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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Snort

Christchurch hard-rock all-girl group with a line-up that changed quite a bit over time. Members have included: Reta Le Quesne (Bass/Vocals), Joanne Billesdon (Lead Guitar), Sharon Billesdon (Bass, then Drums), Lisa Preston (Drums, then Keyboards), Fluer de Lis (Rhythm Guitar/Vocals), Nina Kaye (Guitar, then Bass), Carla Rotta (Drums). They recorded 2 singles which were made in Belgium with Demolition Derby.

Snort are influenced by heavy metal and 60’s garage mainly which results in a crossover of the two creating a heavy trash amalgam. the material snort write about range from love songs to songs about psychotics running over Elvis impersonators, songs about the devil, fast cars and of course how to scare men.
– Fleur De Lis

After playing a vast amount of shows through-out the early 90s (including winning a Battle of the Bands competition), and recording material at Nightshift Studios (some of which appeared on Peter Mitchell’s Flat City compilations), De Lis left to become a mother again, with Carla Rotta joining on drums, Preston shifting to keyboards for a while, and Nina-Kaye joining on guitar. Fleur later surfaced with her band the Dialtones, whilst Lisa, Joanne and Sharon later appeared (with Rustle Covini) as the Lo-Liners, Rita Le Quesne has surfaced in a number of groups including the Axle Grinders.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Cave of Love 7″ single [Demolition Derby]
  • Hell Have No Fury Ep [1995 Kato]
  • ‘Hey Creep’/’Cos I’m Evil’ Lathe-Cut 7″ [Spinning Clock]

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Space Dust

Biography

A Christchurch institution of absent idols (only John Christoffels still resides in the garden city from the classic line-up), dating back to 1993 but seldom surfacing more than a single gig every couple of years. The group was original formed by Duane Zarakov, Mick Elborado and Brother Love – with Zarakov’s sister Violet up-front in her first band, and Christoffels on bass.

Beatle! – Originally intended as their debut release

A series of guitarists and organists came and went over a productive period during the mid 1990’s, with the group recording 3 albums and cutting a number of releases on vinyl for both American (18 Wheeler, Carburetor) and New Zealand (Kato, Homebacon, Stink Magnetic) labels.

The debut ‘Beatle!’ got stuck unreleased for a period as the label behind the release (18 Wheeler) went on an unexpected hiatus.

 

US Pressing of Debut Single

The group managed to tour the United States with a make-shift line-up comprising the core trio of Violet Faigan, Duane Zarakov and Brother Love, with Doug Pearson and John Allen joining the line-up – without Violet they became the Brother Love band.

The group enjoyed some visibility with their songs included on the New Zealand feature film ‘Snakeskin’, which coincided with the release of their 1999 CD ‘No Kissing In Public’. The single ‘Too Much Action’ was given a video and his probably their most well-known song. The album was reissued by Powertool Records in 2014.

Violet Faigan moved to Auckland, so for a period the group was comprised of Faigan, Zarakov and the Constant Pain duo of Roddy Pain and Cameron Bain, though further line-up changes continued up their too (Sean O’Reilly on bass and occasionally Brother Love would venture North from his new home of Wellington to complete the line-up).

Members

  • Pat Faigan / Duane Zarakov (Drums)
  • Violet Faigan (Vocals)
  • Mick Elborado (Guitar / Organ)
  • Marty Henderson / Brother Love (Guitar)
  • John Christoffels (Bass)
  • Matt Alien / Matt Johnstone (Guitar)
  • Matt Middleton (Clarinet)
  • Anabel Alpers (Organ)
  • Doug Pearson (Synthesizer / Violin)
  • John Allen (Bass)
  • Lisa Preston (Organ)
  • Bill Fosby (Guitar)
  • John Segovia (Guitar)
  • Rob Haarkman / Rock Hardman (Keyboards)
  • Cameron Bain (Guitar)
  • Roddy Pain (Guitar)
  • Sean O’Reilly (Bass)
  • Simon Cumings (Electronics)
  • Chris Heazlewood (Guitar)
  • Rich Mixture (Drums)

Discography

  • ‘Cool Car’ 7″ Single [1994, Homebacon / 18 Wheeler, EWR-008]
  • Beatle! [1995, 18 Wheeler, EWR014]
  • First To The Future [1995, Carburetor Records]
  • No Kissing In Public [1999, Homebacon Music]
  • Live 93 Cassette [Stink Magnetic, MAG24]

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Space Luxor

A one-off tape release (and a compilation contribution) on Hamish Noonan’s High Tension House label, Space Luxor was the result of Spacedust‘s Duane Zarakov and Lisa Preston (Snort, Lo-Liners) recording with Luxor Dance Ensemble Members Noonan and Richard Neave (CM Ensemble etc).

Sounds suspiciously like the ultra-rare Saturn LP of Sun Ra covering Metal Machine Music.
Hamish Noonan

Discography (picks in bold)

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