SMART coffee meet no 54, a great start to 2020. Among the newbies this time were Tom Cowan and Cliff Evans. Tom was talking about his group ‘Menticide’ and happy memories of the group and John Peel playing the record. Cliff was talking about his rock band ‘Tank’ and also when he was with ‘Chicken Shack’. Also talking about his new venture with Lauren. the Aquarius International Club with dj’s playing 60’s and 70’s rock and psych tracks at the monthly happening at the White Rock Hotel. Mick O’Dowd have with him Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys book ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ and was over the moon that people have found at last photos of ‘Jim The Jolly Fish’ that used to go along the seafront, which he has been searching for forever. Monica Bane confirmed that the band photo that Tony May could not confirm who it was, is definitely the Jazz Caverners at St Clements Caves featuring Johnny Griffiths. Reg Wood had with him a copy of Wizzard single Ball Park Incident, autographed at the pier gig in 1973. Gerry Powell had an interesting pile of cover version singles, released on the Embassy record label and sold in Woolworth, as well as some great flexi discs. Pete Houghton had lotsof rare autograph posters from the Hastings Pier gigs including Alvin Stardust, Zzebra, Esperanto, Stackridge, Judas Priest, Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers, Gong, Motorhead, Fusion Orchestra and a band I don’t remember ‘The Lou’s’. Anyone know them? they must have been a support to someone.Pete Prescott had some exciting rock books including the 1960s scrapbook by Robert Opie with a great Hendrix painted cover and a Sotheby’s rock ’n’ roll and film memorabilia book with Jim Morrison on the cover. Also a special collectors e.p. of The Split Knee Loons! This is a small bit of what I remember, if you were talking about anything interesting or anything else you wish to add then please do so.
Aquarius International Club say... Come and join us on Saturday January 18th and kick off 2020 with a groovylicious night of 60s/70s heavy music and cool vibes in the comfort of the basement bar at the White Rock Hotel on Hastings glorious seafront. Your hosts Lauren and Cliff will be joined by special guest DJ ‘Johnny Gorillar’ plus other DJ’s to be announced soon. Hastings very own Johnny Gorillar, mighty frontman/guitarist of 70’s vibe rockers ‘Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’ and heavy psych legend ‘Gorilla’. Johnny will be spinning his awesome collection of heavy vintage vinyl through the Aquarius sound system so whether you want to have a blowout on the dance floor to the psychedelic backdrop of our liquid light show or chill out in style on a Chesterfield armchair with a cocktail in our chill out room and watch vintage movies, the choice is all yours. Above are a tantalising teazer of some of the mind blowing tunes we’ll be spinning on the night so come and let it all out on the dance floor or relax with a cocktail in our chill out room. Here’s wishing all you cool cats a super groovy festive season and we look forward to seeing you on January 18th – Let’s kick off 2020 in the only way Hastings knows how! We look forward to seeing you all there!
New people welcome to join us
Mick O’Dowd… Oh come all ye faithful but not until January!
Nick Warren… I had never been to Hastings until 1990s – I was in Brighton and following the music scene there in the 1960s-70s. Hope to get to a SMART meeting one day but they always seem to clash with other things up until now. Happy Christmas
Monica Bane… Hope to see you there Alan! If all goes well Monica x
Great turn out for our 53rd coffee meeting. Among the newbies this time were David Roberts, Nick Webb, Steve Amos and Ron and Maureen Burgoyne. David had with him a copy of the live rock poster for his group ‘A21’ , as well as a collection of his own prog cd’s of Vedar and his recordings under the name The Possessed. Nick turned up with copies of Hutch Hutchings Lp and Brand X Do They Hurt? LP which had Phil Collins on drums. He also had Hastings pier gig tickets of Ten Years After and Marc Bolan & T Rex and his photo album with pictures of Damaris from the National Band Competition in Brighton in the 1970’s. Steve was talking about his book ‘Two Sides of an Indie Dad’ and happy memories of the Black Horse Festivals and seeing Nick Cave on the pier. Ron had his Witch Doctor membership card from 1967 and talking about a band he recommends seeing ‘Man The Lifeboats’. Paul Huggett had a photo album of the many bands he has worked with including ‘Time Out’ and ‘No Limit’. Colin Bell had tour programmes from the maximum rhythm ’n’ blues gig at Eastbourne in 1999 and the Monsters Of Glam Rock gig featuring Sweet and Mud from The White Rock Theatre. Pete Houghton had lots of amazing autograph photos of Olivia Newton John, Robert Wyatt, Freddie Fingers Lee, John’s Children, Gerry Marsden & The Pacemakers, Climax Chicago Blues Band, Issac Hayes, Jerry Hall and loads more. Alan King was talking about his forthcoming gig at The Piper on Friday 13th December when he is playing with The Prisonaires and also Roger Hubbard on the bill. Tony Davis arrived with a mixed bag full of cd’s for anyone who wanted them. General chat was about Divitos, The Crypt and Clive James. Too many other people to mention but this is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.
Steve Amos… Thanks Alan. It was nice to get along at last!
Nick Webb… Enjoyed the chats will be there again cheers
Paul Crimin… Sorry I had to leave early Alan. Hope it went well.
Jan Warren… Yeah Alan, I’m always sorry I cant get to the meetings but I’m always pleased to read your reports of what happened, especially from Pete (Houghton) as I think I said, I remember him from School (Downs Secondary Modern, Bexhill) and also from several record shops and “hangouts” in Bexhill in the late 60s/early70s, he was always so “into” music and I’m not surprised at the many photos he had taken with various stars of those days!! – good on yer Pete, and I really hope to meet up with you one day, whether at SMART Group or in Bexhill one day?!! – Thanks Alan, and the SMART Group for putting us in touch with our long lost friends, its amazing!!
Andy Qunta… Sounds like fun as always!
Mick O’Dowd… Great & interesting gathering as always Alan! Well done!
The launch of a new club night for Hastings… Downstairs at The White Rock Hotel
Guest DJ’s (to be announced) spinning classic / heavy / psychedelic tunes from the 60’s and 70’s
Liquid light show – Dancing all night – Free entry!
Mike Guy… If Budgie are on the menu you’d better pop in some Man too
Jan Warren… Yeah ………. MAN!! 2ozs of plastic with a hole in the middle!
Wet and very windy 52nd meet but didn’t discourage a Great turn out. Among the newbies this time were Nick Bloomfield, Peter and Sue Thomson and Paul Crimin. Nick was talking about his interesting website about the power of music to inspire, provoke and entertain, musicfortheheadandheart.buzz and also his filming and working on his song ‘beyond the lies’. Great to see Peter and Sue and Pete have with him a collection of old gig tickets of Thin Lizzy, Be Bop Deluxe, The Who and The Stranglers. They were also reminiscing with Tony Davis about when Tony did the disco at their wedding. Paul Crimin was chatting about his new cd that is due for release next month and called ‘Unplugged and Unhinged’. Reg Wood had with him a copy of Ginger Baker’s Airforce album from 1970 and I hadn’t noticed before but the image inside the gatefold sleeve has the silver style of Wheels of Fire Cream cover. He was also talking about what’s happening for Hastings Week. Cliff Wootton left some leaflets for his ‘Beggars’ Gate’ gig at All Saints Church Crowborough on 16th November 2019. Pete Prescott was talking about creating a list of albums & singles released by Hastings area musicians. He had with him a bundle of singles, as well as a copy of the Home Studio Recordings magazine with Chris Cozens and Nick Magnus feature. Steve Fitzy was talking about his memories and the groups he has sung with. Roger Carey had a photo from the Peter Kirtley Jubilee Charity event in 1998, to aid the street children in Brazil. The photo features Liam Genockey, Nana Tsiboe, Peter Kirtley, Colin Gibson, Liane Carroll and Kenny Craddock. Phil Little was talking about local bands and singers don’t get their fair share of royalties when played on the radio and the Live Music Forum has written to PRS. Paul Huggett was reminding people about the forthcoming ‘Willfest’ in tribute to drummer Will Powell, which takes place at The Duke St Leonards on Saturday 26th October. Too many other people to mention but this is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.
Lucy Pappas… Hope you all had a fabbie catch up xx
Josie Lawson… Glad it went well
Lance Collins… One day I will get away from work early !!!!
Robert Searle… Glad it went well
Peter Houghton… Sorry Alan I had everything to bring down but fell asleep in the chair.
Mick O’Dowd… Just as interesting as ever Alan. Well done.
Phil Little… Well done Alan.
Paul Crimin… Thank you for letting me sit at the same table as all of these local legends!
Reg Wood… Enjoyed it Alan. Thanks.
Elaine Roberts… Enjoyable afternoon, thank you. PS Nick Bloomfield’s song Behind The Lies is his first foray into music and he’s written, sung, and created it all himself – he usually films other people making their music https://youtu.be/JJwfvo30ERA
Peter Thomson… Great afternoon and so pleased we made it at last!
Colin Gibson… Ginger designed the cover as well as the Wheels on Fire cover
Our 51 meet and among the newbies this time were Glenn Piper, Andy Qunta, Andy Davies, Reg Wood and Ernest Ballard. Glenn was chatting about happy memories of The Continental coffee bar and pier gigs. Andy Qunta was talking about the new cd from Factory and future local gigs and had with him a Factory leaflet from the Chelsea Collage Eastbourne 1973 gig and the bands bookings and recordings diary from May 1970 to August 1973. Andy Davies was talking about the album sleeves he designed and sharing memories of his brother Simon Davies who many fondly remember. He also had a business card of Simon’s, when he did his discos under the name of Tony Kane. Reg Wood was talking about when he saw Kevin Coyne and Elvis Costello on the pier and had the albums with him, as well as some Rolling Stones shirts. Ernest Ballard was talking about his shop Hastings Musical Exchange and the band Jump The Gun, he also had a business card from his 1975 band ‘August’. Barry Taylor arrived with leaflets for the forthcoming gig he is putting on in aid of St Michael’s Hospice on 6th October at the Sea Angling Club. Line up will include Freak Flag, Pete Brown, Carey & Prescott and Harmer & Westlake. Pete Prescott had a pile of cassettes including Jinks Throught the Sound Barrier, Alan Attfield & Chris Cozens – Facades and Double Indemnity – Moonlight & Love Songs. Monica Bane had a photo of Town Council and the 7” single record Sweet and Neat/The Harder You Love which was written by her brother Steve Hersee, who was in the group and still playing and recording under the name Neon Roadster. She also had some great posters from her modelling days in the 70s. Pete Houghton never lets us down and had with him framed autograph photos of Pink Floyd ‘Animals’ and Grand Funk Railroad and a pile of rare albums. Mick O’Dowd had a bag full of books for Conquest Hospital Radio fundraising and Jon McCallion was chatting to John Petri and Pete Millington about George Harrison’s Telecaster and talking about bus passes! Too many people to mention but this is a small bit of what I remember. Anything interesting you were talking about, please feel free to add here.
Andy Qunta… I had a fabulous time, meeting up with old friends & new! Thanks, Alan & everyone! It was a fabulous afternoon catching up with old friends & meeting some new ones. Very glad I was finally able to get to a SMART meeting!
Wendy Weaver… Nice to see you.
Ernest Ballard… Had a lovely time meeting old friends. Super day thanks Alan
Jon McCallion… Great time Alan talking about all different things with different people you do a great job
Lance Collins… Sorry. Worked late. Will get to next one
Jim Breeds… Sorry I couldn’t get to this one. Sounds like it was fun (as always). And smart of course.
Mick O’Dowd… Excellent as usual! Phil Gill told me that Soultown are now playing thrash/death metal!
Pete Houghton… Had a great time glad to see my friend Glenn Piper it’s been year’s since we last met and also my friend Mick O’Dowd and two of Factory
Reg Wood… Finally made it! Enjoyed a good chat.
Jeanette Jones… Glad everyone had a great time hope to catch up in the Autumn
Lucy Pappas… I loved Simon Davies. I was with his sister, Gill, just recently. I guess that’s the same Simon? x
New people welcome to join us
Mick O’Dowd… Remember. Post, copy, share and print-off and put down the sweetie shop! Also make a paper plane and spread the word. Let’s try & beat the 50th Meet turnout. (Unfortunately Alan’s not bribing us with canapes this time!)
Alan Esdaile… Ian Mantel has supplied us with a pile of rare promotional and white label cd’s, on behalf of and raising funds for St Michael’s Hospice. These will be available on the day and offers welcome. Here’s a sneak preview…