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Kings Lynn bands archive expanded

There are many new items added into the Kings Lynn bands archive that the scope of it has widened from 80s bands and the archive is now called Kings Lynn bands 1977-1997.

Bands added or given their own pages include Passion Flower Hotel, The Chances, Reality, Section A and the Nuclear Socketts. Out of The Garage has been added to the Fanzines section.

Winston have had music added including one track that has never been previously released, same goes for The Slugs / Obsession

Music and more information has also been added to the Exploding Hamsters page 

Photos, tickets and posters have been stolen from various FB sites and liberally sprinkled round

If you have anything for the archive, let us know.

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Ian Johnson

Theres a nice article in about Access to Music – or Access Creative College as its known now – in the August/September issue of Outline Norwich. The magazine interviews Ian Johnson who, pre-war, was a member of Stranger Still.

TRIGGER WARNING – The article contains a picture of Ian with Ed Sheeran

The online edition of Outline magazine can be found here.

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Fanzines

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West Norfolk bands werent featured much in the National Music Press - or in the London/Manchester based fanzines -  in the 80's but we did have a handful of enthusiasts making sure our scene had its own publications.

Tox (Steve Harnett) had the most successful zine, Trees & Flowers, one whole issue and some snippets of other issues can be found on the Fanzine page as are examples of Bushes and Weeds (Kevin Tordoff) plus mentions of Final Straw from Norwich.

The Fanzine page

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Kings Lynn Links

The Links page points to current Kings Lynn bands, songs about or mentioning Kings Lynn, general links regarding the music scene in Norfolk and, err, other stuff.

One notable new link is for Mind the Gap, an inclusive music group for people with mental and physical health issues in Norwich.

Links can be found here

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The Nuclear Socketts

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The Nuclear Socketts were a punk band from the Kings Lynn area who released a couple of singles and, recently, two compilation albums. They were a favourite of Lynn Punk royalty, Toxin (Steve Harnett)

Notable for playing a John Peel Roadshow in Lowestoft (with the Needles, who played with the Exploding Hamsters at West Runton) and winning the £20 first prize at the NORCAT Talent Contest.

The Socketts had their own label, Subversive Records - which also released singles by Section A and Reality - see their page here.

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Winston

Winston were formerly known as The Smoking Beagles - during which time Phil Wilson (June Brides) was also a member.

Line up

Paul Strudwick - Guitar
Steve Rourke - Bass
Kevin Bunn - Drums

Their single, Waiting Room was released on Rural Tension records.

Steve was also a member of the Exploding Hamsters,

Kevin was usually a member of Stranger Still.

Click here to see Winston's page

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The Exploding Hamsters

The Exploding Hamsters were formed in 1979, Members were Rob Rix, Bass - Gary Blatch, Vocals - Mark Rawlinson, Guitar - Steve Rourke (Also Winston), Guitar - Andy Lynn, Drums - Rob Hicks, Vocals.

When the Hamsters threw out Rob and Gary, they formed Going Dutch while Gary & Rob formed the Sea Cadets.

The Exploding Hamsters page is here