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.

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Venue, Dee Why

A few classic names here.

Big Pig! Remember them? I've still got their cassette somewhere. "Bump"? The Radiators were a regular gig for us. So were Spy vs Spy. Not exactly sure when Ed Kuepper started doing solo gigs...this may be from a bit later, maybe early '90's. But Big Pig...

Oh, yeah. They've recently pulled the Dee Why Hotel down. It's a hole in the ground as we speak.


skids said...

A great time that was, with classic bands like these.....

Unknown said...


Awesome website; we're an up and coming Sydney band, been playing together for some years and finally getting our act together.

LOVED YOUR SITE: was trying to find inspiration and your site is a real treasure, thank you for putting in the effort to make this.

Check out our site,


I'm in the process now of designing the band's posters: any tips for us mate?

Cheers, and great site again.


Anonymous said...

Big Pig - BONK! I just found their cassete after all these years and promptly fried it in the car - BUGGER!

Mark said...

Thanks! Of course it was Bonk! Where the hell did I get "Bump" from??

Yeah, every now and then I try to play my old cassettes, but they haven't travelled well..You can replace all the old albums on CD for about 5 bucks each anyway.

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Anonymous said...

Dee Why Hotel 1983... mirrored suit.. they don't do it like that anymore do they!

Anonymous said...

Paul here...The Dee Why to me meant Spy V Spy, and Later, the SCREAMING JETS

The Venue was accesed from the Side street at the Dee why pub - it was one of those Places that had Bands playing but wanted the Dance party Dollar too ...If I'm right you had to wear a Collared shirt to get in which i always thought was stupid...

But I saw many a fine Screaming Jets show there, JUDGE MERCY was another good act (they recorded thier Live EP there - this would be 1991-92 -i remember the Mobile recording unit in the carpark right by the load out area.

But they got many Local acts and somne internationa l ones as well

CameronRobertson said...

Ah, I wish I had the opportunity to see some of these bands! I was a bit too young to head out to concerts when they played here. But it's really great that you kept the posters in storage all this while! It's a great piece of history to share.

Anonymous said...

saw many a band at the venue. Happy hate me nots, Rollins Band, TISM, Psychotic Turnbuckles, Public Image Limited, Celibate Rifles, Johnny Teen and the broken hearts. Did miss out on Faith No More there, but thems the breaks.