I received this request from Fiona trying to locate her original birth father. He was a musician in clubs in the 70′s, particularly at the Majestic Hotel. As a few of you who read Clubbed Out are muso’s I was wondering whether anyone can help.
Hello this website is very interesting and lots of work has gone into this interesting site. The reason I am writing to you to put in short is I am an adoptee & have been searching for my birth father since I was 18 years old, I am now getting closer to 40 – gosh where does the time go!! Anyway the point is my birth father played in a 4 piece band at the Majestic Hotel in Brisbane in 1973. Finding my father means so very much to me & happy to share more information just am trying to find out the names of bands who played their between July 1973 – September 1973. I realise that this can be needle in a hay stack situation however I am also trying to find who owned the hotel at this time?? I guess there is many clues to this puzzle which can come from any information or perhaps you might know where I might start my search regarding the Majestic in 1973. Any information that may assist me I would greatly appreciate from the bottom of my heart. Also you made mention of Charlie Browns and my father I grew up with owned this establishment in the late 70?s so maybe you have some questions regarding this pub? Thank you for your time and this website it’s actually given me some hope. Many thanks Fiona
Special thanks to David Rowlands who sent me some interesting info and pics relating to venues “Phil Jones and the Unknown Blues” toured from Sydney to Brisbane in 1967. They travelled by train with all the band equipment with one member driving up. The boys were accommodated in a flat at Coorparoo.
The main venue they performed at was Cloudland playing with “Thursday’s Children” which a few of our readers remember. The two shows were on Saturday afternoon and evening. I love an afternoon show! They then played shows at Prinz Alfreds in Adelaide Street, The Red Orb then at Danceland at the Gold Coast. The next gig was called The Boat-trip. It was on the MV Mirimar which later in it’s life would take people to Lone Pine until it’s retirement in 2009. They played for mainly teenage girls whilst the boat cruise along. The boat came and moored at an island in the bay (I’m thinking maybe Moreton?), all the passengers disembarked and walked across to an open air stage. The band played another rest then all rebounded and returned to the city. Sounds better than some of those other boat cruises.
The next venue astounded me – I did not know this existed until David let me know. I knew of Snoopys club run by the YMCA but not of Snoopy Hollow. Snoopy Hollow was located in the top level of the City Council car park in Wickham Terrace. Who would have thought that we had a band venue there? Apparently the crowds were huge and the band were very welcomed. David reports that it was a great venue not only for it’s location but because the weather was so hot and humid it was a lot cooler on the roof.
They finished their tour with an “out of town gig” at The Bowl at the Ipswich Tenpin Bowl. What a great tour with amazing venues. Thanks for sending through David.
If you went to any of these shows or experienced any of these venues particularly Snoopy Hollow, let me know.
When I was compiling and updating the club list, I also got together a list of clubs with their nicknames. I love the fact that most people called these venues these names. It seemed to spread. Some of them referenced the age of people attending – The Wintergarden was a big underage club and the other spectrum was Someplace Else. That is where the older people went to. The rest of the names are up to your interpration.
This is what I have so far :
Casablanca – Catch a Wanker Cafe Neon – Cafe No one / Cafe Win on The Underground – Underpants/ Undies Mary Street – Scary Street Someplace Else – Grab a Granny The Wintergarden – The Kindergarden Court Jester – Court Molester
Now I’m sure there are a few more nicknames that I’ve missed. So if you had a special name for a club let me know.
Fab journo Katherine Feeney has written an article based around footage that she saw filmed at Tracks nightclub in the 80′s. She also interviewed me about Clubbed Out and going out in the 80′s. Great footage of the club and fashion too. This project is keen for any footage, photos or memorabilia and of course your stories. Lots of people have commented how they would take photos before going out, but no one would take their cameras out with them. Cameras were expensive and a lot of them were bulky. As for video or film, any that we’ve found (very little so far) was done by the venue operators.
Since the article has been up, I’ve received a lot of comments and feedback about the project so thank you all. If you haven’t already seen it take a look, it’s worth a gander and yes the podium dancers are included!
I’ll be posting more of your recollections as well. If you have some interesting stories and recollections you can leave a comment or go to contribute and fill out a survey form.
Recently I received some great cards and info from Noelene. I love discovering clubs and really appreciate everyone posting their stories on going out. If you are interested in being a part of this project, please do! Can you include years and addresses so I can pin point when the club existed and where it was. Without this I can’t add it to our club list. As for the club list, I have had such a great response I will be totally revising it soon. Promise. When you do list a club I do have to check via archives and library research which does take time.
This is what Noelene sent through: First club I went to was Rebeccas it was in the basement of a building that now is occupied by Commonwealth bank in Edward Street. The entry door as I recall was about a metre from the laneway that is still there and bounds the Rowes Building. There was another club downstairs in Rowes arcade. I think it had a spiral staircase and was called Rowes or Roses Wine Bar ???(ed I think it was Old Roses – can anyone confirm?) Licence laws meant that meals had to be served with the ticket price.Rebeccas had a rib fillet and salad deal. The steak was very thin as I recall.
The laneway was the scene of much boy/girl action and drugs, but I just recall seeing marijuana and pills. The first night I was there was late in 1977 I think it was November and we called in after Rod Stewart’s concert at Festival Hall. I worked there at lunchtime as a waitress. One of the part owners, Lez Zeilin was Polish and his Mother worked in the kitchen making traditional Polish food. Surprisingly for such a dive of a place that Polish food was made with love and care and tasted fantastic. I still remember how different that place looked in the daytime, although being in the basement it wasn’t exactly bright.
The second club was Harringtons. Owned by Gerry Harrington who also owned Rebeccas. Harringtons was in the Valley opposite the now China Town street. Think it is Tony’s Nightclub now. Gerry had it all decked out in maroon velvet with lamps on tables and a small stage with a dance floor which was surrounded with mirrors. Same licence laws. The chef (for want of a better word) was called Cookie. The lasagne was very popular, can’t remember much else on the menu, most people stuck with the lasagne although watching Cookie make it was enough for me not to recommend it.The tomato base was made by a guy who owned/worked in ??? the restaurantacross the road on the corner of the side street. (ed- I think this was the Riveria) He used to deliver boxes of the sauce in XXXX longneck bottles. They were the main clubs I went to. After Harringtons came Whispers in the Valley. I was out of the scene by then. Oddly I don’t remember Rebeccas or Harringtons closing down.(ed- Can anyone assist?)
Charlie Browns wine bar was also popular, it was downstairs just around the corner of Albert Street in QUEEN Street. Think there is a phone shop or ANZ bank there now. Suspect that the downstairs part of JB Hi Fi formed part of it. Afrika in Elizabeth Street became popular, I think it may have preceded Rebeccas but I’m not sure, my first husband worked there and on the back of the entry card he has written me a note from when he lived at Annerley. Thats why I think it was early days. The guys (Gerry Harrington and Les Zeilin) had leased the site that became the Atcherley. Awful place, what were they thinking, I remember going there with them to see if it could become the next hot spot. They went ahead and I recall being there on the opening night but can’t recall ever going back. After Whispers in the Valley, much later, probably 1983/84 was The Brisbane Underground in Caxton Street. That place was my last experience of clubs. Anyway, enjoy the cards…Boogie Wonderland just started playing in my head.
Thanks Noelene for your stories and your cards. If you have something you’d like to contribute, let me know.
Recently I received a message from Leigh who is doing a Masters in Creative Writing. She is writing a personal memoir bringing to life the 80′s nightclub scene of her late teens/early twenties to life. She is very keen to find out if this is fact or fiction. Or in other words if this is fact or did she have a few too many beers and imagined it! So Clubbed Out readers can you help?
Did Robert Smith (lead singer of The Cure) visit The Tube Club (Lands Office Hotel) after his 1984 concert at Festival Hall, Brisbane???
If anyone can remember please let us know. Leigh believes he turned up pretty late. If anyone has any recollections of this happening please let us know.
Stay tuned as the club list will be updated soon. Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions. If you could please include years that you recall clubs going for an even an actual address this can help in compiling the list.
For those of you who liked punk bands and that great bar White Chairs, a special reunion day is just around the corner. “White chairs” for those of you who don’t know was located at the back of the Carlton Hotel in Elizabeth Street. It used to be the Carlton Hotel’s Public Bar. This building was one of the many great buildings we lost to the truly awful Myer Centre. In the late 70′s through to the early 80′s White Chairs was a meeting spot for many a Brisbane punk before heading out to live gigs. The beer was cheap and the bar was pretty packed with leather, mohawks, coloured hair, studs and chains.
Return to White Chairs is a reunion featuring a smorgasbord of original bands from Brisbane’s most anarchist musical period. This is going to be a great event with an amazing line up. This is what is in store for you…
Lemmings 2 -2.30pm
Skeletones 2.50 -3.20pm
The Pits 3.40 -4.10pm
Pork 4.30 -5.00pm
No V Bleet 5.20 -5.50pm
Xero 6.10 -6.40pm
Lovecraft 7.00 -7.30pm
Black Assassins 7.50 -8.20pm
Leftovers 8.40 – 9.10
New Improved Testament 9.30 – 10pm
Screenings will be upstairs above the band area, in a chill out zone and there are over 800 pics and 21 videos to feast your eyes on while resting your ears. The bistro bar will be playing all the hits from back in the day as well.
www.facebook.com/returntowhitechairs Have a look here for info, music clips and pics
It’s bound to be a biggy!!!!
Sunday 30 September at the Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah. Doors open 10am.
Hi to you all. I know it’s been a while between drinks or posts but I hope to keep you up to date about what you are sending me. In the coming weeks the club list will be updated and we will post more pics. Special thanks to Kyle for this one… Rogues International, now there’s a club! You can’t get anymore international than Underwood and Rogues set its sights on being the classiest club you could get in the ‘wood. Before Rogues however the club that existed was Caesars Palace. They had a great jingle “Caesars Palace, the ROCK HEART UNDERWOOD!!” The last three words were meant to be shouted as that’s what this place was all about. Rogues continued the tradition especially with their amateur strip night for both ladies and gentlemen. Now there’s a way to meet the locals. When Kyle sent me through this pic I was a little sad that yet again another clubbing institution has said bye bye. Although if any of you are keen there is a business opportunity awaiting for you!
Please let me know your memories from this great venue.
By the way Kyle has informed me that there was a Caesars Palace in Ipswich that hosted an amateur strip night as well. Does anyone know about this? If so were the two venues run by the same people? We’d love to know.
Thanks to everyone who came along to the Brisbane Square Library for the talk and also those of you who have seen the Clubbed Out display. If you haven’t been in to the library yet, you still have time as the display has been extended until the end of December. There is also a selection of radio 4zzz memorabilia so it’s well worth a gander. Details are below in Show and Tell.
Clubbed Out currently has on display a selection of memorabilia kindly on loan from many of you. There are two cabinets located on level two, at the Local History Gallery at Brisbane Square Library. The items will be on display for the month of November. Special thanks to Tim, Julie, Louis, Terry, Olga and Robert. There is also a display of 4ZZZ memorabilia so it’s definitely worth a visit.
I’ll be hosting a talk on Saturday 26th November at the Brisbane Square Library as well. It would be great to see you and I would love to hear your stories as well. Admission is free.
Clubbed Out Display - Until 30 November 2011 2nd Level Brisbane Square Library, 266 George St, City
Clubbed Out Talk – Saturday 26 November, 10.30am Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, City