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…
Wow! What can I say! A brilliant turn out for our 50th Coffee meet. A big thank you to everyone for making it so special. Among the newbies this time were Trevor Chenery, Jack and Janice Irving, Jim Westlake and Malcolm Sharp. Trevor was talking about his band Tzar when they were on the bill with Ashton Gardner & Dyke and Shaft on the pier back in 1972. Also talking about Daisy when he was a roadie for them. Jack Irving had with him a number of photos of Screaming Lord Sutch and The Savages, as well as a very interesting video of the Joe Meek Tribute Concert that took place in 1991. Jim Westlake was chatting about the successful gigs he does with Eric Harmer at The Drift In Bar and Malcolm Sharp was chatting about the amusement machines that have just arrived on Hastings Pier. Pete Prescott had a previous engagement but managed to quickly pop in a cutting about Ray Fenwick and Forcefield from the Guitarist magazine January 1987. Colin Bell had with him a rare Eden Kane and His Brothers photographs, discographies, autographed biog book that Peter Sarstedt gave him in 1997 when he promoted The Tunbridge Wells Festival. Peter Houghton arrived with bags of albums including an autographed album of The Love Affair and Hawkwind, as well as a signed tank top t-shirt from Van Halen. He also had the new Lonerider album that features Simon Kirke from Bad Company and the new CD Jobcentre Rejects that features Die Laughing. Seeing all the logos inside the new SMART leaflet David Smith remembers years ago a friend passing through Rome airport carrying a Disc Jockey shop record bag! Andre Martin did a very nice speech and on the advice of others and against my wishes decided to put a bucket around for donations which raised £140.31. I have decided to donate this to The Bladder Scanner Appeal for De Cham Ward at The Conquest Hospital. Thank you to everyone and also for your lovely comments . A great time was had by everyone. Now the goal is to make it to 100 meets! If you have any interesting stories you were chatting about please feel free to add here.
photo Kevin Burchett
John Busbridge… Sorry I couldn’t make it but I am on crutches!
Wendy Weaver… It was very nice today Alan. Meeting old friends and new.
Elaine Roberts… Great get-together! Thank you x
Jim Breeds… Good to see everyone there today. Congrats on organising 50 of these Alan.
Wendy Belton… It was great to see so many there. Congratulations on your 50th meeting Alan.
Geoff Peckham… I’m glad it went so well. Well done Alan! I’d have joined you had it not been for my friend’s funeral.
Eva Neuke… I’m very disappointed that I couldn’t be there..
Monica Bane… Allan! did tell many friends about this today! Would have been there, but my friends and I were out with Senior Forum, for the day, hope next month! All the best Monica!
Peter Houghton… Well done Alan it was a good meeting today thanks Pete
Lucy Pappas… Sorry to miss it
Deborah Mould… A great event Alan, thank you
Mick O’Dowd… Try and top this one Alan. Contained all the whistles & bells and more. Did us proud with the eats. Without you we wouldn’t exist.
Jan Warren… Great pic Alan!! – I just wish I could recognise Pete (Houghton) in there?? – come on Pete, tell me ……. I know its been many years and we’ve all got older, so, come on Pete, don’t be shy, which one is you?? Happy 50th Meeting to all you lovely old youngsters!
Mick O’Dowd… Pete Houghton is 2nd from left Jan Warren!
Mark Harris… Great to have a good chat with Andre about the old Archway Management days and the gigs he used to get for us in various army camps around the south east!
Mick O’Dowd… Fame at last! Front page of SMART mag & in colour too!!!!
Andy Knight… Any pics of Tzar?
Alan Esdaile… Sorry Andy, Trevor did not have any photos.
Another packed afternoon for our 49th meeting. Too many people to mention but will try to recall the new people and those who took the trouble to bring some bits along. Among the newbies this time were Alan Vale, Brian Setchfield, Paul Huggett, Jenny Power, Lucy Pappas, Ian Quinnell, Helen Smith, and Wendy and Jeff Belton. Alan Vale was talking about the band Sidewinder and the Battle of The Bands competition. He was also talking about the amps he sells and collects and has sold an Orange overdrive amp to Eddie Van Halen, as well as a Vox AC30 going to Bryan Adams. Alan had with him the Vox AC30 valve amp service engineers guide and The British Amp Invasion books. Brian Setchfield was talking about the groups he was in, including Boulder, Footloose and Slack Alice. Jenny Power had with her a record box of singles, as well as autographs of The Walker Brothers, The Fourmost and Unit 4 + 2. She was chatting about when she saw The Beatles at The Odeon Hammersmith in 1965 and had the tickets which cost one pound each. Pete Houghton arrived with bags of autographed records with lots that were signed by bands from the pier. He also had some very rare autograph photos of Queen, Free’s Fire and Water signed album, Sex Pistols God Save The Queen reissue single on A&M, photo of him with The Clash, The Mobiles Drowning in Berlin autographed single, photo of Oliver Plunkett’s disco lightshow, and a photo outside UFO Records on the Pier with Corrie’s Billy Walker. Pete Prescott arrived with a pile of Classic Rock magazines and Roger Carey had a photo write up on his 1983 group called The RC Band who featured him and Phil Thornton, Den Wootton and Faye Wright. Barry French had a number of rock singles with Disc Jockey record shop stickers on, albums from Duane Eddy, The Hollies, The Lambrettas, Dave Mason and Cass Elliot and Tony Sheridan and The Beatles. Of local interest he had a cd of Bushman Brothers and also the Rhythm Doctors Warts ’n’ all. Nigel Ford had with him lots of cuttings and tour programmes from Van Halen and AC/DC Highway to Hell tour 79. Sorry I didn’t get chance to speak to everyone and 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… Lovely to catch with friends from years ago. Thanks for organising it, Alan.
Yvonne Ellis… Sorry I missed it this time hope to come to the next one x
Jon McCallion… Sorry we missed it Alan hopefully will be there for the June meeting.
Wendy Weaver… Sorry we missed it. Will try to be at the next one.
Pete Prescott… One of the best ! It was so nice seeing everyone !
Robert Searle… One of these days………
Neil Steadman… Sorry I couldn’t make it Alan.
Geoff Peckham… Lovely to catch up with folks and meet new old ones!
Paul Huggett… Good stuff, thanks. Time went fast
Andre Martin… Good coverage Alan, now go and have a lay down in a dark room to recover. Yes it was a very busy afternoon, people arrived when you were have a chat with me and eating your lunch – you had a feeling this was going to be a busy day.
Mick O’Dowd… What an afternoon! Must rate as one of the best Meets ever! Loads of newbies and loads to talk about. Well done Alan and here’s to the Big 50 next time.
Pete Houghton… Well done it was a great afternoon meeting friends you have not seen for ages thanks. Alan it takes a lot to organise and you do a grand job here’s to the next one.
Tony Davis… Another good meet. Nice to see old friends and make new ones
Iain Cobby… Sorry I wasn’t there. apologies to Brian S after meeting at my mum’s funeral the other week. I had been working on elections till 11 the night before and was out of it the rest of Friday. Will catch up with you soon .Saw a great gig last night in Rye, the amazing Jimmy Web. Wow.
Alan Vale… Alan when will the next one be?
Alan Esdaile… The meetings are usually about every 6 to 7 weeks Alan, waiting for confirmation of a free date from the White Rock Hotel.