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Lost gold — for me at least. New­ly dis­cov­ered shots of The Asy­lum tak­en by Ian Mar­riott, lat­er the bar man­ag­er at Cause Cele­bre and now the co-own­er of Tahi Bar in Wark­worth.

Open­ing in late 1986, The Asy­lum was a part-time club, in that it didn’t open every week­end, only when the space in Mt. Eden, now The Pow­er­sta­tion but then The Galaxy, was free.

Reg­u­lar­ly pulling a 1000+ a night, it was the first club in NZ to play house music and pulled in peo­ple from all over the city — it may have been one of the first places where the North Shore and South Auck­land met social­ly.

I love the shot of Roger and myself in the booth — it was a shaky thing and whichev­er one of us wasn’t DJing had to steady the turnta­bles for the oth­er. Mantronix’s Scream, Sly & Robbie’s Boops, and a DMC album evi­dent.

More here if you so wish, although be aware they’re ancient pages much in need of atten­tion.

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Hugh
April 13, 2011 at 03:04 PM

Clas­sic shots — I think the Celtics jack­et in the sec­ond pic deserves a shout out too!

Kei­th Pin­ney on Face­book
April 14, 2011 at 06:04 AM

Fun­ny I just lis­tened to that 12″ last night!

Sir­vere
April 16, 2011 at 03:04 PM

Wow Simon — so so so awe­some 🙂

Simon
April 16, 2011 at 03:04 PM
– In reply to: Sirvere

a few old faces in there, huh, Phil?

Ian says he has more.

Sir­vere
April 16, 2011 at 03:04 PM

Isn’t that Mike Haru in the mid­dle of the first pic — and maybe thats Sene in the Celtics jack­et?

Simon
April 16, 2011 at 03:04 PM
– In reply to: Sirvere

yep — both. Andy Vann is in the DJ booth shot too.

Sene used to live in that jack­et! I love the way these shots illus­trate how the crowds/scenes came togeth­er at the club.

Let me take you to a place I know you want to go / It’s a good life — The Opin­ion­at­ed Din­er
April 22, 2011 at 02:04 PM

[…] shots of the Asy­lum I post­ed here inspired me hunt through a few archives and box­es and I came across a few bits and pieces. Some […]

Sir­vere
April 23, 2011 at 04:04 AM

Oh wow it is too. You know I can remem­ber how — for so long — you were the ONLY per­son with that ‘Boops’ remix — damn things were com­pet­i­tive back then — it was great.

Grant Smithies
July 15, 2011 at 03:07 AM

I love the Mantron­ix 12″ vis­i­ble at the front of the beer crate in bot­tom pic…

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