[Grief] S036 Club, Berlin

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Mon Feb 9 23:15:48 EST 2004

hi cameron,

an old west-berliner here

>What is/ was the S036 Club in Berlin?

so36 used to be the most well known venue in 
berlin for all sorts of underground punk things 
end seventies/early eighties. although located 
directly in the heart of kreuzberg (so36 means 
sued ost =south east 36, like you have those wc1n 
3xx codeing in england) the most alternativ part 
of west-berlin, besides schoeneberg, the so36 has 
been a club for the wealthy from the beginning 
on. if you were a regular squatter, street punk , 
whatever, you'd rather hang out at the risiko or 
the trinkhalle. concerts at the so36 always 
costed up to 4 times more than regular punk shows 
these days. that's basically why no one i know 
attended both tg shows, although they were on for 
two nights in a row.

>'Wreckers of Civilisation' sort of glosses over, what
>was, presumably, a big deal for TG playing outside
>England for the first time. Was there a connection
>with a 'scene' there?

of course everybody who was active in the very 
early scene (konrad schnitzler, graf haufen, 
burkard 'zensor', dimitri 'atonal' hegemann, 
etc.) was there at least for one show and those 
concerts definitely gave a big kick to people 
organizing show, running tape labels, etc.

>I just stuck 'S036 Berlin' into a 'Yahoo search' and a
>lot of bands seem to be still playing there.

it's still a kind of alternative place but mainly 
directed towards a more overground mainstream 
crowd. the dancefloor nights are still the most 
underground you'll find (techno-wise) in berlin 
but the last worth going show i've seen there was 
a laptop clicks'n'cuts thing with 
pita/pole/fennesz, etc. already a few years ago...

s t e f a n


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