Gypsy & Dragonmilk – Hastings Pier 11th October 1974

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Clive Richardson… Gypsy were excellent. Really good sound. They had no roadies, no manager at the time and did the sound themselves. Paul Casson was very impressed and was interested in managing them.

Peter Thomson… Sure I was at that one but don’t remember the support act, unfortunately.

String Driven Thing and Stallion – Hastings Pier 7th September 1974

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STRING DRIVE THING. DRESSING ROOM SEPT 1974 STRING DRIVEN THING SEPT 1974.

poster supplied by Mick Mepham. pier photos Chris Meachen.

Tich from Stallion at the pier gig supplied by Roger Carey

Here’s a great recording of ‘Circus’ venue unknown.

Wesley Magoogan…. Those Observer adverts were the center of some of our lives then.Whomever was on the advert for the pier were that week’s big deal !

Phil Gill… I was there, it was a brilliant gig.

Stray and Snake Eye in support – Hastings Pier 2nd September 1972

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photo and badge supplied by Pete Fisher

Pete Fisher…  Photo of Del Bromham from Stray and badge, Hastings Pier 02.09.72

Chris Sambrook… I remember Snake Eye and they were good. Stray played the Pier a few times and managed by Charlie Kray for a while. Guitarist Del Bromham still performs as Stray although not with the original line up, and solo gigs. Check out his Website for further information.

Chris Meachen… Del Bromham playing the somewhat unattractive replacement Gibson firebird after his original reverse model was stolen..

Phil Gill… He must like it – he’s still playing it!

Pete Prescott… I saw them at Dagenham Roundhouse with Dave Morse and Andy Holliday in 1975. All in your mind.

Dennis Torrance… Liked Stray happy memory’s seeing them on the pier.

Dave Weeks… First band I saw on the pier

 

Lost Boys, Vicious Minds, Jump The Gun, Roadhouse, Boring Farts, Cunning Stunts at The Carlisle 3rd July 1993

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supplied by Pete Prescott

Jan Warren… The Cunning Stunts ………. hahahahahahaha, brilliant name!!

Pete Prescott… What a band ha ha !

Karen Sweatman…Brilliant line up! Oh happy days

Ernest Ballard… I’d forgotten this one

Alan Vale… I remember this gig just about, there was a video, I played bass for various bands at that gig

Pete Prescott… The Boring Farts were the pre Highway Band. Same songs etc. Nigel on drums, John Laidlaw on guitar Dave woods (guitar. Sadly didn’t show for the gig) Roger Carey bass and me. I loved the rehearsals.

Tim Moose Bruce… We(the Blind Bats) supported Cunning Stunts and Cracked Mirror at a biker party in Camber in the 80s. A wild night

Janet Rennie… Excellent, I love a pun

Pete Houghton… Vicious Mind’s were great that night

Chilli Willi and The Red Hot Peppers plus Strife – Hastings Pier 15th June 1974

Pete Houghton… Both Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers and Strife were bloody fantastic great concert by both bands.

Phil Gill… Chill Willi were fabulous. Great country style guitarist, who I talked with afterwards and who was happy to talk guitars for ages. He gave me the best advice ever – always practice first thing in the morning and it sets up your fingers for the rest of the day. He was right, been doing that now for 45 years and it still works for me. Funny how a chance encounter can change your life so much.

Pete Fisher… Maybe that was Philip Lithman – read in wiki he’d been over to San Francisco before the band formed, and went back there after they split…I think you can hear a bit of West Coast maybe even Grateful Dead influence here…lovely guitar anyway, oh and good advice BTW – wish someone had said that to me – evenings after work not always the best time…

Mick O’Dowd… Chilli Willi. Excellent! Bongos Over Balham. Excellent album!

Pete Houghton… yes it’s an Excellent album

Nick Patching… Mick, Pete Thomas on drums (from Seaford) who went on to hit the pig skin for Elvis Costello

Factory & Effigy – Clive Vale Annexe. Fri 7th May 1971 & YMCA review 13th August 1971

Supplied by Jon McCallion

Andy Qunta… Ah! Good times!

Phil Gill… I was there, probably with young Carey, Meachen and Shirley, as they labelled us at school. Sarah Harvey might have enjoyed the evening too.

Sarah Harvey…. I did indeed Phil and I had. completely forgotten about Effigy and to be honest cannot remember seeing them at all other than a vague memory that I didn’t think much of them. Factory as ever were THE band of Hastings at the time.

Chris Baker… Hah! Flight of the Rat was one of my “Flashy” solos! Those were the days! We only did a few gigs.

Phil Gill… As I recall Chris, you showed me how to play the pedal note riff from Flight of the Rat, one night at an Effigy rehearsal that Roger Carey and I attended. Was it School Road in Ore? Roger was buying Iain Cobby’s speaker cabinet and we came along to look at it.

Brigitte Lee… Where was Clive Vale Annex?

Chris Baker… Ha! Phil! My arthritic old fingers can’t play it so fast these days! Fun to so though. Still got that analog Park Fuzzbox too and the old Hofner!

Geoff Peckham… I remember we (Factory) were really impressed with Effigy. Didn’t they do a couple of other Deep Purple covers? Speed King, and Child in Time? According to Andy’s diary we played with them twice in 1971. May 7th at Priory Road School. Andy said that school gigs have been “…really great. This was no exception. Bit of trouble from old ladies and police about the noise but never mind. Effigy supported (or did we support them?) – not bad for their first gig.” The second was at the YMCA on August 13th. Andy mentions the awful acoustics and that “Effigy (with Tom) supported.” Could that have been the legendary Tom Jones? (The one from Stoke, not S. Wales!)

Phil Gill… And Steve’s drumming was *never* too loud. End of.

John Wilde…. Tom Jones, any info on his history or where he is now?

Geoff Peckham…. I got to know Tom in ’69 when his dad had an electrical shop in Western Rd, Bexhill. He told me stories about being in a pre-Black Sabbath band called Horny Moon (!) and other tales. He was a great character and raconteur. Like you, he had great stage presence – a great blues singer and harpist. He moved back to Stoke, and around 73-74 turned up at a Factory gig in NE Staffs University. I think he put us up for the night. Haven’t seen him since. Anyone else know anything? Be good to see you again sometime.

Alan Esdaile…yes it was School Road Ore where the rehearsals took place, in the old church hall which was full of antiques and clobber and the band squeezed somehow in the middle. I think their was a giant stuff bear but maybe wrong? Geoff Peckham date is correct as Friday 7th May 1971. Clive Vale Annex was part of Priory Road School and the gig took place at Clive Vale. Jon McCallion sung with Effigy at this gig and glad you remembered Tom Jones. I got a review somewhere which I will post on the YMCA gig shortly.

Read moreFactory & Effigy – Clive Vale Annexe. Fri 7th May 1971 & YMCA review 13th August 1971

High Mileage & Babylon – Hastings Pier 14th May 1977

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… Best remembered as the founding keyboardist with Mott the Hoople, Terence “Verden” Allen was born May 26, 1944 in South Wales. He was in a number of bands following departure from Mott, one of which was Cheeks who he formed in 1976. This was quickly followed by the formation of HIGH MILEAGE, which featured Martin Chambers on drums, Paul Oaldenall on bass, and guitarist Dave Tedstone. Tedstone was another Hereford local, who was well known to Verden through his stints with the Doc Thomas Group and Lee Starr and the Astrals. High Mileage soon gave way to Verden Allen’s Seven Inches, which also featured Martin Chambers. Curiously HIGH MILEAGE isn’t even mentioned in Allen’s biography and skips from ‘Cheeks’ straight to ‘Seven Inches’. So if you saw High Mileage on The Pier, you were capturing a very rare gig.I can’t remember seeing them at this gig on May 14th, 1977…..but probably did….does anybody else remember them?  Also….Babylon! Was this the prog rock group that was formed in 1976 by Rick Leonard, Rodney Best, Doroccas, J. David Boyko, and Gary Chambers (As far as I am aware no relation to Martin Chambers…or was he)? They released one album, 1978’s Babylon, before breaking up that same year.

John Storer…This was one I missed. Had been to see The Vibrators the previous Saturday, and had spent shedloads of money on Thursday 12th May at Ye Olde Pump House celebrating Eric Cawthraw’s 25th, Mick Hurton’s 22nd and my 21st birthdays. It had been a night full of Thunderstorms (Mr Cawthraw will know exactly what I mean). So skipped this one as the following week, The Damned and The Adverts were playing and pay day was still two weeks away!

Mick O’Dowd… Good find Sarah. I’m not familiar with either band either.

Sarah Harvey… As for Babylon…they seem like a band who would appear on the pier but they were formed in Florida, so not sure…. but they were the only Babylon around at that time and all the dates seem to coincide with their short existence.

Eric Cawthraw…  just seen John Storer’s remark on ‘Thunderstorms’: a vicious little cocktail that slides down your neck so easy that you’ve had too many before you know it. After-effects ? – I hear you say…..well, the name is appropriate – it’s like having you head inside a car-crusher…only worse. Garry Peters and Mick Watson introduced the recipe to a bar in Florida – the barman got blitzed, but no surprise there!  It’s a bit like o/d-ing on orange juice: Take a small bottle of orange juice add a measure of Canadian Club and another of Cointreau a dash of soda water and ice – bingo, imbibe and hold on to your hat! Vince Bristow came in to the Pump House one evening and shouted ‘my round!’ – I think there were 9 of us along the bar, all on Thunderstorms having large ones in pint glasses and Vince paid up! It was another 3 weeks before Vince had to buy another beer as we bought him ales in turn. Then there were those evenings on the Green Chartreuse….how are we still alive!!!

Phil John… Saw him last year at The O2 when the original Mott the Hoople reformed for a short tour. They played to an audience of 9000 people. Not bad going for a band that had played only 3 gigs since 1975.

Pete Houghton… I saw High Mileage on the pier the line up was Verden Allen ,Martin Chambers , Paul Oaldpenall And Someone Called David S I can’t read his autograph as they signed a sheet of paper for me.

supplied by Pete Houghton

Dirty Love featuring Dan Large early 90’s – Rother Valley Pub Northiam.

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supplied by Dan Large

Dan Large… This is me drumming at the back, their drummer kindly let me have a go and I played a couple of songs with them, The photo was taken around early 1990 at The Rother Valley pub in Northiam.  The band was called ‘Dirty Love’ does anyone recognize any of the band members?

Richard Turner… is that Steve ?

Karen Sweatman… Darren on guitar and Steve on vocals – no idea of surnames. Used to love going to see them. Think the guitarist to the right was Justin Bishop.

Ian Ellis… Karen , “Mitchell”

Terry Pack…  I remember Darren. He lived in Bexhill, and used to row. He was a good player, too, and a very nice bloke. I last saw him at The Bell in Bexhill about 10 years ago.

Alan Esdaile… Hi Karen, I think you previously mentioned his full name is Steve Honeysett? Anyone confirm?

Ian Ellis… It’s a 4 string plank, I think it might be Steve Hunnisett too…,

Karen Sweatman… Yes, Steve played bass

Patrick Briggs… Definitely Steve and Darren Mitchell

Pete Houghton… This is the bexhill band I was on about Darren and Steve Mitchell they lived in Wrestwood two doors down from where I lived and  often see Darren around by Springfield road area

Quadrille, Incredible Hog & Stormcrow – Hastings Pier – 29th March 1974. Iguana replaced Incredible Hog

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poster supplied by Mick Mepham, flyer supplied by Roger Carey, Stormcrow photo 1 & photo  4 supplied by Chris Meachen, Stormcrow photo 2 and 3 supplied by Clive Richardson.

Quadrille and Incredible Hog did not play. Incredible Hog replaced by Iguana.

Clive Richardson….Quadrille turned up but the gear never arrived so Stormcrow did 2 sets. Also Incredible Hog cancelled and were replaced by Iguana. Iguana eventually became Jess Roden’s Band.

Peter Fairless… Always good to see pictures of bands in the ballroom!

Chris Meachen… Stormcrow’s singer was called Annie, if I recall correctly, & lived Bromley way.. I visited her for a couple of hours once when on the way to see ELP at the empire pool..