SMART coffee meet report 55

Well the wind along the seafront was horrible and the rain was chucking down but still managed a brilliant turn out for our 55th coffee meeting. Among the newbies this time were Steve Moran and Buzz Honey. Steve was talking about starting his PhD with the London College of Music, provisional titled ‘Music By The Sea”, examination into the music history of Hastings during the 60s, 70’s and 80’s. Buzz was chatting about happy memories of Scalliwags and Saturdays. Steve Amos had with him an early postergram of Peter Gabriel, Knebworth 1978 programme and Genesis Wind & Wuthering 1977 programme. Clive Richardson arrived with scrapbooks of cuttings of all the early UK festivals, including  Watchfield, Reading, Lincoln, Bickershaw, as well as Planet Gong and Pink Fairies cuttings. He also had an autographed album of Screaming Lord Sutch from when he played The Granary Club in Rye in the 70’s, records from Gypsy, Global Village Trucking Company, Dawn Chorus and The Bluetits, Little Bob Story, Roogalator, Count Bishops, The Broughtons and others. Also a Steamhammer poster who he promoted on the pier.  Barry French had some bizarre cover version singles on the Top Six label, The Typhoons, History of The Stones vol 1 and Pinky & Perky doing Bridget The Midget! also football related records from Willie Morgan and Don Fardon. Roger Carey has been digging deep again and has found flyers for Factory, Black Horse Folk Club, The Breathers, The Johnny Francis Road Show, Nazareth, Can, Gypsy, as well as a playlist of songs from The Kings Head in 1978, when he put together a bunch of local musicians for a one off gig. I had with me Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come The Lost Ears album, Alarm, Faces and Alice Cooper flexi discs and the acetate of Rubber Band’s Moonwalker single which has Raven written on the label. Harry Randall was talking about his music equipment and he has an amp that was owned by Bert Weedon and a mixer that was owned by Cozy Powell. Martin Stoggell said he has a Frank Zappa tour programme that was printed at Hastings Printing Company and will bring it along next time. Tim McDonald was looking for support for a music resources centre for Hastings and everyone he talked too were excited by the project. Anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Jim Breeds… It was a good meeting Alan. I missed out on some of the things you describe. Too busy talking to Stephen Moran and the little group we formed with Colin, Andre and others I guess. Would it be a good idea to put aside 5 minutes (once most people have arrived) for a quick round-the-table for each of us to say what we’ve brought with us? Just a suggestion. Feel free to ignore it. 🙂 Thanks, as always, for the effort that you put into this. 

Alan Esdaile… Good idea, the trouble is people turn up and leave at different times but always open for suggestions.

Mick O’Dowd… It was indeed a good Meet Jim. Had most interesting talk with Tim McDonald and his idea for a music resources centre.

Lucy Pappas… Sounds wonderful.

Jeanette Jones… Apologies, as usual, but I really appreciate being included in the group

Reg Wood… Apologies Alan was away.

Phil Gill… Wilf doesn’t care what the weather’s like.

Alan Esdaile… Wilf enjoyed it.

Bernard Goffredo… I would love to come along one day but it seems I am always committed to something when they happen

Steve Moran… It was my first time at the SMART coffee meet and I wanted to thank you Alan and everyone I met for making me so welcome

Peter Houghton… It sounds like it was a good meeting and i missed seeing Clive Richardson, hope to make it to the next one

 

 

SMART Coffee meet report 54

Record company leaflets supplied by Chris Saunders

SMART coffee meet no 54, a great start to 2020. Among the newbies this time were Tom Cowan and Cliff Evans.  Tom was talking about his group ‘Menticide’ and happy memories of the group and John Peel playing the record. Cliff was talking about his rock band ‘Tank’ and also when he was with ‘Chicken Shack’. Also talking about his new venture with Lauren. the Aquarius International Club with dj’s playing 60’s and 70’s rock and psych tracks at the monthly happening at the White Rock Hotel. Mick O’Dowd have with him Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys book ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ and was over the moon that people have found at last photos of ‘Jim The Jolly Fish’ that used to go along the seafront, which he has been searching for forever. Monica Bane confirmed that the band photo that Tony May could not confirm who it was, is definitely the Jazz Caverners at St Clements Caves featuring Johnny Griffiths. Reg Wood had with him a copy of Wizzard single Ball Park Incident, autographed at the pier gig in 1973. Gerry Powell had an interesting  pile of cover version singles, released on the Embassy record label and sold in Woolworth, as well as some great flexi discs. Pete Houghton had  lotsof rare autograph posters from the Hastings Pier gigs including Alvin Stardust, Zzebra, Esperanto, Stackridge, Judas Priest, Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers, Gong, Motorhead, Fusion Orchestra and a band I don’t remember ‘The Lou’s’. Anyone know them? they must have been a support to someone.Pete Prescott had some exciting rock books including the 1960s scrapbook by Robert Opie  with a great Hendrix painted cover and a Sotheby’s rock ’n’ roll and film memorabilia book with Jim Morrison on the cover. Also a special collectors e.p. of The Split Knee Loons! This is a small bit of what I remember, if you were talking about anything interesting or anything else you wish to add then please do so.

Jan Saunders… I just hope, one day I can get there Alan and all you SMARTIES ……. my legs don’t work any more, I want to take my mobility scooter maybe on the train or drive it to Hastings, if poss??!! – I love this Group and so pleased I can still be part of it on FaceBook, Thanks Alan – there’s quite a few people I’d love to meet up with again ……. Pete Houghton, Brian Setchfield Bob Searle, Terry Corder, Lol Cooksley, Mandy (from the soul band) etc etc ……………… Also, I’m aware of The Aquarius International Club that’s now going on the basement bar at The White Rock Pavilion, this sounds really great, 60s and 70s music ……… ohhhhhh, if only I could be there??!! xx

Monica Bane… Enjoyed seeing you all. Keep going Alan x

Andy Davies… Sorry I missed it.

Steve Amos… Sorry to miss it! Hope to make the next one.

Terry Pack… I was hoping to make my debut, but turned my ankle and couldn’t walk for a day. Next time.

Paul Crimin… Sorry I missed it Alan.

Mick O’Dowd… Another great meet Alan, as per usual. Nice talking to newbie Tom.

Jack Irving… Sorry I missed this one too.

Andy Qunta… Sounds like a fun time!

Tom Cowan… Great to meet you & others on Friday, our single is on You Tube, Menticide Bathroom Ideas Exhibition  there is another Menticide,  electronic rock outfit, would hate to be confused with them!

SMART 54 coffee meet – Friday 17th January 2020

New people welcome to join us

Mick O’Dowd… Oh come all ye faithful but not until January!

Nick Warren… I had never been to Hastings until 1990s – I was in Brighton and following the music scene there in the 1960s-70s. Hope to get to a SMART meeting one day but they always seem to clash with other things up until now. Happy Christmas

Monica Bane… Hope to see you there Alan! If all goes well Monica x

SMART coffee meet report 53

Great turn out for our 53rd coffee meeting. Among the newbies this time were David Roberts, Nick Webb, Steve Amos and Ron and Maureen Burgoyne. David had with him a copy of the live rock poster for his group ‘A21’ , as well as a collection of his own prog cd’s of Vedar and his recordings under the name The Possessed. Nick turned up with copies of Hutch Hutchings Lp and Brand X Do They Hurt? LP which had Phil Collins on drums. He also had Hastings pier gig tickets of Ten Years After and Marc Bolan & T Rex and his photo album with pictures of Damaris from the National Band Competition in Brighton in the 1970’s.  Steve was talking about his book ‘Two Sides of an Indie Dad’ and happy memories of the Black Horse Festivals and seeing Nick Cave on the pier. Ron had his Witch Doctor membership card from 1967 and talking about a band he recommends seeing ‘Man The Lifeboats’. Paul Huggett had a photo album of the many bands he has worked with including ‘Time Out’ and ‘No Limit’. Colin Bell had tour programmes from the maximum rhythm ’n’ blues gig at Eastbourne in 1999 and the Monsters Of Glam Rock gig featuring Sweet and Mud from The White Rock Theatre. Pete Houghton had lots of amazing autograph photos of Olivia Newton John, Robert Wyatt, Freddie Fingers Lee, John’s Children, Gerry Marsden & The Pacemakers, Climax Chicago Blues Band, Issac Hayes, Jerry Hall and loads more. Alan King was talking about his forthcoming gig at The Piper on Friday 13th December when he is playing with The Prisonaires and also Roger Hubbard on the bill. Tony Davis arrived with a mixed bag full of cd’s for anyone who wanted them. General chat was about Divitos, The Crypt and Clive James. Too many other people to mention but this is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Steve Amos… Thanks Alan. It was nice to get along at last!

Nick Webb… Enjoyed the chats will be there again cheers

Paul Crimin… Sorry I had to leave early Alan. Hope it went well.

Jan Warren… Yeah Alan, I’m always sorry I cant get to the meetings but I’m always pleased to read your reports of what happened, especially from Pete (Houghton) as I think I said, I remember him from School (Downs Secondary Modern, Bexhill) and also from several record shops and “hangouts” in Bexhill in the late 60s/early70s, he was always so “into” music and I’m not surprised at the many photos he had taken with various stars of those days!! – good on yer Pete, and I really hope to meet up with you one day, whether at SMART Group or in Bexhill one day?!! – Thanks Alan, and the SMART Group for putting us in touch with our long lost friends, its amazing!!

Andy Qunta… Sounds like fun as always!

Mick O’Dowd… Great & interesting gathering as always Alan! Well done!

SMART 52 coffee meet report

Wet and very windy 52nd meet but didn’t discourage a Great turn out. Among the newbies this time were Nick Bloomfield, Peter and Sue Thomson and Paul Crimin. Nick was talking about his interesting website about the power of music to inspire, provoke and entertain, musicfortheheadandheart.buzz and also his filming and working on his song ‘beyond the lies’. Great to see Peter and Sue and Pete have with him a collection of old gig tickets of Thin Lizzy, Be Bop Deluxe, The Who and The Stranglers. They were also reminiscing with Tony Davis about when Tony did the disco at their wedding. Paul Crimin was chatting about his new cd that is due for release next month and called ‘Unplugged and Unhinged’. Reg Wood had with him a copy of Ginger Baker’s Airforce album from 1970 and I hadn’t noticed before but the image inside the gatefold sleeve has the silver style of Wheels of Fire Cream cover. He was also talking about what’s happening for Hastings Week. Cliff Wootton left some leaflets for his ‘Beggars’ Gate’ gig at All Saints Church Crowborough on 16th November 2019. Pete Prescott was talking about creating a list of albums & singles released by Hastings area musicians. He had with him a bundle of singles, as well as a copy of the Home Studio Recordings magazine with Chris Cozens and Nick Magnus feature. Steve Fitzy was talking about his memories and the groups he has sung with. Roger Carey had a photo from the Peter Kirtley Jubilee Charity event in 1998, to aid the street children in Brazil. The photo features Liam Genockey, Nana Tsiboe, Peter Kirtley, Colin Gibson, Liane Carroll and Kenny Craddock. Phil Little was talking about local bands and singers don’t get their fair share of royalties when played on the radio and the Live Music Forum has written to PRS. Paul Huggett was reminding people about the forthcoming ‘Willfest’ in tribute to drummer Will Powell, which takes place at The Duke St Leonards on Saturday 26th October. Too many other people to mention but this is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Lucy Pappas… Hope you all had a fabbie catch up xx

Josie Lawson… Glad it went well

Lance Collins… One day I will get away from work early !!!!

Robert Searle… Glad it went well

Peter Houghton… Sorry Alan I had everything to bring down but fell asleep in the chair.

Mick O’Dowd… Just as interesting as ever Alan. Well done.

Phil Little… Well done Alan.

Paul Crimin… Thank you for letting me sit at the same table as all of these local legends!

Reg Wood… Enjoyed it Alan. Thanks.

Elaine Roberts… Enjoyable afternoon, thank you. PS Nick Bloomfield’s song Behind The Lies is his first foray into music and he’s written, sung, and created it all himself – he usually films other people making their music https://youtu.be/JJwfvo30ERA

Peter Thomson… Great afternoon and so pleased we made it at last!

Colin Gibson… Ginger designed the cover as well as the Wheels on Fire cover

 

 

 

SMART coffee meet no 51 report

Our 51 meet and among the newbies this time were Glenn Piper, Andy Qunta, Andy Davies, Reg Wood and Ernest Ballard. Glenn was chatting about happy memories of The Continental coffee bar and pier gigs. Andy Qunta was talking about the new cd from Factory and future local gigs and had with him a Factory leaflet from the Chelsea Collage Eastbourne 1973 gig and the bands bookings and recordings diary from May 1970 to August 1973. Andy Davies was talking about the album sleeves he designed and sharing memories of his brother Simon Davies who many fondly remember. He also had a business card of Simon’s, when he did his discos under the name of Tony Kane.  Reg Wood was talking about when he saw Kevin Coyne and Elvis Costello on the pier and had the albums with him, as well as some Rolling Stones shirts. Ernest Ballard was talking about his shop Hastings Musical Exchange and the band Jump The Gun, he also had a business card from his 1975 band ‘August’.  Barry Taylor arrived with leaflets for the forthcoming gig he is putting on in aid of St Michael’s Hospice on 6th October at the Sea Angling Club. Line up will include Freak Flag, Pete Brown, Carey & Prescott and Harmer & Westlake. Pete Prescott had a pile of cassettes including Jinks Throught the Sound Barrier, Alan Attfield & Chris Cozens – Facades and Double Indemnity – Moonlight & Love Songs.  Monica Bane had  a photo of Town Council and the 7” single record Sweet and Neat/The Harder You Love which was written by her brother Steve Hersee, who was in the group and still playing and recording under the name Neon Roadster. She also had some great posters from her modelling days in the 70s. Pete Houghton never lets us down and had with him framed autograph photos of Pink Floyd ‘Animals’ and Grand Funk Railroad and a pile of rare albums.  Mick O’Dowd had a bag full of books for Conquest Hospital Radio fundraising and Jon McCallion was chatting to John Petri and Pete Millington about George Harrison’s Telecaster and talking about bus passes!  Too many people to mention but this is a small bit of what I remember. Anything interesting you were talking about, please feel free to add here.

Andy Qunta… I had a fabulous time, meeting up with old friends & new! Thanks, Alan & everyone! It was a fabulous afternoon catching up with old friends & meeting some new ones. Very glad I was finally able to get to a SMART meeting!

Wendy Weaver… Nice to see you.

Ernest Ballard… Had a lovely time meeting old friends.  Super day thanks Alan

Jon McCallion… Great time Alan talking about all different things with different people you do a great job

Lance Collins… Sorry. Worked late. Will get to next one

Jim Breeds… Sorry I couldn’t get to this one. Sounds like it was fun (as always). And smart of course.

Mick O’Dowd… Excellent as usual! Phil Gill told me that Soultown are now playing thrash/death metal!

Pete Houghton… Had a great time glad to see my friend Glenn Piper it’s been year’s since we last met and also my friend Mick O’Dowd and two of Factory

Reg Wood… Finally made it! Enjoyed a good chat.

Jeanette Jones… Glad everyone had a great time hope to catch up in the Autumn

Lucy Pappas… I loved Simon Davies. I was with his sister, Gill, just recently. I guess that’s the same Simon? x

 

SMART 51 Coffee Meet

New people welcome to join us

Mick O’Dowd… Remember. Post, copy, share and print-off and put down the sweetie shop! Also make a paper plane and spread the word. Let’s try & beat the 50th Meet turnout. (Unfortunately Alan’s not bribing us with canapes this time!)

Alan Esdaile… Ian Mantel has supplied us with a pile of rare promotional and white label cd’s, on behalf of and raising funds for St Michael’s Hospice. These will be available on the day and offers welcome. Here’s a sneak preview…

SMART Coffee meet number 50 report

Wow! What can I say! A brilliant turn out for our 50th Coffee meet. A big thank you to everyone for making it so special. Among the newbies this time were Trevor Chenery, Jack and Janice Irving, Jim Westlake and Malcolm Sharp. Trevor was talking about his band Tzar when they were on the bill with Ashton Gardner & Dyke and Shaft on the pier back in 1972. Also talking about Daisy when he was a roadie for them. Jack Irving had with him a number of photos of Screaming Lord Sutch and The Savages, as well as a very interesting video of the Joe Meek Tribute Concert that took place in 1991. Jim Westlake was chatting about the successful gigs he does with Eric Harmer at The Drift In Bar and Malcolm Sharp was chatting about the amusement machines that have just arrived on Hastings Pier. Pete Prescott had a previous engagement but managed to quickly pop in a cutting about Ray Fenwick and Forcefield from the Guitarist magazine January 1987. Colin Bell had with him a rare Eden Kane and His Brothers photographs, discographies, autographed biog book that Peter Sarstedt gave him in 1997 when he promoted The Tunbridge Wells Festival.  Peter Houghton arrived with bags of albums including an autographed album of The Love Affair and Hawkwind, as well as a signed tank top t-shirt from Van Halen. He also had the new Lonerider album that features Simon Kirke from Bad Company and the new CD Jobcentre Rejects that features Die Laughing.  Seeing all the logos inside the new SMART leaflet David Smith remembers years ago a friend passing through Rome airport carrying a Disc Jockey shop record bag! Andre Martin did a very nice speech and on the advice of others and against my wishes decided to put a bucket around for donations which raised £140.31. I have decided to donate this to The Bladder Scanner Appeal for De Cham Ward at The Conquest Hospital. Thank you to everyone and also for your lovely comments . A great time was had by everyone. Now the goal is to make it to 100 meets! If you have any interesting stories you were chatting about please feel free to add here. 

photo Kevin Burchett

John Busbridge… Sorry I couldn’t make it but I am on crutches!

Wendy Weaver… It was very nice today Alan. Meeting old friends and new.

Elaine Roberts… Great get-together! Thank you x

Jim Breeds… Good to see everyone there today. Congrats on organising 50 of these Alan.

Wendy Belton… It was great to see so many there. Congratulations on your 50th meeting Alan.

Geoff Peckham… I’m glad it went so well. Well done Alan! I’d have joined you had it not been for my friend’s funeral.

Eva Neuke… I’m very disappointed that I couldn’t be there..

Monica Bane… Allan! did tell many friends about this today! Would have been there, but my friends and I were out with Senior Forum, for the day, hope next month!  All the best Monica!

Peter Houghton… Well done Alan it was a good meeting today thanks Pete

Lucy Pappas… Sorry to miss it

Deborah Mould… A great event Alan, thank you

Mick O’Dowd… Try and top this one Alan. Contained all the whistles & bells and more. Did us proud with the eats. Without you we wouldn’t exist.

Jan Warren… Great pic Alan!! – I just wish I could recognise Pete (Houghton) in there?? – come on Pete, tell me ……. I know its been many years and we’ve all got older, so, come on Pete, don’t be shy, which one is you?? Happy 50th Meeting to all you lovely old youngsters!

Mick O’Dowd… Pete Houghton is 2nd from left Jan Warren!

Mark Harris… Great to have a good chat with Andre about the old Archway Management days and the gigs he used to get for us in various army camps around the south east!

Mick O’Dowd… Fame at last! Front page of SMART mag & in colour too!!!!

Andy Knight… Any pics of Tzar?

Alan Esdaile… Sorry Andy, Trevor did not have any photos.