The Unsolved Case of the Most Mysterious Song On The Internet – could it be a local Hastings group? Can you Help?

Brandon Sub-Burger… Hello everyone, I’m here on behalf of a group of people searching for “The Most Mysterious Song on the Internet,” and I’ve come across a record called “Shadow” by The Dicemen on Discogs. I’ve seen some posts by some members of this group recollecting their memories of them. Do you know if this song is by them? And if not, do you know who?

Illustration by Kyle Rice © RollingStone

Rolling Stone article…

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/most-mysterious-song-on-the-internet-885106/

Alan Esdaile… Anyone help with this? Is it The Dicemen??? Any ideas

Lesley Bowles… I think someone I worked with was in a band called the Dicemen?? It would have been the early 1980s and they did record a single, I had a copy but don’t recall the title….

Brandon Sub-Burger… does this job your memory? These are 4 tracks that have been mentioned on the internet, they’re off their EP “Shadows.” I’m guessing they have more songs than this, but they haven’t been mentioned anywhere. How common was it for bands back then to record and publish their music, even on a small scale?

Mike Mitchell… The only person I’m still in contact with from The Dicemen from the early ’80s is Allen Blackford. I was in a band also called the Dicemen in the early 2000’s but I don’t think either band is anything to do with the song in question

Andy Knight… I have studio versions of Tombstone, Clause and On the Edge and a 30 min live set which if I remember rightly was at the Falaise Hall in 1982, I always wrote on the tape boxes Harry and the Dicemen if that is a clue

Brandon Sub-Burgers… Did The Dicemen write the mystery song?  If not, do they sound similar to the mystery song?

Andy Knight… The mystery song is very similar to Tombstone by the Dicemen, around the right time, early 80’s, but not the same. The mystery song sounds like the Dicemen after a bit more experience and a better studio then I had then. Really enjoyed listening to the tracks again. Alan can you find out where Harry is now, and the rest of the Dicemen.

Alan Esdaile… Anyone help with the whereabouts of The Dicemen? Who were Richard Burley, Harry Rogers and Nick Barnard. I have written to Nick at the last email address I have for him. If I hear anything I will let you know.

The Dicemen – Shadows E.P. 1983

supplied by Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell… The Dicemen were mentioned by Andy Knight so I thought I’d get this out of the cupboard. Anyone else got a copy?

Lesley Bowles… I had one cos I used to work with Nick back then

Andy Knight…  I have just found a 30 minute recording of the Dicemen dated 1982, I think I recorded a gig at Falaise Hall or was that a dream