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THE CHARLATANS “This One Is Always On My Mind” (Live) The Buzz Club at The West End Centre, Aldershot 13th January 1990

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A quick clip from Rineke Dijkstra’s video work, The Buzz Club

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November 17th 1985

From 1985 until 1993 Jo Bartlett and Danny Hagan put bands on in Surrey and Hampshire (and once in London) as The Buzz Club. This poster is from the first ever one - That Petrol Emotion and The Mighty Lemon Drops at The Agincourt in Camberley, Surrey November 1985.

Jo and Danny were in Go! Service and Bluetrain who released 12"s on Dan Treacy’s (of The TV Personalities) Dreamworld label. Often playing gigs at Dan’s Room At The Top club, above The Enterprise pub in Chalk Farm, London. These gigs proved to be an inspiration to start The Buzz Club. The first one featured label mates The Mighty Lemon Drops and Geoff Travis from Rough Trade was in the audience to see them. That Petrol Emotion headlined the show, Go! Service had supported them a few months before at The Room At The Top.

The Melvins and Le Butcherettes Make Noise at Paradise Rock Club

The Melvins and Le Butcherettes Make Noise at Paradise Rock Club

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Vice!

Leo’s cousin, O is a David Sharpiro kinda hipster, not so much in the way they dress, but in the way they ACT! Works at Vice, rides his bike, got his music and his weed, up to date on pop culture, super chill guy. I like him!
Tells us he got us in for drinks with Vice, magazine launch, free drinks. So Leo and I get some beers in us and head down, I have visions of a few guys in suits, sat around a table of tart, bleach like white wine in plastic cups. What we actually get is a bar with more buzz than most clubs I’ve been to, free drinks over the bar, beer, wine or spirits (all of them?). We chat, we mingle, meet some cool people and some people who THINK they’re cool, even some people who are cool but don’t think it.
The guys get outta there as the free booze ends and head towards the Vice offices, a 1am tour is always appreciated, even a few beers on the side. Warm. Will totally digs the place, Apple Macs everywhere, big open spaces, funny notes on the wall and cool designs. The gang, 4 of them now, O’s gf is there too, have to leave, maybe over stayed their welcome, getting a bit too rowdy.
New bar, another cool joint, taco van in the back, an idea we could benefit from in all aspects of life. Leo’s other cousin meets them at this bar, Lou and brings a friend and his girlfriend, Will has no time to meet the gf as he ends up in huge political debate, mainly on the U.S. vs the UK but also on general life principles, up to this point I’d call will totally apolitical, I don’t think he’s signed a petition or cast a vote in his life, but scrapping facts from his long forgotten degree in economics and nuggets from the election last year he puts up a pretty good fight, possibly winning on some points. In general though, never argue with a lawyer.

Gotta work for Vice.

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Mega City Four were a local band, hailing from Farnborough, just down the road from The West End Centre, where we ran The Buzz Club. Brothers Danny and Wiz had originally been in a band called Capricorn, who I’m fairly sure we also put on.

Mega City Four were formed in 1987 and when Steve Lamacq started championing them in the‘N.M.E’ and John Peel started playing ‘Miles Apart’ on Radio 1, we knew we had an exciting local band at last!

They played The Buzz Club when their debut album ‘Tranzophobia‘ was released. Support that night came from another band very much from the same scene, The Senseless Things.

Mega City Four went on to release seven albums before splitting up in early 1996.

I bumped into Wiz at the Reading Festival in the late ’90s and he told me his favourite tee shirt was his Buzz Club one. He said he’d been offered money for it in Canada and refused to sell it!

It was incredibly sad and shocking to hear that Wiz collapsed in a rehearsal for his band Ipanema and died the next day in December 2006.

This is from their appearance on The Word in 1992, performing ‘Stop’

General Update

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here. I’m sorry about that.

My homebrew has been coming along. Last month, I entered 3 beers into the annual BUZZ Homebrew Club BUZZ Off competition. None of them won, but I got some valuable feedback from the judges. It was also good to know that the one I liked the best, did the best.

I have been updating my iOS app Showers. In my most recent update, Showers is now free. So go get it.

I’ve also released a brand new app called Beer Styles. That’s a free app with beer style guidelines. The first guidelines that are included are the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. More on this in a later post.

I’m also slowly working on an update for MyCntdwn. The current plan is to have this support iOS 9 when that is released later this year. I’ve been making good progress, but I still have a lot that I want to do.

This was just a brief update. I plan on posting more about each of these shortly. Hopefully.

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I’ve been sitting on this absolute gem for a few months now, waiting until I was ready to blog about the Manics gig. This is not just the only visual footage of any of the Buzz Club nights, far more importantly it is of The Manic Street Preachers legendary Aldershot appearance.

This film has been in an attic for twenty years and has only recently been unearthed. You can’t hear James Dean Bradfield’s vocals at the start as Ben (the camera man) is standing to the side of the stage. However this is where Richey is playing and so it makes it all the more wonderful. Ben moves to the front of the stage at 4:45, and the rest of the clip has great sound. Watch for the fight in the crowd at 6:52 and how the band deal with it. Many thanks to Ben Startup from the band Phobia who supported that night and who luckily enough had a video camera back in 1991! Many thanks also to Pete Cole, Buzz Club regular who has helped unearth this wonderful artefact.

So I’m in this club kinda buzzed and this song comes on with the lyrics like “you don’t love me you just want my money” or some shit and I’m just like “YASSS BITCH THIS SONG IS ABOUT ME THIS SONG IS FOR ME THIS SONG IS ME BITCH I DONT WANT YOUR LOVE I JUST WANT YOUR MONEY” to my best friend and he just looks at me like “u cray” and orders me another drink lmfao