The Mob / Dead Popstars – Ham Hill Festival 1979

Indebted to Steve Corr for these tracks, another Yeovil area punker in the late 70’s, please check out (search function to the right) Steve’s band Idiot Strength somewhere else on this site. I know nothing of this festival, so I will not  write anything specific. I will paste Steve comments to me onto this post. I am hoping for a comment from someone out there to confirm date / place / who this ‘super group’ could have been…

Be warned – this is only a joke band and is not representative of The Mobs output at this time 1979 or later on in the 1980’s, the sound quality is also pretty dodgy!

Dirty Little Girls

Jailhouse Rock


Steve Corr comments below.


Don’t know whether you have these or not and I’m not entirely sure where they came from. I think Paranoid, Jail House Rock and Dirty Little Girl (if that’s what it’s called) were recorded at Ham Hill Festival Somerset in 1979. The Paranoid version is totally brilliant and show what a superb drummer Graham was. I’m not sure if it’s him singing though. It may well be Steve Rudolph from the Dead Pop Stars.


Yeovil local paper article on the festival (Paul Wilson collection)

  1. Farmer Glitch
    Farmer Glitch
    December 28, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Played at this festival myself – think the date most likely was 79 – seem to remember playing to a bunch of curious pensioners and dog walkers on a sunny Sunday afternoon – not sure if these tracks were recorded there however – although for sure Fallows et al did indeed play. We used the bass amp from Curtis I seem to recall… Played in a couple of bands with Graham after he left the Mob in the early 80s – indeed a very cool drummer – found a few Bikini Mutant pics lying around recently – wil have to dig the things out and scan sometime ..

  2. Pavlik Vilkofski
    Pavlik Vilkofski
    December 30, 2007 at 12:34 am

    I remember sharing a wet tent with mark, criss and debbie, lots of wind and rain and very little music on the saturday. There was hardly anyone there but it felt good being part of an illegal gathering so close to home.

    I got dragged off on a family holiday on the sunday just as the sun was coming out and the first band had come on so i was a bit gutted.

  3. Farmer Glitch
    Farmer Glitch
    December 31, 2007 at 7:29 am

    Yep – also camped on the Saturday night – shivering through the rain – have memories of sitting in the Pub listening to the noise drifting through the air form the festival across the hills on the Sunday lunch time.

    Indeed a fun little gathering for sure – even made the front page of the local rag the next week …

  4. Helterskelter
    July 4, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I too was there. Ham Hill was a potentially wonderful place for a festival and it was a shame it wasn’t a success. Some of the thrown together jams between various faces was the best thing – that and the industrial strength Black Bombers floating about (shudder!!) It definitely wasn’t Weymouth’s finest Steve Rudall singing – sounds like Curtis to me…

  5. Farmer Glitch
    Farmer Glitch
    July 4, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Nice to see the news clipping from the Western Gazette again – well done Paul for keeping that !!

    I see Chris who organised the event around and about – and still very much the same as he was back then !!

  6. Helterskelter
    September 2, 2008 at 9:03 am

    I discovered a link to some photos from the event. In the band shot is that Graham Fallows in the red trousers, Andy Barker on guitar, and Ben Jefferies on vocals? And who’s the drummer? It’s exactly how I remember it…

  7. Farmer Glitch
    Farmer Glitch
    September 2, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Nice photos – exactly how I remember it too.

    Fallows in Red / Andy Barker on Guitar / might well be Ben on vocals – Drummer like Peter Dafurn from our band that played sometime or other that day…

  8. kek
    February 17, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Yep, I was there too…that’s def. Ben Jefferies on vocals, and “Daffy” on drums.

  9. Steve Ardcorr
    Steve Ardcorr
    August 14, 2010 at 12:26 am

    What was bens band? Weren’t they called “Red Action” or “Faction or Red Faction even?
    Weren’t the Rawlings involved in one of those bands later on.

    Farmer Glitch, who are you and what was your band? Reveal your self.
    I remember being told by the police that the festival had been cancelled and people had gone home and mid way through his speech I could distictly here a band in full song so figured I’d chance it.

    Is that Chris from accorn that organised it?


  10. Ben Jefferies
    Ben Jefferies
    January 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Christ on a stick! You lot still *alive*???

    Be well

    Ben Jefferies (Cairo, Egypt)

  11. 62eggs
    February 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I was on holiday down from Gateshead and staying at my Aunts house in Stoke-sub-Hamdon, I must have been 16 at the time and trudged up the hill to the festival, I vividly remember sitting on that little mound watching the band set up and play.
    I remember chatting to a local lad about music etc.
    It didn’t rain when I was there and I stayed until evening.

  12. Steve Ardcorr
    Steve Ardcorr
    April 23, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Fuck me, Ben Jeffries!!!
    You finally got out of town then 🙂

    Steve Ardcorr (Bristol UK)

  13. Ben Jefferies
    Ben Jefferies
    July 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Oh yea!

    Ow bist, me babber?

  14. Ben Jefferies
    Ben Jefferies
    August 24, 2012 at 12:18 am


    Next I am in UK, we need to get out and have a few. Nearest I got to home was Berlin a few months ago…

  15. Ben Jefferies
    Ben Jefferies
    August 24, 2012 at 12:19 am

    My bro is in Brizz – you need to look him up.

  16. Paul Seaton
    Paul Seaton
    November 3, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Hey, I am the guy who took the photos and have found the negatives with a lot more stuff on. Let me know if you want more pictures.

  17. dan i
    dan i
    November 15, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I bet they’d love it Paul

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