November 2016









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 Our twin publications Thunderbolt + Newsletter just mailed out to members.

As a member you get 3 Thunderbolts plus 6 Newsletters each year.



Dear Honeycombs Fan / Joe Meek Society member.

Due to an eye problem which has recently developed, severely restricting my computer work, I have been forced to relinquish the forthcoming joint-editorship of Thunderbolt.   Before making this announcement, I – naturally – had to inform Rob Bradford of my heartbreaking decision.

There are only two items in the pipeline:  The Honeycombs UK Discography 2017 edition, and final issue of The Honeycombs Newsletter.  Both are fairly well advanced; but these will now be completely different than originally planned.  I shall leave Mark Newson to provide a tribute, in next February’s Thunderbolt, on the 50th anniversary of Joe Meek’s death.  Echoing the very first Honeycombs fanzine back in August 2011, I am intending to incorporate the updated UK discography into a one-off Long To Share It dated Winter 2016 (publication date not yet decided).  Two regular contributors, Alan Frenshaw and Brian Perkins, have offered to help where necessary.

All my Thunderbolt work, including contributions already in hand, are going to be passed over to Rob or the new editor / joint-editor.  Remaining a member of The Joe Meek Society, I do hope to be able to contribute myself in the future.  The good news is that Mark Newson is continuing as editor, at least for one further issue – No. 80 June 2017.

Please rest assured that there are still going to be postings on my Facebook page where I will endeavour to continue providing new pictures, etc., whilst also having more time to listen to my CDs!

My thanks for everyone’s support over the past five and a half years.



Sadly Adrian died on September 28th and will not see his book published at the beginning of November.  Here below are details of his book given to us by Adrian himself. Adrian worked with Joe Meek at Lansdowne Studio.

I thought you maybe interested to know I have written Volume One of my autobiography. in it I have written about Joe at IBC and Lansdowne. To my best belief and knowledge some facts not been published before.

Adrian Kerridge – “Tape’s Rolling, Take One”



Title: “Tape’s Rolling, Take One” Volume One 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s
Subtitle: The recording life of Adrian Kerridge

Author: Adrian Kerridge – recording engineer, producer and studio owner


Adrian Kerridge has been part of the British recording industry for the past 50 years. His revolutionary and often forthright approach within the music industry has put him at the centre of the recording world for half a century. As owner of the eminent Lansdowne Studios – birth place of the Dave Clark Five, and home to numerous household name artists and session stories as well as the cofounding father of the CADAC console brand – he witnessed first-hand the technological changes of an industry transitioning from analogue tape to multi-track to digital recording and editing in the 80s and forwards; was a forerunner in the 60s of the then experimental practice of direct injection – now widely employed by sound engineers and laid the foundations for a more modern upfront sound that was lacking in the 50s and early 60s.

Renowned for creating unique sonic signatures for bands and other recording artists, Adrian’s approach to recording was unlike anything the industry had seen in the years previous. He recorded “hot”, clean and gutsy while his contemporaries were more conservative in their approach.

This book traces his personal journey from war time Britain to the swinging 60s taking in the technical and social changes that were to shape the way music was recorded. It tells the story of a choir boy from West London who fell in love with all genres of Jazz and landed a job at a music shop. A chance invitation to sit in on a studio recording of the Sydney Lipton band sparked in Adrian an interest that was to put him on a path from choir boy to the foremost “Ears” in the business. Adrian describes how his first job at IBC London, one of the UK’s largest independent recording studios at the time, led him to work with the legendary and sometimes volatile Joe Meek.

Working with Joe gave Adrian crucial insights into the talented engineer’s innovative techniques, which he describes in technical and personal detail.

After a brief stint of National Service, Adrian returned to the recording industry but instead of resuming his old job at IBC he was offered a job alongside Joe Meek at a completely new London studio – Lansdowne Recording Studios – with producer Denis Preston, who ran his own Record Supervision jazz label. Adrian describes his experience of working with Joe and Denis, becoming responsible for his own sessions, and the studios’ prolific output.

He paints the picture of Joe’s complex character, as well as his ground breaking and highly successful recording techniques.

Joe’s premature departure from Lansdowne meant Adrian suddenly found himself catapulted into the job of senior engineer and solely responsible for running the studios.

It was during this time that Adrian, along with the Dave Clark Five, led the British “invasion” of the U.S. music scene in the 1960s pioneering new audio techniques using equipment considered primitive by today’s standards.

Adrian relates how in the early 1960s, the Dave Clark Five first came into the studio, and how his contribution to the band’s development helped create their signature “Tottenham Sound”. He provides unique insights into the recording of numerous hits such as “Glad All Over” which resulted in huge success for the band knocking the Beatles’ song “I want to hold your hand” off the top of the U.K. charts in January 1964, going on to sell 2.5M copies. Nowadays you can get a number one with 10-20,000 copies.

He describes his intriguing experiences in Germany’s 60s and Belgium in early/mid 70s, recording material for the new KPM Music Library and other music libraries.

Adrian’s describes with humour the numerous technical and artistic challenges, the variety of material – from albums to commercial TV shows – and musicians and artists that came through Lansdowne’s doors, and the logistical consequences of the rapidly expanding business – providing a detailed appraisal of the recording technology and techniques of the time and how he paved the way for a generation of sound engineers.

He is one of only two people to ever be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS), in recognition of a lifetime’s service to the music industry. The other was awarded to the late Sir George Martin.

Recipient of the Gold Badge Merit award from British Academy of Songwriter & Composers, for services to the music industry.

Fellow – Institute of Professional Sound (Broadcast)

Fellow – Association Professional Recording Services (Studio Recording) and past Chairman

Member -Association Motion Picture Sound

Life Member -Audio Engineering Society.

It will be published by Baseline Books. The launch will be on Thursday 3rd November.








CD 24 Tracks with 12-page booklet

1. Meeksville 2. Telstar 3. Runaway 4. Husky Team 5. North Wind
6. Eye Of The Storm 7. Wild Wind 8. M25 9. Green Jeans 10. All Shook Up
11. Wipeout 12. Here Come The Good Times 13. He’ll Only Hurt You
14. Loneliness 15. Sunday Date 16. Dreaming Of You 17. Heart Of A Teenage Girl
18. Teardrops Fall Like Rain 19. Big Jim 20. The Coalman’s Lament
21. Night Of The Vampire 22. Jack The Ripper 23. Little Sister (Live) 24. Have I The Right (Live)

This is The Triumphs’ tribute to the work of famed record producer Joe Meek. Joe recorded many styles of music and ‘Meek and Wild’ offers a ‘jukebox’ full of great sounds, both vocal (15 tracks) and instrumental.(9 tracks).

In addition to popular chart toppers like Telstar and Have I The Right, the spotlight also falls on rarities such as Ray Dexter’s The Coalman’s Lament and, from the Tea Chest tapes, Geoff Goddard’s Here Come The Good Times. There are five original tracks, all inspired by the work of Joe Meek.

The Triumphs (Rob Bradford, Trev Faull, Ken Ledran and Ray Liffen) have as their special guest Dave Kaye, who recorded with Joe Meek. One of Dave’s tracks is He’ll Only Hurt You, a powerful ballad which he recorded with Joe, but which was never released at that time. Now you can hear it in a brand new arrangement with Dave backed by The Triumphs.

The album’s 12-page booklet includes descriptions of all the tracks and pictures of the band with many of the original Joe Meek artists that they have had the privilege of working with, including Clem Cattini, Dave Kaye, Malcolm Lenny (The Packabeats), Ray Dexter, Bobby Rio and Danny Rivers.

UK £9.99 including postage and packing
Europe £12.50 including postage and packing
Americas, Africa, Asia £13.50 including postage and packing
Australia, New Zealand £13.80 including postage and packing

Go to The Triumphs web site to purchase securely through logo_paypal_212x56

Now also available on-line at Bim Bam Records and Leo’s Den

Other methods of payment:

Pay by cheque (drawn on UK bank) made payable to ‘R. Liffen’
and sent to 24 Dalmeny Road, Carshalton, SM5 4PP U.K
Pay manually Paypal to

The album is also available as a digital download at many outlets including

I Tunes UK          I Tunes US                 Google Play and also Spotify



320 pages and many photos

Buy now from Amazon UK £10.99 – in stock and with free delivery

or buy from (USA) for $14.99 plus delivery


Or order in your local Waterstones (extra charges and delivery delay)


The highs and lows of a Joe Meek recording and touring band are vividly detailed. R0bb was in Robb Gayle & The Whirlwinds/The Saxons/The Tornados


All our Newsletters are still available as back issues and they have now been reduced to 10p (plus postage) – the same price as digital copies. Special rates available if you buy in bulk. There is a lot of information in these – specially the early ones edited by John Repsch and he used to answer letters in these too. Contact us if you are interested in back issues.