Embryo, Stunshot & Cold Turkey – Hastings Pier 7th October 1978

ticket supplied by Mick O’Dowd, write up & advert supplied by Sarah Harvey

Clive Richardson said ‘Stunshot’ were excellent and he went to see them play again in London a few days later.

Sarah Harvey… I think Mick O’Dowd may have promoted the ‘Three For A Quid’ gigs during 1978 (558 Entertainment). I seem to vaguely recall seeing Embryo and can only think it must have been this particular concert on October 7th. I was always on the look out for a bargain. Embryo was not the German jazz fusion krautrock band that was reasonably well-known throughout the 1970s….its seems that this particular Embyo originated from Caterham Surrey as a new wave / punk band in 1975.

Mick O’Dowd… Yes! It was I who did this deed. Wot value! It is true that I don’t remember anything about these three only to say that they were all rock bands. Thanx for the pic Sarah as when I was updating my book of gigs I couldn’t find any pics of Embryo at all. Neither the other two so if anyone has any pics of them please post.

Sarah Harvey… Stunshot were a punk band I understand and at the Carlisle on 16.2.79 in a punk gig featuring three bands – The Piranhas/ Teen Beats/ Stunshot

Tony Court-holmes… I remember cold turkey

Gary Dorrington… Hi I don’t think this Embryo is the ’75/76 one, https://punkmusiccatalogue.wordpress.com/embryo/. I have dates for another Embryo, active early to late 78 mostly in the London area, which may be the same band which released a 7″ in 1980 https://www.discogs.com/Embryo-Im-Different-You-Know-He-Did/release/2243887 

Gary https://punkmusiccatalogue.wordpress.com/

Mick O’Dowd… It was the London one Gary. I promoted this one.

Gary Dorrington… any info on Cold Turkey, Mick?

Mick O’Dowd… Sorry Gary, nothing at all. Wait until after Xmas and there will be alot about!😜

Stunshot – who remembers seeing them in Hastings in 1978?


supplied by Gary Miller-Cheevers


ticket supplied by Mick O’Dowd

Gary Miller-Cheevers… I do remember that before the Pavilion gig we played in the Caves (same promoter) and were tickled to drive into town and be confronted with a poster proclaiming us as, “The Loud and Proud Stunshot”….I think maybe we played one other gig at the Pavilion too, but not 100% sure on that. Stunshot were a self-styled post-punk rock band who emanated from Perverse Velvet who had been  in the second battalion of the Roxy (Covent Gdn) punk wave. The name came from some association with snooker! The line-up was Grant Calton (vocals), Gary Miller-Cheevers (guitar), Mark Turner (bass) and Justin Webster (drums). The band hailed from various points of West London and Surrey and kept on keeping on until June 1981 when they played a final gig with the Psychedelic Furs – which I think was their first gig – at the Windsor Castle in Maida Vale. Gary and Grant are still occasionally getting down and doing it in an even more post punk kinda way!

Mick O’Dowd… Yes it was I that did both of these promotions. I remember them being an excellent band hence the repeat gig.

Mick O’Dowd… Gary can you remember the date of the Caves gig?