Aw Gawd. I see someone suspiciously similar to late 80s me… Any idea which gig Simon?
It wasn't a gig as such, it was The Asylum which was the house club Tom Sampson and I hosted in the venue when there were no booked bands. We had a roll-in/roll-out club wherein we turned the place into a pop-up club. All detailed on these ancient pages.
Wow… only two years as The Galaxy
Closer to 3 I think - The Galaxy was January 86 I think until about Sept 88. The stage was moved then and it was reopened in time for Run DMC in November as The Powerstation.
The pic is the old stage/dancefloor at The Galaxy fitted out as The Asylum, 1986 (Jackson was probably somewhere in this shot).
Ah, I can see what’s happened here. There was a more recent Galaxy on Mt Eden Road – it’s now the Powerstation. I’ll let the editors know.
The 60s one was the Galaxie (in Little Queen Street, off Lower Queen Street, and owned for a while by Eldred Stebbing – hence the Zodiac bands that played there). The Mt Eden one opened in 1986 and was The Galaxy (uppercase T and a y) and was owned by Phil Warren and Don Lillian. When they sold it in 1988 it became The Powerstation (the stage was moved at the same time).
Has been tweaked :-)
It's not as if we're talking about a handful of bigots here - those polls scare me.
Indeed but large parts of many countries scare me.
I admit to being something of a poll junkie and was gratified to see the slew of national polls arriving at 538 yesterday afternoon (US time) all giving HRC two to six points, which was quite a turn.
HRC scares me too and it really is the best of two evils, but the chasm between the two evils is vast.
If Trump does get in, the only thing that would lessen the blow is that the senate is leaning strongly Democrat.
For Bowie fans from 1980
1973 I think. 1980 just sounded so far in the future to us all back then.
Also just up on AudioCulture, this seems timely.
Ian showed me all the original drawings for these last week when I visited him and Chris.
Indeed. You could call it dilettantism given that they weren’t really involved in those other scenes, but the way they brought them to light was really important.
The whole NY No Wave scene at the cusp of the 80s was a real hothouse of the emerging sounds too of course. Into that punk, hip-hop and post-disco boogie sound you probably need to mix the new wave of jazz and the 70s Latin explosion. It’s incredible just how much happened in such a compacted era – any part of which would have and did change the world.
Wasn’t it Rule the Track? I can’t recall whether it was before after the Housequake parties in early 1989 (I was out of the country) but that was Grant Fell et al stretching the boundaries.
Rule The Track was late 1989 I think. The first dance parties in Auckland were parties in various warehouses around the city in 86 or so, put on by Peter Urlich and Mark Phillips, the last of which was heavily raided by the cops who confiscated all the booze (which had been supplied by the VBH restaurant in Parnell). They took a truckload of beer etc to Central and then denied they had taken it. It was never seen again.
Then – if I can blow my own trumpet a little – came The Asylum in what was then The Galaxy (now The Powerstation) from 1986 to late 87. It was a sporadic party, as in only operating when there were no live shows at the venue. We’d put an advert in the Herald that simply said “Asylum Friday” or “Asylum all weekend”, and Radio B would give us a free promo. We would regularly put through 1000-1200 on the nights we had open, all to a diet of hip-hop and early house which was being supplied to Roger Perry and myself by Manchester’s Eastern Bloc Records.
And yes, I know a lot of it is already around, but the quality of the digital captures is impressive.
Agreed, but others - like the Reps - are up there already in fairly good quality already (the direct lift from the TVNZ archive version is on NZoS and YouTube). I'm just a little wary too that the likes of Toy Love are being done out of their few cents. It may not be much but in the case of that TL vid I cleared it with the band and with Flying Nun, it was then claimed by them so as to ensure they got whatever was paid. I'd rather that went to them than Mark Zuckerberg as I'm sure most people would.
Rock Theatre, Wellington (behind the Trades Hall), a 1980 concert (February maybe) with The Swingers – filmed for Radio With Pictures, I think…
To be fair much of what is on that page is fairly easily found on YouTube, and of course the fact that these are are FB embedded means they can’t be more widely shared beyond that site. Hopefully Neil is going to add the handful that are truly lost and rare to You Tube or similar.
Edit: just noted a newish embed link on the FB vid page so the above may be superfluous.