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Thursday, 30 April 2009

THE SMITHS - DUNDEE UNIVERSITY - 1984

The recording below is from a gig by The Smiths who were playing at Dundee University on 3rd March 1984.
Morrissey gets a bit stroppy on this as a result of someone in the audience splashing the stage with beer. The song "This Charming Man" was stopped and we pick it up as Morrissey gives the culprit a ticking off, and it being 1984, finishes by saying "The world is watching you, Dundee!" before giving the song a 2nd go.
So there, be on your best behaviour next time!
Incidentally, the Smiths badge of mine is just my wee joke, it has nothing to do with The Smiths.
Having said that, the track is a nice crisp recording!!

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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

TAYSIDE BAND CONTEST - TIFFANY'S - 1981

Here's an interesting night that was going on at Tiffany's in the Nethergate in April 1981. A competition to see who was Tayside's no1 band. Unfortunately, apart from The Grip, I don't know who else was participating or who won it, so if anybody has any info on the contest, feel free to pass on the details in the comments.
In the 70's, Tiffany's had a bit of a nasty reputation for being a place notorious for fights. I remember visiting it around 77 just to assess it for myself. Think I stayed for 1 hour in which there were about 3 scuffles, so scarpered and never went back. Amusingly, an anagram of Tiffanys is - ANY TIFFS - yeah, loads!
The place did try to get a change of image around 1980 in which putting on events such as this helped.
Still involved doing battle though!
Thanks to DD.

THE GRIP AT BLAZERS - 1982

Another reggae night at Blazers organised by Gripping Youth and this time featuring The Grip.
Not quite sure why it says "Leather Jackets Not Allowed". Don't recall any Hells Angels running amok in the city in 82!
Blazers opened in 1981 but was only in business for a couple of years despite having a licence up to 1985.
Did you know that in it's former life the place that became Blazers used to be a Masonic Lodge? It's full title was - "The Ancient Order of Buffalo's Meeting Rooms".
I remember being in there in the mid 60's too for a Christmas party, a works do organised by Charlie Gray. I got a book about Cowboys & Indians from Santa!
Cue - Buffalo Soldier!!
Thanks to DD.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

GRIPPING YOUTH REGGAE CLUB - BLAZERS

Blazers was located in a wee Pend in Victoria Road, quite near to the Vic cinema. Again, this would have been the early 80's period.
I can remember being at this gig, because before there were any reggae clubs in Dundee, I used to visit the Ital Club in Edinburgh quite a lot to get a regular dose of dub! Papa Swi's girlfriend used to be on the door there, and when I visited I used to keep asking her when they were going to bring their Sound System to Dundee. After a couple of years, they eventually played Blazers, of course courtesy of Gripping Youth though rather than me, and again she was on the door!!
Papa Swi had a fantastic record collection and one mighty Sound System, and during his sessions, he would start toasting over the top of the records. Toasting was a kind of Jamaican rapping technique, semi sung. It was very infectious, almost hypnotic!! He also had an array of sound effects that he would drop in to enhance the dub sequences, such as echo machines, sirens, ricochet drum loops and so on. Wicked.!!...as we used to say back then. Right up my street in fact...or in Blazers case...Pendie!!
Thanks to DD.

THE GRIP'S TAYSIDE BAR FLYER

From the early 80's - this flyer for a gig taking place in August may very well be the one The Grip used to advertise their gig featured in yesterday's post.
Everyone in the photo is wearing summer shirts anyway!!
Thanks to DD.

Monday, 27 April 2009

THE GRIP - TAYSIDE BAR - EARLY 80'S

Here's The Grip dropping some live reggae & dub down at the Tayside Bar in the Seagate in the early 80's. A place where I saw them play a couple of times myself.
The crowd participation on this occasion would appear to involve the use of Rizla papers and filling the room with herbal aromas..!!
For a reminder of the The Grip in full flow, you can backtrack to the March 2009 Archives and give them a wee blast.
Thanks to DD.

THE GRIP - PROMO AD - EARLY 80'S

Described on this promotional ad as playing "jute mill reggae", The Grip did indeed bring the sound of Jamaica to Dundee in the 80's, playing various venues around town.
It also mentions their single called "Keeping The Peace" which was recorded in Edinburgh at Wilf Smarties Planet Studio.
The photo of the lads splashing about with their troosers rolled up was taken in that far off exotic location...The Barracuda!!
You'll probably need to click on the image to read the large version of it.
I've got a bundle of great Grip stuff coming up, so the guys are gonna be hoggin' Retro Dundee for the next couple of days.
Thanks to DD.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

DAVE SINCLAIR ON DRUMS

Dave Sinclair was in a Dundee band called The Esplins. He joined the outfit in the early 60's and played regularly up at the Admiral in Camperdown Road. As a matter of fact, The Esplins at one stage, held the record for the longest residency for a band playing in Dundee. A whopping 15 years at the Admiral!. Any other local band managed to beat that since?
After his stint in The Esplins, Dave went on to do backing for various cabaret acts around town.
The ad under the snap is from an old Evening Telegraph I have, dated March 1977.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

THE VIKINGS ON ALP - 1966

Last month, I put on a recording released on Dundee based label, ALP. The single by Andy Lothian was an example of the label's traditional Scottish music output. ALP also chose to put out records by hip young beat groups, and this one by The Vikings, was the label's 11th and final record, released in September 1966. The song called "Bad News Feeling" features the groovy sound of an electric harpsichord, which were all the rage in the mid to late 60's.
3 Dundee guys in The Vikings - Mike Fraser & Donnie Coutts, are the 2 at the front in the band photo, and Drew Larg is centre at the back. The other 2 are, on the left, Doug Wightman, and of course on the right is Alan Gorrie of Average White Band fame.


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Friday, 24 April 2009

GENESIS IN DUNDEE - 1977 & 1980


2 tickets - same band - same place - different dates.
Starting with the 13th January 1977 gig...
When the tickets went on sale for this show around November '76, a photo of the queue at the Caird Hall made it into the local papers. Fans started to form the queue around 9.00pm the night before, and the image of them with their sleeping bags, flasks and good humour was used along with the story of this rare sight.
The concert sold out within a couple of hours next morning.
This was their "Wind & Wuthering" tour, and like most prog rock bands in the 70's, the light show became part of the act, so there was plenty of lasers, strobes, dry ice and so on.
My mate took some photos at the gig, but sadly neither he or the photos have survived the passing of time. There is, however, a recording of the gig doing the rounds....unofficially.
On 24th April 1980, 29 years ago today, the band were here on their "Duke" tour and introduced 2 new band members, Daryl Stuermer who replaced Steve Hackett on guitar, and Roland....the drum machine! The new Genesis sound by this time was more lightweight as they ditched the idea of the 15 minute track in favour of the 3 minute pop-rock tune. As a result, they featured in the singles charts rather a lot in the 80's. On stage though, they still managed to squeeze in the occasional old classic from their back catalogue.
Going back to 1977 again - the ad under the tickets dates back to March that year and is from an old Evening Telegraph I have. This was another time I saw Genesis in Dundee in 1977, as the ABC were showing a double film feature on this occasion - "White Rock", which had a soundtrack by Rick Wakeman, and to accompany it, "Genesis In Concert".
I had to be alert to catch it mind you, as it was on for only one day!

Thursday, 23 April 2009

EUROVISION - PEELY & HUTCHIE FAE DUNDEE

Another John Peel memory with a wee Dundee link I can recall, comes from the late 80's.
Peely was involved in covering the Eurovision Song Contest for radio which this particular year was the turn of Switzerland or Sweden to host.
During the programme he interviewed a guy called David Hutchison, who, although I can't remember his exact role, was one of the main organisers of the event. As the interview went on, I suddenly had the feeling that I recognised the voice, and thought it sounded like "Hutchie", a guy who used to live around the corner from me in Craigie, and who was in my class at Balerno as well as Craigie High. I remembered my mum knew his mum, so I asked her, the next time she saw Hutchie's mum, see if she could confirm it was David on the radio. It turns out it was him and he had been involved behind the scenes in the Eurovision contest for quite a while. His mum also revealed the extra info that David got paid £24 a minute for the Peel interview. A nice little earner!!
If you happen to read this, David, feel free to drop some details into the comments.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

JOHN PEEL AT FAT SAMS - 1984

One of the best nights ever at Fattie's was the time John Peel paid a visit back in 1984.
There was a great buzz in the town pubs before the event, then the club itself was absolutely crammed with the clubbers fully stoked, and everybody just seemed to be in a dancing mood.
Peely's selection on the night was as diverse as the music he played on his radio show - from fresh indie to raw punk, new wave to old soul, 80's hip hop next to 60's garage, loads of reggae and African tunes, and even Status Quo got a spin!!
The friend I was with decided to go over to him to see if she could get his autograph. She came back beaming and showed me the bit of paper he had written on - it said "John Peel - the world's most boring man".
A short while later I went over and asked Peely if he could play any Ini Kamoze (this was a new reggae singer that had burst onto the music scene), he just smiled and nodded.
And yes he did play "Teenage Kicks", in fact I think that was his final record of the evening. Even back then it was a song that became his signature tune.
On his radio show a couple of days later, Fat Sam's got a mention and he said it was one of the best nights out in Scotland he's had!!

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

THE ASSOCIATES ON JOHN PEEL - 1982

Below is a recording taken direct from the John Peel show which was broadcast in October 1982. This is a "session" track The Associates did, it being 1 of 4 tracks played on the night.
I've always liked Billy's inventive and amusing vocals on this one, as it swerves off in unexpected tangents.
Title of the song - "A Severe Bout of Career Insecurity".
There are 2 Dundee bands mentioned here - Peely at the end of the track says that Billy was in the middle of recording an "LP" with Orbidoig. Anybody any idea if this project was completed? If it was, it must still be tucked away in the vaults of some record company, awaiting to be discovered!!

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Monday, 20 April 2009

STEVE REID ON GUITAR

In the mid 70's, local guitarist, Steve Reid, used to get a bit of practise in up at Ardler Community Centre where he was joined by Kirkton High School kids, Murray Tosh (later with Street Level) and Allan McGlone (later with Skeets Boliver). These get togethers were purely instrument work-out sessions rather than group rehearsals, as it were, they didn't actually form a band together.
Steve started off in a bunch of punk rascals called, Bread Poultice and the Running Sores. Billy Mackenzie would check out the band from time to time and eventually the two ended up mates. They also played the occasional experimental gig together, just before Billy moved on to form The Associates with Alan Rankine. By this time, Steve & Billy shared a flat along with a few others in Lyon Street.
In 1981 Steve teamed up with another Lyon Street flatmate, Christine Beveridge, and they became an outfit called Orbidoig. They released a couple of singles as Orbidoig in the early 80's, both featuring Billy. Then when Billy & Alan went their separate ways, Steve was called upon to play in The Associates for a while. As a matter of fact, Steve ended up co-writing half of the songs on The Associates 1984 "Perhaps" album.
Tracking back to Orbidoig though, below you can hear Steve in full flow on the B-side of their "Ice Cream Factory" single, a frantic post punk instrumental called - "Excursion Ecosse en route Koblenz via Hawkhill".
A trip we've all made...!!

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Sunday, 19 April 2009

DAVE SIMPSON ON GUITAR

There were quite a few bands in Dundee in the early 70's who specialised in the social club, private function, weddings circuit, and one of the better ones was Hunters Key. The band line-up changed from time to time, one of the members at one stage being well known guitarist, Jim Kelly. The steady drummer in the outfit was John Lunan, who has also played in quite a few other bands. On this photo though, the guitarist in front of the Hayman kit on this occasion for Hunters Key is, Dave Simpson.
Dave now owns a bar in Thailand.
The photo was taken by my brother around 1973/74 but he can't recall where in Dundee the band were playing when he snapped it.
A typical ad for the band from this era is the example above which comes from an Evening Telegraph dated March 1977, and is for a Hunters Key gig along at Doc Stewarts.
Perhaps you were even there?!!

Saturday, 18 April 2009

DEEP PURPLE - CAIRD HALL - 1974

 
 
On this day 35 years ago, Deep Purple were in town.
There was a real buzz around the Dundee gig because this was the first night of a brand new UK tour after having a huge success touring the States prior.
Deep Purple also had 2 new members making their British debut live on stage, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.
There were even fans who flew in from USA especially to see the opening night at the Caird Hall!
This in turn attracted the attention of the national music press, the show ending up receiving major coverage in both the NME and Melody Maker the following week.
Both music papers go into a lot of detail behind the scenes while following the band around. Interviewing them in the Tay Hotel for example.
I've chosen to showcase an edited extract from the MM write-up which concentrates just on the gig itself.
You can click on the review above to read the enlarged version.
Both Deep Purple and the Dundee crowd are highly praised on the night!
Incidentally, support band from New York, Elf, were also making their UK debut on stage.
Although I wasn't at this concert, word next day in school was that Deep Purple were so loud, chunks of plaster fell from the ceiling!
I do remember buying their single "Fireball" in 1971 when I was 13, after seeing them perform on Top of the Pops.
You don't usually think of such monsters of rock having been in the pop charts!
The singer in Elf was Ronnie James Dio, who a year or so later teamed up with Deep Purple guitar legend, Ritchie Blackmore to form another rock outfit, Rainbow, who I did manage to catch live at the Glasgow Apollo.

Friday, 17 April 2009

THE POOR SOULS - LIVE - MID 60'S

Dundee band The Poor Souls formed in 1964.
Band line-up : DOUGIE MARTIN bass - CHICK TAYLOR guitar & keyboards - JOHNNY "Hudson" MORAN guitar - JOHN CASEY drums. All 4 did vocals.
Locally they played at venues such as the Chalet and the Palais but often the band would be based down South, where the above photo was taken.
In addition to recording 2 singles, one on ALP and the other for Decca, the band also appeared on a TV pop show called Stramash. They performed 2 songs, and I have an exceedingly rare audio recording taken from that very show.
So below are the lads on Stramash, getting the crowd going with a track called "He's Just a Playboy".
Big thanks to Mac & PH.

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Thursday, 16 April 2009

THE BARRACUDA INTERIOR - LATE 70'S - #2

The 2nd image taken upstairs in the Barracuda shows one of the bars on the far side. This little corner just one of the many nooks & crannies scattered throughout the interior.
You can see other pictures of the Barracuda in my October 2008 Archives.
Photo by Nicholl Russell Studios.

THE BARRACUDA INTERIOR - LATE 70'S - #1

Here's a top notch shot of the Barracuda which I think should help revive one or two memories of nights spent there.
You see that big black spotlight on the balcony, top right of the picture, I remember a few of us, who were a bit tiddly by then, gathered around it and took turns to shine the beam on the girls dancing below, and because of the drink, we of course found this funnier than it actually was. Our fun was eventually stopped when the heavies came over and gave us a ticking off!
Been there dozens of times though, but very rarely went in on a Friday & Saturday, my visits always seemed to land on a Thursday, Sunday or Monday, when they either had students nights or bands on.
Photo by Nicholl Russell Studios.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

THE FINAL CRANKED UP FANZINE - 1982

In this very last issue of music fanzine, Cranked Up, main man Jock Ferguson reaches the end of his tether and he puts the boot into those he sees as the major factor to blame for the lack of enthusiasm towards the alternative music scene in Dundee. He blasts out at the likes of Radio Tay, big brewers, DC Thomson, the Council and Dundonians in general, and as the cover depicts, renders them all brain dead!!
Even contributors to the mag don't escape his wrath as Scrotum Poles, Craig Methven, who wrote for Cranked Up under the name Fabian Bell, also gets on Jocks hit list!
It's not only Jock having a work-out at the punch bag, another Scrotum Poles member who contributed to C.U, Sid Gripple, has a pop at Billy Mackenzie for being "pretentious" and "nauseous"!!
But once the backlash has settled, here's what we find inside.
Bands who get a mention are - SYNTHETIC DREAMS - THE BLUSH - THE GRIP - PARADES - THE JUNKIES - AAGA - HEY ELASTICA - LITTLE WOLVES.
Places that are mentioned are - I&N - ROCKPILE - BRUCE'S - TAYSIDE BAR - OUTPOST - WINDMILL BAR - THE UNIVERSITY.
A candid little snapshot of life in Dundee '82.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

YEP, IT'S SCROTUM POLES

When the punk tidal wave crashed down over the UK around 1977, it washed away most of the cliched concepts that had previously been associated with the music biz, most specifically the level of musical ability required, and how to sell records.
So seizing the moment and armed with this new D.I.Y. outlook & punk attitude, groups of locals made a grab for their instruments as they set about grabbing Dundee's attention - and one such group was Scrotum Poles.
After a short period discovering what they can do with their instruments, 3 chord tunes began to take form, and the task of getting them recorded commenced. The first bash went down on their own tape recorder, and were sold as cassettes with a limited edition of 100.
The next attempt had them splashing out some dosh when they pressed up 1000 vinyl E.P's, complete with homemade covers, which sold across the UK. Both the cassette and E.P. have now become rare collectors items.
The band line-up went through a couple of tweaks in the early stages, but soon settled for the following as the main members - CRAIG METHVEN (Smeg Pole) vocals - STEVE GRIMMOND (Sid Gripple) bass - COLIN SMITH (Stripey Sleep) guitar & GLEN CONNELL (Burt Spurt) drums.
They played locally around community centres and youth clubs, as well as at nearby venues in Carnoustie and Blairgowrie, but by the early 80's, the Scrotes time had come to an end and they went out with a bang with their final gig, aptly, at the Tayside Bar.
30 years on, and for those of you who are finding it difficult to get yer mitts on the original recordings, there is to be a compilation CD to be released shortly. Called "Auchmithie Forever" it catches up with their back catalogue and chucks in a few rarities as well. I'll keep you posted on that.
You will also find 2 great videos on YouTube of the lads muckin' aboot around Dundee and Broughty Ferry, filmed back in the day, by Jock Ferguson. Plenty music on both and a good wee chuckle too!!
Below, is a little taster for those who are not familiar with the band, and a reminder for those who are. The track is called "Put An End To It All", from 1981.
Big thanks to Craig.

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Monday, 13 April 2009

WHO'S ON THE TAYSIDE BAR?

A nice wee snapshot of the Tayside Bar noticeboard taken in Feb 1983. Not a particularly hectic week on this occasion but local electronic whizz-kids, Altres, were performing on stage that week, as were Portable People the following night. Altres, as I'm sure most of you will know by now are still going strong, gigging and recording regularly. Don't forget to check out the Altres website for more info and goodies, including original Tayside Bar recordings & photos - http://www.altres.co.uk/
There appears to be at least 3 bands with the name Portable People, so will have to check some old Cranked Up mags to find out more info on them. Feel free to supply any details on the band in the comments.
Big thanks to Kevin & Brian.


Sunday, 12 April 2009

DANNY WILSON IN DUNDEE - 1980'S

Collectively they were known as Danny Wilson, individually they are (L to R on photo) Kit Clark, Gary Clark and Ged Grimes. This image of the band signing autographs in the Coconut Grove in Marketgait was taken in December 1987. Getting the bar all to themselves, just a perk of the job!
The band's first small step began by busking around Dundee in the mid 80's, and it was quickly followed by the giant leap of charting around the globe in the late 80's.
Although the band called it a day in the early 90's, all 3 are still involved in music today. Gary, who now lives in Los Angeles, is a composer & producer working with a variety of well known recording artists. Kit is doing his thing with his band, The Swiss Family Orbison, and Ged composes music for computer games as well as playing bass in the present Deacon Blue line-up.
 
Getting back to 80's Dundee, below you can hear a recording of the band at a gig in the Caird Hall on 16th September 1989. The track, their hit single, "The Second Summer of Love".
Big thanks to Eddie and the DW3.
Photo by DC Thomson.Tints by GG

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Saturday, 11 April 2009

SAMANTHAS - SOUTH TAY STREET - MID 70'S

Samanthas was the disco the old Palais turned into around 1976/77.
Its main entrance was in South Tay Street, but you could also get to it via a pub connected at the back of Samanthas called, The Stage Door Bar, which was in the Marketgait.
One of the DJ's there was Sandy Martin.
It also put on bands occasionally, then from October '78 they presented bands on a weekly basis, but because Samanthas was quite short-lived, it never really became an established live music venue.
The end came in early '79, when it was remodelled into another disco called Bloomers.
Photo by Nicoll Russell Studios.

Friday, 10 April 2009

QUEEN - CAIRD HALL REVIEW - 1975

I have already mentioned the Queen gig at the Caird Hall in my December 2008 Archives, which also includes an audio clip from the show.
Here is the review of the concert that appeared in the Courier on Monday 15th December 1975.
The band were on a crest of a wave at the time, having released the most expensive album ever recorded "A Night At The Opera", as well as being at No1 in the singles chart with "Bohemian Rhapsody", and the write-up reflects the success they were having that year.
There is also a word about the support act, Mr Big, who I forgot all about until I read this. I do recall the band had pop chart hits a couple of years later around 1977/78, "Romeo", being one.
You'll probably need to click onto the image to read it better on the large version.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

HANK LOCKLIN & HUMBLEBUMS - CAIRD HALL - 1970

I was flicking through an old Courier I have, dated 11 April 1970, and I spotted this review of a concert that had taken place in Dundee the previous night.
Country & Western singer, Hank Locklin with his backing band Country Fever were top of the bill. Not a show I was at but he seems to have gone down rather well judging by the FIVE ENCORES he got!
Sharing the bill were the Scottish duo, The Humblebums, featuring Gerry Rafferty and Billy Connolly, who played a selection of hill-billy music, rock, folk and "comedy".
Yeah that Gerry Rafferty is a really funny guy. Not sure what happend to the other one though!!

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

BUDDIES DANCEFLOOR - BROUGHTY FERRY - 1985

In 1985, The Sands in the Ferry was transformed into Buddies.
No change to the outside of the building but as you can see from the photo, the interior decor was modified. Out went the bright curvy spacious look of the Sands and in came a dark monochromatic claustrophobic replacement!

Photo by DC Thomson.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

THE SANDS INTERIOR

Here's an excellent colour shot of the interior of The Sands in Broughty Ferry... and a great reminder of how it looked in the late 70's before a couple tweaks to its d├ęcor took place in the 80's.
Now for a quick guided tour - you'll see in the centre of the picture the yellow coloured doors with what looks like a "T" on them, that was the only entrance to the disco. These doors were at the end of a wee corridor just off the main outside entrance area and opposite to where you'd hand your coats in.
There is a serving hatch next to the doors where they'd put on hot snacks halfway through the evening - lots of paper plates involved!
On the right hand side of the photo, out of view, was the main bar, that is also where the windows onto the Esplanade were.
To the left, just off of shot, if you went down a couple of steps, that would take you to the dancefloor and the DJ's corner area.
Behind where the photographer took the picture was a seating area on a raised floor in the corner.
They also laid on a bus back into Dundee city centre at the end of the night.
If I was asked to name 1 track that summed up The Sands on a Sunday, it would have to be the track "Shante" by Mass Production.
There are other images of The Sands to be found in my September 2008 Archives.
Photograph by Nicoll Russell Studios.

THE SANDS AND STEVIE WONDER - 1980


As I've mentioned on Retro before, Sunday nights for my mob was "Sands" night, where we'd go to get our weekly dose of funk and soul.
Here's a wee story to accompany one such visit in September 1980.
Every Thursday I used to get 4 music papers - the NME, Sounds, Black Echoes and Melody Maker. This particular Thursday I read in all 4, brilliant reviews on Stevie Wonder's shows at Wembley Arena. He was playing 6 shows there and this very same weekend was to be his finale. However, it also stated elsewhere in the papers that the shows were sold out.
When I got my wages next day on Friday, these reviews were still running around in my mind, and so on the spur of the moment I made a decision to hop on a train to London that night. Keeping in mind that the shows were sold out, I opted for a single fare to the capital with intent to hitch-hike back because I thought I'd need all the dosh I had to purchase a ticket from a tout. So, when I arrived in London I thought I'd try my luck at the ticket agencies first just in case someone had a spare, and after searching all day, I did indeed eventually get one from an agent who had a ticket returned that day. Delighted at having beaten the touts, I made my way to Wembley Arena for the show. It really was as brilliant as the reviews had said it was.
After the show, my mind then turned to the Sands. I now had spare cash because I didn't splash out on tout prices and I discovered I had enough to get back to Dundee. However, that was going to leave me skint, so what I did was keep a bit of Sands money aside and got the train only to Newcastle. I arrived in Newcastle mid morning and then hitched back from there. Did it in 3 lifts. Got back into Dundee late afternoon, had a bite to eat, a quick wash & brush up then off to the Ferry to meet up with my mob at Brookes. When they asked where I had been all weekend, and I told them, they just burst out laughing. I did that kind of thing regularly back then!
Anyway, made it to the Sands that Sunday as normal. To top it off, they played "Masterblaster" that night, and so obviously I had to get up to dance to it, just 24 hours after watching it live!
Incidentally, I've still got my ticket, programme and the original cuttings that triggered the weekend. One of the reviews had the amusing headline "Rockin Stevie plays a blinder", so thought I'd include it here.
Photo by DC Thomson.Tints by GG

Monday, 6 April 2009

THE REZILLOS - MARRYAT HALL - 1978

 
Here's a crackin' picture of The Rezillos doing their thing down at the Marryat Hall in 1978.
This band of B-movie punks changed their line-up around this period so I'm not 100% certain who was in the group on this particular occasion, except for Fay Fyfe of course who is definitely out front wearing the silver gear.
To go with the snap, I also have this ad from back then which not only informs us that the Marryat Hall gig took place on Monday 21st August 1978, but earlier that day, the band made an appearance at Bruce's Record Shop in Reform Street, where they signed autographs and met their fans.
There was a large queue to see them at Bruce's and a good turn out for the gig too.
Their well known single "Top Of The Pops" had just been newly released at the time.
Incidentally, also on that evening dropping some vinyl was Deepwater Disco.

Photography by Mike Gallacher.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

THE MARRYAT HALL

The Caird Hall's wee sister next door. Room for around 400/500.
In the mid 70's this place was bustling with Soul crews who organised Northern Soul Allnighters. The Marryat then gained quite a reputation for being one of the better venues on the Soul circuit and was visited by enthusiasts from all over the UK.
To see some original 70's soul footage from Dundee, check out this link below to take you to the Fintry Community Centre and join the Young Soul Rebel Squad in action.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQOBmF1i_CU

Moving into the late 70's - early 80's, the Marryat hosted a spate of indie and rock gigs. Some of the acts that performed live were - Theatre of Hate - Echo & the Bunnymen - Girlschool - Rezillos - Hanoi Rocks, to name just a few.
I remember the Echo & the Bunnymen gig played some great music before and after the fine set by the Liverpool lads, but I can't now recall if it was a DJ in the Hall or a selection of tracks blasting out the bands PA.
Anyway, there are some cool images taken at this Bunnymen gig to be found on Flickr. Here is the link.
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=bunnymen+dundee

And finally, a wee reminder for all vinyl addicts - yes we've not been killed off just yet! - there are regular Record Fairs held at the Marryat Hall too. What better way to spend your time, and dosh!!

Saturday, 4 April 2009

STIFF TOUR 78 - DUNDEE UNIVERSITY #4 - WRECKLESS ERIC

The last of the University gig images from the 1978 Be Stiff Tour. The one and only, Wreckless Eric.
This was actually Eric's 2nd Stiff tour as he was on the original tour the previous year, along with Elvis Costello, Ian Dury & co.
Wreckless Eric released a belter of a single in 1977 called "Whole Wide World", a classic piece of pop produced by Nick Lowe, which has since gone on to feature in a couple of movie soundtracks.
Big thanks to Mike Gallacher for the photos.

STIFF TOUR 78 - DUNDEE UNIVERSITY #3 - RACHEL SWEET

Here's Rachel Sweet performing at the University gig. Rachel was only 16 when she went on the Be Stiff tour, and as a consequence, still being school age, she had to have a personal tutor with her on the train to catch up with her school work in between gigs!
She is mostly known for her pop hit single - "B-A-B-Y".
Photography by Mike Gallacher.

STIFF TOUR 78 - DUNDEE UNIVERSITY #2 - MICKEY JUPP

The 2nd of the University snapshots from the Be Stiff Tour 78 is Mickey Jupp.
The band line-up for this gig was - Mickey Jupp (vocals, guitar) - Vic Young (bass) - Pete Gosling (guitar) & Mac Poole (drums).
Photography by Mike Gallacher.

STIFF TOUR 78 - DUNDEE UNIVERSITY #1 - JONA LEWIE

The "Be Stiff Tour" stopped off in Dundee to play at the University on 24th October 1978. Stopped off - an appropriate term because, being Stiff Records, they went about things just a wee bit differently from your average record company, and on this occasion the novelty was to have 5 of their top acts all on the one show, touring the UK together, by train!
The 5 artists that hopped off at the station to be showcased were - Lene Lovich - Jona Lewie - Mickey Jupp - Rachel Sweet and Wreckless Eric.
I have 4 top notch photos from the Dundee University gig, taken by Mike Gallacher, that I will be putting up on view.
Starting with the image above of Jona Lewie, who most of you will know from his many appearances on Top of The Pops, especially at Xmas time!
Below is a short film clip of the Stiff train setting off at the start of the tour, including a word from Jona himself.

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Friday, 3 April 2009

RITE TYME PLAY CLAN BALL

A title that I will now decode for the younger ones!
Rite Tyme were a dynamic Dundee beat group, on the go in the mid to late 60's - the swinging 60's in fact.
Band line-up : Stuart Cuthbert (vocals) - Frankie Vettraino (guitar) - Norrie Tennent (bass) - Bill Smith (keyboards) - Glen Jones (drums) - (also Wullie Munro drums).
Also on the scene in the swinging 60's was the new sound of Radio Scotland. Not the BBC one as it is today, but Radio Scotland the Pirate Station who broadcast from a ship based off the Scottish coast, transmitting on 242 meters. The radio station began on Hogmanay 1965 and quickly became very popular with Scotland's young hipsters. Because of this popularity, Radio Scotland started a club called Clan 242, which entitled members to merchandise, newsletters and the monthly 242 magazine. In addition, the station began organising Clan Balls in various towns around Scotland, allowing 242 members to meet the DJ's and dance along to the bands on the bill.
Which brings me back to the title.
One such Clan Ball was held in Kirkcaldy's Raith Ballroom around 1966/67 and on the bill that night were Rite Tyme, playing alongside, Cat Stevens, Gaels Blue and the Raith Showband. 7/6 to get in, that's about 37p in today's money!
All groovy things must come to an end however, and in August 1967, the Pirate Station was eventually forced to shut shop (or should that be shut ship!).
Below you can hear an extremely rare recording of the original Radio Scotland ad for this very event.
Big thanks to Mac.


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THE FALL - TEAZERS - 1984

 
The Fall were in Dundee in March 1984 for a gig at Teazers (the night club at the Royal Hotel in Union Street).
Local music journalist, Bob Flynn was there to cover the show for Melody Maker, resulting in this excellent review above.
The Fall were, and are still considered to this day, one of the best bands ever to hit the alternative/indie scene back in the 70's and their no compromise attitude to the music industry since has been just as inspiring as their creative output.
They came back to Dundee a few months later in '84 to play another gig at Fat Sams.
You can click onto the review here to read the enlarged version.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

BLACK STREET PLAY PARK - 1980'S

Looking like a NASA site rather than a Dundee Council area, this play park featuring a Space Shuttle chute & climbing frame was located in Black Street, just off Lochee Road. Also in the shot, taken in the early 80's, are swings and sandpit with digger.
Again, like the Craigie one, it is a thing of the past. I had a look on Google Earth for it but the whole area is now sitting empty.
Unless it IS a secret NASA site and has been airbrushed out..!!

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

APRIL FOOL OR RETRO FACT?

In the early 70's, a bunch of Dundee school kids organised a protest march across the Tay Road Bridge one Saturday afternoon.
So what triggered these youngsters to make banners and come out in force to demonstrate their grievance? An increase in schooling hours? Too much homework? The cost of school dinners?
Nope, the culprit was Scooby-Doo, or rather, the removal of the TV series from their television screens. In true Dundee cartoony tradition, the main issue on kids minds was why the powers that be had taken their favourite TV show off the air! Needless to say, this unique event made the local papers, and it is probably the only time that the famous cry of "Scooby-Doo, where are you?" has actually been heard in real life!

To find out if this is an April Fool or Retro fact, click the comments link.