Well hi.

For whatever reason, I've recently decided to upload scans of band gig posters from my early days in Sydney, when I used to regularly go out and see at least two or three bands a week. I'm talking 1979 - 1990 ish here. At that time, Sydney had a healthy, thriving pub band culture which f
ostered the careers of many of the top Aussie export bands of the last couple of decades. The Angels, The Radiators, Midnight Oil, INXS, (Le) Hoodoo Gurus, The Church, etc etc etc. Anyway, being a lifelong collector of strange and irrelevant things, I find myself with scraps of paper, flyers, set lists, coasters and more from many of the gigs I attended, so at least I have something to remember them by. Most of that era is a total blur in my memory, but I just know that I had a really good time, and my tinnitus and foggy brain was worth it all.

Now, I'm not claiming to be any kind of expert or authority on any of these bands, or the era in general, I'm just sharing what I remember, and a few bits and pieces that may bring back memories for some. Feel free to add your own recollections, tell me if I'm wrong, share stories of gigs you went to.

You can click on them and they get bigger.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Brownies - Paddington Green

How about Brownies?

The venue at the Paddington Green has had a few different names over the years.
Here's another early INXS gig, and another incorrect writing of their name. They must have got a bit of that before everyone in the whole world knew how to write it. Tuesday nights at the Paddington Green. Pat Drummond got around Sydney a bit, too. I used to see him a lot at the Rest Hotel in Milson's Point. Now THAT was a tragedy when they pulled that joint down. Another piece of Sydney's soul discarded without so much as a "by your leave". Greedy bloody developers. Ruined our town. Blaaah! Well at least the Paddington Green is still there...


SYDNEYmarianne said...

brownies, i remember!

the thought criminals too .

anyone else still got
one of their last
7 inches they
thrw out to the crowd at the end ??
mine has monkey boot and beer stains on the blue cover but still plays like a charm .

avanti said...

I remember seeing a great band there called 'Wild Life Documentaries' It was mid week gig with only a handful of punters present. A memorable night for me because I got to have a chat with Mark E Smith from theThe Fall who was there by himself. The band was touring and I had seen them the previous weekend at the Trade Union Club. Man, this blog is really unearthing some early '80s memories for me!

Mark B said...

Many many memories for me too. I played guitar & sang in three piece Bon Bon Alaska through 81&82 at a lot of these venues. Great time in my life. ABC radio national have excellent doco on this period 08/01/12 check it out.