We appreciate your appreciation! The Gladstone

Saturday night at the DB Gladstone – ah, those were the days. The dingy old pub with cracked stucco walls, peeling paint and the stench of beer seeping from its pores slouched next to its corporate neighbours on the corner of Peterborough and Durham Streets and sneered at their clean concrete exteriors. In the ’80s, the Gladstone was the venue for great gigs. I remember seeing legendary Kiwi bands such as The Wastrels, the Dance Exponents and Pop Mechanix there and The Gordons in all their edgy glory.

It was the place to go. Saturday nights, I’d put down my Victorian poetry texts, backcomb my black and purple hair, squeeze into my drainpipe jeans, strap on my winkle pickers and head to the Gladstone to scowl with friends in dark corners.

Many of us did our courting there, pogo-ing into the night as the bass thudded on and the singers’ voices became husky with the clouds of cigarette smoke that engulfed us all.

I hope with the rebuild that there will still be room in Christchurch for a bit of grunge. We need a few haunts in which we can lurk and not feel obliged to be perky and bright and have our teeth whitened to fit in with the crowd.

Keeps it real somehow.

6 thoughts on “We appreciate your appreciation! The Gladstone

  1. keith 15 September 2013 / 11:56 am

    yes remember the gladstone well fatsally run it for about 14 months,it was packed out thurs friday and sat nights,radio with pics filmed us there,dark dingy and full of life,the character that was the gladstone,when we first got there the place was deep in the red,like brian said it would have closed then in 87 fatsally got it back into the black,we paid for all our advertising,and hired all our gear from mike lewis,he was holden sound,but like rob says those were the days when public supported all,good on you rob

    • Mike 8 October 2013 / 7:15 pm

      Hey Keith When you guys going to do another reunion? The night at Als bar was fantastic, Sat arvo at McKenzies- Thurs/Fri/ Sat at Blenheim Rd and then Thurs/Fri/Sat at The Gladstone! those were the days..Mike

  2. Craig davison 15 September 2013 / 11:29 pm

    Not forgetting Drowning is Easy, 1981-82.

  3. David Small 16 September 2013 / 10:16 pm

    Toy Love, Bailter Space, the Newtones, the Mockers, that ska band from Wellington. Fred Kramer behind the mixing desk. The siren they put on the clear the place – at 11pm!!

  4. Mike 8 October 2013 / 7:17 pm

    The Gordons 2 nights in a row ! I remember going over to Petes Burger Bar and it was even deafening there!!

  5. Joe 14 December 2013 / 9:53 pm

    I remember the old formica tables with the water filled ashtray in the middle. I played there a couple of times. The band room at the back of the stage saw plenty of “activity” in mind altering substances….

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