Thanks for the response

So far the response to Clubbed Out has been great! Thanks to all of you who have commented and emailed to let us know what you have and your experiences. You can also go to our facebook page to join the forum as well. We have discovered some great clubs and remembered quite a few as well. It was a shame to go to 81 Elizabeth Street recently and discover that the longest running underground club in Brisbane (under various guises) is now an internet cafe. If only someone had the vision to bring back a DB’s or I’d even settle for a Knights or Hollywoods (ok, I’m a bit desperate there but who wasn’t when it came to going to Hollywoods!). In commencing all this research it’s amazing to discover what we have lost. I would love to see what Brisbane’s nightlife would look like now if the Myer Centre hadn’t happened and if we still had at least one old grand pub in Queen Street. Would everything be centered in an entertainment precinct? Hard to say but I think we should keep a watchful eye ¬†on 81 Elizabeth Street and pounce when it comes up for lease. Anyone got a few dollars to spare?

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5 Responses to Thanks for the response

  1. Mike Johnston says:

    In the late fifties, I together with Jack Gilmore performed at the La Boheme nightclub (at the North Quay) on Saturday nights as the Ding Dongs
    I played guitar and Jack vocals
    As an apprentice boilermaker, the pay for performing 3 R&R songs was 4 times my weekly wage (how good was that??)
    I asked the manager (can’t remember his name) why can’t we play more songs for that amount of money
    His answer was “Play any more and I’ll kick your arses out of the joint”
    So that was out unwritten contract

    • Pauline says:

      The Ding Dongs – now that made me laugh! As well as what the manager said to you! Was La Boheme where Brisbane Square is now? Do you have any pics of the Ding Dongs?

      • Mike Johnston says:

        Pauline
        Thanks for your words
        Yes. It was up stairs, the tramways had a office/lunch room on the ground floor
        And yes, I do have a photo

  2. Mike Johnston says:

    In the late fifties, I together with Jack Gilmore performed at the La Boheme nightclub (at the North Quay) on Saturday nights as the Ding Dongs
    I played guitar and Jack vocals
    As an apprentice boilermaker, the pay for performing 3 R&R songs was 4 times my weekly wage (how good was that??)
    I asked the manager (can’t remember his name) why can’t we play more songs for that amount of money
    His answer was “Play any more and I’ll kick your backsides out of the joint”
    So that was out unwritten contract

  3. Dawn Craig (nee Egan) says:

    Yes, I remember it well. La Boheme was a wonderful venue with so many great musos.
    I was a regular patron. Remember so many happy times. They were truly the good old days. Another venue was the Blue Moon and, of course, Storyville at the Kangaroo Point Hotel. Never forget the great times there with great musicians like Graeme Bell and Len Barnard to name just a couple.

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