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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!

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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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