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Corrupt bastards at Birmingham City Council lining their own pockets and those of their property developer friends.
at least try finishing Eastside first? Just cos they've built the Thinktank doesn't mean it's done...
the lovely people I met at the flapper pretty much defined my youth.
When did jug of ale close? *sobs*
I was not aware of Jug of Ale's closure? I walked past it on New Year's eve, we couldn't get in! Heaving it was!
top 5 flapper shows =
idlewild, just after hope is important came out. was sold out and everyone was chanting "suck suck" (like film for the future) and roddy got really offended "are you saying we suck?" there was 3huge fat guys at the front like security you could lean on.
last but one starries show, best birmingham band ever ever ever, supreme greatest hits set. end on "by a thread" entire crowd pile up on stage. save me and kelly who were in tears.
first distophia show with john. stood by side of stage and kept having to prop jaw shut. robert redford and wolf in the delivery room. tight and loud as fuck. amazing.
king adora just before they signed, 5 perfect songs and off. behind a massive backdrop that read "sale of the century"
2 weeks later i saw maxi get refused queue jump to snobs using a ford KA keyring to explain he was in King Adora. true.
one line drawing, just jonah and an r2d2 drum machine, over ran so he went and sat by the canal and carried on. and he played mother mary. and i sang with him and evrything. then he ruined it by totally coming on to my girlfriend.
also, the copter gig at the start of summer where the police raided and i was the only one who didnt have my weed found. and the seafood gig where they hung round with us after for ages. and the junket gig to like, 3 people and jeniferever to 5. and twist with their manager on the door pouring peoples drink into plastic cups cos of the death threats. and yellobelly overrunning every show, and the regulars getting the audience on stage every show, and all the shows i missed cos i was being drunk outside or upstairs on by the canal.
the flapper died when rob and jackie found a better way to make money. but they made the closest thing to a music scene birmingham every had, IMO.
I remember seeing matt/maxi dance to his own song in academy once. mega lolz.
I still kinda like them..though they ruin my cred. oh to be 17/18 again...apart from the fact that my brother spent the whole time making an arse of himself
out of the flapper for sneaking in bottles of md 20/20
Found out about this last week. It really sucks :-(
I think they've been trying to shut the Spotted Dog down for a while, I used to work with someone who worked there and she said the owner is really reluctant to give the place up, so hopefully it will hang on for a bit longer...?
The area is set to be called Baskerville Wharf and feature hotels, shops, bars and restaurants alongside housing and student apartments.
Birmingham already has shit loads of hotels, shops, bars, restaurants and student apartments.
I fucking love the flapper.
get sentimental about this sort of thing (call me cold-hearted, go on), but this is truly tragic. Even if I live for 500 years, the Flapper will always stay dear to my heart. Not just for the wonderful coming-of-age memories of seeing bands and getting served at the bar in my mid-teens (not least seeing the awesome Add N To (X) being blown off the stage by an astonishing 45-minute white noise set by Hovercraft), but also for the four or five brilliant shows my band played there. Great crowds, great promoters, great memories. Really upsetting news.
in 97-98 and always went to the flapper (and willies). We became Twist groupies after seeing them there for many times! I remmeber being really upset when JJ72 pulled out of playing a gig there. This is all tragically sad news and I shall cry myself to sleep tonight
Awful news. I love the Flapper. I have many happy memories of gigging and toking there...
exactly what we fucking need! This seriously cannot happen.