The Exploding Hamsters

Rob and Gary went to the same school in Kings Lynn (as did Dave Taylor (guitar), most of the Slugs & Miq, who was in early Sea Cadets recordings). The Exploding Hamsters were formed in 1979.

Rehearsals

Andy Lynn, Drums          Gary Blatch, Vocals

Rob Rix, Bass                     Steve Rourke, Guitar

Dave Taylor, Guitar           Rob Hicks, #Einar

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

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

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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...

Read about the Story of West Runton Pavilion with this great book
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.

GOING DUTCH

When the Exploding Hamsters threw Rob and Gary out, they formed Going Dutch.

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The Discogs entry for Play The Child

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