Scene Magazine celebrates 20 years on the streets in 2013. Each week this year, in this column, we're looking back at what we, and you, were doing.
Issue 20: March 30, 1994. It’s the Gurus on the cover of Club Scene Magazine, a publication searching for its niche in a city with two balls-out rock street papers. The advertising strip at the base of the cover was for Argon II rave feat: DJ Sasha.
Somehat incredibly, the mag didn’t actually have an editor yet — it was being cobbled together out of a residence in Bardon by the brothers Duggan; Rohan who was the catalyst for the project, and Howard who’d been seconded for his advertising experience with News Ltd.
The lone staff member was Damien Herse (production), with a contributor list including future editor, Neil Richards, and Nick Black, who 20 years later will run Play Nightclub in Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley — a mere 40 metres away from the present-day Scene Magazine offices.
Issue 32: June 15, 1994. Name change to The Scene. Front covers of The Gurus, Skunkhour, Jimi Hendrix and KISS notwithstanding, the inside of the mag was starting to cook with vibrant art for club nights, raves and fashion — all in a full gloss format (just as it is today, but not before a number of format changes, including the dreaded newsprint, but that’s for another day).
The magazine was well and truly being drawn to the underground.