Die Laughing at The Marquee – 1st July 1979

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supplied by Mick Mepham

Melody Maker Rock Contest 2nd Head.

Andy Qunta… That’s a great pic! Rock n Roll!!

Ernest Ballard… Mick Tez and Lol. You guys rocked. Great pic and sure a lively memory

Joe Knight… 67 68 69 use to go there plus Wardour St (upstairs down stairs)

Tim Moose Bruce… I was there. Great day. And they got through to the final. Remember chatting to one of the judges. A guy called Sting…

Pete Houghton… Yes what a great photo of the band

Die Laughing – broken van & supporters

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supplied by Mick Mepham

In picture carrying gear is Kev Sayers ‘Sage’, on the way to the Marquee.

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photo by Chris Meachen

Folk on the way to The Marquee. With Clive Richardson, Steve ‘Bill’ Balkham , John Veness and others.

Mick Mepham……Ended up with the gear going on the coach ….

Phil Gill…..Always best to put the gear on the coach – the van’s the first place they’ll search.

Tim Bruce……I was on the coach. Going up a hill, and the visibility getting worse due to smoke across the road. It was the van creating said smoke! The coach overtook the verry sick van, Tel driving and the centre seat up so that Tel’s passenger, (cant remember who) was pouring oil into the engine…

Andy Qunta……Maybe not so funny at the time, but a great story now! Good times…! 😉 Has there ever been a band without a broken-down van story? Curse those rascally wheel-ed things!

Mick Mepham……The first time we played in Gravesend I think we had the same van. Going up Bluebell Hill, Maidstone, it started to smoke. Made it to the top, then the roundabout as it used to be. We went round the r/about which disappeared altogether and thought we should stopCars were hooting at each other etc. Dodgy!!!! Went and phoned the venue from a call box and told them we might be a tad late. Started then van again and it was perfectly ok!!!! On we went. V small stage there and a sort of lunchtime audition. Got to the end of a song, did the usual burn-up and fell of the stage flat on my face and guitar (a Fender Strat). Everyone there P****** themselves laughing including the band. Ice broken! Job done. The rest is history …… Red Lion at Northfleet, great gig and still there and going strong. Hurrahh!!!!

Phil Thornton…..Die Laughing+Van=Drama !

Jan Warren… Great pics guys!!!

Pete Brazier… I remember it as if it was yesterday, good pic of John and Bill and can just about see Clive at the back, but afraid my memory falters on the others lol. Sorry to everyone else

 

Marquee Club – May 1982 and chat about Tandoori Cassette

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supplied by Roger Carey

Talking of The Marquee, I’m pretty sure Expandis supported Tandoori Cassette at the gig on 26th May 1982? Can you confirm John Wilde?

David Miller… No-one can confirm John Wilde – he is mercury, will-o-the-wisp, the enigma variations and more all made incarnate and barely contained within that delightul vessel we all know and love. As to Tandoori Cassette, we defintely supported them at the Marquee and I got to shake Zal Cleminsons hand, hoping that some sort of transmission would take place and I could play like him, even just a little….still waiting….

John Wilde… Affirmative. And they were most excellent

Phil Thornton… Tandoori Cassette were indeed excellent ! and a top bunch of blokes as well – super cool to meet Zal !!!