Roger Daltrey The Who I Can’t Explain …I Can Explain! Hastings Rock Radio 1995.

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supplied by Colin Bell

Colin Bell… I was working on a piece for the SMART website on The Who, then on Friday at the last get together the subject of The Who, Roger Daltrey and Hastings Rock came uu, So ive combined several threads together, to answer some questions, provide some info, have a few laughs and appeal for some help from the wonderful SMART community.

‘I Can’t Explain’ a pivitol record by anyones standards introducing The Who to the world. Recorded at Pye Studios in November ’64,
the session didn’t go smoothly….Shel Talmy the American producer drafted in some session players..As Roger was later to say to me ‘ producers paranoia, he didn’t think we were any bloody good to play’…! Hence the presence of Jimmy Page and Clem Cattini(legendary drummer with the Tornados, and a man who has played on more Hit records than you can shake a (drum) stick at. The upshot was Jimmy Page did play on the record, underneath Pete. Moony’s reaction…’get that F*****g bloke out the studio before I F*****g kill him!….Ah God bless Moony!
I first saw The Who live on Hastings Pier in 1967 (im sure lots of SMARTIES did). From that day on I was a die hard fan of the greatest live rock band in the world. I never imagined then that some years later I would be privileged to work at Track Records in Old Compton Street in Soho, home label to The Who, Hendrix, Arthur Brown, Marc Bolan, Marsha Hunt etc etc. Great days and many fond memories. Fast forwarding now to 1995 and Hastings Rock FM. 1995 was a crucial year for the station that its founder Nick Thomas had and has worked so hard to bring to air, great guy. This was the last RSL broadcast before the Radio Authority granted a local licence, I suggested to Nick that it might help to get some more publicity for the station in the pursuit of a permanent licence if I got a few ‘names’ to come on my show and do some interviews. Roger being local was top of my hit list. The studio at that time in December 1995 was in the Old Dairy in Silverhill (since demolished).
It was bloody freezing that year with thick snow. With no real conviction he’d agree to come on I rang him at home
and explained the situation and very generously he said ‘Ok mate for old times sake i’ll come in and do it’. We arranged to meet in The Clarence for a pint first…whilst in there a punter said,,nervously..’your Roger Daltrey!’…the reply deadpan from Roger ‘nah im a fish farmer’….So we crossed over the road to the studio and went live with the interview, he was great and gave over an hour and a half of chat to the people of Hastings an extroadinary amount of his time. It was great fun and he insisted on having the monitors in the studio at full blast..no change there! Very sadly as we all know the licence didn’t go Hastings Rock way, but Hastings Rock has of course lived on to great effect by Nick and his team, and long may it continue!
Now to the appeal for help bit…the only recordings made of this interview and others (i’ll list later} were on a vhs tape machine running off the desk.
I think ive located a copy in my archives and Sarah Harvey has kindly offered to get this transferred to CD.
Copies can then be made available to any one who would like them (free of charge). If you happened to make any recordings and still have them please get in touch via SMART. And we can preserve a bit of Hastings musical history. Thank You.
For Info the other guests who gave of their time and have played/or had connections to Hastings and appeared on my shows were:

Live in Studio:
Denny Laine (Moody Blues/Wings
Peter Sarstedt {who performed Where Do You Go To My Lovely..and dropped Hastings into the lyrics)
Annie Haslam (Renaissance)
Steve Hyams (British Lions/Mott)
The Dharmas (later to become Steadman)

LIVE ON PHONE:
Chris Farlowe
Kenney Jones (Small Faces)
Pat (PP) Arnold
Linda Lewis
Andy Scott {Sweet}
Dave Hill (Slade)
Steve Hogarth (Marillion)
Mick Abrahams (Jethro Tull/Blodwyn Pig
Suzi Quatro
John Steel (The Animals)
Thunder.

Bruce Dickinson (recorded, but not broadcast.

Look forward to seeing everyone at next meeting and as ever kudos to Alan for all his hard work!

Alan Wood… Great article ,thanks

Andy Qunta… Excellent! I love The Who, especially Roger, who was very good to Factory! I went to the record shop after I first heard Can’t Explain, not knowing what it was called or “who” it was by. I sang the chorus to the guy behind the counter, & he somehow recognized it! Who fan ever since! Thanks, Colin, & SMART for posting this!

A Whole Scene Going – The Who on tv at The Witchdoctor 5th January 1966

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supplied by Andre Martin

Andre Martin… 51 YEARS OF THE WHO 5 January 1966. The Who appeared in the opening broadcast of a new TV programme aimed at British youth, A Whole Scene Going. The show was presented by Barry Fantoni and Wendy Varnals and was broadcast from 6.30 to 7.00pm on BBC 1. The show’s other guests were Spike Milligan and Lulu. The Who mimed to two numbers, ”Out In The Street’ and ‘It’s Not True’ and the show included a short film excerpt of The Who in action the previous summer at the Witchdoctor Club, Hastings. The show also included Pete narrating about The Who, fashion, pop art, and musical trends. Towards the end of the show Pete, seated on a stool, was grilled with questions from presenter WendyVarnals and members of the audience. Like to watch the full programme? Here it is in two parts.

Alan Esdaile… Well worth watching.

Peter Fairless… That’s so cool!

Andre Martin… Well there is another memory of our (mis-spent) youth as SME described at the time.

Peter Fairless… Not mine, I would have been watching Blue Peter!

The Who 30th Dec, The Kult New Years Eve 1967

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Mick Knights… Yep, was at this one, but as I remember the rest of the town,s youth had other plans that night!

Andy Qunta… Ah, those were the days alright!

Andre Martin… Well that was the way to get round the Sunday licencing rules in the day= create a Club night ! And look who has taken over the Pier Promotions on 6th January – John Schofiled with his Strand Entertainments.

 

Backtrack 1 – Track Records sampler – 1970

anyone remember the compilation albums from Track Records?

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Side 1:

1. Walk On Gilded Splinters – MARSHA HUNT
2. Hey Joe – JIMI HENDRIX
3. Devil’s Grip – THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN
4. Pictures Of Lily – THE WHO
5. All Along The Watchtower – JIMI HENDRIX
6. Desdemona – JOHN’S CHILDREN [featuring Marc Bolan of T.Rex]

Side 2:
1. Fire – THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN
2. I Can See For Miles – THE WHO
3. Follow Me – EIRE APPARENT
4. It’s Been A Long Time – ANDY ELLISON
5. Call Me Lightning – THE WHO
6. The Wind Cries Mary – JIMI HENDRIX

John Mcewen… I had one many years back. Only track I can remember on it was Armenia city in the sky

Chris Baker… Some great tracks on that one! 🙂

Patrick Lewis… Have got the Backtrack with one side of the Who and one side of Hendrix. Can’t remember what number but has a blue ish cover.

James Turner… I lied just checked and I have backtrack 4 and 5 Who and Hendrix and backtrack 9 The Who.

Mick O’Dowd… Yeah I do. Some weird tracks on some of them but great stuff.

John Storer… Andy Ellison went on to form The Radio Stars and play the Pier second on a bill to Eddie & The Hot Rods. Squeeze were the first band on that night. The Eire Apparent track was produced by Hendrix, who also played on it. The band featured Henry McCullough who went on to be a member of Wings.

Mark Asseenontv Scutchings-Stevens… One of the first albums that I bought ! 🙂

Jan Warren… I still have some!!

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Patrick Lewis… Jimi Hendrix’s first two Albums released by Track in their budget range about 1970-71. If I remember they were £1 each at a time when a full price album was about 38/- in old money. Have them both.

Sound On Sound Magazine – Charlie Watkins, Isle of Wight Festival and The Who

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The Who photo © Jean-Luc Ourlin

Those nice people at Sound On Sound magazine have been in contact and I was happy to help them with a forthcoming article they are doing about Hastings Pier. They also sent us these very interesting links about 70s-era sound/PA equipment to share with our group.

 http://www.soundonsound.com/people/charlie-watkins – A Charlie Watkins retrospective (he of Watkins / WEM fame)

http://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/isle-wight-festival-sound – A piece about the Isle Of Wight live sound

http://www.soundonsound.com/people/my-generation-fifty-years-who An interview with Bob Pridden (The Who’s live sound engineer since the very beginning)

Pete Fisher… coincidentally this is what I looked at yesterday when I posted the clip of Taste at the IOW festival, and wanted to find out more about the Wem PA system…good read!

Roy Penfold… That used to be essential reading back in the day. Is it still available? I know there is the website but haven’t seen the magazine anywhere for a long time.

Alan Esdaile… Magazine is still available Roy.

Pete Fisher… And on Facebook.

Quadrophenia Film 14th September 1979 – Hastings misses out on court scene.

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John Storer……Around 1978, a film production company rang Hastings Magistrates Court office and asked if they could use the court for a film they were making. Our boss agreed and several production assistants arrived to check the place out. They were dismayed to find a big concrete block of a court and told us it was not suitable. We asked what the subject of the film was and were told that they were making a film of the Who’s “Quadrophenia” and needed an old-fashioned courtroom for a scene after the riots. The boss was sympathetic (he’d actually clerked the special court that dealt with everyone arrested from the fighting) and sent them along to Lewes Magistrates Court. It was that court that was used for the courtroom scenes in the film.

Alan Esdaile… Andre, did I read somewhere that Lloyd was involved in supplying some of the clothes for the film?

Andre Martin… That is correct, amongst others he made the suits for Sting.

Janet Rennie… Love this film

Pete Fisher… love the film, but was disappointed that they didn’t use the original album tracks for the soundtrack – as far as I know all the music was re-recorded for the film, and in my opinion didn’t sound half as good…

Jan Warren… One of my all-time favourite films, love it!! 🙂

Robert Wren… My friend Ray and me were extras in this film….great fun.

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supplied by Robert Wren