Saturday, 11 April 2009

SAMANTHAS - SOUTH TAY STREET - MID 70'S

Samanthas was the disco the old Palais turned into around 1976/77.
Its main entrance was in South Tay Street, but you could also get to it via a pub connected at the back of Samanthas called, The Stage Door Bar, which was in the Marketgait.
One of the DJ's there was Sandy Martin.
It also put on bands occasionally, then from October '78 they presented bands on a weekly basis, but because Samanthas was quite short-lived, it never really became an established live music venue.
The end came in early '79, when it was remodelled into another disco called Bloomers.
Photo by Nicoll Russell Studios.

11 comments:

  1. Jeez, that decor, totally Clockwork Orange, all we need is Alex and his Droogs sitting in a corner... Infact, from memory, I think there were some Droogs from the Hilltown who used to frequent the place. Another cracker from Retro Dundee. Well done.

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  2. That is wild! I half expected to see Rod, Jane and Freddy come strolling around the corner, singing in 3 part harmony!

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  3. Saw the recently reformed Only Ones there one night great gig and could have been a good venue. Stage door bar was also a hang out of Tam Gemmell and a certain weeginger SPL manager

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  4. Stage Door bar.......summer of '78 ......Emotional Rescue.....We're On The March Wi Ally's Army.....live gig by Lorna Bannon's band Rokotto ...... .horrible funk induced migraine .........good times

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  5. yip, table futba while you drank, ba ends up in big bruisers pint, oh oh, here we go!!!!!!!!!!!! RAMMY!!!! :) priceless!

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  6. Novelty funk band Black Gorilla once played their one hit wonder "Gimme dat banana" here in Samantha's. £1.50 admission in 1978.

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  7. Sandy Martin - was he not better known as Gus? Also worked in Tiffany's on the Nethergate at the time when McDonald's Farm were resident band.

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  8. danny pettigrew27 May 2011 at 10:47

    god just look at the pic at the top of page took me right back i was about 16-17 when i was there.danny pettigrew

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  9. ops i mean 14-15 lol

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  10. john pettigrew27 May 2011 at 12:28

    great days with Knocker,the smittys ,syrup of figs...me and Mick longmuir on the door...big black errol...ha ha ha and my mate Willie Smith and Dode Marshall R.I.P lads,,

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  11. I'm sure I saw early Simple Minds there when Jim Kerr had his puddin bowl haircut

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