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.
We opened 1998 with Kylie on the cover and sans-editor! Late in 1997, Neil Richards had moved up the road and in cahoots with founding client, Nick Black to launch Euphoria, an RnB club at 383 Adelaide Street (your parents would remember the room as Rumours or Sybils).
In setting one of the themes for this week’s Capsule, I can report that building was bulldozed a decade later in 2008.
The big chair remained vacant until late March when Pat Whyte, a Café Scene man with a journalism degree, presented. He stayed for a decade and probably played a more significant role than any other staffer in shaping the company’s flagship offering — more on Pat in future Capsules.
Our first Arts Editor was by Brinsley Marlay. He sculpted the role, then owned it, leaving a legacy for those that followed. Scene Magazine's arts credentials are unquestionably unrivalled by any music street press title in the country.
Whigfield (Sexy Eyes), Savage Garden and Van Halen all landed at Brisbane Airport in the first six months of the year. In addition to Kylie, covers included Roni Size, John Digweed, Natalie Imbruglia, Portishead, Public Enemy, and may the Lord have mercy on our souls — Peter André. And if that wasn't enough, we were giving away tickets to The Spice Girls!
The Chelsea (next to The Healer (previous Capsule)) in Warner Street, in partnership with Slingshot Entertainment (also celebrating 20 years in 2013), copresented Metabass 'n Breath (US) with local top-shelf supports Katch and Sheep.
Regular columns: Clem's 'New Gen' (Britpop) and Flavours Radio Show 'Tha Broadcast' (Urban). Advertisers included Jamesons (475 Adelaide Street), Stones Corner’s Replay Records, Hipnotic and The Broadway Hotel.
Of special note, the Classic Cinema (977 Stanley St, East Brisbane) was the third advertiser of its type to succumb to ‘progress’. It was to close a mere two years later (mid-2000) and was soon followed by New Farm Village Twin (2003) and later The Valley Twin.