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claims to attract ‘a good mixture of private and comprehensive kids. We tend to go for what type of people they are. rather than what they wear.‘ Where some clubs can spot a prospective customer by the label on the collar. Gray‘s door policy amounts to a friendly nod and a wink — ifyou‘rc a regular.
‘We know all the faces ofthe
‘regulars, and ifthere’s anyone new.
we are usually quite sceptical. but we don‘t usually have any trouble. We‘ve got wee people in there that keep an eye out for trouble. and everyone gets searched as they come in. lfthey have anything on them — drugs or drink — then they are barred for life. I‘ve got a mortgage to pay for. so I‘ve got to think ofmyself. If there were drugs in there. we‘d get shut down. so I've just got to keep clean.‘
If the door policies at the Sub Club and the Choice are slightly more relaxed. The Tunnel. a mere babe in terms of age. can pull almost twice as many clubbers as the other two put together. Dave (iray. who has run the Sub (‘lub's under- 18s for all ofits four years. is a veteran in his field.
‘The Tunnel. when it opened up. caused me a bit of hassle. because people are like sheep; ifone goes. they all go. You‘ve got to try and keep a core of them. and if you can get a majority. you can get everyone.’ Acknowledging the formidable competition. he is sceptical of its long-term success: ‘I don't think The Tunnel can sustain a crowd. because of the sheer size of the place. To me. it's like walking
into the St finoch Centre. whereas j the Sub is smaller and more homely.
There’s a vast. untapped source of
f people who've still to hear what it‘s 1 all about. so I don‘t worry too much
(jary Kennedy. DJ at the Choice. is a mere 16 years old. and as such. has the upper hand in prescribing what his fellow clubbers want. A : stonemason‘s apprentice by day. and an innovator by night. Gary claims to be dragging ex-Tunnelites to the Choice by their ears. lnterspersing the agitated beat oftechno with the hip hop sounds of King B. MCBQ and Maestro Freshways. (iary is preparing the adolescent hormones for the over-18s experience.
Although having danced and DJ-ed at various clubs around Glasgow. and. in the words of a forbearing father. 'given tip a promising football career‘. Gary's priorities are evident: ‘I make more money from my day job as a stonemason's apprentice than DJ-ing. This job comes first — it‘s a trade I‘m learning. I'm just making some extra pocket money on a Saturday from something I like I doing. Making other people happy makes me happy.'
With a steady rise in the amount of ' young people strutting the dance floors. in what appears to be a specifically Glaswegian phenomenon. the droves of adolescents arriving at Central Station from their various suburbs every Saturday evening are likely to continue. as are the sounds ofsilver going down to a booming sound system.
Fever is at The Tunnel. 84 .llitchel/ j Street. Glasgow204 [000, .S'aturdays 7—l()pm. [.3 ([2 with ticket).
Under-I85~ Disco at The ( 'ltoice. 2] Royal Exchange Square. (Ilasgo w, a 22/ 5323. .S'aturdays‘ 7—10.30/2271. [3 (£2.50 with ticket). i Under-I85 Disco at Sub ( ‘lub, 22 1 Jamaica Street. Glasgow. 248 4600, .S'aturdays 7. 30—] 1 pm. [3 . 3
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7OThe List 25 January — 7 Februarv l99l