supplied by Mick Mepham and Pete Prescott
featuring Pete Prescott, Andy Qunta, Tony Qunta, Steve Kinch and Mark Thirsk.
Pete Prescott… I remember this gig. I was very nervous. They were amazing players. Nice guys as well.
Andy Qunta… I vaguely remember it too! Pete did a great job! Unfortunately I think it was the last gig we did. Couldn’t fight punk rock with prog rock! Fun while it lasted though!
Tony Qunta… I remember it too. A line up with great potential!
Ernest Ballard… Great band saw them a few times before I started playing drums (wink wink ). Long time ago now
Pete Prescott… We played a gig at a boutique in London. After the gig I got really drunk on punch (dangerous stuff). We got back to Hastings in time for me to go to work. The green cross code man was there. Huge guy. That was (I think) the last gig. Mark was an amazing drummer. Brilliant players. I felt out of my depth. I remember loving Tony’ s voice on “only you”. I’ve still got a tape of songs like “the burning of Atlanta” it was great being in the band with guys like that. And they were so funny.
Steve Kinch… Yes Pete, absolutely agree, Mark was a fabulous drummer with a great sense of humour.
Tony Qunta… Great memory Pete! Yes the green cross code man – was he in Star Wars or something? Thank you for your lovely comments about the band. Your vocals were fantastic with the band – it’s a shame the band didn’t keep going! ‘Dinosaur Promotions’!
Steve Kinch… David Prowse – He was only Darth Vader!!!! Great times! Hastings in the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s was the pefect environment for young musicians learning their craft. With hindsight, the late 70’s wasn’t exactly a good time to be attempting to get a “prog” band off the ground
Andy Qunta… True, Steve, but it was fun trying! Listening to the old tapes makes me feel it was well worth it! Pretty darn good stuff!
supplied by Mick Mepham
supplied by Phil Thornton
Alan Esdaile… Great find Phil. Stringer Jones, was a duo with Martin Stringer and Malcolm Jones.
Martyn Baker… Malcolm Jones was the other half of Stringer-Jones with Martin Stringer in Hastings (1975-6). I kind of re-met Malcolm again when we both worked for Capital Radio in the 80’s. Martin now lives in the west of Ireland. Both top geezers.
Harry Randall… RIP Vic/Tony and Steve gone to young! Sadly missed I’m sure by all who new them!
Leigh Wieland-Boys… My that takes me back. Fond memories of Steve D, rest in peace dear friend.
Martin Stringer… Crikey.
Supplied by John Busbridge
John Busbridge… I think both of these clubs were under the Queens Hotel which later became Bonitas. It appears the Flying Machine was frequented by lots of Swedish girls as I have one address on the front and three more on the back!
Alan Esdaile… I don’t remember the Sign of The Fish coffee bar.
John Busbridge… It was a religious coffee bar /disco hence the name.
Dave Nattress… Ah, Swedish girls….I fell in love with one in the summer of 1971 and we were together for 2 weeks then she went back, was I heartbroken! We wrote long airmail letters to each other every other day for a year or so. I used to phone her occasionally from home – the old man moaning about the phone bill and also I’d go into the office where I worked, (in the evening when it was quiet), and use the office phone. I guess the international calls showed up on the bill but I never got checked on it! There were a few of us it could have been. Next summer was not the same, did see her briefly but it had fizzled out. I think I met a Danish girl that summer.
Annie Stenberg… Ah, the Flying Machine! I was in Hastings when it opened in the summer of 1965. Some of us Swedish girls who were there on summer language courses spent most of our time there and had loads of fun!
Anyone remember Lazybones?
Peter Fairless… Which one was that, under the Queens?
Jim Breeds… That rings a distant bell … was it under Queens Hotel?
Alan Esdaile… Yes Pete and Jim, trying to remember the chain of different names, was it The Flying Machine at one time? Bonitas, Emmas etc.
Chris Giles… Bonitas I remember chicken and chips on a Sunday Eve
Alan Esdaile… Thanks Chris! You just reminded me of the smell and the greasy taste. I feel sick!
Jane Hartley… Bonitas, Lazybones, Queen of Clubs, JRs.
Virginia Davis… That brings back memories
Andy Qunta… Yes indeed!
Jim Breeds… Bonitas I could have volunteered as a name but Lazybones had gone from the memory until now! Gosh yes. Chicken in the basket wasn’t it? And Scampi too, probably! lol.
Chris Giles… Yep it was in a basket.
Jon McCallion… We played at bonitas after recording fooling around the same night I think.
Mick O’Dowd… Don’t forget cockroaches in a basket at Bonitas.