cool photo

Andre Martin…..This was taken in the old shop in Queens Road, does anybody recall the name of the young lady in the picture, she worked in the shop.

Jim Breeds…. Cool picture, still have all my 7″ singles, including “World Without Love”. Please lock me away

Mick Knights….Nice to see that Alan made the effort to tidy up the counter before the vist. Still have a few “I love big Al” dust covers. Does anyone remember the cartoons that Alan used to draw and put in the shop window to illustrate new single releases, I particulary recall one, where a performer was between two electric sockets and neither the guitar or amp lead would reach, the single was of course Elvis Presley and surrender!

Alan Esdaile….Your right Mick, a bit of a mess but I bet Alan knew where everything was. I was one of those customers that would go in and ask for something bizarre that I’ve just heard on Radio Luxembourg but Alan always managed to track down and get what I wanted. His music knowledge and memory was great and likewise the same can be said about Jack London.

Jim Breeds….Have you seen the video of Jack in his shop talking to a customer?

Alan Esdaile…. did post it awhile ago but will post again, as interesting for new people here.

Andre Martin…..Two great record shops and characters within a few yards of each other – we were so lucky.

Jim Breeds….We were indeed.

Matt Garrett – Masons Music 187 Queens Road – 1984


Julie Findlay-jones….Happy memories, cant see the badge machine tho x

Matt Thomas….Definitely 84 Ghostbusters is in the chart and Bob Marley Legend video on top shelf lol

Tony Ham….If I had all the money I spent in there, still got all the records though!

Karen Sweatman….My friend really really fancied him!

Jim Breeds….I can almost smell the place! All record shops had the certain smell of paper, card and vinyl. Plus cigarette in this case

Alan Esdaile….I know what you mean by the smell of a record shop. I can remember the first Virgin record shop in Brighton, opposite the clock tower, you were certain to get high on the atmosphere.

Jim Breeds….OMG yes, that Virgin shop in Brighton was a revelation! After I first discovered it I used to get the train over there just to go to that store. Soft deep carpets and scatter cushions where you could squat all day if you wanted, just talking to people, listening to the music and taking in the “atmosphere”! That comment brought back memories!! Far Out Man. There was a pretty decent record shop in The Lanes too I recall, though somewhat more conventional than the Virgin store.

Mick Knights….Remember queing outside the Virgin store in the freezing cold to buy Led Zepplin tickets and not objecting to the blatant queque jumpers, only to be the first to be refused entry, as they had sold out. Not bitter or anything!!!!



Joe’s Blooze Band – Neil Cartwright & Steve Demetri 1998



Eddie Hazell Estate

Neil Cartwright….Drums was Steve Demetri, guitar Joe Rytlewski, and keyboards, Jez Gillett. It was ‘Joe’s Blooze Band’, probably Beach Concert 1998.

commenting on Steve Demetri….

John Wilde….. -a privilige to know and be creatively connected to..he lives on in our hearts. Thanks for all the fish.. x

Tony Court-holmes….a well missed man