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 45: September 14, 1994. The last of the initial A4 gloss format before a switch to the dreaded newsprint! But more on that next week. First it's worth looking at just the five preceding issues as so much was happening in our pond, and at such a pace.
Covers: were as diverse as Vision 4/5 & Lollie (#45) juxtaposed with Prince (#41).
Editorially: we were featuring Central Station Records’ Top 10 every week. CSR was a powerhouse operating above Hungry Jacks (Queen St Mall) and run by the perennial Harry Katsanevas (Family/ Fluffy) with assistance from Edwin (The Beat/ Sexing The Cherry).
Scene Magazine's present-day support of gay news is not a new-found thing: Bent Vent was a wrap of the gay/ music scene, written by gay-scene identity and promoter Gavin Waller (RIP) and the vivacious Dixie Lloyd.
Personnel: Neil Richards had become our first editor. A consumate professional, very well respected throughout the music industry (then and now), and certainly not prone to the all-too-common sniffy and tortured tastemaking that afflicts so many in that role. Ten years later, Neil edited the Melbourne edition from our offices in Johnson Street, Collingwood.
Jenni Juckel (DJ Jen-E) was writing the weekly Dance Directions and full page features on all things electronic, while holding down her five-night residency at The Beat.
And in a little-known nugget from the annals, emerging Brisbane musician Tyrone Noonan (George and in his own right), was Scene Magazine's advertising man — albeit not for very long!
Advertisers: Kimberley Davis (Annalise Hartman character in Neighbours) was appearing at Club LQ. Quite what she was doing is anyone's guess, but I'm sure it made sense at the time. The 3rd Brisbane Blues Festival (by promoter Rob Hudson — another hard-wired perennial industry pro) feat. Mick Hadley (RIP) & The Shakers and Lil Fi and The Delta Rhythm Kings. You could catch Hunters and Collectors + Dave Graney at The Roxy for $16 and D:Ream @ Festival Hall (RIP) for $26.
And things for Scene Mag (and D:Ream) were certainly getting better!