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you going to organise a re-union?
We should have a page entitled "Tall
Stories" I could tell a few which
nobody would believe, even though they are 100% true. Like the one with
the breakfast at Spies Hotel with Bobby, Chris Lee and a few other guys.
I miss the old days when I was young and getting lots of laughs, btw. we met up with Roger Kiesa a couple of years ago. He hasn´t changed at all, but
he does dye his hair.. ...and his eyebrows!
Rod Wilkins 29.02.2008
Alan, working hard for this site
I still have ALL the original photographs from IDEA
1970- 1988. The original handbook of the clubs (14 countries) names, addresses
etc of all the venues. And, a very dog eared handbook of every single DJ that
ever worked through IDEA, with their then latest telephone number pencilled in.
More than 1000 DJ's had a contract through
Alan Lawrie 01.03.2008
Old jocks don’t die… they just re-invent themselves…
A bit about myself; I worked with IDEA
from 75 to 82. Music Director of Radio Basilisk 83 to 04. Moved over to
MCC-Media (TV Production) in 04 as Head of Audio. For fun, started (in 2000)
hosting "After Work Parties" once a week (OSB) for the radio, ran for nearly 5
years. Now I present the "Club Classix" nights in the Atlantis (Basel) playing
House, R&B, Funk and Dance Classics. I play lot corporate bashes. I get
knackered sometimes, as I’m at the studios 8 till 5 most days!
I get around a bit too… Played in
Florida and Turkey (at private party’s), did a gig in Rust, Germany last year
and guest of honour was Bill Clinton. Biggest gig; FC Basel homecoming (after
winning the double). We had a sound system that covered the whole city center
and 80’000 people turned up!
You’ve got to keep up with the times,
so when I gig I use a Laptop with "Alcatech" BPM Studio with RCP-2001-B Control
and a Maya EX7 8 channel Sound Board, and as back-up a Newmark D2 Director.
Great memories on this website!
I am still a full time pro DJ, and
still enjoying life. Sue and I bought a house in Spain 5
years ago and I commute between Spain and the UK every week. Sue has lived in
Spain now for 3 years and has a full time job running a Cafe Bar. I opened a
radio station last March RADIO ATLANTA and we merged with SPECTRUM FM last
November and cover from Benidorm to Mojacar. I work for two stations in the UK
MAGIC 828 and 99.8 KCFM check out:www.spectrumfmradio.net
I am just mulling over an offer to jock
in Switzerland for 2 months in May and June, I want to go but I am not sure it's
Zermatt and my son Andrew who has been a fulltime pro DJ for 8 years now he
jocked in Switzerland in Zermatt which is where I have been offered. I went to
Zermatt to see him when he was there 3 years ago, it's not the same club I have
been offered though. Just had an e mail from the agency pushing me for an
Carl Kingston 10.03.2008
Well what a treat it is after all these
years to be able to speak to you guys again.
It's really amazing to look back to Jan. 1977 when it all started for me. I'm
sure if it wasn't for Alan Lawrie I wouldn't be where I am today, that's under
this damp bridge with my Tesco shopping cart for transport. Just kidding!!
What a great IDEA Alan had and I am so
glad for that. I have ended up in Sunny Florida and have been living here for
the past 14 years. It really is a wonderful place, I always maintained that life
is so much easier when the sun is shining. It was so good to see some familiar
faces on the photos on the website. I haven't seen Neil for at least 30 years
and he hasn't changed at all, Gulp! Don't worry brother I look just as good.
It's quite amazing though to think of
the different journeys we have had through life, it would be so nice to catch up
on some of those stories. If any of you are in the area do let me know it would
be very nice to get together. A big thank you to Bobbie for
putting this together. My e-mail address is:
I get on the computer about once a week. Looking forward
to catching up with those of you that might just happen to remember your
friendly DJ. Trevor White. Btw. my wife's name is Sue.
Trevor White 10.03.2008
Wow!! what a crack that was!
As for stories.....well you were in on
some of them, I could easily write a book on the antics that we got up to back
then, and on the encounters that I have had with so many of the jocks at that
I was only with IDEA between 1982 & 1985, after leaving Europa Booking, due to Bobby Webb
persuading me too.
I left Denmark in 1985 & went to Britain
where I played the week up in Sheffield and the weekends in London. Summer of 1986
I was in Gothenburg, Sweden and then went up to Norway, until the summer of 1988. I was
then resident DJ at Studio Valbonne in London´s West End, before going back to fairly long term gigs
in Bergen & Stavanger. In 1989 I was back in the smoke
for a 5 & a half year residency at XENON in Piccadilly. I then did a summer in
Italy before starting up nearly 4 years at Dover Street Wine Bar in Mayfair.
I landed in the USA in August of ´97 and I'm still here. I'm based in Ithaca, NY,
but play all over the north east, as well as trips to Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami,
Chicago and other places when they come up. I've been on WVBR (radio)now
for more than 10 years. I did the weekday morning show from 6 till 10 on Monday
to Friday, but it meant having to get up at 4.30am every morning, I stuck it for
nearly 3 years, but it did eat into my gigs at night where I earn more money,
so I quit that. I now do a show "The Ultimate 80's Show" from 2pm till 5pm every
Saturday, that's 7 till 10 your time at the mo, 8 till 11pm when you change your
clocks. My website is : www.nickywood.com
best regards Nicky
Nicky Wood 13.03.2008
Good day Gents..
Great to see so many old "style
fossils" on one site… Now you have one more!
I worked in Denmark & Norway 86 – 96,
and am now living in Helsingør, Denmark. I am the owner of Fun Factory (Events, team
building & promotions) still travelling the globe, but this time without a comb.
Still doing some MC and DJ work in UK / Holland / Spain, but this time the pay
is better ! I will dig out some pictures from the locked vault, and decide which
to expose, but I can see that I am in good company. Regards to all who I have not seem for
many years, and I can inform everyone that "Neandersgaard" in Helsingør,
Denmark, finally closed its doors 4 years ago. I believe I was the last pro. jock
working there, before local youngsters and then closure. If the walls could
talk! By the way it´s now a strip- joint ! My Email address is:
Good luck with the website.
Very best regards / Med venlig hilsen
D. Nigel Davis 12.04.2008
Great job with the internet site,
unfortunately I don’t have many photos or much publicity material, as most of my old
my stuff disappeared at some point in time. After hanging up my microphone and
records in 1978, I became Director of the Blow-Up Club, in Luxembourg, until 1983. Opened up
own day time Disc Club. Then spent 13 years with an American company (Computer
Land), travelling the World. In 1996, I joined my wife´s family to
run a company we purchased and then create three new business’s, Coffee and
Italian foods and wines importing and distribution. Would be very happy to hear from
anybody that remembers me.
All the best
Paul Marshall 15.04.2008
Great site ...Love it...
Who am I?
BOB CHRISTY remember me? Yep, I have some photos and
a few stories to tell. Currently in Luxembourg (last 25 years) with a voice
going out on a TV program touching a potential 430 million people... Honest!
Nice one buddy,
Andy, our man in Luxembourg....
Boy are you doing a great job, all
these memories flooding back ! As soon as I get some free time I will
be in contact to update you on what I am up to, but as you know I am always
running around, but I will get to it ...
Andy Hayward 02.05.2008
Stevie Gordon, still going strong!
Last year, those of us who were on
Radio Caroline in the 1970's met for a reunion in London, and now the IDEA site
has appeared. My past is coming back to haunt me! I am still
appearing on a floating radio station
. At this time, my shows are 01-03 CET (midnight to two UK time) every Tuesday
and Thursday, plus Sunday Early Breakfast 05-07 which is 04-06 in the UK. In the
old days of course, we were still gigging from the night before at 4am. Best regards from Norway. IDEA
sent me here in 1973 and I liked it so much, after a lot of travelling, I came back.
Your mails are welcome
from any of you who may remember me. By the way, does anybody know what happened
to Tommy Kaye?
Stevie Gordon 16.05.2008
What a great website -dedicated to some unbeatable
times and memories
My life with IDEA began in 1971 at
Karavellen in Aahus DK (20:00-05:00 every day!), and later to Fredrikhavner Kroen,
Inn Club Herning, Esbjerg, Lillehamer, Porsgrunn, Camelot, Fredriksund, Hotel
Vic, Larvik, for ages at Uptown at Hotel Fregatten, Kristiansand, and Smugglers,
Bussum Holland. There were loads more places in Norway and Denmark. Too many to
remember! As far as old mates go we saw lovely
Trevor White in Orlando a few years back. Pip Hammond works for SAA (South
African Airways) at Heathrow. Richard White was with John West´s Sunfly
Karaoke a few years back. Pete Alexander and I met up a some years back. We were
in the same class at primary school, but only met up at Uptown, Kristiansand. He
was arriving as I was moving on. A chance conversation about home revealed the
stunning coincidence! Until recently Roger Pensom and Honey Bee Benson, ran a
holiday chalet business in Greece. Tony Gillham still does a show on BBC local
radio. We both had daily shows on BBC Radio Beds. and had gardens that backed
onto each other. After coming home and a name change to
Gavin McCoy, I broke into radio and was at 210 FM, VOP Israel, Beacon Radio,
Essex FM, Dream 100, KFM Kent, Great North Radio, Capital Gold, Radio Kuwait. I
guess my biggest claim to fame might be Radio One as the voice of Sid the
manager and Gervaise the Hairdresser on Steve Wrights show. Today I'm the
Program me Controller of Smooth Radio, London. My Norwegian wife Ingrid, 18 year old
son Jamie and I live near Abingdon, Oxfordshire. A quick look at Google will
fill in a few more blanks. Looking around the website there are so
many great names that came flooding back. Here's to you Alan for giving us all a
very lucky break and a ton of fun. Love to hear from anyone from the good
(Formerly known as Steve Cooper)
Steve Cooper / Gav McCoy 17.05.2008
Mike Hayes says hello.....
After my IDA days 1967, I worked in discos in
Berlin, The Big Eden, and then in the Netherlands where I've stayed ever since.
In 1969 I turned down a job on Radio North Sea having decided to go into
computers. A wise decision in hindsight. A brief spell on the Internet Radio
Caroline a couple of years ago is the only radio work since. I have, however,
had small parts in a couple of soaps, TV mini-series and films. These days I
share my time between Amsterdam and our house in France. Below you can see my sites and
products. I had given Hans Knot's report readers a special discount which I'd
like to offer your readers this is the link:
http://www.mike-hayes.nl/knot/ The music and radio pages may be of interest. Good luck with the site. If I can
contribute anything let me know.
Mike Hayes 22.05.2008
Greetings from DJ Johnny Squires- IDEA jock from 1975
1975 Black Bess Luxembourg (Not through
IDEA - But DJ Bob Stewart Radio Luxembourg)
- Sorry Golly
Many thanks to ex-IDEA DJ Jean-Claude "Pussy" in Luxembourg for a phone call to
Alan Lawrie IDEA in Copenhagen
A phone call that changed my life forever......................
1975 August IDEA Switzerland Ascona my first IDEA Booking
1976 Royal Bugatti Luxembourg - Lovely Lady Madame Robert - Hi Bob Christie! How
1977 December Bodø Norway ..................WOW!! First time (and last!!!)
pissed on moonshine!
Thank you my friend DJ Tony Walton for covering for me the first 2 nights while
I drove from Bergen over the mountains with summer tyres!
1984 Headhunted by John Grant Nor Business DK - Thanks John for the breaks and
the great bookings.
Various gigs through Scandinavia and Europe after that for various agents.
1988 teamed up with Alan Lawrie again. A reunion that set about making a new
life for me, -Thank you Alan!
Still get gigs through IDEA NORWAY - Steve Redman - Cheers!
High end DJ and Karaoke Show (SUNFLY Rules! - Thank you John West - a real
friend!! A real diamond!!)
Mobile with Pro BOSE and JBL sound systems - 3 rigs up to 8k.
Also Music programming in bars, pubs, restaurants,
ROWE AMI Jukeboxes, Pooltables, Quiz machines.
My kindest and warmest regards to all!
Johnny Squires AKA Johnny Talbot
Mobile +47 94267621
Johnny Squires 28.05.2008
Ian, our man in Dubai
Please add me to the list, been working
in the Oil & Gas industry since 1980, pretty much worldwide, now based in Dubai
and a director of a public listed company, building offshore drilling platforms. Sadly, John Heath died last year in
Kristiansand, Norway of a heart attack.
Ian Anderson (+971 50 646 3350)
-Business Development Director -Maritime Industrial Services Co. Ltd. (MIS)-Sharjah
Port Khalid, United Arab Emirates-Tlf.+971 6 528 5345
Ian Anderson 02.06.2008
Nice one with the website
It’s a shame the business is not the
same as the good old days that so many older IDEA jocks remember so well. IDEA
still has a few of the older guys working, Tony Clarke, Jonny Talbot, Peter
John. Unfortunately, I am a bit of a spring chicken when it comes to them lot,
so most of their stories get lost on me, but it’s always fun to hear them.
Anyway, keep up the good work with the site and if I can help with anything,
please let me know. I found some old issues of Grapevine a few months ago, I
will see if I can dig some of them out for you.
All the best,
Postboks 36, 2401, Elverum, Norway,
0047 62410804, Mob: 0047 48007175, Fax: 0047 62400938
Steve Redman 02.06.2008
Happy Night Club, Basel
We had a Happy Night Party on a ship on
the Rhine last Friday night, (about 400 turned up).
Remember Peter Sattler, The boss
at Happy Night? For all
the jocks who played the Happy Night!
Nick Schulz 31.05.2008
A word from Martin the
Well it all
began in late 1977, when I took the boat from Newcastle to Kristiansand, a trip
not recommended in the middle of winter.
I went up to Trondheim to visit some relatives of my father, and earn some cash
doing the odd gig or two. It was April 1978, and one evening I went to the "Hawk
Club", where Paul" bootz
the boogieman" Rae was behind
the decks spinning some funky tunes. We hit it off straight away, I don´ t know
if the reason was that one of my cousins up there was a real tea leaf, or
that he had no one else to hang out with; anyway after getting everything we
wanted, mostly, sunglasses it came to the end of the month, and Paul was
off to Denmark. Unfortunately, his car wasn´t, as it was still in the garage
getting bits of metal removed from the engine.
Being the person I am, I said, "don't worry, I will drive it down for you", even
though I only had a UK provisional license.
I thought, if the old bill pull me over, I will explain that the word
provisional, actually means professional. Together with his girlfriend Nina, off
we went to Denmark, arriving a little late, due to my passenger filling the car
up in Sweden with diesel! We were broke and going nowhere, I think we lived off
re-used tea bags & eggy bread for a couple of weeks, although there was a freezer full of
grub downstairs but this fuck off Alsatian dog seemed to be guarding it around
Alan needed a DJ to work a couple of weekends in "Limelight
", so I jumped into booty's
Mini & away I went. I did a weekend or two there, after which Alan asked if I
wanted to do a month for him (great salesman, could offer you the worst gig in
the World, and you would end up thanking him!)..........Mind you he did say
"treat it like a holiday".
The 1st of June I arrived at " Lumsås Hotel"
!!.... Say no more.
I returned to "Limelight"
for most of that year, it was great! On Thursday nights, everybody got there
social money, so when they wanted me to play a request, then it was "mine´s a
jaegermiester" This went on all night until Jakob, the barman, found me fast
asleep on the floor of the toilet. In his broken English, I will never forget
him saying, "No, no, no, no, you can't sleep here .......the record stopped 10
minutes ago", ........... I told him to wake me up at closing time! I was lucky,
I mean, Jakob was a great guy, but not one to upset, as he would take off his
wooden clogs and bash you over the head with them.
It was easy to develop a pretty bad routine there: going to the pub side
early afternoon, getting pissed, sobering up, going to work, getting pissed
again, then going back to the pub for breakfast,....... getting pissed again;
and finally, going outside for a few hours sleep on the grass,...............
before starting over again!
Copenhagen! what a nobble, my only regret was that I never met up with the
Copenhagen DJs until a few years later.
I did a few other gigs in 1978, including "Bunny
Club" in Næstved, and " Kåre John"
in Landskrona, Sweden, and then returned to Norway, working all over the Country, for many years, but still
made an effort to get some bookings in or around Copenhagen.
In 1982, I got a gig at the "Trocadero"in
Copenhagen and had a great laugh with IDEA DJs, Graham Bell &
Graham fixed me a gig in Thailand for IDEA, which i took, he had told the boss
of the club that we were long time friends but at the time we had never actually
met (Imagine trying to describe a long time mate, when the only information you
have is a black & white promo photo.?)
Anyway when I arrived at the club in Thailand, they gave me strange looks, as
they imagined that I was about the same height as Graham.....and not 6 foot 4".
Bobby Webb really had a knack with the
women,...Jocking one night in" Troc",
this gorgeous bird comes in and asks for him, when told he wasn´t around, in a
very calm & collected manner she says " well would I like a blow job then?"
Calmly standing in the jock box, in the middle of the club, halfway through the
night getting a BJ----- absolute heaven.
Should have been there Bobby! Another night I pulled a bird and got back to her
place: there I am giving it my all, l when a voice sounds out from across the
hallway from this girl's mother "is that you Bobby", what a put me down.
I also worked a few other places in Denmark, including Børnholm & Helsingør, in
the later I met Ian Johnson aka, "Dr. Disc",in
my mind, one of the funniest people I have ever met. His sense of humour was
second to none absolutely brilliant.......spur of the moment comments to anybody
who was unlucky enough to get in the way.
Looking back at the guys I came into contact with during that time, I think what
a really great bunch , their doors were always open, and even as a newcomer you
were always made to feel welcome.
Thanks for those great memories guys,
Martin Storvik 01.06.2008
Does anybody remember me C.B. ?
I've recently established
contact again with Alan Lawrie, my old boss after a gap of 34 years.
My name is Chris Baird I was with IDA and later IDEA from the spring of 1971 to
the spring of 1974.
I would really appreciate if you could include me a long side the hundreds of
others who enjoyed being part of the British DJ Invasion to Europe.
If you like me to reminisce in more detail then please get in touch.
Chris Baird 03.06.2008
The name Dave Sylvester came about as I
was trying to think up a jock name for myself.
The cartoon "Sylvester & Tweedy
Pie" was on the television – so
"Dave Sylvester" it became.
After leaving school I joined the
Police force, but left again after about 3 years – and then sort of "stumbled"
in to DJ’ing – I started off in a fun-pub on the outskirts of Leicester, a very
popular venue, where I learnt the trade from the very basics.
Within eight months
I had landed a residency at Leicester’s best club, (at the time) the
"Adam & Eve". The owner of the fun-pub, was a
man called Mick Cooper – sadly he is no
longer with us – but he had a massive personality, I recall my audition at the
pub, he told me that I was useless, but he saw that I knew what I wanted to do,
so he took me under his wing and taught me most of what I needed for the rest of
my DJ career. It really wasn’t a conscious decision
to be a DJ – but my God – when I did it, it felt good.
In the UK, I found my own work,
either applying for, or auditioning in places that I wanted to work. In 1983 I
went out to the Middle East –through an agency called "Juliana’s"
– they were based on Kensington High Street in Central London – my audition for
these guys was at "Club 21"
at the Park Lane Hilton – all really exciting
stuff. Then In 1984 while taking a break from
a year in the Middle East , I saw a small advert in the local paper – it was in
the Personal Column – and read: "DJ’s required for overseas work , not summer
season" – this meant that it was not Greece, Spain and the like. I called the
number, and discovered that I actually knew the guy on the other end of the
telephone, as I had worked with him on a pirate radio station, and, after
successfully auditioning; I arrived in Norway the following week, and stayed
there for five years. The first three years working
IDEA, after which I
found my own work, working all over the country until 1989.
I believe that the DJ should play
for the audience and not for himself, so I carried around 6000 vinyl records
around with me ranging from "Gamle dans" to
Englebert Humperdinck, and from
"The Clash" to
"Level 42". For good measure there was plenty of soul and funk, but the music I
preferred to play was from "Earth Wind & Fire", George Benson, Al Jarraeu, "
Level 42", Luther
We were a
bunch of guys getting paid to see a fantastic country and to live a little bit
of the high life. There may have been some Prima Donnas – but none of us were
Some of the great jocks at that time
Carl de Rome, Gerry Grant, Sean Clark –
oh, and ME!!!
David Measey, from Leicester, UK.
Great idea (no pun intended)
Just flicking through some of the
pictures brought the memories flooding back. I’ll send off some material within
the next few days. Glad to see so many people putting a positive spin on the old
days, instead of bitching about the agents, who actually did a good job dealing
with all those egos.
Tony Armstrong 08.06.2008
Greetings from Carl in Switzerland!
Turn the clock
back 34 years to 1974 when I
did my first contract in Norway for Bobby Junior and Bentleys Agency then to
IDEA in Denmark in 1975 and nothing has changed! I am having a great time at The Broken
Bar Disco in Hotel Post in Zermatt Switzerland working for the High Class
Entertainment Agency in Zurich. Contracts are just the same room provided and 3
meals a day working 7 days a week 10p.m. - 3.30a.m..I have a studio apartment
and the food is fantastic.
What a difference the internet and mobile phones
make, how I wish we had that all those years ago. I have my iPod
with me, laptop and Argos player to watch TV and movies that I have recorded in the UK and
it's a real home from home now. I bought a special SIM card in the UK, which I
can use in Europe and it costs me nothing to receive an incoming call. Also
bought a Swiss Orange Sim card as well. I am using Wi-Fi for free in the hotel,
but also have my own USB 7MB chipped unlocked USB Modem which gives me the net
anywhere as well. How these things would have made our lives better all those
Another great thing is
that all my music
is on my laptop, I carry two one for backup, plus all my music is backed up on
another external hard drive, no heavy boxes to carry! I have had a special flight
case made as a broadcast record unit with Yamaha mixer in it plus a Behringher
Composer Pro microphone compressor and a Behringher Broadcast Microphone and
stand plus laptop with digital editing suite and an ISDN codec installed as
well. I am using this to voice track my Magic radio show on Sundays in the UK and for
my show 5 days a week in Spain. All this would have seemed impossible all those
Hope you are well, I have e-mailed
Johnny Scott and had a reply and hope to meet up with him in Interlaken when I
travel to Basel to work there in July. I am also going to contact Nick Shultz to
say hi even though I have never met him. The website looks great by the way and
brings back many happy memories.
All the best, Carl
Carl Kingston 08.06.2008
Bootzy Baby, now RaezoR....
Well, as you can see I’m still alive,
but then Alan and Carl knew that (Carl’s round for a brew now & then). I worked on all sides of the record
industry, and then started my own company in 2000. As the music business went,
basically, up the shitter in 2001 so I decided to take a Bachelor of Science in
Nursing (guaranteed work and you see women naked), so I now work as a full-time
Nurse (male nurse ya bastard). I still have a music company and release tracks
Worldwide. I am still married
after 28 years (always the sucker), have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Attached is the first chapter of what
could be a stupid book (it would only sell 3 copies), for the enjoyment of all
The truth, the whole truth and all
the bull shit : A DJ on the road by Paul Donald Rae
Okay, so I’d started DJ’ing when I was
10, on mobile discos with my older brother and his mates. It was always a laugh,
but never lucrative. At 15 I moved up to nightclubs and played an almost all
black funk club. In 1972 that meant a whole lotta James Brown.
After being a copper for a few years I
decided to move to Australia, where I spent the most part of 1977 mobile jocking,
fixing trains and generally pissing about. So, with copious amounts cash in the
bank, I returned to the UK and bought a mobile disco and a 1971 Mini Cooper "S"
Mk. 3. The travel bug had really bitten and I thought I’d try my hand in Spain.
Lloret del Mar on the Costa Brava was indeed a shithole, but promised large
amounts of nubile ladies in the summer season. Sadly, the best offer was £50 a
week and I had to find my own accommodation (already sounds like an IDEA gig),
so I said no thank you (well I really said something else, as you do after a
dozen or so San Miguels).
Back in Blighty I
contacted Alan Lawrie, after seeing an advert in a DJ International magazine (I
think) in late February 1978. He just said "great, can you start 1st
March. Well, I had a big 21st
bash planned, so that was out of the question. Right, he said 1st
April then? During the next month I spoke with Alan several times and thought he
sounded like an amiable sort of chap, oh yes, I had a lot to learn! He told me
that I would generally be living in hotels so no, I wouldn’t need towels or
bedding or a bed or a cooker or a TV or a pots, pans, lamps etc (things I
managed to accumulate in the years to come)!
A few days before
the 1st April
(which was a Sunday) I was in Denmark, and quite frankly didn’t have too much
cash left in my savings account. Alan "kindly" found me a gig on the island of
Orø, near Holbæk: I was to find out later that a future friend, Nicky Flavell
was jocking in Smøgen that month, which was at the time one of the funkiest
clubs in Denmark (well, with Nicky and Primus playing there what could you
expect). The next day (Saturday) I drove to Alan's office. I really didn’t know
what to make of the place; everything had price tags on them! Now, during the
next hour or so and through the next day, I was about to learn a few important
things about Alan that would prove to be very helpful later on. The first thing
was that he has absolutely no sense of time; the second was that he had no sense
of distance. In his office he had an A3 map of Northern Europe. I don’t remember
what scale the map was but, I’m guessing it was 1 inch to 100 miles. He said
that I was starting in a club called "Hawk Club" in Trondheim and that it wasn’t
far. He said that if I set off shortly I would be in Oslo by 11pm; he had a
friend there that would put me up for the night and he gave me his address, it
was now 4:30pm. Another important thing he said was driving at night, I had to
promise him that I wouldn’t drive at night, he wouldn’t tell me why and I
thought it to be a weird request but, I agreed not to. He showed me on the map
and it was only 3 inches or so, and no mention that there was a ferry to get to
I set off from his office at 5pm and
I’m not too sure when it was but, I think it was when I saw distance signs for
Gothenburg and Oslo, that I started to wonder what kind of car Alan drove. I
guessed it had to be a Porsche or a Ferrari to make Oslo in 4 ½ hours from the
Swedish side of the ferry. My beloved "S" settled down at 95 mph and I made good
time. Problems started when I became hungry and the car needed petrol. I only
had Danish Kroner and British Pounds. No matter, a kind Swedish man understood
and changed all my Danish Crowns for Swedish ones. I protested that I only
wanted to pay for the petrol, but he seemed adamant that what he had done was
for the best. Yeah, I know he ripped me off on the exchange rate but, what can a
guy in need of petrol do? The "S" played up a bit so I made a pit stop and fixed
the problem, precious time I didn’t have. To cap it all it was pissing it down
and visibility wasn’t good at 95 mph. I resigned myself to the fact that I
wasn’t going to make Oslo by 11 pm. I eventually arrived in Oslo at just after
midnight, and then I had to find the address! No GPS in 1978. I did find the
address but, it was so late everyone had gone to bed, so I drove into the city
centre. Within minutes I’d found "Leoparden", the nightclub in Bristol Hotel.
Danny Evans was DJ’ing (we can recount adventures with him later), after a short
while I thought I’d better find a hotel, so I drove out of the City centre and
eventually found a motel on the E6. I awoke early and decided that I’d
better get a move on, because if the journey to Trondheim was anything like the
one from Copenhagen it would take all day. Alan would probably have said "it’s
just up the road"! Just before firing up the "S" for the
long journey north I stopped to buy a Coke from a machine. Five kroner! That was
50p! Christ! This country was expensive, little did I know. It was 8 am, a bit
misty, and drizzling. So, low cloud cover, what did I care, I had to get to a
gig. Wisely, I had purchased a map of Scandinavia and quickly found out that I
could save time by using a short cut via Elverum and the RV3 road. Everything
went swimmingly until I turned onto the RV3 in Elverum, after a few hundred
yards the road stopped and became a dirt track! Now I’d done a bit of rallying
(navigating actually) in a specially built Mini Clubman that went like the
clappers (130mph and 0-60mph in 5 secs) so I was used to ‘avin’ it a bit hairy,
but this was crazy. How was I supposed to maintain 95 mph on winding dirt roads?
Luckily, the dirt track became a normal road again after some 30 miles or so, so
I made good time. The twin tanks in the "S" allowed for
reasonable distances without a petrol stop, and as I’d filled up that morning, I
knew I’d make Trondheim before I needed to fill up. Just past Tynset the scenery
started to get a tad more mountainous, which was a good thing as I was being to
get a bit sick of forest, forest, forest. Then suddenly around a sharp bend the
"S" decided to dance on all four tyres. Now, if you’ve ever driven a Min you’ll
know that when all four wheel lose traction it pretty much game over, well for a
while at least. Yes, jolly campers, it was sheet ice! All those lovely white
topped mountains and the crisp morning air hadn’t really meant much until then.
Right then, in the split second my small dangly parts were in my throat, it
suddenly dawned on me; it was probably still winter this far north. Fairly
stupid considering I was quite good at geography at school, perhaps I should
have paid a bit more attention when old "fart face" was lecturing on about
fjords and the Scandinavian long winters. Luckily, for me, there was little
traffic on the roads early on a Sunday. I was to learn later that most
Norwegians are heavy weekend drinkers that have very little or no Christian
beliefs, and most churches are empty, due to everyone sleeping one off or still
in the swing of the Saturday after party. I remember thinking how amazingly
narrow the roads were (they aren’t any wider today 30 years later) and wondering
if Norway had any dual carriageways or motorways. Just before arriving in
Trondheim I found one, a motorway. So, this was Trondheim, as I drove down the
hill towards the city centre, I thought finally civilization! I’d driven from
Oslo to Trondheim in 5 ¼ hours (if you tried that today you’d probably end up in
My first months contract with IDEA was
about to begin.
More adventures later….
Paul "Bootzy Baby" (now RaezoR) Rae,
RaezoR Sharp Music & Publishing, Nertrøa 2 A, 7089 Heimdal, Norway. Mobile UK:
+44 (0) 78 74 01 22 22/ Mobile N: +47 93 01 09 99
Paul Rae 11.06.2008
Andy Hayward update...
Just an update on my "what I am doing
now" : City Radio Luxembourg - Founder member, Investor, Board of Directors
Associated Sound broadcasting for Luxembourg Founder Member - Board of
Founder member-Investor-Board of Directors, Jamaican Club, Luxembourg
(One in Luxembourg and 25 in Italy) Consultant - Advertising and Client
relation. Italy On hold at present. Strong relationship with Bang and
Olufsen and Harley Davidson Luxembourg
Be in touch
Andy Hayward 11.06.2008
Chris´s early days with the Pink Elephant.....
Here are a few thoughts and
memories from my time with IDEA.
The first thing I remember,
having just passed my taped audition for IDA, was Alan telling me that he had a
gig for me just outside Copenhagen..... It turned out to be "Downtown", a new
club in Trondheim, Norway. Such a sense of humor! Anyway, I got the ferry
to Oslo, and on the 1st of May 1971, I drove the hundreds of miles north to
Trondheim, the only trouble was, being May Day, every town and village I went
through had a parade going through the high street, - with my Corsair 2000E at
the end of it!
At that time, we poor disco
DJ's always had dreams of breaking into radio one day, we were always working on
our next demo tape, which was going to be miles better than the previous one.
which gig you got, and the state of the club´s equipment, you knew whether your
career was going to move up a notch, or not. In the spring of ´72, Tony Kaye and
were working in Aalborg. I was at the "Galejen Disco", which was all decked out
like a pirate ship. Upstairs, there was a sophisticated nightclub for grownups,
with fantastic decks and mixer, the trouble was you couldn't get into the club
during the daytime to make a demo. Tony and I soon realized that if one of us
squeezed into the restaurant´s food elevator, the other one could push the
button and send you upstairs. Then the other could bring up his mate! It would
be bad enough getting stuck in a normal lift, but the thought of being stuck in
a dark, cramped food elevator was really frightening,- but that's just how
desperate some of us Jocks were to further our craft and our careers.
Another weird experience was in
June 73, at the "Happy Night Club" in Basel, Switzerland. Driving from
Copenhagen at 5 AM, driving all day, through to 9 PM, and then going straight on
the decks.... now that's what you call youthful energy. "Happy Night" had a
fantastic set up, the DJ equipment was situated in the back of an old fifties
London taxi, it was brilliant for producing demo's; just had to put cardboard
over the open side windows and unplug the clubs speakers, and bingo a DJ Studio
! "Happy Night" was also
my first encounter with gays, the sight of men kissing each other was certainly
something new for me.
My worst gig had to be the one
in Haldon, a small farmer town near Fredrikstad in southern Norway. An upstairs
bar / come disco, above a cafeteria. The speakers were buggered. Just a bass
rumble. So I turned the bass up full on something funky, and blew what was left
in the speakers, resulting in complete silence.. The next day, bingo new
speakers! I very nearly didn't get to the
gig on the first night, as the hotel where I was staying was actually closed,
(but a ghost hotel was of course perfect accommodation for an IDEA jock!!), all
was fine, water, electric and the bedding, except when I tried to leave the
building, all the doors were locked. Fortunately, I could climb out of the
window and over two garden walls with the help of a ladder, to make it to the
main road...and my gig!
More memories to follow.....
Cheers for now,
Chris Baird 15.06.2008
Greg Wilson: British jocks in Scandinavia
Excerpt from DJ History 2005:
Throughout the 70's Scandinavia (and
other parts of Europe) were full of English DJ's working for agencies like IDEA
and Europa. There was some top drawer DJ's out there, including two whom I had
the good fortune to meet while I was working in Norway at a town called Skein.
These were Nicky Flavell (from Tring in Herts) and Paul Rae (from Preston), two
seasoned 'international DJ's' who really knew their stuff. Nicky would end up as
resident at Wigan Pier (on a contract for Bacchus, who installed the sound and
lighting at the Pier - Bacchus looked after discotheques worldwide, including
those built in the Hilton Hotels). It was through Nicky that I heard about the
Pier, and when he went to open the companies new venue in Manchester, which was
Legend, I took over the residency at the Pier (Paul Rae joined me as light
controller, for a while, before taking over at Legend when Nicky returned
I'd subsequently meet one of Nicky's big mates, another DJ with loads of
overseas experience (also a fluent speaker of Danish). This was Londoner, Stevie
Knox, later to be known to Radio Invicta listeners as Steve Devonne, a hugely
unsung DJ who was a massive influence on Gilles Peterson, amongst others (also
one of Sean P's favorite back in the day DJ's).
With DJ's of this quality out and about in Scandinavia during the 70's, there
was obviously a lot of great black music being played. The clubs were very much
a mixed bag, however. The biggest Scandinavian band of the time was a Danish
rock group called Gasolin. Clubs that really appreciated Disco, Funk, Soul and
Jazz-Funk were few and far between. Oslo had some decent clubs, as did
Trondheim, but the best club in Scandinavia at that point in time was Daddy's
Dancehall in Copenhagen (where I think both Nicky and Stevie worked). This was
somewhere where the crowd was really into black music and DJ's could get away
with including the latest US imports at peak time. I was lined-up to work there
myself in 1980. After all I'd heard about it, I was really looking forward to
spending a couple of months there, but I landed the residency at Wigan Pier
while I was in Germany, so I happily returned to the UK instead.
I'll always remember being in a club in Skein where another English DJ was
working (Nicky was at a place called 'Hawk', whilst I was at 'Lines', which was
a bit ropey to say the least!). Anyway, this DJ was playing the current Disco
type stuff, but all of a sudden went into a run of polkas / folk dances, which
the audience (all young people) coupled-up to dance to. Nicky and Paul explained
to me that this was 'gammeldans', which certain clubs demanded the DJ's played!
I'm pretty certain Nicky Flavell would have worked in Oslo. We travelled there
from Skein one day and he knew his way around the city, where the record shops
were etc. I also seem to recall that we went to the Oslo office of Warner
Brothers and picked up some records from there. I know for sure that I returned
to Skein with a 'hot off the presses' copy of Chaka Khan's 'I'm Every Woman'
that day on a US 7". It's highly likely that Steve Devonne also deejayed in
BTW to give you an idea of what it was like back then, DJ's worked on monthly
contracts, playing at the same venue sometimes 7 nights per week, for between
5-7 hours per night. Not exactly glamorous.
Greg´s mail address:firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Wilson 16.06.2008
Hello from Rod James
How frightening to see your site.
Anything related to the latter part of the last century can really rock my socks
when I thought I'd blocked the whole thing out of my memory. Well, as my name is
mentioned I guess I'd better give you my mail address. I must say that your site
is very interesting and I am surprised that the big A.L. would even consider
listing me although I suppose I was on his books for quite a few years.
Thanks for some really
interesting reading and I am even more thankful that there are
no pictures posted of me.
If there is anybody going to the reunion that I know, then I'll be there unless
A.L. veto it !!!!!!
All the best
Rod James 22.06.2008
Create your own music, have fun
Turn on your speakers, click on the
link below, then click on "cmapm". Create your own music by clicking the
buttons, keyboards etc.
Bobbie Webb 24.06.2008
Andy Francis in Bangkok, Thailand
Bloody Hell, bloody hell, I can't
believe it. You've made my day, year, maybe even decade. Many times do I think
of those days and have wished I could remember more. Now having been sent this
it's all coming back to me.
I'm living in Thailand now, a few jocks have come over to see me (I forget their
names now) but in the main had forgotten nearly everything that is until I read
Let me get myself together and in the next couple of weeks put together a few of
my memories (I'm not good on names though) and what I've been doing since those
days of beers by the liter and Prince cigarettes.
Send my best to Alan and "Harda Bra" for
Faster than a bullet, it´s SUPER BIM !
Hi everyone Brian Bollen here, AKA SUPER BIM.
Working on sending some info soon,
still living in Norway, been here for over thirty years, although during the
winter months we live in Portugal just down the road from Mick and Marilyn.
One daughter Victoria, 26 years
old, AKA "Vickysoul", is in the process of producing her first album, and looking
for sponsors &
contract........ so come on guys and girls someone help!
Love and best wishes still SUPERBIM
Super Bim Bollen 29.06.2008
Hello from Peter John....
Peter John (Eggleton) here, IDEA from 1988 till 2006 in
Germany and Norway. Still living in Norway and working as an electrical engineer
for an oil company. But as we all know "jocking" is in our blood and so I still
do the odd weekend. My god I can’t believe the line up on
the web site ……memories….. most of them bril. and a few dickey ones. Anyway you don’t wanna read my old
crap....The reunion.... I´ll be there on the night no matter what. Look forward
Peter John Eggleton 03.07.2008
Hi everyone, even those who do not know who the hell I
CARL DE ROME, yep the one with hundreds of promo
photos, most of them brought back to haunt me on this website, for those
wondering why?… photography was a big thing for me and I use to carry my
portable dark room everywhere. I think I have the distinction of being the only
DJ ever, in the history of Scandinavia, to be told to by the agents to stop
sending in new photos, in those days agents usually had to pester the DJs to
have a photo taken. They had to tell me to stop…..I’m still the bloody same today. Look
at my website.
I was born in Morecambe,
Lancashire, same town as Mick West, but lived in Blackpool for many years, where I
became an entertainer & magician and also DJ´d. I was in fact known as
BLACKPOOL´S SECOND BEST DISC JOCKEY, I must have
been the second best as everyone else said they were the best, I didn’t want to
WOW. COR BLIMEY..BUGGER
ME....that’s what I thought when all of
a sudden, out of the blue, I received an e- mail originating from
with loads of photos of old jocks from years gone by (me included), I replied to
the e- mail, taking a punt it was from a old DJ friend
of mine BOBBY (l´ll rub my nose when I want to)
and sure enough it was….. then, the same night another mail from two other old farts…sorry mates
also made contact with me, my brilliant mates also from Blackpool,
John Butterworth, better known
to most DJs as John Stewart
and even better known all over Blackpool and the whole of Denmark as "NUTTY BUTTY", and his mate, and
mine Mike Best aka.
Micki Jon, telling me about the website.
The first Blackpool lad to go
overseas was Steve Murby,
followed by Micki Jon,
while Butty took over
his residency, I took over his job in Scamps,
then a few weeks later Mr Stewart
got the calling from GOD (Alan
Lawrie) and quicker than a
flash he was also on his way over to Denmark…..Both of these so- called- mates
(bastards at the time) were leaving me all on my jacksy working my ass off for
the British public for the summer, or that’s what I thought until I got the call
from Johnny saying he
needed to pop back to the good old UK for something, and he needed a Jock to
fill in for him for 2 weeks, (over 32 years later and I’m still here) so off I
pop to Denmark, and now Blackpool is really taking over Scandinavia like crazy.
Shortly to follow would be Terry Shaw,
Tony Walton, and Steve Redman and a few others.Without a car at that time, loads of 45s (remember this was pre 12inch and CDs were a pipe dream away), a case of
clothes, and under strict instructions from my two mates not to forget the duty
free and lots more extra booze, I took the boat trip over to Denmark. So like a good twat I was, I smuggled
about 24 bottles of spirit in a massive packing case my mum had on castors,
making sure I did not get caught by the customs.. was easy…..find the customs
officer with the most stripes around his arm….Go up to him….tell him you haven’t
got a clue what to do next, and he will send you on your way like the good boy
you seem to be, lets face it what idiot smuggling loads of stuff is going to ask
the chief of the customs what to do?
He he he……
Anyway we had some great parties with
all the booze!
I worked all over Denmark and had
some great times, I liked KOLDING
the best as it was the very first place I worked, a great gig called THE CAVERN CLUB,
and Micki Jon also
worked there a hell of a lot, the thing we all have the fondest memories of at
the Cavern Club has to
be the jock room
...and what a room it was. The room had all the mod. cons you
could wish for, loads of room to hang coats up, and if we ever ran out of space
we just hammered another nail up, next to the last one, the mattress on the
floor covered in milk stains….well they looked like milk stains to most people.
Every person that entered the room signed their name on the wall, just how any
signatures ended up on that wall is anybody’s guess, and if preserved might have
been worth a small fortune today. Shame it's all gone years ago, it's now four
apartments, if the people who now live there knew what bonking went on in that
place, well they would be shocked, today in Kolding
there are quite a few middle aged women walking pass that place every day, with
a bloody big grin on their faces. To all these women we have to say thanks for
lying down and doing it for Britain.
I moved over to Scandinavia’s
Norway the month Elvis
died and the Eagles
released Hotel California,
1977 for those that have not figured it out, and I've been here ever since still
doing a few jocking gigs every so often, playing, yes, you’ve guessed it Elvis and
Around 13 years ago I returned to
my first love, Magic, re-launching my Illusion show with a Karaoke show on the
side, and wam bam boom…..it's working a dream. , if you want to see more of what
my wife Merete and I do
in our shows, take a look at our website:
or watch our videos on You Tube:www.youtube.com
- just type in Carl de Rome,
and check out the Knife and Needle,
it's fairly sick!
If any of the old Jocks would like to
contact me please do so, I’d love to hear from you, better still lets meet up at
the re union next year…hope you hadn’t forgotten about that already!
I'm dying to hear from
Peter Drake, Sergeant
Major (Richard Ford),
Garry Robbins & Bobby
Zac, in fact anyone from the old days. Does anyone
know what happened to that brilliant nutcase Swedish Disc jockey "KLAUS the
? also known as the Swinging Swede.
Great lad I would love to meet up with him as well.
I'm now urging any old jocks that used
to DJ in Scandinavia to get all their details, info, and photos up on this site,
and share the memories of the great times we all had. Here is a quick fact….if you look
at the promo photo of Mike Best and wonder how the hell he has that great smile
on his face; well it's thanks to BUTTY
who is mooning his ass at him behind the camera. Still one of my favourite DJ
promo photos ever.
Talking of memories, I would like
to make a mention on this page to my very good friend Geoff Collins (Geoff Colvin)
who unfortunately is no longer with us, as he passed away a few years back. He
would have loved this site…..cheers Geoff,
really miss you. Bobby Webb,
Butty and Micki seem to have surpassed
themselves, with this website getting hundreds of hits from all over the world,
and the reunion scheduled for next year looking like it's going to be a monster
event, with well over 50 jocks that have confirmed they will be participating,
I'm not sure if Trevor White,
and the likes who are now in the USA, will be able to get over for this, but
Christ it would be brilliant if they could attend…If you are one of those
wondering whether to come or not, sod it, get it in your calendar now, and come
for the reunion of a lifetime. It was the days when we all had fun,
had a great time, and took the time to look after each other ,whether we knew
each other or not, made new friends in minutes, friendships as it turned out
that have lasted a lifetime. We travelled across town after our gig finished
(often pissed out of our brains) just to visit another mate who was playing
longer into the night than we were, then after the gig finished we would drink
up the last dregs from the Tuborg, Hof or Elephant Beer we had in front of us,
and wobble down the road to the local bakers at 5 or 6 in the morning for the
fresh bread (Rundstykker) butter and shrimp paste.
That baker’s smell is one of those smells that you never forget.
Remember the good old days when
you were offered a gig from Alan,
and you wanted to know if it was a good gig or not???
The conversation with Alan would resemble this:
Jock. Great what’s the gig like?
Agent….well the rooms good!
Jock…great, but what’s the gig like?
Agent….the staff are great you will
Jock…..ok, but what’s the gig like?
Agent….there’s plenty to do in town!
Jock….yes, but what’s the gig like?
Agent…well the rooms good!
Those Jocks reading this with a smile
on their face are the reason for this reunion, and I believe we are all in for
one hell of a great time, looking forward to seeing you all there, old and new
Finally, a big thank you to Butty,
Micki Jon and Bobby Webb for always managing to insert the most embarrassing
photos of me they can find, i.e. my Gary Glitter cat suit and some of the
Cheers to you all and see you next
CARL DE ROME
Carl de Rome 04.07.2008
Hello from Ray!
Well it is great to see all these old
familiar names....if not faces! I saw the light and went back to
school, I am now a senior improvement manager for a flight catering company, so
a little far removed from the good old days, (however not so far, I am currently
in a Hotel room in Oslo)!
I will write and send some photos, I
like to look back, and it is the past which has formed the present!
Ray Alex 09.07.2008
Chris Brookes says hello!
Alan, Well how mad is that?
Someone just gave me a tip about your website. I can't remember if we actually
met...... I don't think we did, however, a belated BIG BIG THANK YOU
for some of the best years of my life. I worked for you for about four years (
late 70's )started in Denmark, over to south Norway, back to Copenhagen (The
Blue Bird ) where I shared a hotel with the famous tap dancers The Clark
Brothers (mental) stints in Genève ( Club 58 ) and Basel ( Happy Night, where
every night was outa' sight).....but most of the time Norway, and I reckon most
towns. The first DJ, I ever met there was
Richard White who went on to run Touring Motor Hotel in Haugesund. Richard was
the only guy I've kept in touch with (and a dear friend) and it was he who told
me about the site this morning. He now lives in Thailand and just make a mad
trip up to Birmingham to get a visa, from the consulate, so we had lunch and you
cropped up......Happy Days!
One of my favorite stories about you is
when I eventually quit...or at least tried to. I remember coming home to my lady
and trying to desperately convince her, that was it! We had bought a house and I
assured her I was going to get a 'proper job' and settle down....I
arrived home on the Wednesday, you called.... and I said, thanks, but no
more....you said, isn't there anywhere you would like to go?.....and I said
tongue in cheek....not unless you can get me a gig in the South Of France....you
phoned back two hours later and I started in Montpellier on the Saturday
night....she moved out shortly afterwards....
I did get a proper job, my second best
job ever, working for the Import Department at EMI Records....the department
closed down a couple of years later, I panicked ( with a mortgage on board ) and
went back to work for Richard in Haugasund. Now, here's the twist...in 1982 I
opened a Clothes shop called 'Jazz' ......and several years later Richard White
opened a clothes shop on the island and called it by the same name ( well it
saved him having bags printed ). I have since recently sold up (after 24 years)
and I'm 'avin' a grown up gap year with my wife of 26 years, Rose.
Hope this email finds you in good
health and spirits, with my warmest regards and much love,
Chris Brookes 24.07.2008
Nicky Flavell - still going strong in London!
Myself, Steve Knox, Steve Doyle and Ian
"Bubbles" Hunter, moved back to London a few years ago. We are still into motorcycles "big
time" (we do more of that, than anything else). Sadly, Steve Doyle was fatally
killed whilst we were riding in the Pyrenees Mountains a couple of years back. He was a truly top bloke and mate, who
is sadly missed. Steve, single handedly forced me back
into "Club land" several years ago, and it's still on!!! - Water hasn't past
under the bridge for me; it's been more of a constant tidal wave! The rest of us
live on, behaving no differently than we did more than 30 years ago.
A special hello to Dick Shepherd,
Neville Parsons, Primus, Bootsy, Greg Wilson, Pete Turner, Peter Brown, Wally
Drayton and Maggie May ! (As I was 50/50 IDEA / Europa, hello to those of you
not listed here but who were "on the one").
Easy Now - Nicky Flavell.
Nicky Flavell 25.07.2008
The Italian Job (from Andy in Italy)
putting my photo on the site.
Just to let you know that I have booked my flight and have a hotel and I am
coming with a good friend of mine, a fellow DJ, though he was never an IDEA DJ,
he knows a lot of the guys who worked in Luxembourg. His name is Roy Peter.....
and a real Luxembourger.
I am really looking forward to meeting up with you all again after so many
years, and I´m also hoping to meet up with DJs I heard about, but never managed
to meet; after all we were the last of the real professional DJs who could
handle anything, even playing Mississippi
by Pussycat 100 times a
night, sadly what do we have today? A laptop full of MP3s, and no personality.
I am really looking forward to the
party even, if it means oxygen masks and doctors on standby!
for getting the site together, you have done a really great job
Andy Hayward 30.07.2008
Michael & Marilyn: from the Algarve:
Hallo everyone! Marilyn and Michael here in sunny
Portugal. I have been out of commission for 3 weeks now, due to a severe back
strain. No comments please as it has been hurting like hell!! This has meant
that suddenly I have a lot of extra time on my hands whilst Marilyn is working
her poor fingers to the bone doing everything by herself. Yes you can send
flowers! I have been able to look through most
of our old photo albums and so far have transferred just over 40 photos to a
nice little disc. Which means I need a postal address Mr. Webmaster? I didn’t
think that I could achieve such a complicated matter with modern technology,
being over 60 now, but I persevered and nothing has been lost? I am amazed, so
I have been getting quite a number of
e-mails from long forgotten faces from various places in Norway and Denmark, so
whatever you are doing is certainly working well. Also something else has
started to happen and that is I am also getting weird e-mail letters from » You
have been chosen as our new winner« » I am the interior minister for Uganda« »
My baby is very ill and can you help me for the operation« » Congratulations you
have won« These types of messages I have never received before so I am wondering
whether your e-mail list on the web page is the reason for these messages coming
to me. Have any of your other DJ’s been suddenly getting this stuff?? Lastly, as you are obviously more on
the web and in your computer than I am, can you suggest anything? I am fully
protected by various programs etc. Just curious as to where these various people
have obtained my e-mail from. Anyway get back to me when you can.
Love and hugs to all.
Marilyn and Michael.
We apologise to anyone who has
received Spam or Phishing mails as a result of their mail address being
published on this website.
Unfortunately, whenever an e-mail
address is posted on the Internet, it can be detected by spam-crawlers, we have
therefore, password protected the "Contact" page on the website, and so only
bona-fide IDEA jocks/dancers can access the page in the future.
Adjusting the security settings for
the mail account generally works, sending unwanted mail to the junk folder. Most
mail programs incorporate a "delete & block" option (try right clicking the
unwanted mail, & select "add to blocked list"...or the equivalent)
alternatively, set the security level to the highest: only mail from people on
your contacts list. Bouncing back the mail to the sender is also a good idea, if
you have that option....it makes your email address appear invalid. Always
remember, never open suspicious mails...delete them.
Peter Sinclair says hello:
Fab. site, one minute it's
wonderful to see so many old friends the next it's so sad when you spot someone
who's no longer with us, and then I'm laughing so much at some old photo or
someone's dodgy old memory. And that's not all, I'm fascinated, I'm surely not
the only one -by the Now and Then or is it the Then and Now photo's. Whatever,
they work both ways! I´m living in Cydweli (Kidwelly)
Nr Caerfyrddin (Carmarthen) West Wales. Not doing much unfortunately, just
treading water here in Carmarthenshire so that I can be near my Mam while she's
still alive and needs my support. I want so much
to attend the reunion, and do hope to attend,
I'll know for sure closer to the event.
Peter Sinclair 01.08.2008
Mike Smith (Alive & well in Denmark)
Hi Alan, I just found your site (nice
one) it's great to see the old names, and sad to see some have died.
I hope you are well, I am doing OK,
have been working for L'Oreal the last 8 years, I don't have any contact with DJ's
over here, although Carl Kingston stayed with me for a short time last year. I
am divorced, three boys 26, 23 and 21. I must say, I miss the old days, and a
reunion would be great, but don't think many are interested.
Mike Smith 06.08.2008
Ian Hunter (Bubbles)..R.I.P
I know there are a few of you who knew
Ian "Bubbles" Hunter back in the day. I first met him in '77 and we remained
close friends ever since. I'm sorry to say he passed away this morning
(20/08/08) after a very short illness. I cannot give you any information at this
moment about the funeral arrangements, but feel free to contact me if you would
like to be notified.
Ian my old mate, rest in peace. Nick.
Nicky Flavell 20.08.2008
Alan Roberts lives and breathes....just about!
Hi Alan, Long time no hear, am I back at the
Revolution again next month?
The site looks great have had a couple
of the old lads tell me about it namely Gavin McCoy and Golly Gallagher. Really sad about the deaths of a couple
too, namely Charlie Munroe, Terry White and Tommy Kaye for goodness
sake...whatever happened to his Mrs. Jette wasn't it.
Do you remember that crazy dog of his
and the huge stash he kept in his flat?
We're all old timers now and like many
of the others I went onto Radio for many years, Voice of Peace in 1976 through
BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Oxford, Swansea Sound, Severn Sound for eight years,
GWR FM, QEFM and then finally BBC Radio 2 as a Producer for another 8 years and
BBC World Service as Presenter of the Country Show before semi retiring to
Torquay where I now produce TV programmers for smaller networks and voice overs
My eldest daughter is a Club Dancer in
Bristol (she's 24), my son still lives in Copenhagen he's a journalist and
lecturer at the Uni there.
I've kept a low profile on the anorak
and radio sites for many years, but now as I suddenly have more time on my hands
(62 now) I'll be getting more active with the memories etc. I keep in contact with a few of the old
guys but would love to know how Mickey Lee, Graham Jackson, Alan Bromley and
others are doing. As for the reunion, that would be a
nice idea and it would give me a chance to see my son again.
Alan Roberts 25.08.2008
Mike Ledger has died
A leading disc jockey that became
a celebrity of the Norwegian dance music scene, Michael Ledger, died at the Earl
Mountbatten Hospice, Newport, on Monday 28th.July, aged 60.
Born in Tunbridge Wells on January 22, 1947, he was the eldest of four children
to Ron and Madeleine Ledger. Mr. Ledger moved to London with the family when he
was a toddler and he trained as a chef as a teenager.
The family moved to the Island in 1969 to run the Halland Hotel, Sea view. Mr.
Ledger, of Salem Road, Shanklin, ran the hotel’s nightclub, The Beehive. This
kick-started his career as a disc jockey and he became firm friends with Tony
Mr. Ledger ran a business in Shanklin called The Music Workshop, which supplied
DJs with equipment and dance records. He also promoted top American soul bands,
such as Heatwave and The Foundations, which performed at the Carousel and La
Babalu in Ryde.
His DJ career took him to Scandinavia, where he became Norway’s number one DJ in
the mid-80s. It was during this period Mr. Ledger disc jockeyed at the renowned
Monteux Jazz Festival, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Freddie Mercury and
He moved back to the Island in the late 1980s to help his father run the Ryde
Grill kebab shop in George Street, Ryde — eventually taking over the business
and running it until he retired, due to ill health, in 2006.
He is survived by his mother, Sister Jane Gavaghan, Brothers Peter and Bernard
and son, Simon.
Bobbie Webb 29.08.2008
We found Robin the Raver in Sweden!
I started as 2nd after
Alan at "Star Club". stayed several years at the "To
Be" Discotheque in Odense, even got a world championship playing 172 hours
days- I was actually the first idiot who tried, and made it good publicity- by
the way does anybody have some clippings about me or photos from 1969 - please
mail me and I´ll see you all at the 40 Year party.
Yours, Robin the Raver
Robin the Raver 02.09.2008
News from Alan
had a check through the old register....had a long chat to Golly yesterday, he
told me Gitte Dons died 3 years ago...Perhaps some jocks can
comment and produce photos of the zaniest/ maddest club managers who were around
at the time...I would nominate Kjell Holm of La Boheme, Skien..for his very
special personal hamburgers...
Alan Lawrie 03.09.2008
From Andy Simms in the south of FranceHi All,
Just spent a fantastic hour or so looking at all the photos, and really going
back in time, as we used to say. I stopped jocking 8 years ago and am now a
coach driver, I live in the south of France with my wife of 15 years and my 3
sons of 11, 8 and 5, I also have a daughter who is 25 and lives in Paris. Best regards
to Mr. Lawrie, I think the last time I saw him was when he had a flat in Nice,
we had a meal together. Regards to all who remember me, Nigel Day, Kenny Lyle,
Andy Hayward, Andy Ross, what about Ben Cree? Richard White and loads of others,
I was the DJ. on the Winston Churchill when it ran aground just outside Goteborg
in 1979, that is my claim to fame. Anyway take care all of you.
Andy Simms 0.09.2008
Pete James now a radio boss in Germany
I worked for IDEA from 1981 till 1983 I
am now living in Germany; I am now the Head of Music for 8 radio stations in the
East of Germany.
Peter James 08.09.2008
Hello to everybody from Christer in
Well, after all these years! A whole lot of memories are coming back to me when
I got the invitation for the reunion party in Copenhagen next year. I will be
I was working with IDEA between 81 and 86, mostly in Norway.
As I recall I was never "interviewed" by Alan for the job as a DJ. I was at the
time a resident DJ at Gamle Port
Night Club in Gothenburg.
I went there in the summer of 81 as a replacement for a DJ named Terry Cassidy.
He´s intention was that I should be there for just a month while he was on
holiday, but although I was young and inexperienced, (Terry didn´t want his
temporary replacement to be too good!) the management liked me, and the only way
Terry could get back into the club was to find me another job. That was with IDEA in Norway. I
think it took over three years before I finally met Alan.
I worked with IDEA for five years, before I did my final gig (in
Switzerland) ,and iwent to work with
Julianas. I wanted to see the world, and my
first job for them was - in Norway!!! but that’s a completely different story.
I got the word that Terry Cassidy sadly past away some few years ago, but I
haven´t got it confirmed. Anyone know??...
Christer Smedberg 08.09.2008
Hello everyone...Brian Stewart here!
I worked with IDEA from 1980 to
1989, these were great times, looked after by Johnny Scott and Alan, and felt
that IDEA was more like family. After leaving IDEA in 1989 I returned to the UK
and ended up DJing (still) and started my own window business. I found myself
interested in production work and writing my own stuff in break beats and hard
house under a different DJ name .in 1995 I sold my window company and bought a
gym in Kidderminster where I was playing Storm,
many other clubs. I worked with Matt Darey
remixed one or two of his songs, played
Nocturnal, O2 etc.
Now I´ve moved and own a DJ studio.
This is solely for Djs to record their work, or even write and produce. I also
teach DJ skills & still jock all over- but not every weekend. I´ve been trying
to get in touch with old friends for a while now, and then came across this site
by chance. - and yes I will be at the reunion!!
My telephone number is 07823887656
Speak soon Brian
Brian Stewart 11.09.2008
Terry Cassidy R.I.P.
I found out following about Terry
Cassidy. He died of a heart attack at "Vallhalla badet" in Gothenburg.
American radio DJ Alex St John who was a close friend of Terry said that he was
ill the last years of his life (problems with his liver), and he also for many
years had problems with his hearing (tinnitus). Too many hours with loud music
I manage to find a Terence Cassidy who
was born 1944-12-12 and who died 2001-10-14, but who was buried at Kvibergs
cemetery in Gothenburg five years later, in 2006. This is the only person with
the name Cassidy who is buried in the Gothenburg-area. The span between death
and funeral could indicate that the person did not have any relatives. Could you
find out if the birth date match with Terry's?
I have not managed to locate Gregory
Reed yet, but he is apparently making his living as a girl photographer! What a
nice job. I will continue to track him.
Put me down for the reunion next year
response: Alan confirms that was Terry´s birthday
Christer Smedberg 18.09.2008
Pete Jensen (Heyes) death
Pete passed away primarily from
lung cancer that had spread throughout his body, he passed away the 27th of
April 2001, and he was 45 years old. I would like to add, how happy it makes me
feel to see Pete immortalized on the I.D.E.A. website. I am also saddened to see
the jocks who have passed away, among a few whom I was acquainted with: Geoff
Collins, Julian Wood and Erik Walkoff.
I am extremely pleased to be invited to the DJ reunion next year in Copenhagen,
I will be attending I'm sure it will be a ball, and I´m really looking forward
Phil Heyes 21.09.2008
Terry from Sunny Blackpool
I just like say it's fantastic what you
have done…. those memoires, and the pictures! I only wish we could do it all
again. I was in Tromsø when I met Johnny
Scott over in Festus
across the road from Rio Bravo,
where I was the dj, and he invited me to join IDEA, which I did, and went on to travel
I had a great time and met some
good lads. I even worked the ferries from Denmark, which I enjoyed, and when I
met Neil McHenry onboard MS England
we connected straight away, and remain in contact to this day. When I was In Norway I took my speed
boat around with me, the summers were great, and I even taught some lads to
water ski and dive, even making the local news in the papers in Kristiansand! I
recall Martin Storvik, in Trondheim, tried to paraglide that was a laugh; the
locals thought we were crazy. I've got the photos….. Martin, Carl De Rome, Chris
Day & Dennis Lloyd.
It was sad to hear about Mike Ledger
death, he was a
fantastic guy to meet and have a great time with.
I'm now back in sunny Blackpool, where
I'm working for Blackpool Transport
inspecting the trams and buses. At the moment we are doing a
lottery grant project, resorting the old
Illumination Train to its pre- war day's glory…..
Hopefully ready for 2009!
Best regards to all,
Terry Shaw 25.11.2008
Hey what an absolute blast that was!
We sure burnt the candle at both ends,
and in the middle two! Thanks for the memories guys....they
were bound to catch up with us sooner or later! Ha-ha! well, well...This
certainly has to be THE MOST exclusive club in the world. I jocked Scandinavia from 1979 to 82
and I think I was the youngest DJ on the circuit for a while.
Nice to see all you survivors, especially the Luxy mob, Bob Christy, Andy
Hayward etc. By the way Bob, yes, we get it, its lots-a-million listeners, and
you've got a great voice man! But get over it guy, you´re over 50 now! (By the
way, I am NOT!).
It's actually surprising how many people are still doing something similar. Hey,
what happened to Ade Babe? Last time I saw him he was spaced out on a sofa on an
Airbase in Germany. Sorry to see Tony Kaye is gone, I still
miss my mate Terry White, he was run over in Berlin leaving a nightclub.
I made it out of Scandinavia for a decade or so, spent in the South of
Europe, then packed in jocking professionally in the late 80s. I pulled myself
together, took a Degree in Electronics and moved to Denmark. Strangely enough! I'm now
the Chief Sales Engineer in a Satcom company for India, China & South East
Asia, so the old media and travelling never got out of my system. I last Jocked
in the mid 90s.
I´m still in close contact with my old school mate & DJ Richard Whittle if
anyone remembers him. I'm sure he should be on your list; he worked for IDEA at
some point. He's a pilot now.
Great job Alan & by the way, thanks for putting my promo card in the
centre of screen! I can now actually Google myself!
Copenhagen is just down the road from here, so if I get an invite, I'll be over.
Sure would be fun!
Very best regards
Pete Kelly 27.11.2008
Hello from Ricky Starr in Denmark
What a great site
idea jocks is, it took me back
to the late sixties and seventies.
I have known Alan Lawrie since May
1969, when I was booked to play in Dansetten, Tivoli, Copenhagen May and June
1969. I was booked through Neils Wenkens &
had a room at Neils Wenkens mother and father's flat. My next job was in Aalborg at Klub
Katten this was a booking by both Neils Wenkens and Eugene Tjemar, and they both
wanted 15% in total 30%, Thinking this was too much to pay, I got Alan Lawrie to
make the booking through IDA for the month of July, this I believe was IDA´s
first monthly booking.It was the time when IDA had its office
in Nyhavn together with a guy called Bjarne who was the manager for Kim Larsen
and Gasolin. When I was between jobs and had no room, I slept in the office and
was quite often woken by Kim Larsen.
Otherwise, Alan booked me on jobs in
Norway (Skien), Narden busum Holland and a lot of clubs in Denmark and Sweden. I am now living in Denmark, speak
fluent Danish and have a Danish passport, I have been working for FM radio
stations in Denmark for the past 25 years: for ANR Aalborg, as a presenter /
technician, Voice as program manager, and now with Skala FM as the technical
Best regards to all,
Ricky Starr 12.12.2008
Hi Alan, I just came
across your website and saw my name listed, just thought I would drop a line to
say congratulations on the anniversary year, I spent a short spell at Neandersgaard, Helsingør and the experience (all good) has never left me. I was
back in Helsingør a short while back meeting up with some friends that I made
back then. I still think it was the best
thing that happened to me, being lifted out of my small home town and exposed
(in more ways than one) to the big world out there. Since coming back to the UK
I did clubs in the UK, radio production, then sales, then moved into cartoons (www.violentveg.com)
and then into commercial photography.
Thanks for opening the world to me back in 1986.
Very best wishes
Ian Shipley 23.02.2009
The King of Oslo, Glen "GC" Christian is dead....
23.07.1953 - 27.11.2007
Glen was born in Chicago, USA, by
Norwegian parents, and moved to Norway in his teen years. They moved back to to
his mom and dad’s home town Porsgrunn.
Glen was a DJ nearly all of his life,
besides helping his father out with some odd paint jobs in his company. He
worked, as you probably already know, as a DJ in England, Denmark, USA, Canada,
Greece and of course Norway. He also had several radio shows in the States and
in Canada (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Toronto and so on) & was also a guest DJ at
Radio Luxembourg – The Great 208.
Glen was probably one of the most
popular & outstanding DJ’s, becoming really famous when he started out for Jan
Rivelsrud at his first restaurant in Oslo, Bajazzo.
This restaurant was the first in a big chain - that later became Rica Hotels, a
very well known hotel-chain in Norway.
Already from the time I first met Glen
in 1983, he had problems with his Pancreas, and he was in and out of hospitals
from 1983 until the day he passed away. I visited his mom and dads this summer
(2008), who are both in their 80’s and still live in Porsgrunn; his mom told me
that Glen lived at their house the last 2-3 weeks of his life. He passed out in
his mom’s lap after she asked him to receive Jesus. Glen was not a believer
until that day, and that was a great thing for his mom, who is a very religious
person. Glen’s uncle took me and my youngest daughter to his grave, and when I
asked him what Glen died of, he told me that it was a total collapse of his
whole body… it just did not work no more.
Glen told me many times that he
would not survive his mom and dad, and I said "forget
it Glen, of course you will, they are in their 80’s",
but he was right. Just a month or two before Glen died; he had lost his beloved
dog Bella. He called me and told me that he had nothing more to live for, and I
knew that in a way it was right.
A few months earlier, in March 2007,
Thor "Mark Davies" Lystad (Noble Dancer / Tre Kokker) passed away at the age of
52. Thor, Glen and I were very close, and we even called each other brothers.
"The Three Musketeers" and "Brother’s in Arms", and we were closer than most
families, so when Thor passed away, and then Glen’s dog Bella, I knew that it
would not take long before Glen was going the same way too.
Glen had problems with drugs and
alcohol, but had stayed completely clean for the past 10-15 years after moving
back to Porsgrunn, he told me he had lived a full life, and experienced more
than any other person. He had become friends with people like David Bowie, David
Lee Roth, Olivia Newton-John, Joan Jett and Nina Hagen to mention a few. He was
also the Norwegian record companies "crown prince", and they always took their
celebrities to Bajazzo,
and later also to Down Town,
a key club in Oslo DJ’ed by Glen.
I can tell you a story about the
first time I met Thor, and then later Glen. I was DJ’ing for "Sir" Jannick at
Josefine in Oslo, and I guess it was in 1980 or so. I was just a kid, not even
old enough to work there…. It was a Tuesday, and my late friend Jan Terje & I
were playing for – ZERO – people, when in came a beautiful blond, probably round
20 years old, and I fell in love at once. It was only her and us in the room,
but then suddenly this Rod Stewart looking guy shows up in his Armani suit, and
I remember I thought who the hell is this? I didn’t like it at all, it was her
boyfriend, and I didn’t like him either, until he came up to me and said; "Hey
man, you´re a great DJ! Can I buy you and your friend a drink? Just drink
whatever you like for the rest on the evening and put in on my tab. We became
fans of this guy instantly Then this guy asks me if I would like to try working
at Tre Kokker, at the
time one of Oslo’s hottest nightclubs, I mean, I was 15 or 16, and
Tre Kokker had a age limit of
23. I was in heaven and he told me to start already the next weekend.
This guy was Thor Lystad a.k.a.
Mark Davies. After working for him a while, I got an offer to work at
Magnetique, a brand new club
in the old residence of Bajazzo.
Thor said that I should try it out, as I could always come back to
Tre Kokker if I didn´t like it
there. At the time I had only heard about Glen, and he was like God to me.
So I started out at
Magnetique, and it was a great
success, but on Sunday’s we had a lot of the old
Bajazzo guests, and they were really giving me a
hard time, they told me that I was shit & that I had taken Glen’s job. Then
suddenly one Sunday, Glen enters Magnetique
in his white leather suit, with two sex bombs on his arms, it was like it was
Mick Jagger who had come into the room. I was so happy, for the first time in my
life I was about to meet my big time idol, Glen Christian.
He came over to me, I was so
happy that I’s finally got to meet him, but instead of a nice "hello" he said "
who the fuck are you taking my job?", I just wanted to leave the place at once.
My big time idol told me that I was a jerk, not even close to a DJ, and his
audience told me so too. I just wanted to die right there and then. When I
mentioned this to Thor, he called up Glen and said; you are my best friend Glen,
but Dag is a very good friend too, so if you don’t leave him alone I’ll get real
pissed. Then after meeting them a couple of times, they invited me to go with
them to Baronen & Baronessen,
and I was maybe like 17 or 18 at the time, not even old enough to get in there.
When we arrived, The Baron himself, Rune, was standing in the door and told Glen
and Thor to get upstairs for free drinks, and then he asked Glen "who is this
guy (me)? Glen replied "That’s my brother, and he’s a helluva DJ". From that day
the three of us became brothers.
I am so thankful for this friendship
that lasted for about 25 years until both Thor and Glen passed away, they were
both great DJ’s, and introduced me into the business.
Glen Christian, and last, but not least
Thor. R.I.P. both of you.
Sincerely, "Littlebro" Dag "Tex Davis"
(my DJ name back then) Foosnæs a.k.a. Foose
Tex Davis 24.02.2009
Sorry boys & girls....
I'm sorry to say that I will be unable
to attend the reunion in Copenhagen.
This is due to my work commitments which I am unable to alter. I'm sure it will
be an absolute blast and will be thinking about you all having it 'large' in
town after all these years. I hope my editorial/pictorial
submissions to the site will make up in some way for my no-show this year. Have
a blast & regards to all who remember me.
Micki Jon 12.03.2009
Duncan still very much alive....
I thought I'd just set a few details
straight. I am very much alive and looking forward to Denmark on 5th/6th June.
I'm living in Weymouth, Dorset (see contact details below) and still 'jock'/compere
to 'eek out a living'. In my travels I've managed three
divorces, eleven children (2 are step children) and have lived with Angie
(without marriage getting in the way) for some years,
our relationship is old enough to drink.
I had to hide the wives in my suitcase because I distinctly
remember Alan saying "No wives on tour unless they are part of the show", a
girlfriend or wife of his (I can't remember which) bubbled me before I got off
the bloody ferry. I still like the taste of wedding cake LOL.
I am one of the few jocks that still do
"all nighters", 4 in a row for Weymouth Easter Hockey Festival next, these
youngsters can´t hack the 10 hour gigs, as they wilt or their mums won´t let
them. Please don´t show me as no longer with us on the site, and what a great
site it is, although it was right about the heart attack (4 in fact) which have
not slowed me down. The drinking has slowed though. Looking forward to seeing
all the old farts at the party and if anybody wants to contact me, please give
them my contact details. We will arrive on Thursday and
leave on Monday. Got to have time to recover from rowing over :)
Duncan Stewart 28.03.2009
Paul Stewart....from Cambodia..
"WOW" how do I start? It really is just
amazing to find your site. Don't know how I got on it - but so glad I did. I am
now sitting in my hotel room in Saigon and my memory has gone into overdrive.
1976 was when IDEA sent me to Aalborg.
Hung around with Bobby Webb and Graham Bell and many more. It is only now that I can see that I
was a part of a great family of entertainers. I can't remember thinking too much
in those days just too busy being a Super Star. I came down to earth with a bump
many years ago but I can honestly say that if it was not for Alan and IDEA for
putting me on the road I do not know where I would be today. It was so nice to
read the names and see the old photos, it was like yesterday. My heart goes out
for the guys that have passed on to DJ heaven.
Great web site, just great!
Paul Stewart 24.04.2009
Klaus is very much alive!
All right, Folks….Imagine my surprise, when I received a text-message along the lines of:"Are you
the famous "Klaus Arentoft" who so successfully ;-) DJ’ed for IDEA in the 70’s?
If so, please check out the following website" etc…. signed, Bobby Webb.
I logged in, and the past literally welled up: Good grief, had it really been
almost 30 years since the crazy days in the clubs? I was thinking of the days
and nights in Neil´s flat/office in Landskronagade where we played war-games and
hung out. The excursions to the Go-Cart center, where everyone were reduced to
OAP-drivers when Roger Kiesa donned his red leather-outfit, and drove like a
professional (Which, as it turned out, he actually was !) I remembered the trip
to Luxembourg, in a sad excuse of an old clap-trap of a bus, where we had to
piss in bottles, and where we hardly slept for 3 days. But most of all I thought
about the unique camaraderie among the jocks, and the sense of being a part of a
family, or group rather, with the same aim and values. Very much thanks to Alan
and Neil´s management, I hasten to add. If it wasn’t for their "holding the web
together", I don’t think we would have been as close, as we actually were.
I later spoke to Bobby, and he told me about the reunion, and came up with the
latest gossip and requested me to write something about myself on the IDEA
Anyway, so what happened to Klaus Arentoft since he stopped DJ’ing in 1981? He
got married to an English girl, got into advertising, where he still is,
although in quite a few different agencies over the years, and he managed to
keep his head above the water.
The story in short:
Met the English bird in the gig "Gadekæret" in Helsinge in the summer of ’79,
(yes, guys: she was one of the numerous au-pairs in the area), and we managed to
stay together for 13 years. Got a daughter in the process, Isabella, who is now
15 years old, and lives in England, and who I see on 2-3 occasions a year.
Mainly holidays and prolonged weekends, here or there J Quite satisfying,
really, although it would be nice with a higher frequency. Never mind…. Got
married again, and had 2 more girls, Filippa and Cornelia, aged 10 and 7 years
now. They all 3 get on extremely well, and love each other to bits, despite the
small language barrier.
I began my career in advertising in 1983 in one of the big US-agencies, and I
still hang on in the business. Working in an agency in Copenhagen currently, but
I’d like to get another job a little further up north, where I live in the
countryside. Let’s see what happens. It’s quite normal with frequent job-changes
in this business, so something will show up eventually.
There are loads of stories to be told, but I’m sure we’ll get a chance to spin
some yarns at the reunion.
I think it’s great to see that there is still some sort of "togetherness" among
the jocks, and I really look forward to the reunion in June.
+45 20 67 44 67
Klaus Arentoft 30.04.2009
Be Young, Be Foolish and Be Happy…
Hi Alan – Hi Everyone! This is a
great website and a really super idea with the IDEA reunion 2009. I’m really
sorry I couldn’t be there, but I’m sure that you all had a great party and a
nice stay in Copenhagen. I have enjoyed very much to see all the nice and
well-known faces of the jocks from the seventies on the website. Good to see
that most of you still are having a great time – but of course sad to read about
those who have passed away. Years ago I heard about Glen Rogers death and also
Dennis Hastings. But on the website I have been informed of several more,
including Tommy Kaye, and I’m so sorry to hear this.
I was working for Alan Lawrie and IDA / IDEA for four fantastic years in
1972-1976, and during the years I have kept all the good memories and showed
gratitude to Alan for what you did for me at that time. Thanks, Alan. I really
I was one of the Danish jocks – among the first ones. Kent Munch and Tobias
started before me. My name is Søren Staf Hansen, and I played all over Denmark
and once in Narvik in the North of Norway. I used my own name Søren Hansen, but
at the fantastic beach disco "Showboat" in Karrebæksminde near Næstved they
called me "Søren the Fox" during three summers.
I started as a DJ in April 1971 in Køge at the discotheque "Biblioteket"
where I played for one year.
I lived in Haslev in these years, and a very good friend of mine was Bent
Olsen, the owner of Black & White. I had a lot of fun in this fabulous
discotheque, where I met great guys like Joe Bach, Glen Rogers, Tommy Kay, Brian
Laurie, Jean Louis "Pussy" and many more. But the first IDEA DJ I met on Black &
White was Kent Much in June 1971. I think it was one of his last jobs as a DJ
before he started working in the record-store Bristol on Strøget in Copenhagen.
On his request I drove in my Mini to Landskronagade in Copenhagen to meet Alan
Lawrie – but in the first time I did not became an IDEA DJ, and of course I was
sorry. Instead I continued on "Biblioteket" in Køge.
It was a must for me at that time to be an IDEA DJ, and I became very happy
when Alan called me in the spring 1972 and offered me my first professional job
in Club 69 in Søborg where I replaced Tobias. And I was happy. Club 69 was a
very big place with to dance floors and a lot of nice and happy people every
night. My first night was 21. April 1972 and I had a great feeling playing here.
In September I came to Black & White – nice to be "home" – for the first time as
After that I played in Paradiset in Copenhagen and then again in Club 69. 1.
January 1973 Bent Olsen wanted me to be DJ in his and Annie's new nightclub in
Roskilde called Columbus, and it was a great pleasure to play here for four
month. In May I went to the cold North of Norway to "Malmen" in Narvik working
every night 9-12 in the light of the midnight sun. It was a super experience.
Home again in June I took the Mini and drove to Aalborg for one month in
McCloud. That was ok but it was much better to come to the beach in July – my
first summer at Showboat. What a place. In July I also played one night in
Tivoli in Krudthuset where IDEA presented The National Disc-Jockey Championship
1973. It became a great party-night with a lot of DJ’s. The summer continued in
"Generalen" in Copenhagen and after that "Biblioteket" in Køge, "Camelot" in
Frederikssund and two month at the end of the year back in Columbus in Roskilde.
One of the nights in Generalen in August 1973 I played at a Promotion Party
arranged by Polydor Records. They were presenting two new Danish bands for the
press this night – Moirana and Shu-Bi-Dua. Two great bands – and Shu-Bi-Dua are
still on the top of the pop in Denmark in 2009!
In 1974 I played in "Focus" in Skjern, "Club 10" in Copenhagen, "Safari Club"
in Karlslunde, Camelot again – lots of great places. They were followed by
another super summer, two month in Karrebæksminde on "Showboat". After that
"Moulin Rouge" in Slagelse, Safari Club in Karlslunde, fantastic place, and "Den
Gamle Stald" in Nykøbing Sjælland. The year ended with a nice December in
Vordingborg in "Boulevardkroen".
1975 started in Safari Club followed by "Club Si-Si" in Køge, "Landsbyen" in
Næstved and Boulevardkroen once again. In April I came to "Hit Club" on
Postgården in Skælskør and after that back in Safari Club where I also played in
May. Super place! And then for the third summer "Showboat" at the beach in
Karrebæksminde – "In Action Every Night; The Fox on the Run"! It became another
wonderful summer. After that the owners Bo and Bjarne Nielsen wanted me to be
their DJ in a new super exclusive disco in Næstved called "Admiralen" opening in
September. I really enjoyed my time here, but after nearly six month I decided
to stop my DJ career after five fantastic years to be a bank clerk again.
Flemming Jay, my very good friend, replaced me in Admiralen.
And believe it or not; today, after all these years I still have all my
record as a good memory from a nice and splendid time. Thanks Allan, Brian, Joe,
Kent, Tobias and all you other good guys and girls. I wish you all the best! –
Be Young, Be Foolish and Be Happy!
Since 1977 I have been working with marketing, public relations and
communication as a communications manager etc. in several banks and big
companies in Denmark as Holmegaard, Junckers, Velux and Totempo. It has been a
perfect career for me and every day has been exciting – just as the IDEA years
in the seventies. Best regards,
Søren Staf Hansen 08.06.2009
Hi Alan and everyone
. I'm sorry to say I couldn´t get to the reunion in Copenhagen.
My wife is disabled and has been through a very bad patch, my daughter isn't
able to look after as she is taking college finals.
I've let Golly and Steve Copper alias Gavin McCoy know and recently talked with
Ricky Starr and Paul Marshall by phone which I was over the moon about after all
these years. Bobby Junior will be my next contact and all because of the IDEA
website which has been great.
Please pass on my respects to all the old jocks and if there is ever another reunion, perhaps in England, I'll certainly. be there. What about Torquay, tons of
Hotels, Nightlife and the seaside (Best in Britain)
Happy Christmas !
Richard Blade & his lovely wife Krista
Happy New Year 2010 from
Joe Bach 01.01.2010
Hello from Marion in USA...
Was a surprise all this is, I have
often wondered over the years where everybody went to!
I used my own name Marion Wright at the time I lived
in London, I seem to remember it was Chris Lee who gave
me the info. about Alan and Denmark we had been working at the
on the Isle of Wight for a summer season.
lived in the States for the last 15 years
working in the Fitness
Industry in Los Angeles, When I emigrated I
shipped my vinyl and still have my record collection. A friend of
mine knows Rosco he lives out here too and I nearly bought some twin
decks from him a few years ago! Decided I was too busy at the time to
even think of doing any gigs - raves from the 70's. Do you remember
Dennis Chance? Marion
Marion Wright 01.01.2010
Love to all from Honey Bee & Roger...
What a blast from the past, all that seems a lifetime ago, on another planet,
nevertheless, what a great time it was. I saw the site a while ago and have been meaning to get in touch, but what with
wasting away in my hammock I never got a round to it. Good job on the site
brought the memories flooding back.
A quick update on us, we were with Alan for a good eight years starting around
April or May 1971 before that we had been touring the US bases in Germany with a
First gig for Alan was in Sweden and then we went on to work almost everywhere
in Europe. (If you want more details of where and when get back to us and we
will see what we can remember).
Life after IDEA: Got back to England in 79, formed a band, made a few records,
got nowhere so went back to jockeying. Worked for the Michael Cohn agency of Wardour Street, backing up the “Radio One” jocks, and running the Sally James “Tiswas”
road show, that was great fun.
Then Michael got Honey a holiday replacement gig or Radio Luxemburg 208 when
Stuart Henry took a break. While in Luxembourg the mighty German service found
out that Honey speaks perfect German, made her an offer and she stayed with them
for twenty years, ten with the German radio and ten with Dutch TV.
During this time I worked some big clubs in Germany, then got involved with Mike
Knight and “Sunshine Radio Luxembourg”
In 2001 we bought a hotel in the Algarve, it must have been just up the road
from Mick and Marilyn, but we never knew they were there!
In 2008 we sold up and are now wasting away on tropical beaches, looking for a
If you would like any reminiscences or funny stories about our time with IDEA,
let us know and we’ll see what I can come up with.
Give our very best wishes to Alan.Big hug.
Hanny and Roger.
Roger Kingsley and Honey Bee Benson -21.01.2010
Black & White Disco Haslev, Denmark closed after 40 years!
Smilene var store, men nedenunder lurede vemodigheden, da Sydsjællands
engang allerstørste diskotek holdt lukke-reception
Fra 18 til 21 - og før ungdommen blev sluppet ind for
sidste gang - mødte "de gamle op", de der havde tilbragt
en pæn del af deres glade ungdoms timer i den store røde
bygning på hjørnet af Frederiksgade - ja, nogle af dem
havde oven i købet arbejdet der, Morten og Karin Larsen
drev B&W i 12 år - Finn Hansen og Frank Månsson nåede
kun 11 - byens boghandler Steen Wisler havde både været
flittig gæst engang, og han havde skam også arbejdet som
disc jockey, det var netop i Karin og Morten Larsens tid,
fortalte han. Og Jacob Toftlund, i dag en anden af byens
store forretningsfolk, som i dag er SuperBest
Stationspladsen, ja, han vaskede op i restauranten under
B&W i sine unge år.
Bobbie Webb 15.05.2010
Anyone for Cuba? ..and I don´t mean the Gibson brothers!
Hi IDEA Jocks,
Thanks again for your mail and keeping me
in your files. I am not a Jock, let,s say I was more a
dancer, … But 1 year ago I found your website and contacted Bobby Webb (thanks
I know some of you DJs, because I lived
in Trier near Luxemburg in the 80s where I met guys like Bob Christie, Pete
Kelly, Lou Lewis, Mike Ocean and many others during the time of RTL
Community. I was always in the disco on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
and still I like the sounds of the late seventies and early 80s. I have
read a lot of the stories on your website and also know that you had a
meeting in Copenhagen in 2009. For nearly 10 years I have lived in Havana,
Cuba, where I am the general manager of a Swiss travel agency. When I received this e-mail, I thought,
why not make you a proposal?
You all have and had to do with music,
you were all good DJs and mixers and now you are looking for a place to meet
you imagine having your meeting in HAVANA, CUBA?
There are several reasons for my proposal:I think you would have a lot of fun,
although Cuba is not perfect when it comes to service in the hotels etc…
Nevertheless there are 200.000 English
people every year coming to Cuba, we could show you the live music scene of
Cuba (which is world class, although more salsa, regeton and jazz, but there
are also clubs (but they are not as good as in Europe so
you could even teach the DJs). Cuba is a nostalgic country. Local people
in our age still remember the 70s and early 80s, for example one year ago there were 100.000 people to
listen to a live concert of Kool and the Gang.
They know the 80s sound and beat but do
not have the knowledge of all the variety of songs there arein England,so
perphaps we could organize several Club Nights
where some of you could eventually “do the mix”. Every Cuban can dance
and even if they do not know the songs,
they will adapt to the beat…
If you can come for a week we could eventually
rent a club for a few nights and you could make music, this would really be
There are DJs who can do the Club sound,
but having Djs from England would be something special.
To be honest it would take me some time
to get all the permissions, because Cuba is not a free country, but music
is not politics, so I am optimistic, that we could do something and we could
even organize some Club nights for the people 35 plus. They call it “Disco
Temba” here (and the younger would also dance, I am sure).You would see an exotic country nice
women and men. We could go one evening to the kitchy Tropicana Show etc.
And naturally the Cubans smoke cigars and
As a travel agency, we could also make
you a good price, we can also try to bring you in
contact with the local English expat scene (there are not so many) and the
British Embassy and also the BBC and Reuters if requested. Such a journey
could be a nice event, even for the world press…
And it could be very positive because
it’s connecting people through music.
May be you could bring your old records
and mix with vinyl (although they also work with CDs and Virtual DJ here,
but not many can do a good mix).
May be we could even bring in 2 or 3
vinyl players so then it would be really a nostalgic Club night….
May be we could do every night a
different club location one week long (for those of you who want to “work”…during
As you can see, I am not talking about a
meeting for 1 day, I am talking about a 1 weeks holiday (mainly in Havana
I would propose end of September or
beginning of October, because then we have low season and the hotel prices
These are only some ideas.
Should you be interested, please feel
free to contact me.
You can find our agency under
CUBA IS WAITING FOR YOU!
Best regards from Havana:
Product & Marketing
CUBA REAL TOURS
Bernd Herrmann 19.08.2011
Hi Alan, Hey that was my
very first IDEA gig. Karavellen, Aarhus 125 dkr per night, 7 days a week,
2000-0500. Free food and lodging. It was November 1971. I loved it, and
after that I could do anything! Thank God I spotted that little ad. in
Melody Maker. DJs wanted for Scandinavia.
We went back just a few years ago and
the place was still there, with a different name. The dockside is now very
developed and upscale, back then it was a bit wild west. The guy who ran it
was Nielsen? I think I ate schnitzel and friladeller every day. After a
quick month in Fredrikshavn Kroen I was back there again for a second month!
The two other jocks in town were Ricky
Star and Dave Booth.
Gavin McCoy 22.08.2011
Andy Docherty committed suicide 06.12.2011
Andy Docherty, who was arrested by Danish police at the end of November, has committed suicide by driving his car into the harbour in
Fredericia, Denmark on Tuesday the 6th. of December 2011. Ideajocks do not
have all the information regarding his arrest, we understand he was helping
the Danish police with their enquiries, and therefore presume Andy to be
innocent of any accusations made against him.
Steve Marvin(Smith) & Paul Stewart have both died of cancer related
It is with great sadness that we have have received news of two deaths of former IDEA
jocks, both died of cancer. Steve Marvin died in Skien, Norway on the 7th.
January (2013) and Paul Stewart in Wales on the 8th. April (2013) They
will both be sadly missed. R.I.P.
Hello to Honey Bee Benson & Roger Kingsley in Brazil !
After many years of no contact, we were delighted to hear from former IDEA jocks
HONEY BEE BENSON & ROGER KINGSLEY, whom we are pleased to rapport are alive and
well in Brazil.
The lovely Honey Bee is also well known as a lead singer in a couple of bands,
and especially for her time as a radio presenter on the Radio Luxembourg German
speaking service, Roger is best remembered for his excellent sense of humour,
writing and cookery skills!
Roger and Honey have travelled extensively to most parts of the World, but have
now settled in a coastal location in the Easten part of Brazil, close to the
city of Maceio´, where they have been running their own "pousada" (small hotel)
for a number of years, receiving fantastic reviews on Tripadvisor.com (http://www.tripadvisor.dk/Hotel_Review-g2011980-d1217791-Reviews-Pousada_Roanna-Marechal_Deodoro_State_of_Alagoas.html)
They have recently created Facebook accounts for their pousada (http://www.facebook.com/pousadaroanna
) and also
one detailing Honey Bees adventures at Radio Luxembourg (http://www.facebook.com/honeybeebensonradioluxemburg
If you know Honey Bee or Roger give them a "Like" on the above FB pages. or
alternatively send them an e- mail , they would love to hear from you!
Thorkild Kristensen died 24th. July 2013:
Thorkild Kristensen at the opening of Tordenskjold Diskotek,
Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen 1974
Thorkild Kristensen was the founder of
the Tordenskjold discotheque chain in Denmark. He died on the 24th.July
2013, aged 73. He had battled Parkinsons illness for many years.
Thorkild was born into a humble
working class family in a poor area of Aalborg, but through hard work he
created one of Denmark´s largest and most respected construction companies
-TK Development -responsible for building Fields shopping center
in Ørestad, and the up market hotel St. Petri in Copenhagen city center
(This building was the old department store Daells Varehus in Nørregade).
Unknown to many jocks, Thorkild was also the founder of TORDENSKJOLD
discotheques which were supplied by IDEA during the 70´s. For more
information on Thorkild´s amasing life, visit :
Bobby Webb 12.08.2013
The story of Disco in Norway:
Written by DJ Whiteshadow, shared with IDEA by DJ Tor
Disco in Norway was started in 1969 by a guy from Oslo named
Tore Løken. After he had spent time on the UK club scene he
brought the idea back with him, and decided to start a club in
Oslo where musicians and other artists could hang out with like
minded people, and others in the music business. The name of the
club was Mandagsklubben (The Monday Club), that was private and
membership only. Sort of a chill-out zone for people in the
Norwegian entertainment industry, artists, musicians, and their
girlfriends. Later in ' 69 Tore Løken also started a club open
to the general public, and named it Safari. Safari would become
the new hot spot in Oslo, being mentioned in music magazines
outside of Norway as well. The club had a jungle style interior,
and the DJ booth was built to look like a hut.
Tore Løken was the DJ at both clubs, and
the first DJ from Norway to play in front of a live audience, as
well as the first DJ to play records, and talk on the mic at the
same time. More DJ's followed shortly, and guys like the
Norwegian radio DJ Jørgen Slips would also start playing in Oslo
in 1969 at a club called "Soria Moria", as well as DJ Steve
Lindquist who would team up with Løken to do the first mobile
Disco parties in Norway using Gerard twin turntables, and a 100
watt amplifier to play parties in schools. The biggest amp
available at the time was a 1500 watt amp they called Grand Slam
that would be used mostly for outdoors events, and Steve
Lindquist would be the first DJ to travel to various places in
Norway to do gigs with the Rabbit Rock Mobile Disco system, a
well known mobile Disco in Norway in the 70's and 80's run by
Arne Mørk who was a speedboat racer as well as a pioneer in the
Norwegian Disco business. After some time on the road in Norway
Rabbit Rock Mobile expanded, and became the biggest mobile Disco
The Norwegian singer Halvdan Sivertsen
would DJ in his hometown of Bodø in 1971 at the first club there
named Polar Disco Club, and playing records during breaks in the
performance by Swedish singer Cornelius Wrejsvik is what set off
Halvdan's DJ career.
The other mayor cities in Norway like
Trondheim, Bergen, and Stavanger also had a live Disco scene,
and in Stavanger DJ Per Gjøvåg at Grotten Disco, a bomb shelter
turned nightclub, would be the first DJ to get on Norwegian
national TV that did a special on him and his club in 1974.
Clubbing spread quickly to all corners of
Norway, even small towns like my hometown of Geilo, where DJ's
like Per Alm would DJ at the first club here called Mølla in
1970, and in 1975 the first local DJ, Dave Dale, would play
Disco parties in youth clubs and hotels, as well as at Mølla,
and the other local clubs Sherlock Holmes, and Camus Circus. Per
Alm would later become an A&R for Polygram records in Norway,
and Dave Dale retired from DJ'ing in 1985.
Once Tore Løken had kick-started the Club
and DJ culture, it took about one year tops before it had spread
to the whole country from the biggest cities to the smallest
villages. The norm in the beginning however was to have a live
band on stage, and the DJ's playing records during breaks, so
the early days of DJ's playing full nights were kinda hard to
swallow for the crowds used to live bands, so they would boo
when the DJ's came on, but soon, and as DJ's got better, the
live band was replaced by the DJ, and some musicians would even
become DJ's instead to be able to pay their bills.
The music played in the early days were
inspired by the Hippie movement, and artists like Jimi Hendrix,
Janis Joplin, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and various progressive Rock
bands, along with traditional Rock & Roll like The Beatles,
Stones, Kinks, The Monkeys, etc, would be among the dance floor
favorites. From about 1973-74 up tempo Soul music would take
over, and artists like Barry White, James Brown, KC & The
Sunshine Band, and The Jacksons would become the hot artists
among the DJ's and dancers, but all kinds of music was put in
the mix, including the Norwegian folk music style called "Gammeldans",
which is music without a drum beat, played using only Violin and
Accordion, that people would do couple-dancing to in between the
Soulful Disco sets. In the early days it was recommended by club
owners that DJ's should play a few sets of "Gammeldans" during
the night, probably to have a bit of Norwegian culture present
in this new and exciting thing called clubbing, and keep a
balance of Norwegian and foreign culture. In the early days it
was also an unwritten rule that the DJ's should play three slow
songs every hour to keep the crowd from going too bananas to the
The first DJ to beat mix records in Norway
was a guy from Oslo named Heavy Henry (RIP), who was inspired by
DJ's he had heard mixing when he was partying in the UK. Henry
would bring that style of DJ'ing to Norway in 1975, and mixed
using two belt driven turntables. There were no pitch controls,
and you had to count rounds of the platters cause it took about
three seconds to get them up to full speed, so Henry would mix
slowing down or speeding up the platters gently with his fingers
to go from one record to the next without losing the beat, as
well as using a radio jingle machine for various sound FX. A
very expensive piece of equipment back then that he had imported
from the UK. Most other DJ's would be very impressed by Heavy
Henry because they would mostly either play records from start
to finish, or talk on the mic between them, so Henry was known
as the best DJ in Norway in the mid 70's because of his mixing
It didn't take long before entrepreneurs
realized that clubbing was good business, and in the aftermath
of the blockbuster Saturday Night Fever in 1977 the whole world
went Disco crazy, and in Norway, like the rest of Europe, acts
like Donna Summer, Boney M, Bee Gees, and Abba would have big
hits with their more polished style of Disco that would appeal
to the masses, from children to senior citizens. Disco was
becoming big business, and clubs opened up left and right. Those
were the happy days for club owners and DJ's alike. There were
several booking agencies, IDEA,
and Nor Booking that would hire DJ's, and book them to play at
various clubs all over Europe, Bacchus booked worldwide, and
Disco Sound or DJ's in Norway.
The DJ's would make a set fee that would
be about $500 for a night, and about $3500 for a month as the
resident DJ at a club. Club owners would get whatever was left
after bills, DJ, and staff were paid, and we're not talking
about chump-change. The business would gross so much after a
while that the Norwegian IRS would become very interested in the
scene. They would hire people to make sure the right amount of
taxes were paid by the club owners, and would raid afterhours
clubs that did private parties where the illegal sales of
alcoholic beverages, drug abuse, and sex was the common thing,
and some clubs would be shut down because of legal action by the
IRS and the Police, but as one club was shut down, another
started. The legal nightclubs had to close by 4am due to
Norwegian regulations, but the illegal afterhours spots, often
situated at someone's private home, or a basement, would be open
to at least 9am, or for as long as people wanted to party.
By the late 70's, demand for 12" singles
with extended remix versions of songs were high among DJ's, but
no record stores would carry them in Norway, so Norwegian DJ's
would travel to London to buy the latest 12" singles at shops
like Groove Records in the Soho area, made famous by Tony
Prince's Disco charts on 208 Radio Lux because the charts were
compiled by Groove Records. The store was owned and run by an
elderly and friendly lady named Mrs. Palmer who was well into
her sixties, but still an expert on Soul, Funk, and Disco music,
who would serve the hungry Norwegian DJ's with the latest 12"
Disco singles. That way the Norwegian clubbers were lucky enough
to be able to dance to the hottest new tunes only a couple of
weeks after they were released in the US.
In the early 80's specialist DJ shops
would open in Norway, like "Funkytown" in Stavanger run by a
local DJ named Åge Holgersen, Fotokopi, Immerslund, and Hot News
in Oslo, Mike Lewis record shop in Grimstad, and a few others,
would import 12"s from the US and UK to supply DJ's all over
Norway. In Oslo a record pool simply named Record Pool was
started to serve DJ members with promo vinyl. Mike Burke record
shop put ads in the biggest Norwegian newspaper VG advertising
12" singles to DJ's with a phone number to call to buy the
records. That was in 1981, and some of the titles advertised
were Yarbrough & Peoples' "Don't Stop The Music", Blondie's
"Rapture", SOS Band's "Take Your Time", and Kleeer's "Get
Disco related advertising in VG was
nothing new because CBS Records in Norway started a service in
the newspaper in 1979 where people could call a number, and hear
a snippet of the next big Disco hit record. The first record
used in the service was Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell" that would
become a number one single in Norway. Other Disco records that
did well on the Norwegian charts were Baccara's "Yes Sir I Can
Boogie", Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive", Chic's "Le Freak",
and "Good Times", Sister Sledge's "We Are Family", and "He's The
Greatest Dancer", Ottawan's "D.I.S.C.O"., the Saturday Night
Fever and Thank God It's Friday soundtracks, Leon Haywood's
"Don't Push It Don't Force It", The Whispers' "And The Beat Goes
On", any Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Village
People, Bee Gees, Abba, etc...
The first crossover Rap record, Sugarhill
Gang's "Rappers Delight", peaked at number two on the Norwegian
pop charts in 1980, shortly followed by two other Rap records in
the Norwegian Top 10, "Rap-O Clap-O" by Joe Bataan, and "Rhythm
Talk" by Jocko. After the release of those records it became a
common thing among the more upfront DJ's to Rap over the various
Disco records, and sometimes DJ's would make their own raps to
introduce themselves and to hype the crowds, so in that respect
Hip-hop was introduced to Norway by club DJ's.
The common language used by DJ's to talk
and rap on the microphone was English for Norwegian as well as
foreign DJ's playing in Norway. DJ's from the UK were plenty in
Norway in the early years of Disco, and some of the best DJ's in
Norway were British, such as DJ Gary Dean who would mix records
just as well as the best DJ's in the US, and would play the same
music that was hot in the clubs stateside.
As far as Norwegian artists putting out
Disco records there were close to no real Disco cuts made in
Norway. The exceptions being artists and bands doing Norwegian
cover versions of Disco hits. There were plenty of artists
making Soul, Jazz, and Funk influenced music however, such as
Frode Thingnes, Jon Eberson, Inger Lise Rypdal, Jonas Fjeld
Band, Alex, Lava that featured Randy Crawford as their singer on
a couple of albums, and Drama that changed their name to
Creation in the mid 80's and released the 12" I'm Going Up in
1985, on the Desperado label, with a Swedish remix by Fredrik
Ramel who also did most of the remixes for the Swedish dance
label Beat Box that put out remixes of Italian Disco records
mostly. I'm Going Up is now much in demand among Boogie
collectors, and fetches about $100 when it shows up.
Comedy acts like Prima Vera would do
mediocre Norwegian cover versions of international Disco hits in
the late 70's. The first serious quality Disco record from
Norway actually didn't come out until 1984 with the duo
Avalanche's 12" single Heaven Tonight. Avalanche were Norwegian,
but had German production, and were signed to the German label
Metronome Records. They followed Heaven Tonight with several
more 12" singles during the late 80's, and early 90's.
The only Norwegian
club hit before that was Oslo's New Wave artist Beranek with his
7" 45 only release "Dra Te' Helvette" (Go To Hell), that was a
number one single in Norway in 1981, even if it was banned from
national radio because of the title and lyrics about shooting up
Heroin, and some record stores wouldn't sell it cause it had a
picture of a naked ass with a syringe labeled Disco on the front
cover. Beranek released a couple of 12" singles and albums in
the early 80's, but they were aimed at the New Wave / Punk crowd
more than the Disco crowd. For some reason Norwegian labels and
artists seemed to have a problem taking Disco music seriously,
and Norway was always a little late to pick up on new musical
trends compared to the other Scandinavian contries, which is the
main reasons there are very few Norwegian Disco records. It took
A-ha to make it big worldwide with "Take On Me", (Released in
1984), in the late 80's, for other Norwegian artists to realize
that it was possible to make it big internationally with a dance
record, although the Progressive Rock band Popol Ace, later
turned Popol Vuh, were close in the mid 70's when they almost
signed a deal with Frank Zappa.
In the US on July 12th. 1979, the infamous
Disco Demolition Night took place, where American radio DJ Steve
Dahl had people bring their Disco records to a sports event in
Chicago to start a giant fire and burn the records. In reality,
a racist and anti-gay media hype promoted by Rock DJ's and music
industry people who were stuck in the past, and hated the fact
that Disco had taken Rock & Roll's spot as the most popular
culture and music. It was an attempt to end Disco that also made
it to the Norwegian newspapers in 1980, backed by certain people
in the Norwegian press, under the headlines of Disco Is Dead! A
lot of people took that literally, some clubs were shut down,
and some DJ's quit because they genuinely believed that Disco
was indeed dead.
So was that the end of clubbing and DJ'ing
No, it was just the beginning.