The Breathers – Windsor Castle London 1980’s by Clive Pierce

photo supplied by Clive Pierce

Jim Bell (Red Ferrari), John Wilde (Izzi Peptone),  Clive Pierce and Ric Hool

Clive Pierce… I would just like to clear a few inaccuracies up In relation to my short spell with The Breathers. I was contacted quite out of the blue by Simon Davies, who had been one of the A&R managers at a subsidiary label of EMI called Cobra Records. I was in a group called CRAZE who were signed to Cobra. Everything was going well until for reasons unbeknownst to me, Simon and his co A&R partner Tony Squires decided to jump ship leaving all the artists signed to Cobra floundering. We were passed on to EMI Harvest but we weren’t anyone’s baby anymore so consequently were neglected and through this Craze split. I was asked by Simon if I would like to try out for the vacant drummer position in The Breathers so off to Hastings I went to meet the guys in the group and to see if we could click. I found them all very amicable and was made to feel part of the group almost immediately after my audition. It is true that I did consider at this stage to becoming a session drummer and had started to earn quite good money but I absolutely hated every minute of it. I was 18 years old and was playing sessions on tracks that I had no affinity with whatsoever, so The Breathers were a breath of fresh air ‘pun intended’. Even though I gave The Breathers my best shot I was still in love with CRAZE so just slipped slowly away but with no hard feelings. Lovely guys and Izzi was an absolute character. Rick was very accommodating and friendly. I stayed at his place in Hastings while we rehearsed for a mini tour of the North and even stayed at his parents house up in Newcastle….I love the folk from the North East. One thing i must say that did not sit for me very well concerns the single they released. I have no idea why their original drummer Steve Demetri left but I have to take this chance to say that it was him and not I who played the drums on Living In An Age Age even though I am credited on the sleeve as doing so. It was done without my consultation and it was too late to have my name removed after they had gone into production. That was just not right and embarrassing for me.I would have been livid if it was the other way round. If I had my way Steve’s name would have been on the sleeve and not mine. Anyway….thank you guys for the fun. Clive.

Phil Gill… That poor man has no shirt. I’d have given him back one of those he gave me in 1976 if I’d known.

Alan King… I lost mine on the 3:35 at Lingfield perhaps he did too

Ric Hool… Clive Pierce was a crisp drummer, sharp to The Breather’s material and if I never said so before, thanks Clive. Yes, Steve Demetri was the drummer on Livin In The Age Age. Once heard, you couldn’t mistake Steve’s unique style. It’s gracious of Clive to put the record straight. That tour Clive mentions, I think, went into Scotland – Edinburgh, Bathgate, Glasgow… Every gig outside of Hastings was virtually always north and most often a long, long drive so putting a tour together, though we never made money, put enough petrol in the van to keep us going. Friends were made along the way who put us up overnight and, as Clive mentions, when possible, staying with family was a luxury. Motorway eating was far too expensive but as soup was the cheapest item on the menu we got through a lot of it. John (Izzi) and I, in desperate times of hunger, used to scan the tables to see what other customers were leaving and make a dive for the scraps as soon as those tables were deserted. Typical of most groups trying to make it: Lords on stage; Beggars off stage. Best Ric

John Wilde… Hi Boys. Great to see posts from Clive and Ric.Thank you Clive for your keen presence all those years ago. They were great times. So, thank you Ric for inviting me on board. We were a tight unit, I wish I had paid better attention and focussed more on the music instead of preening my feathers. I wish both Ric and Jim (Red Ferrari) all the best and Clive, thank you for your graciousness.

Janie Watson… Would you by any chance be the Johnny Wilde who used to dance amazingly onstage at The Cobweb, c1969/70? Usually to Grooving With Mr Bloe? Apologies if not!

John Wilde… yep that was me. Great times.

Stuart Moir… They were the good times when the gear was perched on beer crates

Tony Davis… Strange to see this now. During my recent local music show on Hastings Rock Radio I decided to dig out some legacy tracks and was extremely grateful to Julian Deeprose for letting me have a copy of Age Age. It was great to here again and if anyone has any other Breathers tracks I would love to play them. Great days

Dave Allan… Hi, I also covered some gigs in the drum seat for the lads when they were working up’t North. I’d previously worked with Jim & Ric in a band called Telephone with Brendan Healey and Chris McPherson (don’t mention that Renault 4 🙂 )and then ultimately with Brendan in a band called The East Side Torpedoes. Sadly Brendan’s no longer with us, but it would be great to hear what Ric and Jim are up to these days. Take care everyone. Dave

Tich Turner new CD single from his band HiFi Sneakers – Hypnotic

Gerry Fortsch… Yea It’s certainly Hypnotic, well done Tich.

Robert Searle… Great stuff Tich.

Dave Nattress… A great sound overall. Tich, just one of many of the slightly older rock legends of Hastings has still got it.

Tich Turner… Thanks fellas, I rather like the diplomatic way you phrased that Dave!

 

The Magnets – Hastings Pier 27th June 1978

Anyone remember The Magnets?

Martin Richter… er……….no 🙂 they must have cooled down by the time they reached the coast

Mike Hatchard… They no doubt had a certain attraction.

Robert Carey… They were quite a draw.

Graham Matthews… They do say opposite poles attract.

Martin Stoggell… A very attractive band

Nigel Goodman… yes they had quite a pull

Martyn Baker… I remember deciding not to attend this one.

Peter Webb… Shame the law still prohibits public singing.

Nigel Ford… No, I wasn’t drawn to them either, infact we were poles apart…..

Jim Breeds… Not sure I’ve heard of The Magnet. Anything to do with The Attractions?

Chris Stratton… Not remotely familiar.

Richard Brown… I went to most gigs back then but don’t remember these.

Mick O’Dowd… Seems they have lost their magnetism & attraction!

The Rolling Stones – ticket 26th May 1976 Earls Court London

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Ticket supplied by Paul Sleet

Black and Blue album was released just before this tour

Yvonne Cleland…  I was in the front row for this gig, even in front of the tightly-linked row of bouncers! I nearly got suffocated, but Mick Jagger leered at me, I swear he did!

Nigel Ford… Perhaps he thought he’d seen a white Marsha Hunt, Yvonne?

Yvonne Cleland… Oi! Cheeky!

John Paul Veness… was at this one too ,still one of the best gigs i’ve ever seen 🙂

Pete Fisher… I went on May 21st, when the only good thing was the Meters as support, and then again at Knebworth in August, where they came on two hours late because they couldn’t wake Keef up, and they were really rough again, but they were both great concerts!!

Yvonne Cleland…I saw them at Knebworth too! Yes, they were! My kids go to Knebworth now, but I think it’s been rebranded as ‘Download’ or something.

Tim Phillips… Alan I picked these up the other day…

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Pete Fisher… They played 6 nights at Earls Court…I was there too, and remember they tried to give the event a bit of a circus atmosphere with clowns etc wandering round beforehand…unfortunately the acoustics/PA sound were abysmal, as was the case the previous year when I saw Led Zep there two nights running. The Stones were pretty sloppy and disappointing, but I guess the occasion won the day. Highlight for me was The Meters as support – superb, tight, funky, making the Stones sound like amateurs. I also went to Knebworth 3 months later, where we all waited over two hours for the Stones to come on, and again they sounded really rough. They finally redeemed themselves when I saw them at Wembley Stadium in 1990, where they were on top form, tight and professional, and again in 1999 in Cologne…

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Alan King… I was at Knebworth and fell asleep

Muller at Cavern Studios London – 2nd April 1970

Outside the Cavern Studios London, recording the single ‘Fooling Around. Paul Wiseman, Jon McCallion, Steve Demetri, Paul Dove and Alan Esdaile.

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photo by Ray Medhurst

Paul Dove….Great times, it amazes me were these photos keep coming from,next question did that record ever survive,! look at Alan doing the 1000yd stare !!,,, It always made me laugh seeing the veins in Jon Mac,s neck sticking out when we done house of the rising sun, classic.

Jon McCallion....Good times. I still have a copy of Fooling around, will play it to you one day.

Paul Dove….Hi Jon that would be great,although cant remember how it went. ! i keep meaning to come along to one of alans meetings, but i will.Yes good times.

Alan Esdaile…We only planned to record the one song and then had just enough time for an unplanned ‘B’ side which had to be an original. Nothing arranged, so the band came up with an instrumental called ‘Freak Out’.

Paul Dove…Alan you are doing wonders for my memory , yes i remember doing the b side ,We got to do a big meet up with factory, Steve k , I know we lost Stevie D .But would be great to see all the guys from that magical 60s 70s era,!!!  what was i looking at ,, think alan had dropped a 1 00 note , was good fun recording Fooling Around, same studio as the Who recorded , hope to see Jon,  Alan & maybe Paul Wiseman at Beatles Day tomorrow.

Alan Esdaile… We all look tired and fed up Paul. Hanging around for ages for the studio guy to turn up.

Pete Fisher… seem to have missed something here…what did you play Alan?

Alan Esdaile… played the fool Pete! I was manager of the band or should I say humper of the gear, arranged the recording session and gigs and got paid lots of money. Well maybe not the last bit!

Expandis at the Marquee and other London gigs 1980’s

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supplied by Phil Thornton

Alan Esdaile… Great photo Phil but can’t work out if your expression is from the passion of the song or has John just smacked you in the mouth?

Mick Mepham… They’re playing ‘Everything stops for baby’

Ernest Ballard… Great band.

Salvation Sunday – Live at The Rock Garden, London 1986.

Martyn Baker… Another early camcorder video has just shown up (courtesy of Steve Caterall – Soundsville international, who got in touch with Alan Esdaile). This was the band in front of a tiny audience of about 50 – fresh from their support slot at Wembley with Level 42 in front of about 12000. Oh well, that’s how life goes.

S J Warner… Is there a song called Not in chains?

Martyn Baker… Not a song title, but maybe a line from one of Steve’s songs? I’ll have to check.

John Rook… Not in chains is the last song on the Come to your senses EP – for me their best song

Die Laughing photos from Lol Cooksey.

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supplied by Lol Cooksey

Reunion photo – sitting on the stairs of The Carlisle. 13th June 1988
Stage photo – Melody Maker Rock Contest Final, The Venue London 1st July 1979 and Lol & Mick around 1981

Yvonne Cleland… Mick….That’s a hairy chest. Great one of Laurie x

Andy Qunta… Great pics! Lol – Great shot!

Tony Qunta… Lol Awesome pose!

Glenn Piper… Hastings own ‘Keith Moon’ and I mean that most respectively 🙂

Geoff Peckham… That’s our Lol!

Richard J Porter… Terry and Lol, 6Ts, still going strong with Harry!!

Kev Towner… You look like you’re just about to do a stand-in for the old Solvite ad Mick!! LOL

Mick Mepham… Lol, Pier maybe?

Sheila Maile… The colour photo, Are they the 6T s in their younger days they are a good band with their fancy dress. I like the Andy pandy theme tune at the end of the gig

Alan Esdaile… Yes Sheila, the 6T’s,  Mick Mepham’s not with them now but Terry Corder, Laurie Cooksey and Harry Randall are still constantly gigging and their next local dates will be Shearbarn Holiday Camp on the 20th August and The Comet on the 27th August 2016.

Andy Qunta… Those Die Laughing guys still look exactly the same to this day!