Eddie & The Hot Rods, Radio Stars and Squeeze – 18th March 1978

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ad supplied by Sarah Harvey, ticket supplied by Ken Copsey

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Sarah Harvey… A pretty good line-up. March 1978.

Mark Gilham…Had a Radio Stars album called ‘Songs for Swinging Lovers’ featuring the hit single ‘Beast of Barnsley’. From what I can remember it was pretty good.

Mark Randall… Electro encepholograph ! I believe you turned Kelly onto this ( Nervous Wreck) and de facto I heard it from Jonathan! Why o why do I remember this sort of thing ….

Mick O’Dowd… That is an amazing line-up similar to the U.F.O. / Supertramp gig.

John Storer…  Remember this gig very well as one of the most enjoyable I saw at the Pier. Had been looking forward to it as soon as the tour announced as all three bands were big faves of John Peel and they had all had a lot of airplay on his evening shows. In fact, I already had the Eddie & the Hot Rods and Radio Stars albums and think I had the Squeeze debut by the time of the gig Squeeze were getting a lot of daytime radio plays by the time of the gig with their single “Take Me, I’m Yours”. This was the first time I saw them live; I have now lost count of how many Squeeze gigs I’ve been to … well over 20, the last time being December 2012. Radio Stars were flying under the “new wave” banner but were actually made up of survivors from the glam rock period …. seem to remember Marc Bolan had a hand in writing / producing some of their stuff. The Hot Rods were superb …. pub rock at its best. Barrie Masters sweated so much he must have lost a stone or two in weight. Their debut, “Teenage Depression”, has stood the test of time as well. Definitely a night to remember.

Andy Gunton… I think the Marc Bolan connection with Radio Stars came through their singer Andy Ellison, who I believe was a member of Johns Children with Bolan. I saw Radio Stars several times & really liked them. As you say , not exactly Punk, but still good.  I would have loved to have been at this gig, great line up.

Mike O’Dowd… You’re right Andy, the other Andy was in John’s Children.

Alan Oliver… Saw them a while ago in Nottingham. Still brilliant!

Mark Syrett… Great gig remember it well especially Squeeze

Tony Ham… Life On The Line, great album, I was too young to see them though!

Joe Knight… Was talking to someone out of Squeeze in the Queens Head last year?

Paul Gray… 16 at the time. Surprised I was allowed to go

Peter Fairless… Well, Ken was there and he’d have only been… what, 12?

Ken Copsey… You’re mistaking the way I behave with my actual age! I was in fact 15

Nigel Goodman…I was there amazing gig

Michael Windsor… Saw them twice, fabulous concerts

Wesley Magoogan… He came on stage pretending to have only one arm !

Chris Pelling… By some strange quirk of fate I was at Hailsham Pavilion last night, exactly 40 years to the day after this gig, for an evening of stories and music by Chris Difford (Squeeze) and Boo Hewerdine. “Take me I’m Yours” took me right back! Both the ’78 gig and last night’s were excellent – albeit last night’s perhaps lacking some of the, er, “energy” of that four decades back – and if Chris Difford’s book “Some Fantastic Place” is half as good as last night’s show it will be well worth the cover price as he certainly has more than a few “rock and roll” stories to tell.

Mike Cramp… Was that the gig where he climbed the speakers and put his head through the ceiling tiles ?

Nigel Goodman… I was at this gig Absolutely fantastic

Richard Brown… The supporting band I think was the Radio Star and they played tracks from there album song for swing lovers.

Shaun Pont… My first gig.

David Farnes… I was there. First band was Squeeze, followed by the Radio Stars, then Eddie and the Hot Rods. Still ranks as one of the best gigs I ever saw.

Ralph Town… Radio stars were,of course, Marc Nolan’s,johns children band mates. They were still recording Bolan songs at this time. The b side to their only hit was a tune called horrible breath by Bolan. More useless trivia…lol.

Martin Waghorne… Wizard