At the ’80s nightclub…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s piece of classical music is Ravel’s Bolero, also known as ‘the repetitive interminable bloody racket’.
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EPSON scanner imageHere’s another picture, a scanned 35mm negative, from my days of old-style film and darkroom photography. This one is definitely from the 1980s.
It was taken in low light (note the shallow depth of field) in the old Silhouette Club here in Dulltown.
The Silhouette was marvellous. It was a scruffy run-down sort of place, with a sweaty disco in the basement, a beer-sticky carpet, plenty of flock wallpaper, two bars, a jukebox, and a hatch in the wall where you could buy ‘chip butties’ if you became peckish after dancing, or flouncing about, or playing pool, or just lolling around watching late night stuff on the TV.
It was a great place!… It attracted all the ‘outcasts’ of Dulltown; the gay people, the goths, the punks, the ne’er do wells, the ‘new romantics’, the musicians, the transvestites, the artists, the actors… You get the idea…
The picture shows a section of the audience at one of their occasional spectacular drag contest nights – this one might have been ‘Miss Winter Wonderland 198?’, or was it perhaps in the summer?  ‘Miss Beach Bag 198?’… Ah, happy days!…

(By the way, I don’t know any of these people in the photograph – I hope they don’t mind being seen here all these years on…)

(Chip Butty)

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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