Paine Electrics Ad – November 1975


Chris Sambrook… Use to do the round of Record shops every Saturday in Hastings. To my surprise Paine stocked Revelation by Man, the first Stray album and other odds n sods like Mighty Baby and Warm Dust. Did anyone else find obscure Bands in Paines?

Wendy Weaver…  Parking is a bit scarce there now.

Peter Fairless… You have to park at West St Leonards and get the train!

Jim Hobbs… Nobody goes there anymore!

Alan Esdaile… I remember doing the rounds of all the record shops on a Saturday.

Paine Electrics – Kings Road, St Leonards-on-Sea


Eric Cawthraw suggested this post.

Eric Cawthraw … I’ve seen the article on local Music Shops. Well, I’ve come up with another one, now long gone. It was Paine Electrics and it was about half way down Kings Road in St. Leonards.

It had an odd selection of LPs – I remember buying ‘Brainticket’ in there. I think the only other people who popped in to buy a copy were Simon Pont and Clive Richardson! Euro Space Rock – and they are still going. They must have just got back to our galaxy….naa noo naa noo.

Anyone got anymore memories and cuttings/photos?

Phil Gill… I bought the first Taste album and Zappa’s Live at the Fillmore there. Young Carey and i were always in there.

Patrick Lewis… Brought several albums there: Barclay James Harvest Live Tapes, Joni Mitchell Blue and Beach Boys 20/20.

Andre Martin… Always had a good selection of records, when they sold out, the back catalogue was really fantastic, bought lots of London American from their old stock.

Mick O’Dowd… Yeah I bought the odd disc in there but there was a second-hand/junk shop(now that’s an oddity) at the bottom that I picked up American imports and first got “Tracks of My Tears” by The Miracles on import even though I had no idea what it was! Snobbery was the name of the game as I used to supply the records at The Grove Road YC and I thought with all these imports I could impress the birds (sorry girls!)

Nick Prince… They also sold televisions and we got our first colour tv from them. It was a 14 inch Grundig portable and cost over £400 around 1976.

John Wilde… I  lived at 8 Kings Rd and often bought Lps from the two guys at Paines. They were a cheerfull pair.

Chris Meachen… Used to cycle there specially from Ore on occasions, then more often once I was at college, & it was conveniently close.. Bought a couple of Gentle Giant albums on my last visit there, but missed it going…

Terry Huggins… Was this company anything to do with Farley Paine who had a shop at the bottom of Castle Hill Road where the car park is now?

The Kave Gallery – 8 Kings Road, St Leonards 2013

Now reopened with a coffee bar upstairs and venue below.

The Kave Gallery says

We’re very passionate about music here at The Kave Gallery and the DIY scene especially. We’re keen to support local musicians as well as provide an opportunity for international artists to come and play small intimate gigs.

​We have space for about thirty people, if you’d like to play here, pop-along to one of our upcoming shows and see what you think.

The Kave Gallery space is available to hire for workshops, music events and groups.

Here’s Eleanor Lynn at a recent performance