supplied by Lol Cooksey
Mark Gilham… One of my favourite band names ever
Tim Moose Bruce… Still got my cassette album of No Laughing Matter.
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Laurie Cooksey… Rock Museum Autumn 1969, posing alongside someone else’s mini in Parkstone Road, Hastings. Left to right: Tony Carr(lead vocals), Terry Corder(bass guitar/vocals), Dave Gurr(lead guitar/vocals), Laurie Cooksey(drums/vocals). Rock Museum had formed in early 1969 as a 3 piece heavy rock group, Tony Carr joining on lead vocals in the summer of 1969. The group split up at the end of 1969.
Janine Anne Hemsley… This is great.
Andy Qunta… Saw Rock Museum rehearsing in a Church hall in late ’69, shortly after moving to the Hastings area. Very impressed, especially with Laurie Cooksey! Remember thinking it would be great to play with him in a band one day!
Geoff Peckham… You never know, Andy. It may still happen!
Sarah Harvey… These photos are absolute gems
Colin Fox… I have to say that I have never heard of this band, but they certainly look the part. Great photo.
Mick O’Dowd… It’s amazing how many bands are coming out of the woodwork now thanks to Lol. Can’t say I remember these either so it is great to see them and just goes to show how lucky we were/are in Hastings to have such a rich musicak heritage.
Mark Asseenontv Scutchings-Stevens… I remember Dave Gurr in 1976 when he was living in Crawley ! He was riding a Honda CB500T . What’s become of him now ?
Ian McGilvray… Is Laurie still playing? I saw him behind His kit on many occasions in Bexhill.
Alan Esdaile… He’s still playing Ian, with the 6T’s (next gig The Comet 30th Aug 2014) and with a reformed Factory.
Janine Anne Hemsley… Terry Corder too .
Jan Warren… Oh, great to see this photo – I remember these guys and did some of them go on to form “Die Laughing” and “Factory”??!!
Andy Qunta… Laurie was (& is!) in Factory, and he & Terry were in Die Laughing, and are now also part of the 6Ts!
Sheila Maile… Are this band currently called the 6Ts
Richard J Porter… Two of them make up part of the 6Ts!
Terry Corder… Yes we are and still playing regularly. Find us on facebook, just search for thefab6ts
Sheila Maile… You used to play in the angling club not so long ago, shame you don’t any more. What they have there now are not a patch on you, yes I will look on fb.thanks
Terry Corder… We were at the little angling club on pirate day. It was a great day!
Tim Moose Bruce… Dave Gurr lived opposite us in Little Common. About that time he bought a little Gilera motorbike. He then got the nickname “Flying Jesus”!
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‘Jaffa’ (Geoff Peckham) Bass, Lol Cooksey Drums, Andy Qunta Lead Vocals 12 String Guitar, Tony Qunta Lead Guitar.
Yvonne Cleland… Lovely x Bexhill’s produced its fair share of musicians!
Phil Gill… Nice to see a pic of Tony Qunta playing the WEM Sapphire. You sold that guitar to me about a year later Tone, remember?
Geoff Peckham… Can anyone identity the bass I’m playing? I don’t remember it.
Phil Gill… Is it a Vox of some sort Geoff? I’m more concerned that you’re apparently possessed by demons in the first pic.
Geoff Peckham… That’s right – I think it is a Vox. Yes that’s a strange picture isn’t it. I sent it to Andy as a Halloween card! I blame it on Lol. He still has the power…..
Andy Qunta… Yes, Lol has always had the power! I don’t remember that bass at all, Jaffa! I thought you always had a Fender Mustang! Don’t remember Tone’s WEM Sapphire either! I remember what I had for breakfast today though, so no need to worry yet!
Geoff Peckham… Yes, Andy. And I still have the Fender Mustang – always a pleasure to play but the pick-ups are shot so hardly any volume. Does anyone out there know of any way I can replace or repair them without spoiling the guitar? I think I had an Antoria bass at some stage, before buying the Mustang
Tony Qunta…. Phil, thanks for reminding me re selling the WEM guitar to you – I had completely forgotten about that! I’m pretty sure that was Andy’s originally. (photo no 4) My Miles Davis pose! 🙂
Phil Gill… It was a great guitar. I liked it a lot, but eventually traded it for this:
Steve Kinch… great to see these old shots
Mick Mepham… You can get the pickups rewound I believe, as long as they aren’t hermetically sealed …..Also, the bass looks a bit like a Danelectro (maybe)
Phil Gill… Try my pal James Collins at http://www.jamescollinsguitars.com/ I think he’s in Mayfield. Or if you fancy a pick up expert and are prepared to post to USA, I highly recommend Curtis Novak. He made me a great set of Strat pickups: http://curtisnovak.com/pickups_bass.shtml
Mick Mepham… Jaffa, are you actually the devil in disguise? Those eyes …..
Daisy photos supplied by Yvonne Cleland
Tony Barraclough, Terry Corder, Will Thomson, Kevin Hoad.
Alan Esdaile… Anyone remember Citrus?
Yvonne Cleland…..Yep! All young and pretty! 🙂
Kevin Hoad…..Hahah.Those were the Days my Friend,We thought they’d never end.I feel a song coming on.
Janine Anne Hemsley…..Great pic xxxx
Liz Beeching… Anyone remember the seventies?……………J.B.
Tony Court-Holmes… odd bits
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Steve Francis (bass/vocals), Paul Morfey (guitar/vocals), Kevin White (Drums).
Tim White… Skysteed existed around 1975 and rehearsed at my Nan’s house in Catsfield, East Sussex.
Janette Morfey… I’m loving all the long hair!!
Roy Penfold… Is that cymbal suspended from the ceiling?
Alan Esdaile… I think you might be right Roy? The photo reminds me of Pink Floyd Ummagumma.
Of the many obscure, trench-coated progressive rock groups that germinated in the garages, sheds and rehearsal studios of England in the early ’70s, Stallion deserve to be recognised as one of the great lost bands of the first progressive era. Hailed critically, and by those lucky enough to see them perform, Stallion appeared on the same stage as many of their more well-known contemporaries including Motörhead, Stackridge, Rare Bird, Stray, The Edgar Broughton Band andTraffic. Despite winning a Melody Maker magazine competition and playing on the main stage at Reading Festival in 1976, and having successfully merged progressive rock moves with punk attitude, major label success eluded Stallion and they broke up in the late ’70s a well-kept secret.This new CD contains their rare single and fragments of “the album that never was”, together with a history of the band and previously unseen photographs.
Sound Engineer… Dave Hinde.
Phil Thornton….Stallion play ‘The Hard Life’ recorded live at the Lyceum Ballroom, London. September 1976 supporting Motorhead.
Paul E Newcomb… Stray were the headliners that night… Motorhead second and Dirty Tricks (?) third. Stallion had won the MM folfkRock competition that year I believe
Phil Gill… Correct as to line up, but Motörhead might have headlined.
Phil Thornton… Yes I think it was Motörhead headlining – the PA was theirs and they were charging other bands to use it !!
Pete Fisher… I was living in London then, but didn’t come along to the gig…guess I didn’t hear about it…funnily enough the band I joined that year got to the final of the MM Folk/Rock competition the following year in 1977 (after winning the semi-final at the Marquee), but didn’t win…
Dave Nattress… Just wonderful to hear this. Stallion were just so good and this proves it. In Damaris we had the privilege to play support a few times on the pier and we totally loved, respected, revered and admired this band. They were where we wanted to go. 43 years ago. Frightening. Brilliant that there are these recordings and my clear recollection of their tight musicianship and the spectacular whirling dervish performances of John Wilde come right back to me, and visuals aside John was a wonderful vocalist, great tone and delivery. Congrats to all, great memories and sad that not all the guys who took the Stallion road are no longer with us. Got the CD album a few years ago and play it a lot, great that Phil T and the guys were able to get it out
Phil Gill… Damaris were none too shabby as I recall. I remember a song about a “city punk” that always stuck in my head.
Dave Nattress… Thanks Phil, nice one. I have the lyric somewhere, just found it, yes I was big on rhyming and City Punk was followed by the line “Lived on Junk”, a not so obsure double meaning which was also something I liked to put in. We had some out-there tracks and themes and lyrics, tracks about weird stuff like “Star Tiger” which was the call-sign of an aircraft that disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle, “Alien Tomorrows” a space journey influenced piece, eampling part of the planet suite, never can remember if it was Mars or Jupiter – Iain Cobby puts me right. Trawled up a load more lyrics of our songs, “The First Survivor” one man thinking he’s alone on the planet after the proverbial nuclear war, “Rubic’s Cube”, “Jack the Ripper”, another with references to characters from Lord of the Rings – blimey were we up ourselves or what!! Anyway good, good days!! Best wishes Phil.
John Wilde… thank you Dave. It was an awesome time. I very much appreciate your comments.
Phil Thornton… yes I remember enjoying Damaris sets – I’m sure we all went along to support them at a gig in Ore ? ( not sure about venue ) they were I think the only other band around Hastings at that time who were doing original stuff – great times indeed !
supplied by Martin Stringer
Martin Stringer, Andy Caine, Lurgi, Andy Knight and Paul Gambo.
Mitch Mitchell…Remember seeing Ritz at Ore Community Centre…and a song that. Stuck in my mind was all about My Car Won’t Go.
Andy Caine… Wow!! Did we play anywhere? Have a name?
Martin Richter… blimey – what ever happened to Gambo?
Terry Pack… Lurg = Rob Edworthy
Roy Penfold… I remember being dragged into a Cunning Stunts open mic gig with him at the Crypt many years ago. Haven’t seen or heard of him since!
Will Cornell… Judging by the bottom photo, I’d say the name of this band was….wait a minute are we in mixed company?
Andy Knight… 1978 I think, post Steppin Out, remember rehearsing in The Box.