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'GONKS' GO LANKYKATS..
Spotted at a recent Lankykats night were three Vaquero'sand a Long & The Short.Gary Roberts, Bob Taylor of L&S. Alan Liptrot and Vaqueros roady Malc' Brown are four former super-stars from the swinging-sixties mega-cult pop-film Gonks Go Beat. Showing off Alan's original pieces of pricless memorabilia - copies of the 'Gonks' LP record and a glossy publicity brochure, they enjoyed a great catch-up, a refreshing pint and a naughty little chuckle or two..
Proudly featured in the top category of probably one of the worlds finest worst-ever films. Now attaining cult status with it's own fan club the film is significant for featuring four Lanky Beat bands from the 1960's era.
Its best sequence is the mass drum solo. Including Ginger Baker, Jimmy White - who played on The Beatles Love Me Do - and Wigan born John Kearns. Its sequence is cherished by drummer aficionado’s and pop fans alike.
Featuring Lulu & The Luvvers plus some veteran actors like Kenneth Connor (Wilco Roger), Terry Scott and Frank Thornton. The rock 'n rollers living on Beatland, Earth, have to team up with their arch enemies of the Ballad Isle to fight off the alien's interfering recon-silly-ation's. Wilco will be banished to Planet Gonk by the alien's if he fails - where soft-colourful-furry-creatures live - Gonks - and they doss around listening to Dixieland Jazz music all day.
Pics courtesy of Facebook:
Bill Hart: October 2010
DOUG LARBEY WAS THERE IN THE WARNERS STUDIO WATCHING THE FILMING..
He's never quite been the same bloke ever since!
Doug Larbey singing with Just Us from Chorley.
The trade Brochure below is a most interesting a rare find.
It it a Warner-Pathe marketing tool. Sent out in their hundreds to generate interest amongst businesses, the idea is to piggy-back onto the films' success at the box office, where upon they could purchase official merchandise to advance the sales of their own products.
At last and finally..
A page from the monthly Bizzarre Magazine produced by Marvel Magazines give Mersey Beat Newpaper's Bill Harry his GGB film review and brief say..
"A very diplomatic piece Bill. No need to say anymore eh?"
Pics by kind permission of Doug Larbey: December 2011
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