Goodbye Blue Monday

Also Known As: Ya-Ya House of Excellent Teas

Location: 138 Lichfield Street, Poplar Lanes, Central Christchurch

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Current Status: Demolished

Active as a live music venue: 2006 – 2011

Bar Manager: Johnny Moore (2008 – 2011)

Capacity: 100

Ya-Ya was a popular, mellow place to hang-out. Though it only ran for a couple years in Poplar lanes, it managed to house at least one Craftwerk – a super-fun regular event show-casing live bands along with hand-made crafts, along with live shows by the Ragamuffin Children and Black Market Art‘s most excellent album release party. However the spot didn’t really hit its stride as a venue until Johnny Moore took over and relaunched it as Goodbye Blue Monday (or GBM for short).

How to describe Goodbye Blue Monday?

It was a super-fun place to hang out in Central Christchurch, a very informal bar with excellent outdoor lounging couches, well-priced drinks, friendly bar staff and well selected live performers.

Dylan DJing at GBM

And it was named after a Kurt Vonnegut novel. Oh and there was artwork done by local legend Tony Delatour.

Shows at GBM were mostly free and attracted huge, bustling crowds that hung around well in to the night – quite often as an after-party venue. On both occasions that the Buzzcocks played the nearby Bedford, it was GBM where Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle and a great chunk of their audience found themselves after the show.

Eamonn and the GBM Bar

The bar was divided in to two parts – the inside venue had hard wood floors, a bar that stretched the length of the room and a small corner stage propped up against the windows which allowed those seated in the casual outdoor area (which was under cover and well sheltered, with gas heaters and ample room) a good view of what was going on inside. On occasion DJ’s would spin records for the outdoor crowd, however inside was firmly reserved for dancing!

The Klap play to a packed crowd at GBM

A favorite hang-out for a fairly youthful crowd prior to the devastating February 2011 earthquake. It was a great relief when bar manager Johnny Moore opened his post-Earthquake venue, Smash Palace – capturing a great deal of the spirit of the original.

Of course a venue can’t be as fun and as popular as GBM and not attract a bit of the wrong crowd too. Over the 3 year run there definitely seemed to be an increase in jock types frequenting, however it never got confrontational – GBM had excellent door staff who ran a pretty tight ship.

History

  • 2006: Poplar Lanes is redeveloped with several bars and restaurants opening, including Ya-Ya House of Excellent Teas at 138 Lichfield Street.
  • 2008: Ya-Ya closes and is taken over by Johnny Moore – re-launched as Goodbye Blue Monday
  • 2011: Heavily damaged in 2011 Earthquakes, eventually demolished.

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She’ll Be Right Records

Jody Lloyd started producing his own material as Trillion in 1997, and formed She’ll Be Right records the following year. She’ll Be Right proudly bill themselves as “New Zealand’s only dedicated natural accent focused recording label”, and have a recording roster that includes Billy Wilson, Duff, Lindon Puffin, Jeremy Taylor, St Lucy, Bazuki Joe, Ragamuffin Children, Mustard, Delaney Davison, Tono, John White, Phil Johns, Andy Gibson and Lloyd’s own outfits Dark Tower, Trillion and The Trillion Band. The label is also responsible for publishing the Christchurch-based Catalyst Poetry books (under the Neoismist Press inprint), which have been in print since 2003.

Lloyd is an excellent producer and has created a huge catalogue of collaborations, compilation albums, remixes and other releases. His website (trillion.co.nz) is a terrific archive of all things related to Trillion and the She’ll Be Right label.

Compilation Discography
Picks In Bold

  • Shadows on a Flat Land [1998]
  • Fresh Jams [2002]
  • Catalyst Poetry Series 1 [2005 w/ Neoismist Press]
  • Audio Agriculture in the 21st Century [Trillion Remix Album 2007]
  • Catalyst Poetry Series 7 [2008 w/ Neoismist Press]
  • Catalyst Poetry Series 9 [2011 w/ Neoismist Press]

Websites

  • Trillion.co.nz [Official Website]
  • BandCamp
  • YouTube
  • Facebook

    Contact Details

  • Trillion

    The most prolific recording alias of Dark Tower member Jody Lloyd, who has been releasing material under the alias since the excellent Shadows on a Flat Land album in 1998. In 2003, Jody started performing his solo material (and even the odd Dark Tower hit) with a newly formed 5-piece band, dubbed the Trillion Band.

    Lloyd had previously formed Dark Tower in Christchurch way back in 1993. Originally a 2-piece rap-crew (alongside fellow vocalist Eli Foley), the duo had considereable success with their Genuine Kiwi Accent Hip-Hop and heavy Kiwiana themes in their original material.

    Lloyd started producing his own material as Trillion in 1997, and formed She’ll Be Right records the following year. She’ll Be Right proudly bill themselves as “New Zealand’s only dedicated natural accent focused recording label”, and have a recording roster that includes Billy Wilson, Duff, Lindon Puffin, Jeremy Taylor, St Lucy, Bazuki Joe, Ragamuffin Children, Mustard, Delaney Davison, Tono, John White, Phil Johns, Andy Gibson and Lloyd’s own outfits Dark Tower, Trillion and The Trillion Band. The label is also responsible for publishing the Christchurch-based Catalyst Poetry books (under the Neoismist Press inprint), which have been in print since 2003.

    After relocating to Melbourne in 2009, Lloyd (who had performed several times in Melbourne with The Trillion Band) joined local group Pataphysics, but continued producing Trillion albums and music videos.

    Musically Lloyd mixes roots music (Country, Folk, Bluegrass) with Hip-Hop and Electronic downbeat elements. After establishing himself with a strong Kiwiana vibe on early releases, his lyrics and topics have become more and more political – even releasing a handful of topical music videos that show his strong political ideas. Lloyd is an excellent producer and has created a huge catalogue of collaborations, compilation albums, remixes and other releases. His website (trillion.co.nz) is a terrific archive of all things related to Trillion and the She’ll Be Right label.

    Discography (picks in bold)

    • Shadows on a Flat Land [1998 She’ll Be Right]
    • Trillion Presents: FRESH Jams [2002 She’ll Be Right]
    • At A Lucid End [2003 She’ll Be Right]
    • This World And The Sadvipra Diversion [June 2004 She’ll Be Right]
    • The Gray Between Shadow and Shade [Sept 2005 She’ll Be Right]
    • Rusty Springs EP (As Trillion and the Incredible Braking Wheel) [2007 She’ll Be Right]
    • Audio Agriculture in the 21st Century (Remix Album) [2008 She’ll Be Right]
    • SILENTinvisible [2008 She’ll Be Right]
    • Loops of Love [2009 She’ll Be Right]
    • Everything Is Under Control [May 2010 She’ll Be Right]
    • Starve the System EP [Dec 2010 She’ll Be Right]
    • Sky Is Falling Park 1 (Instrumental) [Jan 2011 She’ll Be Right]
    • Sky Is Falling Park 2 (Instrumental) [June 2011 She’ll Be Right]
    • Sly Circus and the Grotty Plot EP [July 2011 She’ll Be Right]
    • Sky Is Falling Park 3 (Instrumental) [Dec 2011 She’ll Be Right]
    • 2012 Get A Job [with Lewka March 2012 She’ll Be Right]

    See-Also

    O’Lovely

    Biography

    O’Lovely began as a duo (originally named The O’Lovelys) consisting of Laura Lee Watson (Synth/Vox – also of Pop Hits City) and Brooke Singer (Keys – formerly of the Ragamuffin Children and now French for Rabbits). In 2007 the pair were joined by Matt Scobie (Drums – formerly of Black Market Art and now T54 etc) and Joe Sampson (guitar – formerly of Charlie Bones, now front T54).

    Sampson left the group to be replaced by Lee Devinish, but with the groups impending tour of Europe in mid-2008 (where they would be performing as a 3-piece), the line-up was then reverted back to Sampson on guitar for their final few shows. The group were the focus of a lot of attention in late 2007 and 2008, and eventually released their debut self-titled album with distribution through Global Routes.

    Around this time the group fractured, with Singer leaving to pursue different avenues, and Watson establishing more authority, quickly building a new line-up. At the same time Watson had been playing in Pop Hits City with Ross Heath (formerly of Bang! Bang! Eche!), Will MacFarlane, Chris Andrews (Bass – Palace of Wisdom) and Tim Woods (Drums). The new O’Lovelys took the rhythm section of Woods and Andrews, and added Perry Mahoney (also a former Bang! Bang! Eche! member) on guitar.

    This line-up recorded the ‘Lost Love’ EP with Dale Cotton in Dunedin – songs that eventually made their way onto the groups 2nd album ‘Constellation’. However by the release of the album the group had relocated to Auckland, had cycled through a small handful of supplementary bassists and had been renamed ‘O’Lovely’.

    Members

    • Laura-Lee Watson (Vocals/Keyboards, 2006 -)
    • Brooke Singer (Keyboards, 2006 – 2008?)
    • Matt Scobie (Drums, 2007 – 2008)
    • Joe Sampson (Guitar, 2007 – 2008)
    • Lee Devenish (Guitar, 2008)
    • Chris Andrews (Bass, 2009)
    • Tim Woods (Drums, 2009 – )
    • Perry Mahoney (Guitar, 2009 – 2011?)

    Discography

    • The O’Lovelys [2008 Self-Released]
    • Lost Love [2009 Self-Released]
    • Constellation [2011 Self-Released]

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