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Poolway Records

Poolway Records, 45 Poolway, Kent Moat Estate, Kitts Green B33

“If We Haven’t Got It – We’ll Get It!”

Our research has the shop open between 1967-1974 but further investigation is underway.



W H Priestley & Sons Ltd

“The House Of Sound Repute” Colmore Row, Birmingham (and Wolverhampton)

The National Archives in Kew have the company registered in 1935 – further investigation needed to determine how long the Birmingham shop was open. Our guess is until 1939 when war broke out. TBC



Strathallan Hotel

225 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 9RY

Fond memories during the mid-80s of jazz in Birmingham.









Is There Anyone Out There?

Is There Anyone Out There? Documenting Birmingham’s Alternative Music Scene 1986-1996 is a new exhibition co-curated by the Centre for Media & Cultural Research at Birmingham City University and the Birmingham Music Archive.

It’s running from 4th-28th May, Monday to Saturday 9am – 7pm and its free entrance.

Here is the exhibition blurb, it’s going to be great so whether you went to the Click Club, interested in Birmingham music and heritage or fans of Primal Scream, Sea Urchins, Killing Joke, Suicide, Mighty Mighty, James, Sugarcubes (Bjork on Broad St!!!) and many many others, come and see unseen photos, original posters, tickets, contracts (what did Primal Scream ask for in their rider in 1986?) as well as incredible live footage of the bands and what Broad St looked like in 1986.

‘Is There Anyone Out There?’
Documenting Birmingham’s Alternative Music Scene 1986-1990
4-28th May 2016
Parkside Building, Birmingham City University, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD

Established in 1986 by Dave Travis and Steve Coxon, The Click Club was the name of a concert venue and disco associated with Birmingham’s alternative music culture. Located in ‘Burberries’ – a conventional nightclub site in the pre-regeneration city centre, the club showcased a wide variety of acts reflecting the varied culture of the independent and alternative sector.

While capacity was limited to a few hundred attendees on any one night, The Click Club was important locally, nationally and internationally, for the role it played as part of a touring circuit, and for distributors and retailers of independent music. As a central feature in a music scene operating on a DIY-basis, independent of major labels, at the intersection of subcultures it also had enormous cultural value for its participants.

Travis continues to be a key cultural entrepreneur. Known initially as a professional photographer, commissioned by music publications such as NME, Sounds and the local Brumbeat amongst others, he has combined his photographic work with the promotion of live music in the city.

This exhibition draws upon Travis’ personal archive of film, posters, magazines and ephemera that detail a vibrant and dynamic space and time in late 80s Birmingham.
Central to the exhibition is a set of previously unseen images taken by Travis at The Click Club, a small proportion of those produced during a professional life as a music promoter and photographer.

The exhibition draws upon first hand accounts of those who were there and includes loaned artefacts in order to contextualize The Click Club in a historical moment that remains important to its community and to the music and cultural heritage of Birmingham.

The exhibition poses a series of questions: what is the value of this material? What does it tell us beyond confirming the memories of the individuals it concerned? Does such material have wider importance and contributions to make to our understanding of the past?

While the exhibition will appeal to those who attended The Click Club as well as those curious about popular music more generally, it is aimed at a broader audience interested in history, urban life, everyday creativity and the cultural economy.

Conceived and curated by scholars from the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research Paul Long, Jez Collins (founder of Birmingham Music Archive), and Sarah Raine, the exhibition develops themes from BCMCR research clusters in Popular Music Studies and History, Heritage and Archives.

Previous work includes: UK Film Council funded production of: the film ‘Made in Birmingham: Reggae Punk Bhangra’ (; establishment of a project to develop the archival preservation of the production culture of Pebble Mill (; research into the archive of BBC documentarist Philip Donnellan; collaborations with Vivid Projects on the history of The Birmingham Film and Television Workshop and Catapult Club Archive (see:

If you would like to attend the exhibition Launch Event on the evening of 3rd May please RSVP to:
You are welcome to join us over the duration of the exhibition and we would be pleased to welcome you and discuss the project.

We spoke to Steve and Dave about the club, why and how they set it up and about Birmingham at that period. Here’s taster for the Podcast which will be available soon.

For more information and exhibition materials contact us directly.
Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research:
Birmingham Music Archive:

Pressure Point



City Tavern

Pub on Bishopgate Street at the top of Broad Street. Known for it terracotta and ornate tiling, the pub had a great venue upstairs where bands such as Kirk’s Equator’s, Headbolt, The Vanessa’s, The Church of Elvis, Red Shoes, Great Outdoors, Box ‘Em Domies and a host of others played there.

Although music still takes place there, it’s heyday was from the mid 80s-90s.

Would love to hear about more bands that played there and any photos?

Picture of Miss Halliwell by Wayne Fox:

Frosty Moses

Frosty Moses were formed in the late 60s by two members of Birmingham soul band Traction, Danny Gallagher and Phil Savage. They recruited Gerry and Maurice Earsdon and Mick Lavender. Chris Blackwell of Island Records gave the band their name.

Tipped for big things it never quite happened for Frosty Moses but they did record this psychedelic classic People Say.

Thanks to the fantastic Bulls Head Blogspot for introducing the BMA to Frosty Moses. Lots more info here:

Kay Westworth

Musical instrument shop located in Cannon Street, city centre.

George Clay’s Music Shop

Musical instrument shop located at 285/286 Broad St.

The Dungeon

Underground club that achieved legendary status despite only operating for a few years. Run by members of the Surf Drums, namely Davey and Anne, The Dungeon was situated in the arches on Lionel Street on the boarders of the Jewellery Quarter.

Set below ground with no stage to speak off, numerous bands played there as well as raucous parties. The Dungeon was active for a few years from 1985/86 before being smashed up by members of a local biker gang called the 69-ers.

We’d love more details and photos.

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