Sarah Harvey… Approx times….
12.00 hairy jack acoustic r’n’r. (Inside)
1.30: the happy Maureen. (Outside)
2.15: hairy jack acoustic r’n’r. (Inside)
2.45: cushty unplugged (outside)
4.15: stormy t + the bluesman lane (outside)
5.45 Liane Carroll (outside)
7.00: the kavemen (inside)
Sarah Harvey… Recorded at THE BOX in Silverhill. Samisen ‘Rock-A-Nore’ in 1976!! The background to this song was actually based on Conan Howard’s (Bass Guitar) story about where he lost his virginity rather than any sentimental connection with the iconic Hastings area. I am a prog rocker at heart and I write songs and have done since the 1970s…..and here is the proof!! In the 1970s I wrote many prog rock songs, and most of them were in the epic prog-rock style. In those days that’s what you did as a band. One day I will rework them and perhaps perform them…. who knows. This video depicts the various line-ups of my very first band SAMISEN. The song was recorded at THE BOX in Silverhill in 1976!! ‘Rock-A-Nore’ is a prog rock piece written by Sarah Harvey and Conan Howard based on Conan’s story about where he lost his virginity rather than any sentimental connection with the iconic Hastings location.
– Graham Barrett (Vocals – RIP)
– Sarah Harvey (Lead Guitar – Happy Maureens)
– Ralphy (Rhythm Guitar and backing vocals)
– Bernie Smirnoff (Drums – Kingbathmat)
– Conan Howard (Bass Guitar)
I am proud of the songs I have written down the years
Jan Warren… Me too Sarah, I am Prog and Psychedelic Rock too, I remember meeting you at the SMART meet in Hastings, hope to meet you again soon!
Conan Howard… sorry SARAH, you only helped to write this, as it was my original idea.. CONAN HOWARD , as proved by all the bass work.. now go to the back of the class and sit on the naughty step you bad girl … love Conan x
Sarah Harvey… Conan has become such a grumpy old wotsit in his old age 😂 I did say we co-wrote it and ok, if you want the rights to the original idea I won’t get my lawyer on to you this time. 😜 xxx
Peter Thomson… Always enjoyed hearing (and watching) you lot knock this one out.
Conan Howard… must admit though Graham Barrett did come up with all the words,, good old Graham ,bless you where ever you are now. WHAT a Hoot SARAH ,good stuff indeed . all meant in good fun.. I have the right to be grumpy at 70 years old , what else is there? love Conan xx
supplied by Bernard Jeffery
Bernard Jeffery…..late seventies rehearsals with Charlie Tumahai From Be Bop Deluxe in The Box Hastings. The Hollywood Killers.
Bernard Jeffery… Above, great piece about a great musician and a great bloke.Mentions the time I played with him in the Hollywood Killers back in the late seventies.
Tim Phillips… Interesting article. Be Bop Deluxe was one of my favourite bands in the mid 70s. I can remember riding my motorbike to Eastbourne to see one of their gigs with my then girlfriend (who went on to be lead singer of The Mobiles). I think the gig was at The Congress. The ride back to Hastings to take Anna home was one of the coldest motorbike rides I can remember smile emoticon
Bernard Jeffery… I loved all of their albums and saw them live many times so it was a real buzz to play with Charlie and meet the rest of the band at Hollywood Killers gigs
Dave Nattress… Be Bop Deluxe were fabulous – I have all their stuff on Vinyl and CD and love Sunburst Finish and Modern Music. Samisen – where’s Sarah H, do you remember we did “Ships in the Night”. Indeed Tim, it was the Congress as I was there. I do remember they were really, really loud. RIP Charles, your contribution holding the bass down whilst Bill Nelson went off on his space-missions was vital. I stumbled across a great Bio of Bill Nelson and Be Bop Deluxe, published in 2008, written by Paul Sutton Reeves – “Music In Dreamland” “Bill Nelson and Be Bop Deluxe”. A long read but worth it.
Tim Phillips… Yes, I agree that Be Bop Deluxe were really loud at The Congress. I had a motorbike with straight through exhaust pipes which sounded incredibly loud (probably made me quite unpopular in Bexhill). On the ride home I couldn’t hear my bike because my ears were still ringing from the concert lol.
Anyone remember Leisure Music selling records?
Phil Gill… What were they thinking?
Jon McCallion… Nope nor me
Peter Millington… I was a regular visitor to the shop and don’t remember seeing records, however, I seem to be able to ignore everything but guitars and amplifiers LOL
Chris Meachen… Me neither..
Alan Esdaile… Odd advert as says Records at Hastings! Could Complete Audio Systems be a different shop in Hastings?
Pete Millington… Could be Alan but I’ve never heard of it, and the address is the same as Leisure Music. – A Shop within a shop perhaps?
Phil Gill… I think Complete Audio Systems probably was a different shop in Hastings, but still owned by the English family under the Leisure Music umbrella, hence the common phone number. Still didn’t buy any records from them though.
A great picture from Jim Penfold & The Hollywood Killers from the website
I remember doing some dates with them including Guildford Civic Hall. Should have been chart stars ‘The Arrows’ headlining but they cancelled and were replaced by new boy band ‘Stevenson’s Rocket’.
Jim wrote: “Great memory!! Yes I remember it well…..
Jim Penfold…..The tv photo was taken at the Box in 1978…..we (the Hollywood Killers) are all posing behind a TV set with no screen! Me, Neil ‘Chilli Willi’ Aplin,Berni Schmirnoff, Alexander Moylegrove lll and Pete Poodle…..we first rehearsed and recorded demos Goodbye Suicide….here’s the original 7″ single remastered
Yvonne Cleland…. Min x
Chris Baker…Min… Simon P Medhurst! Lovely bloke, excellent musician. Genius gold and silversmith, wonderfully creative electronics engineer. Much missed.
Yvonne Cleland…. Quite hard being in a band with him though. He’d often turn up 2 hours late or not at all, depending on what he was doing at the time and who with! 😀 Enjoyed playing with him and had fantastic fun making weird and wonderful sounds. Happy days.
supplied by Nick Prince
Robert Searle… Bought a Fender Mustang bass there ,you know the one with the white stripe on it.
Colin Fox… Am I correct in saying that Bonners owned it. I remember Eddie Sargent, (Eastbourne guitarist), worked there for a while and I bought a Yamaha SG in there.
Paul Dengate… Bonners at Silverhill was a different building/business, opposite side of the road to Leisure Music.
Mick O’Dowd… They had a practice room downstairs.
Robert Searle… Did Rev have,or had use of a studio there somewhere ?
Paul Dengate… Leisure Music had three adjacent shops. At the back of one was a small workshop accessed by a path from the road at the side. I understand Rev did have a studio there but I never saw it. I went to work at Leisure Music after leaving Mullett Smith Music in Robertson Street. While I worked at Leisure Music, I rented the building at the back which could be used by bands for rehearsing or I’d use it for recording (The Box). I believe that when I left Leisure Music, it was still used for rehearsals but not looked after.
Andy Qunta… Spent many happy hours, & quite a few pounds, at Leisure Music! Rehearsed with Factory at the studio in the back a few times too!
Andy Caine… Loved leisure music! Spent so much time there! Bought my first serious guitar from Paul Dengate, “wish I’d kept it!” Gibson S G with bigsby for £220. Where is John English these days? Stepping out, roaring 80’s…. Great days! I rehearsed in Denmark Street a couple of weeks ago, out the back. Reminded me of the box! Sadly looks as though those studios will be history soon too!
Andy Qunta… I think the first gig with Jim Jim & The Jims was at Leisure Music, & Mick Abrahams, ex-Jethro Tull was a guest player. Pete Prescott, Pete Shaw, Ray Fenwick, Dermot Murphy & maybe Andy Caine & others were the Jims that day!
Martyn Baker… I always loved the Jims sets. Proper music played properly! I also loved The Teenbeats taking the piss too!
Pete Fisher… have to dig out the receipt for my Vox AC15 – I think that came from Leisure Music in 73?
Pete Millington… Spent quite a bit of money there
photo by Chris Meachen
featuring Phil Gill & Steve Demetri.
Mick Mepham… Is that Andy Q on the right Phil?
Phil Gill… No Mick, it’s Ashley Pepper – Tony Q is in the room though.
Tony Qunta… Couple of questions Phil – what was the rehearsal we were doing? And is that alien creature on the wall about to eat you?
Phil Gill… It was rehearsals for Charlie Hutchinson’s album, Feels Like Rain. That alien creature looks like a huge flying penis with antennae. If I’d known there would be pictures on the internet 35 years later of me being attacked by a giant flying knob, I probably would have stood somewhere else.
Steve Cooke… The guitarist on the right in the Box pic is Mick Hartwell – lovely guy.
supplied by Neil Cartwright.
Neil Cartwright…A photo from inside The Box – probably 1981. The dark-haired guitarist could have been called Nigel, the other was possibly Mick, and I think he was a teacher. Mick Burt was certainly on drums, and we battled through standards like ‘Freebird’ and ‘Wishing Well’. Some time later, we practiced down there with Trevor Lewis – a gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice. Any idea of the band?
Michael Mepham…..That might be Mick from Stone Junction on the right. I think the other guy might be named Brian.
Yvonne Cleland….That looks like Mick Hartnell on the right
Sam Rosewell….That is Mr Hartnell – he was an English teacher at Hillcrest when I was there in the 80s.