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Hard News: Friday Music! Special Records

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  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Thursday October 20th!!! at the Dark Room

    With Shane Carter/Don McGlashan the same night at the Aurora Centre. Still plenty of tickets, should also be a grand thing :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2092 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Russell Brown,

    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 :-)

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    You've jogged my memory now, Little Queen st no longer exists I discovered buried by that monstrosity downtown shopping something. Which never worked. I used to love the jumble of shops that was downtown Ak. All gone, ah progress... or was it developer madness...
    The bands we saw there was quite something.
    Thought it had an ie in the name not a y.
    Thanks

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to andin,

    Little Queen st no longer exists I discovered buried by that monstrosity downtown shopping something. Which never worked. I used to love the jumble of shops that was downtown Ak. All gone, ah progress... or was it developer madness...

    Bruce Jesson's eminently readable The Fletcher Challenge: Wealth and Power in NZ is a great account of the machinations behind that. Lest we forget.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    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.

    Coincidentally, Owen H and I were reminiscing on twitter about the time Shriekback played The Galaxy in ’87 (which surprisingly he missed). Early ’87 was quite the line-up at the venue, with Shriekback, New Order, Billy Bragg and The Johnnys, along with what must have been a three day residence by H&C. I saw Shriekback, NO and Billy Bragg.

    Of course I remember it also for another reason. :-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    . 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).

    Wow… only two years as The Galaxy? My growing up and exposure to the live music scene is such that I recall the tired and run-down Galaxy undergoing major renovation to become the bright and shiny new (and very grey/pink, glass brick stereotypical ’80’s) Powerstation…

    I had no clue it had only been The Galaxy for such a short time? I used to help some friends in a band set-up and carry their gear (roadie?).. I was still under-age as far as drinking was concerned but this was (un-paid) work… My main recollection of The Galaxy was walking across the vinyl covered dance-floor and hearing the noise your sneakers made as you pulled/peeled them off the floor… It was very sticky… presumably spilled beer that was not cleaned?

    I roadied in many other pubs (and the Powerstation)… and do not recall the same experience at any other venue… (and it was on at least 3 different occasions at the Galaxy)…. I just assumed it had been there forever…

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 887 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to FletcherB,

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    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).

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    was probably somewhere in this shot

    I think I see Mat at the back, so that's probably my ear. I was actually looking at these photos on your blog yesterday. Wow there's some familiar faces in that crowd.

    And I've got a Mantronix earworm.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    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.

    And for Housequake!

    ;-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22759 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    Here's an ad I did from 1986 for some Galaxy gigs*
    and maybe this interview was filmed there?

    *ad sourced from
    http://nostalgiablackhole.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=196094811

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7893 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Hey, how'd your stall go yesterday?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22759 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    market forces...
    I got a good bite off your hand tied twitter lure (thank you), made the rent, but not three figures, but two banana boxes of silverfish food released back into the environment - slow and steady... Good crowds though.
    - met the fine Mr O'Connell at long last, Mr Parkes and family swung by, the Library photo search was in full swing with Mr Paul Sutherland at the helm, entertainment was supplied by various people including a great set by a trio including Anita Clarke and Mike Kime - interesting that most people just stumbled on it with only a few saying it was their destination - I do love random factors...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7893 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    considerable fleet of DJs

    I thought the collective noun for a group of DJs was a "flange", like baboons.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Aw Gawd. I see someone suspiciously similar to late 80s me… Any idea which gig Simon?

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Tim Michie,

    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.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Hugh Wilson,

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    Special post Russell, words other than that elude me ..

    I’ve thought a bit about records and covers that are important or significant for me following first hearing of that exhibition, the two being quite seperate. In terms of covers Blerta’s ‘This is the life’ might be my favourite, thanks to the confluence of the artwork, the music and the story behind the band, not to mention my own somewhat sheltered middle class upbringing in AKL. I know Bruno Lawerence was a contentious, moody character but I’ve always liked the larrikan side of him, and the fact he was a talented stick man / drummer (not to mention his many visits to Oz, and appearances in movies like Spotswood). Moreover, the fact there was a bunch of folks who decamped to the Hawkes bay/East cape area in the 70’s before touring the country in that bus, performing for school kids, doing ‘Dance all around the world’ and experimenting with pyrotechnics really captured my imagination. By the time the 80’s and my childhood really kicked in, that had all passed. It might not have been “the life”, but I hope it had some great bits while it lasted.

    Melbourne • Since Feb 2013 • 164 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell, in reply to Russell Brown,

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    Hey, how’d your stall go yesterday?

    And I met the fine Mr Dalziel at last - and met again after many a long time the fine Mr Parkes...whom I look forward to see performing with Cardigan Bay, as Ian has recently re-posted, this Thursday at the Darkroom.

    BTW Anita and Mike's combo (along with the fabulous Mr Simon Gregory who-can-play-pretty-well-anything on guitar) is Devilish Mary and the Holy Rollers. There should be a photo attached. 'Twas a wonderful day and the Arts Centre rebuild is taking shape bit by rapidly growing bit with the North Quad also re-opened Saturday.

    And another one for the diaries next week is the recently 'in-doctor-nated' Bruce Russell appearing with travelling poet David Merritt - a Poetry Hooha - at the Lyttelton Coffee Company, Thur 27 Oct.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 379 posts Report Reply

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