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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Radio Sutch 1964 and Screaming Lord Sutch memories by John Warner

Photo: Colin Dale

John Warner… 1964, David (Screaming Lord Sutch) invited Steve Rigby and myself to visit his new radio station, Radio Sutch situated off of Southend in the shivering sands army fort. What a place, Sutch called it the Sh****use on stilts. The radio operations was worked by a large bank of car batteries and I don’t know what the range was but I believe that most of the listeners were probably fish. Anyhow we ate all of the food and drink on the first night as we were expecting to be picked up the next morning. The weather changed and we had 15 foot high waves. We were stranded for another 2 days and even then the boat struggled for 2 hours to get us off. Sutch who was making a personal appearance at the Flamingo in Wardour Street, Soho, thought it was hilarious, Happy days! Sadly David became bi-polar and took his own life in 1999. A great character.

Wendy Weaver… We saw him on the Pier at a Young Farmers disco not long before he died. He had Cynthia Payne with him.

Tim Moose Bruce… Saw him at the 1993 cuckoo fayre. Great gig. Hat on fire for when he did Arthur Brown’s Fire.

Jack Irving… We actually played “Great Balls of Fire” when he’d set his hat alight. I played with the Savages from 1978 until 1983 and again from 1990 until 1997. Apparently, I was his longest-serving drummer.

Tim Moose Bruce… There was lot of scrumpy downed that night at the cuckoo fayre. Afterwards we went back to a friends living wagon for more drink. One guy went out in the dark for a slash. We heard a howl of pain in the dark and found him on the floor holding his cobblers. Claimed someone had kicked him and wanted to fight them. He had actually peed on an electric fence!

John Warner… He made several appearances at the Star Ballroom. Maidstone and later at the Cellar Club in Kingston. All to capacity crowds.

Pete Houghton… He lived in George Street Hastings .And Lord Tiverton Had a house in George Street where Lord Sutch and Cynthia Payne had a room

Paul Huggett… Would have loved to have met him.

Nash Sunley… He went to my school, Percy Road in Kilburn

Paul Huggett… There is an internet station Radio Sutch dedicated to the great man, plays old Rock and Roll, R and B etc and his tracks. Some old time station promos and ads too.

John Warner… David will be listening in!

Brian Tanner…I met David Sutch at String fellows in 1980s and we went through our Percy Road school memories and the teachers. I was a few years younger so I did not know him from school. That night in String fellows Cynthia Paine was there with a couple of her girls offering under the table favours!

Steve Maxted… great story

Alan King… did you have enough luncheon vouchers?

 

Looking for more photos and cuttings.

Stuck at home, time to dig out those old photo albums, cuttings in the loft etc. that would be of interest to our members. Especially music related items from the Hastings area. One photo can cheer up hundreds of people and help to bring back those happy memories. Please email over, with as much detail as possible. Thank you.

Kazoos. Who used to play one or maybe still does?

Andy Morrison… Had one as a kid, great fun

Dennis Torrance… About the only thing I could play lol third man theme good to see

Jeff Belton… I used to own one of those . Can you still get them ?

David Wilkinson… and then there’s a jew’s harp

Phil Little… Steve Waller always used to play one onstage.

Arthur Sutherland… Comb and tissue paper.

Joe Knight… The same

Eddie Larnerd Lane… I still have one somewhere

Joe Knight… Izal toilet paper and a com

Arthur Sutherland…  It is about all Izal toilet paper was any use for.

Joe Knight… even newspaper was better 😂 have a good day!!!!

 

Dance With The Devil – The Cozy Powell Story book by Laura Shenton

Wymer UK…DANCE WITH THE DEVIL: THE COZY POWELL STORY.
In stock for immediate delivery ahead of the 20th March Publication date.
Cozy Powell was a talented, reliable and versatile drummer. A drummer of such calibre that he played with Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Michael Schenker, Whitesnake, Emerson and Lake, Black Sabbath and Brian May as well as being a hugely in-demand session player. Cozy Powell’s career as a musician is a story that needs to be told. Order your copy here..

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Terry Pack… He was an excellent player and a lot of fun to play with. I did several sessions with him, including a country album! He was much more than a heavy hitter.

Simon Page…Cozy was the inspiration for me to play the drums. I remember in primary school banging out Dance With The Devil on my school desk! I also had the pleasure of supporting him at the White Rock when he was playing with the Peter Green Splinter Group. I didn’t know he was on the gig until I was setting my kit up in front of his and saw a towel on the stool with ‘Cozy’ on it! x

Pete Prescott… I saw that gig. I spoke to him outside after it. He said he liked the two albums I had sent him ( I had made them with Paul Sinden ) He agreed to play on our next album (I had to sit down when I heard what he wanted for it !)In fact he realised I didn’t have that kind of money and said he would do it for £600 a track (I was going to get a loan and have him on 3 tracks)/ He was a great player. My favourite memory of him was warming up at a session with him, Neil Murray and Ray Fenwick. We played “fly me to the moon” (He was a fine swing player!)

Terry Pack… Yes. He was a good all rounder, as were many of his generation, most of whom were taught by swing players

Reid Mc… Fantastic, distinctive drummer and from a time when most young players were influenced by musicians from outside the (then reasonably new) rock genre

Terry Pack… Most of those guys had a light touch and a swing to their playing that made them groovy. The drums themselves were tuned pretty open, too. They used bigger drums than their teachers and played matched grip but didn’t batter the kit especially hard all the time.

Reid Mc… Terry, yeah, love hearing that open tuning

Catherine Ireland… I remember going to the studio when Ray was working with Cozy and I had my children with me , Cozy gave Adam two drum skins signed and some drum sticks that looked more like tree trunks.

Pete Prescott… His real name was Colin. He called himself Cozy after a jazz player he admired (William “Cozy” Cole I think). He was taught by a jazz player. Check out his playing on the Jeff Beck albums.

Alan King… saw him drumming for Tony Joe White at Crystal Palace (?) Bowl years and years ago (just the two of them, guitar & drums years before White Stripes)

 

School days – blackboard rubber thrown at you?

source: unknown

Alan King… almost all of the above

Mike Waghorne… Mr Thyne our maths teacher at the Downs secondary use to throw them at us if not paying attention ! And I would say all of those !

Mike Guy… Sent outside the classroom [once for raising my hand to ask a question, ear twisted for talking, lines, hit on hand with ruler[s] – they kept breaking, detention. I deserved just about all of it as I was bright but with lack of focus, & didn’t make the most of education until after I’d worked for 7 years, then managed to get into university. At least I grew up eventually. 🙂 Oh & became a teacher!

Barry Newton… Most of the above, never had the hat treatment but did have broken eardrum due to slap round ear, still gives me problems from time to time.

Neal Hunter… All of those the teachers at priory boys school were experts in punishment.

Pete Fisher… Not funny…

Andy Davies… Some teachers were pretty mean at the Grammar School, terrified of being hit in the head with a board rubber, many teachers had a slipper in their desks too…

Mick O’Dowd… All part of growing up! Never did me any harm any harm any harm….

David Edwards… All bar dunces cap never saw one at Priory Road.

Virginia Davis… Some of the teachers at Hastings High School seemed to relish dishing out some of these. Its still regularly discussed when we have a reunion.

Peter Howard… “I must not under any circumstances forget to do my mathematics homework”

Phil Foley… All except dunces cap,didn’t have that at my grammar school. One particularly evil punishment was standing with outstretched arms whilst holding two or three of those long wooden “set-square” things they used in Technical Drawing classes. Can’t remember how long we were made to do this but it felt like eternity! But we got our own back by inserting Swan Vesta heads in the grooves between the felt pads of the blackboard rubber

Nick Bearkeeper Rowland… There were some sadists at my school. One boy was caned until he bled and the school made an out of court settlement. I got the ruler and was made to stand in the corner because I had extreme difficulties with maths.

Chris Boorman… I remember having a bit of wood thrown at me at school (Priory Road) which caused a slight cut on my head. I was taken to hospital as a precaution. When a teacher explained to my mum what had happened she said “well, I expect he deserved it”

Alan Parker… Happened once in my class back in the ’60s. picked it up and threw it back , he never did it again

Merv Kennard… Alan do you remember mr t and his rubber hose or mr h and his old plimsol with the h in a circle ?

Alan Esdaile… Also remember Mr Brown and Percy The Slipper!

Gill Ives… We had a teacher in junior school that used to twist a sharpened pencil into your shoulder

Alan Pepper… At the Grove in 1970 I was given an accidental nosebleed in the French lesson by a teacher who threw the blackboard duster at me . Before that in the 60’s the lovely sadistic Catholic Nuns at St Mary’s enjoyed giving the cane over our hand .

Conan Howard… Yes many times at grove park school in grove park school Bromley

Lyn Humphrey… At the Downs in Bexhill, Messrs Peckham & Nattress will also recall Mr T regularly chucking the blackboard rubber and the chalk at us!

Jan Warren… Hi you naughty schoolkids, here’s a lovely pic of the beautiful, but sadly demolished, Downs County Secondary school : and what about Mr Evans (Headteacher), “Taffy” Thomas (Deputy Head Teacher), Mr Thynne (Maths), Mr Slater (Geography), Mr Vale (Maths), Mr Rye (RE), Mrs Miller(Art), Mrs Grimes (History), Miss Wignall (Domestic Science), Mr Bone (French), Miss Mills (PE), Mrs Blakemore (English), Miss Elsworth (Music), Miss Watkin-Jones, and many more, can you remember?? – but not forgetting the irreplaceable Mr Warren, the ever committed Care-Taker who kept the school running “ship-shape” at all times, my brilliant DAD!!

Pete Houghton… Hi Jan so many names Their was Mr Brookes Art Mr Hill English Mrs Warburton Domestic Science Their was another Geography teacher next to Mr Slater and the Woodwork Teacher Mr Bridges and Mr Harris Some woman who taught Typing she wore glasses Mr Salter there are a few i can remember And yes your Dad who did a fantastic job xxx

Jan Warren… Hi Pete, thanks for adding some more names to the list of teachers, I remember them all and I’m sure there’s more!! Yes, my Dad was a brilliant Caretaker, that School was his “pride and Joy”!!

 

Who remembers the Hovercraft at Hastings?

photo shared from: Valerie Churms

Mike Guy… Who remembers the inventor – put that Google down right now!

Mike Waghorne…I believe my daughter was a friend of his daughter and was a local man ?

Eric Harmer… Yes remember it , well was the inventor Rooster Cockburn. 😂😂his name was something to do with chickens

Peter Bridger… I have some of Dad’s old super 8 cine film of that somewhere! Went on a school trip to France on it. I remember it being noisy and bumpy!

Judy Atkinson… Christopher Cockerill

Mike Mitchell… I remember a man walking up the beach in what looked to me like a naval uniform waving a red flag on a stick. He was getting us to move out of the way so the hovercraft could land. I was distraught because the hovercraft flattened my lovely sandcastle

Tony Court-holmes… went on it

Phil Thornton… Remember it well ! – very noisy

Gary Colcombe… Oh yes! What a monster! remember it very well

Roger Simmonds… I remember it very noisy!

Mick O’Dowd… Didn’t they stop it because of the noise? It was rather loud!

Merv Kennard… remember it and the noise

Colin Gibson… It sucked up my Yorkshire terrier

What’s the best love song of all time?

Billy Ocean… Suddenly – Billy Ocean

Nikki Habson… The Lake House – This Never Happened Before

Mick Curtis… Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

Sue Bennett… I cant make you love me George Michael’s version is beautiful

Andy Ives… Princes version is great too

Malcolm Sharp… Michael Bolton, said i love but i lied, listen to the words properly

Mark Rodrigues… My Girl by The Temptations springs to mind. Not sure if it’s a love song though or tribute. Here, There & Everywhere by The Beatles otherwise.

Martin Curcher…… Not into love songs, but if I have to chose one it would have to be something like, Extreme – More than Words.

Stella Huggett… Move Closer by Phyllis Nelson and Nothing Going Stop Us by Starship – I know that’s 2 but couldn’t choose between them.

Eric Harmer… My ding a ling

Paul Crimin… lol. Chuck Berry’s only no: 1 in this country.

Chris Jolly… I’ve told you before… keep your Ding a Ling out of this Chuck!

Paul Crimin… Still – Lionel Richtea.

Roger Collier… O Caroline – Matching Mole

Francoise Pascal…Show and Tell by Al Wilson. Beautiful love song! Xxx

Dave Paul… Welcome Home by Walter Jackson

Jack Apps… I got three

Alan Pepper… Many by Stevie Wonder but My Cherie Amour is a classic

Les Harding (Centre Page)… I don’t believe in miracles – Colin Blunstone. Stunning song at the time

Clifford Rose… In my life – The Beatles

What Records Make You Want To Get Up And Dance?

Alan Esdaile… A couple that spring to mind for me are The Doobie Brothers Long Train Running, Osibisa Music For Gong Gong, Curtis Mayfield Move On Up, Los Bravos Black Is Black and Mony Mony Tommy James & The Shondells.

John Wilde… Martha and the Vandellas Dancing in the Streets, Stevie Wonder Uptight, Arthur Conley Sweet Soul Music, Aint Nothing but a House Party The Showstoppers, Sly and the Family Stone Dance to the Music, Prince Kiss, Ramsey Lewis Wade in the Water.

Julie Morris… Earth, Wind & Fire – September … and Let the Music Play!

Peter Fairless… Boogie Nights – Heatwave, Dave Edmunds Rockpile I knew the bride, Bobby Freeman Do You Want To Dance.

Alex Chapman… None, dancing plays havoc with my sciatica! 🙂 but if it didn’t a nice smoochy dance to ‘Only The Lonely’ Roy Orbison

Caz Simpson… Road Runner Junior Walker and Jumping Jack Flash. For a slow one..What does it take (to win your love) Junior Walker, Harlem Shuffle.. Bob and Earl.

Geoff Peckham… Loads spring to mind. First are: Iko, Iko – The Dixie Cups;
Alright Now – Free; Cisco Kid – War; Now That We’ve Found Love – Third World; Boogie Chillun – John Lee Hooker; he mentions Hastings in it too!

Alan Pepper…. Songs that get me out the zimmer …..I can’t help myself 4 Tops, Get up off that thing James Brown, Play that funky music Wild cherry
And any of those chosen by Mr Wilde . You can’t sit down !!

Clifford Rose… I haven’t stopped dancin’ yet – Gonzalez.

Mick O’Dowd… I Can’t Help Myself 4 Tops, Young Hearts Run Free Candi Staton and many many others!

Wendy Weaver… What Ever You Want – The Quo. Iko Iko – The Belle Stars. Lots of others too

Sarah Harvey… Slade Run Runaway.

Dave Nattress… Well Saturday night it was “King” by Years and Years – mesmeric stuff, thankfully (Dad-Dancing) in the secrecy of my own home.

John Wilde… and if I feel psychedelic, I dance to All along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix. or Queen, Sheer Heart Attack.

Caz Simpson… Who bumped bums to The Bump? Ashamed to say I did.

Matt Thomas… I Feel Love – Donna Summer, Boogie Wonderland – Earth,Wind & Fire,Funky Town – Lipps Inc

Andy Qunta… Me too, Caz. Funnily enough, Rick Driscoll, the lead singer of Kenny, who did that song, has been a good friend of mine since 1981!

Alan Esdaile… Remember bumping to Joe Tex Ain’t Gonna Bump No More, Caz.

Philip John… Gonna take you Higher – Sly & The Family Stone , most stuff by The Temptations / Isley Brothers and Chic with Nile Rogers.

Mick O’Dowd… Oh come on you lot! Who’s gonna admit their list should include the classics Agadoo, Superman, Hokey Cokey (Judge Dread version) and Macarena to name but a few. Cowards!

John Wilde… I can honestly say I have NEVER danced to those.
Now the Birdie song that’s class.

Clifford Rose… nobody’s mentioned Tangerine Dream yet?

David Miller… Club Country – The Associates, Good Stuff – B52’s, Big time – Peter Gabriel, anything by Dudley Moore.

Phil Thornton… Pure pleasure seeker : Moloko !! how about Open up : Leftfield Lydon ? Chime : Orbital, Born Slippy : Underworld, Phat Planet : Leftfield, etc.

Matt Thomas… Moloko fantastic choice.

Jimmy Kent… To be honest as a dance music fan they’re too many to mention so I thought I the only thing I could do is list 5 records that currently makes me want to waddle on that dancefloor at events I regularly go to :- Love Gone Bad. – Chris Clark, Summer In The Park – East Coast Connection, It’s Just Love – John Andrews, Hold On – Judy Freeman & Blackrock, Mr Big Shot – Gene Chandler. Sorry Mick O’Dowd I’ll mention Agadoo next time mate.

Wendy Weaver… Yellow River by Christie and Just Wanna Dance the Night Away by The Mavericks and then there is Putting on The Ritz by Peter Sarstedt or even Fred Astaire

Eugene Hughes… Something Old Something New The Fantastics

David Miller… I enjoyed this thread a lot two years ago – nice to see it’s still up and running…dancing even…as I am.

Peter Fairless… David Bowie John I’m Only Dancing, Toots and The Maytals Monkey Man

Caz Simpson… Wilson Pickett – Midnight Hour, The Kingsmen – Louie Louie

Lance Collins… Frankie Smith Double Dutch Bus

Jimmy Kent… Freddy King – Now I’ve Got A Woman

Angela Frances Gardner… I was a real Stones fan so anything by them.

 

Happy Christmas and very best wishes for 2020

Happy Christmas and Very Best Wishes for a Healthy 2020. 

A Very Big Thank you to everyone for the great support during the year and especially to the people that regularly post and keep the  SMART page alive. Also to everyone that turns up at our coffee meets and all the guests and listeners to the radio show. Another good year for SMART but for it to continue, we always need more old photos and cuttings that would be of interest and haven’t been posted before. Time to look in that box in the loft, have a look through your photos albums and ask the relatives. One small photo shared, can be so special for lots of people. It is a sad time for many but I hope some of the postings keep the happy memories alive.  Limited posts and replies to emails over the Christmas period. I wish you all A Very Happy Christmas and A Healthy New Year.

Jeanette Jones… Thank You Ez, for all Your work & keeping us all in touch. A Happy Christmas & A Healthy New Year to You too

Pete Brazier… We Wish you A Merry Christmas🎶 Too (hope you don’t mind but I nicked your pic!

Alan Esdaile… my dad painted it.

Andy Qunta… Thanks, Alan & the SMART gang! Seasons Greetings to you too!

Colin Norton… Wishing you and yours the same, Alan. Have a happy and healthy New Year!

Mick O’Dowd… Happy Christmas all you SMARTIES! What a great year for the group. Bought to you by our incredible leader Mr Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason. As usual you have done us all more than proud with the website, FB page & Meets. You have a peaceful and relaxing Christmas & New Year as we want you fresh a revitalised in 2020!

Pauline Richards… Happy Christmas to you too alan x

Karen Sweatman… Merry Christmas Alan and thanks for all the hard work you put in. All the best for a fabulous 2020.

Jacqueline Marsh… Bac at ya xxx

Pat Burgess… What a great picture

Wendy Weaver… A Very Happy Christmas to everyone and a Prosperous New Year and thanks to Alan for his hard work. from Graham and Wendy xx

Jacquie Hinves… Thank you for all your postings. You have made an old lady very happy. Happy Christmas and a fabulous new year. Xx

Josie Lawson… Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year Alan. Brilliant SMART group. Glad found you and everyone.

Steve Amos… Happy Christmas to you too, Alan. Hope to see you at the next meeting

Dan Large… Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Iain Cobby… Hi Al , Merry Christmas and a healthy new year from Bellerophon. Keep on the good work!

1066 Sound… Merry Christmas and a happy New year to Alan and all the SMARTIES

Jan Warren… Happy Christmas to you and all at SMART Group! 🙂xx

Monica Bane… Happy Christmas Alan! Best wishes Monica x

Graham Belchamber… Happy Christmas Alan and thanks for your efforts with SMART.