The Box Recording Studio – Silverhill


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.

The Pop Inn Taboo Club will Colin Bell – 1970

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supplied by Colin Bell

Mick O’Dowd… Here’s my membership for The Taboo. It was opened by 2 of the most disgraced people in pop. Johnathan King & DJ Chris Denning who popped up in the news again this week. Not a very good start to the Club and it didn’t survive very long. My only memory on that fateful day was that you went down these stairs to the Club and they were lined with mirrors with flashing coloured bulbs and after about half hour people were complaining that it made them feel ill and they were turned off!

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Sarah Harvey…  Ah…Jonathan King…. now there’s a name you don’t hear nowadays…. this from July 1969.

Alan Esdaile… Remember the mirrors with the flashing lights Mick. When I took over from Colin, I think some of the bulbs were taken out, as were over powering.

John Storer… Having looked at Colin Bell’s photograph, I now see where the Gallagher brothers got their image from 🙂

The Disc Jockey & Cobweb Top 20 chart – 1969


supplied by Jozef Maxted

Nigel Ford… Never heard of “Return to Diango” by the Upsetters, track or band…. and yet everything else is very familiar!!

John Storer… From a time when the singles chart actually meant something. More classic 45s than not on the list, especially “Sweet Dream”, probably my favourite Tull track. I feel a Spotify playlist is in order. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. Listen to The Archies “Sugar, Sugar” today and you realise it was actually a quality pop song! Can someone complete Nigel Ford’s musical education and link to a video of the wonderful “Return of Django” by The Upsetters.

Andy Qunta… Great memories! Great times at the Disc Jockey too!

Jim Breeds… He Ain’t Heavy – The Hollies. Got into a huge row with my Dad when he saw them perform that on TOTP. He said “Look at the length of their hair!! What nonsense they should sing that when they look like people who would beat you up in a dark alley for your wallet”. Always insightful, was my Dad :-/ He just was of the generation who thought we “Should turn down that bloody racket and go get a haircut”. The Generation Gap.

Nigel Ford… the very next day to me posting this, Tony Blackburn started his Pick of the Pops Radio 2 show with it and of course I recognised it immediately!…. but somehow never knew what it was called,….but am I bovered??!!

Pete Prescott’s Sands Quintet presents ‘Sinatra Night’ 7th Nov 2014. In aid of St Michael’s Hospice.


Dance away to the big hits such as Come Fly With Me, Night and Day, Witchcraft, Chicago, The Lady is a Tramp and many more.   On: 07 November 2014 at 7:00 PM

St Michael’s Hospice, 25 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards on Sea, TN380LB (in the Arthur Easton Centre)

Friday 7th November 2014, 7:00pm for 7:30pm

Tickets £14.00 including canapés. Cash bar with cocktails available.
Dancing, Smart Dress, Black Tie Optional! Advanced booking only. For tickets please contact tel: 01424 431107

An event organised by the Hastings and St Leonards Support Group. All proceeds to St Michael’s Hospice.

The Fabulous 6Ts – review by Mick O’Dowd


Mick O’Dowd… The Comet St Leonards-On Sea – 30th August 2014. 6T’s celebrated 28 years together last night with an excellent set. If you’ve never seen them, get away from any illusions of a 60’s pop covers band. The set included numbers by Cream, The Who and Creedence Clearwater! They put a rock twist into their set and of course their zany humour. Good turnout and well deserved applause after EVERY number (How many bands can claim that in a pub gig).  It was a good night even to the extent a neighbour complained about the noise to which the band responded by getting everybody to sing at the tops of their voices the chorus to Daydream Believer. That’s rock’n;roll!!!! They are there again on New Years Eve ,which ,in the words of Tel Corder, includes a buff-ett. They are at The Hollington Oak again soon as well. Give them a look you might be surprised.

Tony Qunta… Shame I couldn’t see them! Hopefully soon!

Mick O’Dowd… If you were intriqued by mt 6T’s review they are at The Hollington Oak on Saturday 13th September. Give ’em a whirl!



Bare-Faced Blues Festival – September 7th & 14th 2014


Barry Taylor is looking for more people to help with the collection buckets and can be contacted at or 01424 712842

Janine Anne Hemsley…..”Looks good”

Times for this event are:

Sunday 7th September Goo Goos – 2.30 Pete Prescott & Highway – 4.30 Buick 6 – 6.00 Turpin & Walker – 8.00

Sunday 14th September Mick Bolton – 2.30 Joe Rytlewski Band – 3.30 King Size Slim – 5.00 Pete O’Donnell – 6.00 Tea Chest Blues – 8.00

Don’t forget the CD which will be on sale for only £5.00, with all proceeds going to St Michael’s Hospice.


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Scalliwags Night Club Song 1970’s


video and all cuttings supplied by Kevin Burchett

John Storer…..Sometime in the late 70s, Lewes Crown Court were hearing a trial in relation to an offence that took place in Scalliwags. It was decided that the jury should attend the scene of the alleged crime to view the place. They were accompanied by the Judge and the prosecution and defence legal teams. Before the visit, court officials insisted that all signs and notices that displayed the “Sober Judge” name and / or logo were to be covered up prior to the visit for fear of offending m’lord