Quadrophenia

Also known as: Daegar Bar, Bar Particular

Location: 651 Colombo Street, Central Christchurch

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Current Status: Demolished post-earthquake, now part of Ballantynes

Active as a live music venue: 1993 – 1996?

Bar Manager: The Yee Family

All-Ages: No

Central city bar that had live shows from local bands such as Future StupidLoves Ugly Children, Range, Hawaii Five-O, Creeley, Ape Management, Brother Love, Space Dust, Snort, Squirm, Pumpkinhead and early Salmonella Dub, plus touring groups such as Superette, Nothing At All, and Wendy House.

Located upstairs on the corner of Lichfield and Colombo Streets (though the address is Colombo Street, the entrance was actually on Lichfield) and ran by the Yee family for a few years in the mid 90’s.

..Open around mid ’93. Owned by the Yee Family. Had bands and then even had happy hardcore/trance parties! Daega Bar was downstairs to the left of the main entrance. Got demoed and replaced with the Contemporary Lounge part of Ballantynes.

-Tim Baird (Pinacolada Records)

Posters from the era show that it was a very regular venue with shows 4 nights a week and close ties to both then-student radio station RDU and local skate and clothing outlet Cheap Skates.

Particularly notable are posters from Ape Management‘s Rock Hardman, showing a very dynamic comic style which would also feature on Ape Management (and other Homebacon groups) art work over the coming years, along with further posters at the likes of Warners and His Lordships.

History

1993?: Quadrophenia opens as a venue hosting bands up to 4 nights a week

1996?: Quadrophenia closes, replaced by Daegar Bar?

2011: Building is heavily damaged and eventually demolished after the Canterbury Earthquakes, replaced by what is now part of Ballantynes.

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Range

[profile thanks to blair parkes]
range began at a party in 1995 when hayden asked blair parkes to play some country type music. after playing an acoustic support slot as ‘space rangers’ the name was shortened to range and bert (also in creeley with blair at the time) was asked to join in on drums. late that year they recorded 12 songs at nightshift studios, largely paid for with money earnt installing garden sprinkler systems. three songs from these sessions, ‘nothing’, ‘you know she loves you’ and ‘stand’ were released the following year on the wrong records compilation, dollar mixture .
with bert now living in wellington, and with lots of time on their hands and a new four track, the focus shifted to recording. the best of these were semi­released as a cassette album, ahm#403; ‘city woman’ getting good airplay on student radio.
in april 97 hayden moved to northeast thailand for the next four years. recording continued via airmail until april 1998 when hayden returned to christchurch for a few weeks and ‘all the way to lunch’ was begun at the national grid with john kelcher [also ex-creeley]. recording continued via post until further sessions at national grid in march 1999. more recording followed at st andrews square, carlton mill, new brighton, khon kaen and london.
in january 2002 work began to compile and finish some of these tracks digitally. mixing has started on some 34 songs. some of these are a long way from country.
discography
picks in bold

  • ahm#403 cassette [1996?]
  • all the way to lunch [1999]