The Exploding Hamsters

Rob and Gary went to the same school in Kings Lynn (as did Dave Taylor (guitar), most of the Slugs & Mik Rybak, who was in early Sea Cadets recordings and a future member of The Chances

The Exploding Hamsters were formed in 1979.

Rehearsals

Andy Lynn, Drums          Gary Blatch, Vocals             Dave Taylor, Guitar           Rob Hicks, #Einar

Rob Rix, Bass                     Steve Rourke, Guitar

Rehearsals
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Rehearsals in the Slugs place next to the Customs House, Kings Lynn
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First Gig

Georges party,

Gaywood Church Rooms.

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East Winch Village Hall !

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Gaywood Church Rooms

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Regis Rooms, Kings Lynn, supporting Hit Factory.

Poster design stolen from a 1977 John Cale single.

Hit Factory & Exploding Hamsters gig ticket
Hit Factory & Exploding Hamsters gig

We put on a free gig in the barn of Pentney Abbey, where 7 or 8 bands played.
No facilities (haybales acted as urinals) at all but my memories of the day are all positive.

Wonderfully, a tape of that gig has surfaced, not the greatest fidelity but great memories...

The Exploding Hamsters biggest gig was at the West Runton Pavillion, near Cromer. (Norfolk's Budokan)

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From "What Flo Saw", the book about West Runton Pavilion.
From "What Flo Saw", the book about West Runton Pavilion.
The gigs leading up to ours werent bad either lol
The gigs leading up to ours werent bad either lol

Susan Turner, from The Gillies, was the singer with Moscow Olympics...

West Runton Pavillion
West Runton Pavillion
West Runton Pavillion
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Outside West Runton Pavillion
West Runton Pavillion
West Runton Pavillion

Fanzine coverage

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The Exploding Hamsters entry in "PunkMusicCatalogue"

The "other" Exploding Hamsters, from Cambridge. Notable for having Chris Morris (The Day Today) within their ranks at one point.

For the good of us all, the Exploding Hamsters then threw Gary out and recorded some demos in a studio, Shelter (Imagine a Norfolk Jah War) being a stalwart of the live shows since the beginning.

Believing that The Exploding Hamsters was a name that would hold them back, they changed their name to

LES AFFREUX

Click below to hear 'Been and Gone' recorded live at The Norfolk College of Arts and Technology in Kings Lynn in 1981

 

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The Discogs entry for Play The Child

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GOING DUTCH

Rob Rix was next to be booted out they then formed Going Dutch and released a single.

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