Updated Steppin’ Out Recordings. supplied by Martyn Baker

Martyn Baker… Here’s an updated link to the songs of Hastings band Steppin’ Out recorded by Paul Dengate at The Box Studio, Silverhill Hastings. Listen to Pete Prescott sing on the final song “Hurt Again”. He had only just joined the band. Great singer!

Pete Prescott… Wow ! This brought back memories. I was very a young and inexperienced 20 year old. Never sang harmonies. Very much out of my depth. Amazing band. Shame it ended just as it was getting good. I’m moved to Hastings in Christmas eve 77. the band ended in new years eve ! There was a photo session in the old town of the band. Have you got any of the photos ?

David Edwards… There was certainly some talent in this band but what went wrong to cause it to split can’t believe Pete’s one appearance was the kiss of death?

Pete Prescott… Long story. One guy, I think should have left the band alone. I was clueless about events till after it was over. So many bands have the same story. It was a great band. Roger Hubbard, Wes, Tich, Martin and Kevin. Really good live. I felt I was a pointless link. Very young and inexperienced. Pretty crap on stage. Tich was the star. I wondered why they had me in to be honest.

Kay Green… Oh wow!

Tony Qunta… Love this!

Pete Fisher… Nice slide guitar…

Chris Wood… Love it, it’s been a long time since I’ve heard this. Cheers

Steppin’ Out – Archery Tavern Christmas Eve 1977

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supplied by Paul Dengate

Paul Dengate…. I’ve checked through my diaries and I reckon this was taken at the Steppin’ Out “party night” at the Archery, Eastbourne, 24th December 1977. Used to do the sound for the band, but this was probably a special party-piece. L-R: Wesley Magoogan, Ray Fenwick, Paul Dengate, Martyn Baker, Roger Hubbard. Drummer is possibly Andy Knight.or Kevin Hoad.

Andy Qunta… Great band!

Nigel Ford… Was Tich Turner in Steppin’ Out at some point,…soon after he left Stallion, I seem to remember?

Alan Esdaile.. Yes your right Nigel. Here’s a press photo from 1977…

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John Wilde… One word. Hair.

Wesley Magoogan… Serious flairs!

Martyn Baker… Yeah, nice pair of lionels Wesley but I think if there was a biscuit around then Paul would have taken it.

Paul Dengate… Yes.

Dave Nattress… Samisen played the Archery Tavern once when I was with them – mid-week I think and If I remember correctly it was one of those gigs where the unappreciative audience had just about made double figures.

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Ritz – early 80’s Chatsworth Hotel. photo Paul Dengate.

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Ritz playing a Christmas gig at the Chatsworth Hotel.  Paul Dengate, bass guitarist Martyn Baker is to the right, out of picture, Judith vocals and Martin Stringer and Andy Knight.

John Wilde…..That woman forgot to get dressed. Its Xmas for Christ sake, where is her skirt?

Chris Pook…..Looks like Judith singing. Post Beez Neez!

Diane Knight…..where’s Paul Dengates razor blade ????

Martin Stringer… Oh yes, I remember it well.

Peter Bridger… Brilliant band – used to go see them all the time

Mick O’Dowd…. Good old Judy!

Pete Shaw… Why has Andy upturned his bass drum front skin? Had he been to Australia? Doh!!

 

 

Salvation Sunday – mp3’s update from Martyn Baker

Martyn Baker… I’ve had a few enquiries about our 1980’s Bexhill/Brighton band, so here are ALL of the recordings. Feel free to download – or ignore of course! Comments welcome – even if you think we were shit.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vcgcxt28t593357/AACFcYetQPRyQEj8B2CuqEdCa

Redstar Richter… thanks – they were a great band 🙂

Andy C… Thank you, Martyn, and the rest of the band. I loved several live performances in 1987, and knew there must be more recordings than had seen the light of day. Great music, such a shame it didn’t get further. It took years to even find a copy of Cold Grey Eyes, but there’s a whole wealth of treasure here! Thank you so much for sharing! Andy

John Wilde… Yep, fond memories of a great band. Where are you all now?

Julian Wells… Thanks very much for sharing the content. It gives me a warm feeling to hear these songs again minus the crackle & pop of my vinyl copies. I noticed that “Not in Chains” isn’t included which was one of my faves!

Missing Persons – Only A Friend – 1980

Recorded at Park Gates studio, Catsfield, Sussex (August 10th 1980). Produced by Ike Nossel, Mastered by Martyn Baker.
Song & Vocal – Stephen Winterbottom,     Guitar & Backing Vocal – Martin (Hawk) Luckhurst,
Bass – Martyn Baker,    Keyboards – Ashley Pepper,    Drums – Kevin Hoad.

Salvation Sunday mp3’s lost recordings from Martyn Baker & The Weeping Crocodiles talk

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supplied by Martyn Baker                        supplied by Eric Cawthraw

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vcgcxt28t593357/AACFcYetQPRyQEj8B2CuqEdCa

Phil Thornton…..great Bexhill band ! they started out as the ‘weeping crocodiles’ complete with ironing boards for their synths ( its an 80’s thing !)

Dave Miller……As The Weeping Crocodiles, they could count some champion leg-wrestlers in their number….

John Storer…..Had a copy of The Weeping Crocodiles debut on cassette and it had my all-time favourite album title … “There’s More To Life Than Snogging, Barry”

Stephen Winterbottom… John, Its stephen winterbottom.. I was in the Weeping Crocodiles and have been desperate to get a copy of that tape for 30 years!! You dont still have one do you??

John Storer… Have sent Stephen a rather disappointing email …. had the cassette until about 4 years ago when it got dumped during a clear out of our garage.

Alan Esdaile… Anyone else help and got a copy of the cassette? Also would be interested in anyone has any photos?

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Salvation Sunday – Cold Grey Eyes 1987

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Promo Photo & Cold Grey Eyes inner sleeve. supplied by Martyn Baker

The song. Music by Martyn Baker, Ashley Pepper and Steve Winterbottom. With lyrics by John Prawer. There is a secret contained within these lyrics. Recorded at Wessex Studio Islington, London N.1. by Dietmar Schillinger ,Produced by Tim Friese-Greene (Talk Talk), Vocals – Joanne Winterbottom , Songwriting, Guitar & B/V’s – Stephen Winterbottom, Lead Guitar & B/V’s – Marvin Naylor, Keyboards – Mingo (Robert Talbot) ,  Songwriting & Bass Guitar – Martyn Baker, Drums & Percussion – David Rowley.

Martin Richter… a great band

Mark Gilham… Great photo

Martyn Baker… I resigned from a comfortable BBC career in 1986, to spend my life on the road with this bunch – all because Polydor records gave us a cheque for a quarter of a million pounds – even though we hadn’t sold a single record. It was a particularly stupid name for our pop group, especially as we were all pretty much atheist, but a lot of fun and drinking of fine wines ensued…. and we never had to pay back a penny! Je ne regrette rien. —

 

Salvation Sunday – promo photos 1986

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supplied by Martyn Baker

Vocals – Joanne Winterbottom, Songwriting, Guitar & B/V’s – Stephen Winterbottom, Lead Guitar & B/V’s – Marvin Naylor, Keyboards – Mingo (Robert Talbot) , Songwriting & Bass Guitar – Martyn Baker, Drums & Percussion – David Rowley.

Phil Thornton… great band ! – I remember them back in their ‘weeping crocodile’ days !!