Curved Air top hat – Hastings Pier 1973

supplied by David McLean

Nick Webb… I was there, still have the original album somewhere, bit scratched now tho.

Heather Sidery… Love this.

Andy Qunta…Great band! Still listen to their albums! Factory supported them at one of their Pier gigs, not sure if it was this one or not.

Terry Pack… I was at that one, Andy. I became a Factory fan after seeing you at the Salvation Army youth club in Bexhill around 1973.

Druid and Jailbait – Hastings Pier 14th September 1974

Rob Grain…R.I.P. Cedric Sharpley, he went on to be the drummer of Tubeway Army and Gary Numan. I was blessed to work with him in the Q Tips (post Paul Young) in the mid 80’s. A powerful drummer and a funny, gentle soul.

Iain Cobby… Great band, I have both the albums. Unfortunately they sounded like too much like a Yes tribute , but hey. They also won the MM rock contest in 1974

Frankie Miller Full House plus The Stranglers 31st July 1976

Neil Partrick… Were you there Alan? Would have been seriously good, I’m sure.

Alan Esdaile… Sorry I was gigging elsewhere Neil, otherwise I’m pretty sure I would have gone.

Tony Ham… The Stranglers and wrestling.

Pete Houghton… That was a great night seeing Frankie Miller and afterwards the band signed my album then I asked The Stranglers to sign my album and they just wrote a pile of rubbish

Mosaic plus Pueblo and Friends – Zodiac Centre 27th July 1974

mosaic

supplied by Roger Carey

Pete Fairless… Hand coloured?

Conan Howard… I bet that was done by Bernard Jeffries the drummer?

Sarah Harvey… Roger normally did the hand-crafted posters for the bands. They were always neat and he always put a lot of time into them as you can imagine.

Dave Nattress… Sarah, I have some old Samisen artwork, some you did I think – posters for gigs, with “Samisen” in Japanese style lettering and a rising sun logo, and some I did which we put in our car windows – must meet up some time or I’ll bring them to a SMART gig. Temporarily mislaid but I do have them for sure.

Sarah Harvey… I remember those Dave. My first job was a design draftsperson and I created all the Ore Festival posters on a drawing board with set squares and other drawing instruments.

Dave Nattress… Sarah, when I find them I’ll post them on the SMART website.

Conan Howard… I think that was done by Bernard Jeffries,Samisens second drummer .. who is now is KING BATHMAT

Curved Air with Peter Houghton – Hastings Pier 1975 or 1976?

Photos by Peter Houghton

Pete with Sonja Kristina, Stewart Copeland, Darryl Way, ? and Mick Jacques?

Dennis Torrance… Liked curved air

Ian Cramp… Saw them on the pier

Pete Fisher… Saw them in 1974…

Tony Court-holmes… i know i was there for that one

Catz Cradle mid 70’s

Photos Hugh Fraser – Supplied by Alan Vale

Alan Vale… Many thanks to Hugh Fraser & co yet again. He very kindly sent me some improved photo’s from 1974 1975 re Catz Cradle. Me on my Fender Jazz bass John Cronin on his Fender Telecaster into an HH combo. (Never liked those amps HH, I had to repair it once!). You cannot see Steve Coleman (Rip) on drums he had a Hayman kit with Zilgin cymbals as I remember. Venue was called the ‘Zambesi Club’ in Earls Court. Just one of loads of gigs we did in and around London

Iron Duke – The Carlisle mid 70’s

supplied by Pete Brazier

Alan Esdaile… Nice shirt Pete. Do you remember the full names?

Martin Richter… looks like Nigel Millichamp ?

Pete Brazier… Band members in photo (apart from me) left to right Steve “Bill” Balham-Bass, Nigel Millichamp – Drums, Steve Murphy – Leed Guitar, And Paul Roberts on Keyboard, other Members came along later.

Ian Johnson… Who remembers the Reggae sound system called Fugitive that played each and every Thursday in the 80s

Jacqueline Marsh… My mum worked here when I was about 7 and she use to leave me upstairs where i discovered the stage and a microphone which had been left on. I just singing singing and am still doing it at 72! Apparently I stopped everyone in their tracks downstairs in the bar and mum had to own up it was only her 7 year old singing lol great pub from my memories as I remember it. I went on to have a professional career as a vocalist.

Pete Brazier… Need a backing vocalist?

Memories and info wanted on Fruupp

supplied by Nigel Wade Art

Nigel Wade Art… Hi all, I’m trying to unearth any memories or info on Fruupp who played on Hastings Pier in 1972 and 1975. They supported Genesis in ‘72 I believe, I went to the December 5th ‘75 gig which they headlined. It wasn’t a big crowd but they rocked it. It was the opening night of their Modern Masquerades tour. I can’t remember if there was a support band. Reason for this question is that I’m involved in the very active Fruupp Facebook Group (worth joining if you like the band) and there’s a plan to get a book and Live CD together all about Fruupp, so any info gratefully received. Thanks.

Adam Seigel… I was a fan for a bit. Saw them in Southend (my home town) in 75 I think. I still have the single Prince of Heaven’s Eyes which was their bid to break through Good band but not first division. Be interesting to know if they went on to other things, the keyboards seemed really talented and guitarist was good too – Vincent McUsker or something like that? Sounds like a good piece of archiving.

Nigel Wade Art… Keyboardist for the 4th and final album Modern Masquerades was John Mason, a brilliant jazz/ rock keyboard player who sadly died a few years ago. Original members Vincent McCusker (guitar), Peter Farrelly (vocals/ bass), Martin Foye (drums) and Stephen Houston (keyboards) are all going strong. Fruupp split in the Summer of ‘76 just when punk was starting, none of the band have done much in music since.

Adam Seigel… Stephen Houston…that’s the chap…he was good!

Alan King… the guy in the white suit is actually called Johnny Mason, he’s an old friend of mine from Dulwich back in the day, last I heard he’d had a stroke about 10 years ago – oops edit just saw the post that John had died he was an odd one – played a few gigs with him over the years – he got lost in drink and drugs near the end, his parents both died and left him a bit of money which was probably enough to tip him over the edge

Nigel Wade… Alan you’re absolutely right. Sadly he died a few years ago, following the stroke. I loved his playing b that album – he was very accomplished. One of the other guys said that for the photo shoot, “we all arrived looking like the three musketeers while John turned up dressed like Liberace!”

Alan King… John Mason did record an E.P. with a band of local south London roadies called The Back Room Boys in the mid 80’s – The Ballad of Vic Samson / Mine’s A Light and Bitter – he did the odd mafia run cruise ship tour off Miami to Jamaica and back around that time

Rory Hagan… Where did you see John Mason had died? I went to school with him. Thanks. Stephen Houston is your best point of contact for info. He’s a clergyman in the south of England

Nigel Wade Art… Hi Rory, on the Fruupp Facebook there has been a fair bit of information on John Mason and the main Admin, Brian, is in contact with John’s sister. It would be great if you’d like to join the Fruupp Facebook group with all your music background and the fact that you went to school with John. The band members including Stephen Houston are helping us with our Fruupp Live LP and Fruupp book.

Tracy Birrell… I remember seeing them on Hastings Pier.

Iain Cobby… Greetings. I had the poster of Genesis / Fruupp on Hastings Pier in 1972 which I sold some years ago for a really good price when times were hard. Alan e has  a photo. I do remember the gig but was having a disagreement with my girlfriend/to be wife outside on the deck of the pier and missed the set, almost missing the Genesis opening ……. some years later in Birmingham I was in an indie record store and picked up Future Legends and Seven Secretes on  BPRC cd . I would urge any prog aficionados to listen to these treasures ……. wow