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The Nuclear Socketts

Sub575

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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Stranger Still

Formerly The Ultimate, Stranger Still released a single on Exit Records.
Three of the members went on to form Shine, Paul Cator was also in Ivy (a Sarah Records band) in the early 90’s.

Click here to see Stranger Still’s page

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The Sea Cadets

The Sea Cadets were originally formed in 1980 when the Exploding Hamsters imploded.

Demo recordings and a single gig preceded a 30 year hiatus when Gary was sent into Exile (Essex)

New recording in 2014 led to BBC 6Music plays followed by a single (Chameleon) and Album (Sail Away) which sold in almost negative numbers but proved Spotify favourites in Scandinavia and the USA.

Singles in 2016 and 2018 led to more airplay on BBC 6Music and Radio Norfolk Introducing (cool, considering we are both over 200 years old) and led to an appearance on the 2017 Emotional Response Christmas Compilation CD.

An EP is planned for Autumn 2018.

Click here to see the history of the Sea Cadets

Click here to play or buy Sea Cadets music

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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

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Obsession / The Slugs

The Slugs were the best band in Kings Lynn at the time, after they changed their name to Obsession they still were.
Members:

Kevin (Bubs) Howard
Mik Ball
Mark Rawlinson

At one time their line up included Phil Wilson (June Brides) who had also been a member of Winston (during their 'Smoking Beagles' period. I recall seeing a storming gig from Phil Wilson era Obsession supporting Infa Riot in Norf Landan innit.

Click here to see their page.

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Reaction Process

Formed at the local college by David Blatch, Mark Wernham and some rockers from the Engineering Department.
Originally known as Official Complaint as while rehearsing in a stable, one of the staff from the (Queens) farm nearby stuck their head in and told them to shut it or end up in a potato patch in Sandringham...

Click here to see their page - Live photo, Youtube audio, posters, tickets and ephemera.

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Getting there

Most of the photographs are back in place now but not the text – as I cant find most of it !
Im going to start posting about each separate page so there will be tags about each band and record – which will make it easier to search in future.

Please carry on sending stuff in and Ill update asap.

Many thanks

Gary