2nd Great Year!

September 2014 Edition  

Alan Hayes has been involved in cult TV fandom for over thirty years.

He has written two books about the early days of cult 1960s' TV programme The Avengers, tracked down and restored missing Avengers radio serials and produced reconstructions of lost TV programmes for StudioCanal.

Alan talks exclusively to The Nice Rooms about the first series of this 1960s' cult classic series. (Room 13)


Also Featuring This Month:


The Burning Leaves  (Indie Mae and Craig Lee-Williams)

" The ideas come from experiences, but the words and sounds we hope are never literal, we like people to be able to interpret the song in their own way... which they do it seems!" (Room 1)

Accolade ( Aaron Goldstein, Stefanie Renée and Cade Burkhammer)

"I had a collection of songs (an entire album's worth) that I had written over 20 years ago that lay dormant just sitting on a shelf for most of that time. When Aaron & I decided to start a band, the lyrics were dusted off at long last, and new life was breathed into them." (Room 3)

So Lo-Fi: (Ian Schranz, The Suburbanite, Bark Bark Disco and The Shh)

"I'm a musician who after working with labels such as Rough Trade, Zomba etc. began ploughing the DIY arena realizing how liberating it can be to really have ownership of your work." (Room 4)


The Shakers: "Maximum Merseybeat" (Tony O'Keeffe)

"A lot of people comment how authentic The Shakers sound is. Well, that's because we try to be as true as we can to the original 1960s Mersey Sound." (Room 5)

Martin Davies: "The Beatles Owe Me One" (The Gone and The Shakers)

"The next note you play alone, onstage, in the studio, with friends..whatever..is the most important note in music. Ever."  (Room 7)

The Judy Street Interview 

"When I recorded What in 1968 with the writer and producer of the song, H. B. Barnum, I had no idea that it was going to be sent to the UK and become a massive hit in the Northern Soul scene." (Room 8)

Ian Gardler: "The Lawn Grower"

"I’ve tried to retain that punk spirit in my approach to the music industry and having accepted that I’m very unlikely to get rich from music I’ve decided that all future releases will be free on MP3 and as cheap as possible on CD" (Room 11)

"Directing Butterfly" with Fraser Grant

Opera comes to The Nice Rooms: On 25th and 26th October 2013, Opera South East (OSE) presented Madame Butterfly at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings. Fraser Grant directed the production and here at The Nice Rooms reflects on the rehearsals leading up to and including the opening night. (Room 12)

Screen 1: Dreamland Margate  (2014)    

A recently released documentary by Tim Leandro about Margate and its classic amusement park, Dreamland.  (28:41)

Screen 2: Look At Life - Goodbye Picadilly (1967)  NEW @ The Nice Rooms!

U.K. Newsreel from 1967:  "A look at the Piccadilly Circus of the Swinging Sixties. A lot of what is shown here no longer exists as it was soon "modernized" to meet the demands of a changing world. Also a look underground Piccadilly to see sights that few people have ever seen." (nostalgoteket)  (9:06)

Screen 3: Great Wall Of Mesmo  (1996)

An Experimental Film - "I was very pleased with the drum sounds on this track, it was called the Realistic Concertmate Rhythm Box and was one of my first pieces of equipment. Here it is sampled so it could be used without the pre-set rhythms it had." (Mesmo)  (4:56)

"Patrick McGoohan was Six of One’s Honorary President right up until his death in 2009. He sent telegrams and communications over the years, wishing us well and also wishing us successful conventions." (Room 2)

"It's amazing the heat that can be produced by Space: 1999 Year 2 discussions even 40 years later! The first thing to remember is that at the end of the first season Space: 1999 was dead - definitively cancelled and not coming back." (Room 6)

"..Unlike in later years, Steed and his associate Dr Keel were downing glasses of scotch rather than champagne, and sometimes they even dispensed with the glasses! They would invariably be chain smoking through the episodes too." (Room 13)

The Liverpool Picturebook with Bob Edwards

"Every now and again a website comes along that draws you in and before you know it those minutes you intended to spend browsing seamlessly turn to hours. The Liverpool Picturebook conveying Liverpool's history through photographs is one such site."    (Room 9)

Disneyland Paris: "The Imagineers Of Main Street"

Gary Radice casts a "magiceye" over Main Street USA at Disneyland Paris in celebration of all things ‘Imagineering'. (Room 10)

Craig Lee-Williams' Cult Blog: "Craig Makes A Meal Of It" 

"I'd very happily live in a Lighthouse... beautiful! Is it just me or is this getting narrower as we get closer to the top...?" 


"Sometimes I wish the world would just slow down a bit. I pity those poor passengers hurtling at 100mph who have neither the time or inclination to stop, get out and smell the heritage - The UK is alive with history."

The Retro Room: A Blog

Remember any of these: Clackers, Crazy Foam, The Singing Ring Tree, Spangles, The Double Deckers........?