Now a London institution, the first ever Dirty Water Club night took place in October 1996 in Tufnell Park.
Two decades, one closure and a record label spin-off later, Dirty Water’s own Matt Hunter shares some little known trivia about the legendary club night.
1. The name comes from a 1966 hit single
“The Dirty Water Club began at The Boston venue in north London and is named after the Standells’ hit ‘Dirty Water’ which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.”
2. Billy Childish played the most gigs at Dirty Water Club…
“Musician and artist Billy Childish played at the Dirty Water Club more than anyone else with his various bands -Thee Headcoats, the Buff Medways and the Musicians of the British Empire. There was also a re-union gig for his first ever band the Pop Rivets. Childish performed monthly until he began a live hiatus in May 2010.”
3. … even before it officially opened
“Billy Childish himself would probably tell you that he was resident performer for longer, as he’d played monthly at the proto-Dirty Water Club nights at the Wild Western Rooms in St John’s Tavern prior to that for a number of years already.”
4. One of the top ten gigs of all time happened here
Dirty Water Club
“The White Stripes played to a packed house at the club on the cusp of their international breakout in 2001 which was later voted by Q Magazine as one of the top ten gigs of all time.”
5. It’s had some serious celebrity regulars
“Jello Biafra, Richard Branson, Tom Hanks, Kate Moss, Noel Fielding, Kim Fowley, Blur, Primal Scream, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, the Horrors… All of these famous names – and many others – have spent time at the Dirty Water Club over the years.”
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