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1977 -1985

 

 
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A PARTIAL PARTICLES GIGOGRAPHY

GIGS LIST UPDATED: June 6, 2017 ~ All Particles shows (that I am aware of) took place in Australia ~ Unfortunately my Particles archives are not as extensive as I would wish, and don't go back much further than late 1982, I'll be adding in additional info as I come across it. Anyone with memories/photos/corrections etc. please send them along to: sirhairs(at)cannanes(dot)com and I'll try and add them in as time permits

SOME OF THE SONGS: APRICOTS DREAM, BIG IDEA, BITS OF WOOD, COOL STAND, DIFFERENT DRUM, DRIVING ME, DRESSES & SHOES, FAMILY LIFE, HALF A HEART, I KNOW A PLACE [not the Petula Clark classic], IF YOU SEE HER WALKING, JHONNY JHONNY, LOVE STRUCK PAM, NO CHANGE, OBSERVATIONS, ON THE WHOLE, PENGUINE, REAL THING, REMINGTON RAND, SAFE WAY OUT, SIX NUNS - A POP SONG?, SOON ENOUGH, SOS [yes the ABBA classic], TALKING OVER THE BACK FENCE, TELLING LIES, TEQUILA [by The Champs], YOU CHOOSE

THE SHOWS

WHEN / WHY / WHERE / & WITH WHOM?

MEMORIES / NOTES / LINKS / PICTURES

17/12?/1980 ~ French's [ Darlinghurst / NSW ] + "Embrace your face"+ Ellis. D Fogg. + Psyche-delics "Last gig for 1980" [info from a poster I ran across on the French's Tavern website]
5/8/1981 ~ The Mound / Macquarie Uni [ Macquarie Park / NSW ] There is an article relating to this show in Particles Articles
12/11/1982 ~ Alpha House [ Newtown / NSW ] Electricity Bill Benefit w/+? 47 1/2 + think Like Unruly Children were meant to play but didn't?

First show with Stephen on Bass (Personnel: Alex, Astrid, Peter, Stephen, The tape deck)

20/11/1982 ~ Alpha House [ Newtown / NSW ] Sydney College of the Arts Dance w/+? Fiction Romance

Ah... the old Alpa House - home to many Particles and a pretty amazing old warehouse containing artist squats, studios, rehearsal spaces and vegetarian food co-op Alfalfa House!

30/11/1982 ~ Doyalson R.S.L. [ Doyalson / NSW ] w/ The Reels on their 'Reel to Reel' tour
01/12/1982 ~ Orana Hotel [ Blacksmiths / NSW ] w/ The Reels
04/12/1982 ~ The Tivoli [ Sydney City / NSW ] w/ The Reels + The Moodists

[ Reels on their 'Reel to Reel' tour ]?

20/12/1982 ~ The Southern Cross Hotel [ Surry Hills / NSW ] w/+? Jelley Babies

My first time onstage at The Southern Cross - what a venue! later became the Strawberry Hills Hotel and later still they destroyed the excellent band room by removing the stage and installing poler machines... how depressing [Ed.]

24/12/1982 ~ Selinas Coogee Bay Hotel [ Sydney / NSW ] w/ The Reels + Sardine
Big stage, huge venue, suspect we were supporting the Reels?
31/12/1982 ~ Alpha House [ Newtown / NSW ] w/ Wet Taxis, Like Unruly Children, Jelley Babies, The Lighthouse Keepers
18/02/1983 ~ The Musicians Club [ Surry Hills / NSW ] w/ The Reels + Drop Bears
19/02/1983 ~ 'Gamma Corps'? @ Alpha House [ Newtown / NSW ] +? EXTRAENOUS + 471/2 + Performance artists [this may have been 1am in the morning ie. evening of 18th...]
05/03/1983 ~ Alpha House [ Newtown / NSW ] + The Lighthouse Keepers + Poles Apart
26/03/1983 ~ A.N.U. Bar [ Canberra / A.C.T. ] + The Lighthouse Keepers
28/03/1983 ~ Southern Cross Hotel [ Surry Hills / NSW ] + The Lighthouse Keepers
04/04/1983 ~ Southern Cross Hotel [ Surry Hills / NSW ] + Flies
11/04/1983 ~ Southern Cross Hotel [ Surry Hills / NSW ] + Choo Choo
13/04/1983 ~ Mill Theatre / Deakin University [ Geelong / VIC ] + Stage Play
15/04/1983 ~ Venetian Room / Hotel Francis [ Melbourne / VIC ] + Disco [ The Hotel Francis is now known as Niagara Hotel ]
16/04/1983 ~ The Esplanade Hotel / [ St Kilda / VIC ] + Stage Play
[ This show took place when the Gershwin was still decked out as a 70s disco - why on earth did they change it?]
17/04/1983 ~ The Marquee (Ex-Stockade) [ Carlton / VIC ] + Boo Boo
18/04/1983 ~ Southern Cross Hotel [ Surry Hills / NSW ] + Thunderbugs
25/04/1983 ~ Southern Cross Hotel [ Surry Hills / NSW ] + Jelly Babies
7/05/1983 ~ Sydney Trade Union Club [ Surry Hills / NSW ] + w/? The Triffids, Mad Room, Sekret-Sekret
[Not sure who headlined this show]
14/05/1983 ~ Middle Harbour 16' Skiff Club [ The Spit/ Mosman / NSW ] + The Lighthouse Keepers + JFK & The Cuban Crisis
[Not sure who headlined this show]
18/05/1983 ~ Strawberry Hills Hotel [ Surry Hills / NSW ] + The Lighthouse Keepers
[Strawberry Hills Hotel previously known as The Southern Cross Hotel]
28/05/1983 ~ A.N.U. Bar [ Canberra / A.C.T. ] + The Lighthouse Keepers
29/05/1983 ~ Stranded [ Sydney CBD / NSW ] w? or + JFK & The Cuban Crisis [ Stranded was a fairly short lived New Wave/Punk Venue - think it was downstairs in the Imperial Arcade - think JBs HiFi is there now?]
17/06/1983 ~ The Manning Bar [ Sydney University / NSW ] + The Lighthouse Keepers
17/06/1983 ~ Strawberry Hills Hotel [ Surry Hills / NSW ] + The Lighthouse Keepers
[yes 2nd show of the day! same lineup- different venue... talk about paying your dues!]
22/06/1983 ~ Sussex Hotel [ The Haymarket / NSW ] + The Lighthouse Keepers [ Last night at The Sussex ~ the pub closed down for good the following week ]
24/06/1983 ~ Rafters Bar / Mitchell College [ Bathurst / NSW ] + Neuros + Fingers Domain [According to the Sydney Morning Herald Fingers was 'Australia's most talented magician' ]
25/06/1983 ~ Sydney Trade Union Club / 3rd floor [ Surry Hills / NSW ] w/ Chris Baily, Lonely Hearts, J.F.K. [ This was a 'Waterfront' record label band night ~ where a copy of the highly collectable EP On The Waterfront (only available on the night) was given away at the door ]
04/07/1983 ~ Studio 221 [JJ JJJ?] / ABC Live at the radio [ Darlinghurst? / NSW ] J.F.K, Great White Noise [ Not sure of the playing order - fairly certain one of the songs from this was recorded to tape and later released on the Triple J compilation album Live At The Wireless ]
15/07/1983 ~ Strawberry Hills Hotel [ Surry Hills / NSW ] + Dadednyne [ a wonderful band from Canberra ]
16/07/1983 ~ Bondi Hotel [ Bondi / NSW ] w?/ The Scientists [ think this may have been the Blood Red River tour? ]
23/07/1983 ~ A.N.U. Bar [ Canberra / A.C.T. ] + The Lighthouse Keepers
24/07/1983 ~ Brittania Hotel [ Chippendale / NSW ] + Mickey Rat
04/08/1983 ~ Wright College / University of New England [ Armidale / NSW ] + The Lighthouse Keepers + Disco
05/08/1983 ~ Imperial Hotel [ Armidale / NSW ] + The Lighthouse Keepers
06/08/1983 ~ Sydney Trade Union Club / 3rd floor? [ Surry Hills / NSW ] The Wolfgang + The P.I.T.S. [Not sure which floor this show took place on possibly the 2nd? ]
18/08/1983 ~ The Bar? / Macquarie Uni [ Macquarie Park / NSW ] w/ The Cockroaches
20/08/1983 ~ Newtown Rules Club / Rock Against Roxby Downes Fundraiser [ Redfern / NSW ] + The Lighhtouse Keepers, Bapu Mamoos, Vulgar Beatmen, Mutant Death, Strangelings, Women & Boys [aka Wimmin & Boys], Wrong Kind of Stone Age, Funny Stories?
27/08/1983 ~ Castanete Club [ Newcastle / NSW ] + The Lightouse Keepers
28/08/1983 ~ Brittania Hotel [ Chippendale / NSW ] + Mickey Rat
10/09/1983 ~ Mona Vale Bowling Club [ Mona Vale/ NSW ] +? Spec Tragic [Nicks Party]
16/09/1983 ~ Strawberry Hills Hotel [ Surry Hills / NSW ] Wimmin & Boys
25/09/1983 ~ Hugo Street Party [ Chippendale / NSW ] + Dadednyne, The Lighthouse Keepers
01/10/1983 ~ Sydney Trade Union Club [ Surry Hills / NSW ] + or w?/ Domestic Dirt, Stray Dags
07/10/1983 ~ City Art Institute [ Paddington / NSW ] + or w?/ Fiction Romance, Watusi Now, 10 legs
12/10/1983 ~ Granville South High [ Granville / NSW ] + Disco [Year 12 Farewell)
23/10/1983 ~ Sydney Trade Union Club [ Surry Hills / NSW ] w/ John Cooper Clarke, Pel Mel, (Dawn of the dead [a film])
30/10/1983 ~ Intervention Bookshop aka Behind Enemy Lines [ Haymarket / NSW ] Ha Ha Wall
04/11/1983 ~ Squarehouse University of New South Wales [ Kensington / NSW ] ?? - maybe just the particles?
04/11/1983 ~ Paddington R.S.L. [ Paddington / NSW ] + or w/ Madroom, Pel Mel [Expo?]
12/11/1983 ~ Circular Quay West [ The Rocks / NSW ] [Pine Gap Benefit] - possibly other acts - will need to research
19/11/1983 ~ Castanet Club [ Newcastle / NSW ] + The Lighthouse Keepers
27/11/1983 ~ Behind Enemy Lines aka Intervention Bookshop [ The Haymarket / NSW ] + The Lighthouse Keepers, Women & Boys [aka Wimmin & Boys]
17/12/1983 ~ Behind Enemy Lines aka Intervention Bookshop [ The Haymarket / NSW ] + The Lighthouse Keepers, Madroom, Wimen & Boys [aka Wimmin & Boys], Mutant Death, poets
28/01/1984 ~ Cremorne Hotel aka Stop 5 [ Unley / South Australia ] +The Lighthouse Keepers
01/02/1984 ~ Old Melbourne Hotel [ Perth / Western Australia ] w/ The Triffids, The Lighthouse Keepers
03/02/1984 ~ Whiz Bah [ Perth / Western Australia ] +The Lighthouse Keppers, Diddy Wah Hoodaddys, Jam Tarts
05/02/1984 ~ Captain Stirling [ Nedlands / Western Australia ] + The Lighthouse Keepers?
08/02/1984 ~ Underground [ Perth / Western Australia ] + The Lighthouse Keepers?
09/02/1984 ~ Red Parrot [ East Perth? / Western Australia ] w/ The Triffids + The Lighthouse Keepers, ballet troup?, Doors Ajar? - think a recording from this show ended up being realeased on Distant Violins No.12 (see discography)
16/02/1984 ~ Norseman Hotel? [ Norseman? / Western Australia ] + The Lighthouse Keepers
18/02/1984 ~ Ceduna Community Hotel [ Ceduna / South Australia ] + The Lighthouse Keepers
20/02/1984 ~ Cremorne Hotel aka Stop 5 [ Unley / South Australia ] + The Lighthouse Keeers
21/02/1984 ~ Austral Hotel [ Adelaide / South Australia ] + The Lighthouse Keepers
22/02/1984 ~ Seaview Ballroom [ St Kilda / Victoria ] + The Lighthouse Keepers +?
02/03/1984 ~ The Manning Bar [ Sydney University / NSW ] + The Lighthouse Keepers, Wimmin & Boys
31st March 1984 or1985? ~ Musicians Club [ Surry Hills / Sydney ] Rock the House with the Rockmelons and Special Guests the Particles - not 100% sure this was 1984 but could have been '85!
Here record keeping gets a little patchy... I'll trawl the archives for more details when time permits - but in the meantime - let me know if you have anything to add
April '84 ~ Brisbane?  
April '84 ~ Brisbane? [another show or two?]  
Early? 1985 ~ Sydney Opera House The last Particles gig/s I recall were a series of shows in a smaller performance space in the bowels of The Sydney Opera House - for large groups of School Children - see main page for photos

 

 

 

 
 

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: with THANKS TO ANDY COFFEY FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WITH THE WEBSITE

Much of The Particles history is by now no doubt lost, forgotten or currently out of reach - though if you have any morsel to add please let me know - cheers: (Particles web janitor): sirhairs(at)cannanes(dot)com

 


PS. Sorry I haven't credited all photographers: please let me know if you recognize any.