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Mentioned this place on the choons thread but any memories or photies of The Venue on Calton Road would be braw. I miss that place. Fecking architects studio last I saw.
 

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It was a great place to see bands.
The only unpleasant part was that sweat would condense on the low ceiling then pour onto your head.
I saw Lyle Lovett there. Later that year he played in the playhouse.
Amongst others I saw there were LCD Soundsystem, Jonathan Richman, Bruce Cockburn, Jellyfish, Martin Stephenson & The Daintees, Danny Wilson, That Petrol Emotion, Brendan Benson, The Selector, Roachford and lots of others
 

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It was a great place to see bands.
The only unpleasant part was that sweat would condense on the low ceiling then pour onto your head.
I saw Lyle Lovett there. Later that year he played in the playhouse.
Amongst others I saw there were LCD Soundsystem, Jonathan Richman, Bruce Cockburn, Jellyfish, Martin Stephenson & The Daintees, Danny Wilson, That Petrol Emotion, Brendan Benson, The Selector, Roachford and lots of others
Think we were there in different eras! Mine were soft metal on a Saturday night (Bedrock) and proper metal on Sunday nights (Moshpit). Highlight would be Mordred I reckon. For contemporaneous reference Red Stripe was £1.60 a can.
 

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Another 2 come to mind that i saw there.
Ian Hunter and The Rant Band who included Mick Ralph's on guitar
And a welsh band called Diesal Park West.

Like all great music venues it was tiny and you could be right up and personal with the performers.
The dressing rooms were a minging shithole. God only knows what the likes of Lyle Lovett and Bruce Cockburn made of them.
Lovett was about to be a country star, marry Juliet Roberts and as i said play in the nearby plush Playhouse on his next tour. Cockburn was music royalty in his native Canada.
 

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Think we were there in different eras! Mine were soft metal on a Saturday night (Bedrock) and proper metal on Sunday nights (Moshpit). Highlight would be Mordred I reckon. For contemporaneous reference Red Stripe was £1.60 a can.
What is soft metal?
Who are Mordred?
Sounds like hell!

I think LCD Soundsystem that I attended was one of the last gigs before it closed.
They used to get noise complaints and the owners probably got far more money selling it than they could make as a music venue.
From the music nights you speak of it had become more of club venue rather than a venue putting on bands so it was probably the beginning of the end.
 

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Mordred were apparently a San Franciscan thrash/funk metal band between 1989 and 1994.
 

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Mordred were apparently a San Franciscan thrash/funk metal band between 1989 and 1994.
Indeed they were and I what a night at the Venue that wis. They had to extend the stage to make space for the disco decks and the rest. What a night. Wee treat for you Jacko:
 

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From the music nights you speak of it had become more of club venue rather than a venue putting on bands so it was probably the beginning of the end.
Nah they were still all live acts. The scene was so good at that time though that they could split them between heavy stuff and softer rock
 

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Nah they were still all live acts. The scene was so good at that time though that they could split them between heavy stuff and softer rock
Biggest bams were on the Sundays. Glory days
 

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Indeed they were and I what a night at the Venue that wis. They had to extend the stage to make space for the disco decks and the rest. What a night. Wee treat for you Jacko:
That's good.
I listened to them doing a poor cover of a Rick James song "Super Freak" and an impersonation of Thin Lizzy on a track called "Smash Goes The Bottle". Copied the Scott Gorham guitar sound and the vocalist even sounded like he was trying to sing and phrase like Phil Lynott.
 

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That's good.
I listened to them doing a poor cover of a Rick James song "Super Freak" and an impersonation of Thin Lizzy on a track called "Smash Goes The Bottle". Copied the Scott Gorham guitar sound and the vocalist even sounded like he was trying to sing and phrase like Phil Lynott.
God knows where you found that guff. Here's another belter

 

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Saw some great bands at The Venue (Crazyhead, Half Man Half Biscuit, Dead 60s, Delays, Gaye Bikers On Acid, Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, Pop Will East Itself, Renegade Soundwave ... etc) and some pish (The Bible, The Kooks, LCD Sound System ...) and went to all sorts of clubs there from Misery to Pure to some Punk/New Wave nights. Loved the place. And it stank. And I always left soaking due to the sweat falling from the ceiling. I went to the art gallery / studio that opened after it closed down and couldnt believe it was the same place. It wasnt the end of the world when The Venue closed down as we had the Calton Studios...
 

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Saw many a band, first at the Jailhouse then as the Venue.Bands I would have seen included the Shamen, Ege Bam Yassi, Cop Shoot Cop, Annie Anxiety , The Iron Brotherhood, Swans and one which I was partly responsible for puting on a Love Music hate Racism event with Fundamental ,the only time I've ever had Ecstacy and I had a great time.
I also went to Pure maybe about 3 times (bit boring on alcohol if I'm being honest) and Chocolate City which was much better.To be honest I was getting a bit too old for all these girnning arseholes,and so moved on to just going to the pub with the odd gig thrown in.
 

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Saw many a band, first at the Jailhouse then as the Venue.Bands I would have seen included the Shamen, Ege Bam Yassi, Cop Shoot Cop, Annie Anxiety , The Iron Brotherhood, Swans and one which I was partly responsible for puting on a Love Music hate Racism event with Fundamental ,the only time I've ever had Ecstacy and I had a great time.
I also went to Pure maybe about 3 times (bit boring on alcohol if I'm being honest) and Chocolate City which was much better.To be honest I was getting a bit too old for all these girnning arseholes,and so moved on to just going to the pub with the odd gig thrown in.

I forgot about Swans, I saw them there when they covered Love Will Tear Us Apart as a single, I was working in Virgin so it must have been around 88
 

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Loudest band I think I ever heard.I had a buzzing in my ears for about a week after that one.
 

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Watched loads of bands and went to a good few clubs mid to late 80s at the Venue. Stand out gig was The Godfathers, pay at the door, god knows how many people were in there. Place was heaving and the band brought the house down. They played Anarchy in the UK as their encore, chaos ensued. One of the many gigs that I've attended that I'm glad to be over 6 foot tall!
The Ingleby Gallery that was set up after the venue closed was excellent, some fantastic exhibits. The poster high up on the side wall is from the last exhibition that was held there before it closed.
 
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