Wednesday, August 02, 2006

turn your back on a city…

…for 5 minutes and they close everything down. Sad days for bristol residents as I hear of the closing down of both Replay park street (just leaving a fopp on a street that used to be a great place to go - now just a tacky strip of identikit bars, cafés and chainstores - thanks Bristol City Council) and the Thekla. Not the greatest music venue in Bristol, but how often did you get to go and see gigs whilst technically being underwater? The beer may have been well overpriced, but I have a lot of happy memories from that funny little boat. My first time there - going to see the Numskullz play, me doing warm-up dj slots for Luke Vibert, Andy Votel, Herbert, playing a whole set of 94 era jungle after a venetian snares gig. Playing live sets there with the full rlf band or various combinations thereof to proper bristol audiences. Supporting the Bug that time, well maybe that’s another story. Being deafened by Melt banana. The farewell anna Big Ting extravaganza. Djing between bands when electrelane played there, watching the whole set from the lighting rig…
So here’s a bit of unreleased rlf action – we used to end the set with this brutal piece of bristol-inspired amen-break 2-step business. It lingered on in some early bass clef sets too, until I let it retire along with the other rlf tracks. It was time for a change. New music for a new leaf.

By the way, the title never referred to me, it was in tribute to the funny little man who often kept me awake during those long dark nights when I lived on Stokes Croft, blasting out the world service on his little ghetto blaster at 3am.
“this goes out to the bristol massive….”

  • rlf – the king of stokes croft


  • edit: link fixed!

    6 Comments:

    Blogger doppelganger said...

    Shame - I had my thirtieth and many other top nights down the Thekla...

    Sorry we didn't look after it better for ya feller.....

    10:31 pm  
    Blogger bass clef said...

    I'll let you off this once!
    Apparently it's actually been bought out and will reopen as some kind of rock / rawk venue.
    ho hum.

    3:59 pm  
    Blogger doppelganger said...

    hmmm...

    Why does it have to 'be' anything other than a good venue?

    11:14 pm  
    Blogger rickdog said...

    i can barely make out your gray lettering on the black background, your site is extremely difficult to read. (I have excellent eyes)

    11:13 pm  
    Blogger rickdog said...

    ps. the above comment is for firefox, the background is white in IE

    11:19 pm  
    Blogger themightypam said...

    Man! I didn't know about the thekla. that sucks the big one.

    3:20 pm  

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