Dave Haslam: "The Star & Garter - A Night At The Smiths Disco..." (April 8, 2024)

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A night at the Smiths disco...

"Twenty-four years ago I visited a Smiths disco at the Star & Garter pub in Manchester. I’m posting this report on the night to mark the sad death of Andy Martin who passed away on 29th March. He’d operated the Star & Garter since 1997. As Fergal Kinney wrote in a superb article about Andy and the Star & Garter in the Manchester Mill; “Today, small venues matter because the best ones carve out and insulate a space outside of the mainstream for community to flourish. This, at a time when capitalism has largely eroded community spaces — with the attendant crisis of epidemic loneliness — is a towering achievement”.
I wrote about the Smiths disco in one of the chapters in my book about DJs called Adventures on the Wheels of Steel. Here it is again; my report from way back in 2000…"

When he’s not on his Moz-is-racist crusades, he fondly reminisces about all the great times he’s had in relation to Moz.
What is occurring on the date in the title, July 8, 2024?
I don’t like dance, disco’s and DJ’s either. I don’t see anything wrong with that. To each their own.

Buzzcocks didn’t either as they wrote on their track Sixteen from Another Music In A Different Kitchen.

An' I hate modern music
Disco boogie pop
They go on an' on an' on an' on an' on
How I wish they would stop
But he can’t help mentioning how Morrissey hates dance, disco’s and DJ’s more than once.
these people really cant help themselves.
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