Monday, 11 August 2008


Fat Sams opened in December 1983 and very quickly became a favourite with local clubbers.
One of the main reasons for this was because many of the best night's in Dundee in the 80's were the ones under the "Dance Factory" banner.
Dance Factory organisers had been putting on gigs in town since 1982, but they never settled on a specific venue for these events. Sometimes it was Teazers, other times it was the Marryat Hall and they even tried the Barracuda a couple of times, but when Fatties cropped up on the scene, this then became their venue of choice.
Dance Factory promoted the "alternative" music scene. Some of the acts I can remember catching in the 80's at Fatties were - Frank Chickens, Bhundu Boys, Shriekback, Jonathan Richman, X-Mal Deutschland, Divine, The Higsons, John Peel, The Associates, A Certain Ratio, Bo Diddley, Jesse Rae, Paul Haig, plus a whole heap of others who's names now escape me!!
The above photo, which was taken in the mid 80's, gives you an idea as to how the main dancefloor looked back then, as does the video clip below also from the same date - with Billy MacKenzie your host.

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