The Mouse Movement plus The Shrew People – Sedlescombe Village Hall 14th July 1967

Geoff Peckham… I’m curious to know something about these bands. Never heard of them – great names!

Gerry Fortsch.. I remember the Mouse Movement very well, great name I always thought.

Phillip Earle… Hi. The Shrew People were myself, Dave Neale, and Paul Dove.

Geoff Peckham… Ah, yes. Hi Philip. I seem to remember Laurie mentioning you on them now.

Phillip Earle… After The Shrew People, Dave and I formed The Magnetic Fruit Juice with another guitarist (can’t remember his name). We only did one gig before the guitarist left and of course as Laurie mentioned then came The Mone.

Geoff Peckham… Magnetic Fruit Juice – genius!

Dave Nattress… The “Mouse Movement” band was the originator of “Rodent Rock” taken to great heights many years later by….”The Hamsters”.

Geoff Peckham… ….and briefly by the Boomtown Rats.

Phillip Earle… but long before them all was the Rat Pack.

Gerry Fortsch… Must have been a Boom Town.

Bruce Thomas-Pickett… My Dad was the rhythm guitarist , saxophonist, flute & trumpet player in The Mouse Movement, later Brewers Elbow.

Mick O’Dowd… This was the part of the world wide tour of Village Halls that were popular in the 60’s/70’s. All the bands used to do the circuit. Battle,Sedlescombe, Staplecross, Beckley etc

Edward Adams… I remember the mouse movement i think the drummer was blind

Terry Hopper… Edward, The Vampires that played all around the village halls in the late 1960s had a blind drummer

Stuart Moir… A long time since it was financially viable to have two bands in a village hall

Ellie Hutchinson… My Grandad Derick was the lead singer of the Mouse Movement, always loves to tell me stories

Harry Randall… Used to practise in that Hall in “The Chain Reaction” with John Petrie and Roger Messiter

The Mone – 1967


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all photos supplied by Lol Cooksey

Lol Cooksey… Phillip Earle(from Sidley) on drums/vocal and Dave Neale on bass guitar vocals(from St Leonards) had been in the 3-piece pop harmony group, The SHREW PEOPLE, with Paul Dove on lead guitar/vocals. With the demise of The SHREW PEOPLE and drummer Laurie Cooksey’s group, PROHIBITION in what was probably the spring of 1967, Dave, Phillip and Laurie came together to form THE MONE, with a leaning towards the heavier music popular at the time. Dave Neale was a superb and very fast bass player but with all the excitement created by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton at that time, he wanted to play lead guitar. With apparently no suitable bass players around at the time, Dave taught Phillip to play the instrument and he quickly became very proficient.
Dave was also an excellent carpenter and he built the back line speaker cabinets, his bass one was as large as a Marshall stack but all in one piece and so very heavy, with Phillip’s being about three quarters the size. The group stayed together for about 9 months but only two gigs can be recalled, one at Bexhill Drill Hall and another as support on Hastings Pier.

Andy Qunta… Wish I had seen them! I think I would have liked them! Also, by co-incidence I had one of those WEM Sapphire guitars at that time!

Geoff Peckham… I missed them too. Although Philip Earl became Factory’s first manager. He left shortly after being involved in our van crash following a gig in Lewes.

Mick O’Dowd… I remember Prohibition who played at Rodeo 67 at Bexhill’s Polegrove with Deep Purple and Suspect but I don’t recall The Mone so it comes as a surprise to see them now. Were they short-lived or who did they then morph into?

Tony Qunta… Great photos! Lol already with the double bass drum kit! Nice amplification too! That WEM Sapphire looks very like a Burns! had forgotten about Philip Earle managing us.

Andy Qunta… Yes, I remember Philip managing Factory. As to the WEM & Burns, Tone – I remembered having a Burns Baldwin electric 12- string, but didn’t remember I had a WEM Sapphire 12 before that, until I saw the early Factory pics! They do look very similar!

Dave Nattress… Did Dave Neale play in a band from Bexhill called The Spirits. Mid 60′s? For many years the tag “The Spirits” was to be seen painted on the brick wall of the old Down Primary School – now King Offa – a really early example of band grafitti!!

Phillip Earle… The Mone was indeed short lived. Each member going it’s own way. For me I gave up playing bass guitar and stopped doing anything for a number of years. I returned to playing drums again at the age of 50 playing in various bands until I moved North after my heart bypass. I am now happily retired and often toy with picking up the sticks again.

Jan Warren… Probably saw them at the Drill Hall, went to lots of gigs there in the late 60s/early 70s.