Seventies Music And Retro Talk (SMART) Club

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SMART 7 saw a great turnout at the White Rock Hotel last Friday and a massive part of the Hastings music history was on display for all to see.

Thanks to Mick Mepham the tables were piled high with various posters from the pier gigs and other venues. He also finally showed us the very rare dustbin lid from Stackridge. Tony Quinta came over from Maidstone with a CD of Factory songs which he hopes to put on the internet in the near future.

There are some great stories and cuttings of him playing with Head On, Johnny Mars Band and Kabbala and more.

Roger Carey arrived with more bags of goodies including cuttings from A Minute Passed, Hat Trick, Felix and others, plus gig tickets and business cards.

We have talked about his fashion sense in the past and interestingly the reason he wore white on stage back in the 70s was he thought Bill Nelson from Be Bop Deluxe looked cool dressed in white.

He also had us all laughing with his mimics. It was also great to see Andy Gunton join us. He does a brilliant job in supporting live music and has various interesting projects coming up. Please check out his website www.pierlessmusic.co.uk which now has the great slogan From Hastings to the World.

The Peters were talking about the memories of The Black Horse and The Telham Tinkers. Jon McCallion has now put the Muller record Fooling Around on YouTube.

Mick O’Dowd is still looking for photos of The Likes Of Us and Morning Dew featuring Pete Horton. A chat from Andre Martin included correcting some of the recent comments on The Black Cat and Pam Dor coffee bars.

His history and memory on the town is amazing and constatly surprises us with rare cuttings from his collection. He also noticed in Mick Mepham’s archives a contract for Mick’s band Essence who played their first pier gig back in 1974 for £10 and the code on the contract proved that I booked them.

There was lots of pier talk from Anita and Ray Medhurst and Barry Taylor gave us more information on the Sex Pistols gig. Other chat was about Gary Moore, Sparks, Vinegar Joe, Shakatak, Genesis, Arthur Brown recent TV interview, Brian Johnson from AC/DC singing Nutbush City Limits at his audition, Titch Turner playing St Mary in The Castle in December and more.

If anyone has any group photos, cuttings etc from the 60s onwards, we would be happy to feature them on the website. We are looking for more people to join us. We have a lively SMART chat group on Facebook through the Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason link or contact alan@ninebattles.com or via www.ninebattles.com.