Stuart Swift

Rock City in the 80's

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Ah, Rock City! Duran Duran played there, the night of their Top Of The Pops debut. Also saw The Cramps, Bauhaus, Classix Nouveaux and Shock, Spear of Destiny, Toyah, loads of other stuff. Alternative night at the weekends and the occasional mid-week student night? Yep. Funnily enough I made a 80s Rock City playlist for my iPod recently - driving along to The Cult's 'Spiritwalker' at full volume, anyone? Classic!

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Ayup again Sioux, I was at a Toyah gig there once , were you at the one where she got a bit rude with the microphone !!????

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Does anyone remember Des & Karl, Des was your stereotypical hippy, long black hair, big beard. Karl had long ginger hair and glasses.

Both were purveyors of the kind of things which made rock night more memorable.

used to sit in the corner in the small downstairs area, when they walked in the DJ would play Steppenwolfs The Pusher.

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I was also a Saturday night regular, loved the place. I'm sure I remember Stuart wearing plastic baby heads in his hair !! Always admired your look Stuart !!

I think the first concert I saw there was Blancmange, after that many more weird and wonderful bands. I still go regularly to concerts here where I live but they just don't seem to be the same maybe it's my age. I do remember having some really great nights out at Rock City and meeting great like-minded people.

Cheerz

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I went to a few gigs in the very early days of Rock City. My memory tells me it was the first week or two when I saw The Kinks there but I'm probably wrong about that

I've saved some crap i have a old flyer from when it opened looks like this.

iron maiden / human league / lambrettas / climax blues band where supposed to be on the 1st week but where all cancelled due to the electrics taking longer than anticipated .

December 1980

11th the undertones + orange juice

12th shakin stevens

14th echo & the bunnymen + the sound

18th steve harley

19th the kinks + the gas

20th X.T.C + modern rain

22nd q tips

23rd hinkleys heroes

24th gary glitter + the shod

31st otway & barratt

And to make you feel young Weimieguy blancmange played on December 14th 1982 (i went to that)

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Can't remember exactly, but in 1980 or 81 I was there to see the legendary Kraftwerk gig.

After that tour, they hardly did anything for the next 20 years. And that classic lineup split soon after

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Oh god...the memories! Duran Duran, Bauhaus, Haircut 100, Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Soft Cell..Human League..can we please rewind....lol!

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Welcome to Nottstalgia

Rewind you say?

Perhaps not as far back as that but...

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brilliant venue, during the 80s it was great on a saturday for hip hop. to see the guys/girls breakin was amazing.

there was a few months back a reunion, some videos are on youtube if you search ng83..

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Yep, good owd Rock Citeh! Can remember going to see Blancmange there in the early Eighties......can't remember owt after passing out in the crowd. Must have been the skin full of ale I had!!!

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Anyone remember they had a Northern Soul night on a Saturday @ Rock City, northern soul upstairs and Futurist music in the downstairs bar, I used to go the "Alternative" there on the Saturday nights..where my love of all things Nick Cave was born... after listening to The Birthday Party's Sonny's Burning being played there, been to a fair few gigs as well, worst being Killing Joke (still love Change and Requiem though) through to The Pixes and laterly The Specials and Grinderman.

Curly

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I can remember seeing China Crisis there with Howard Jones as support.........the crowd were shouting Howard's name throughout China Crisis' set, talk about dying a death!!!!

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That carpet was legendary................ :)

I wonder if they still have a sticky floor?

Went to see Blur in 1997 @ Rock City the floor was that sticky it took me 4 days to walk home.

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Rory Gallagher Defender tour, 1985 I think. Awesome, unbelievable, brilliant.

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The filming & the sounds not very good, shut your eyes you could be @ Rock City alternative night in the 80s.

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I loved Rock City in the late 80s. Esp. Saturday nights. I've not kept in touch with anyone who I used to go there with :(

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Kraftwerk in the early 80's...I was blown away!!

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Saw many top acts here,as I became older I stayed sober..to truly enjoy witnessing some top acts

Flock of Seagulls were on fire,Neil Arthur threatened to go home,some lady threw her drawers at Rory Gallagher, The Christians played to a quiet house,The The gave an Uncertain Smile!!

The Ramones took me back to Wilford Lane '77.

China Crisis presented a gig to posh punks.

The Fascist Groove Thang Versus New Wave hate all worked splendidly under the gob dripping roof.

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