The Left Bank (originally The Soul Kitchen) was started because of boredom.
There was no venue for alternative music and fed up with the local discos
we (John o Neill, Raymond Gorman and Mickey Rooney) decided to establish our
own club where new and alternative music could be heard on a regular basis.
Having pooled our record collections and agreed on the idea we managed to
secure a midweek spot at The Venue. After a slow start word spread, and Wednesday
night became party night. At last Derry had a Club offering alternative music;
from Reggae and Punk to Two Tone, Northern Soul and Hip Hop. It was a Club
in the true sense, in that those who attended felt part of something new and
happening. The Left Bank was the place to be on a Wednesday night. The place
to Dance your Ass Off.
This is one of the original adverts for the club and before
you all start slagging it off remember it was the eighties and we were in
Good music was the essence of the club and here are the top ten Left Bank
records as chosen by the DJ'S in October 1983.
Yello - I Love You.
Houdini - Haunted House of Rock.
Man Parish - Hip Hop be Bop Don't Stop.
Geroge Clinton - Loopzilla.
Africa Bambaata - Planet Rock.
Planet Control - Rock at your own risk.
Valentine Brothers - Money's to tight to mention.
Birthday Party - Bad Seeds EP.
Little Anthony and The Imperials - Better use your head.
Bob and Earl - The Harlem Shuffle.
YOU GOTTA FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT