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Red Parrot – Free Pass
March 21, 2009, 4:44 am
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 Its 1986 on your iPOD…

Corner of Roe and Milligan Street (circa 84-85)

Corner of Roe and Milligan Street (circa 84-85)



Always a favourite its Echo and the Bunnymen straight off my original 12 inch vinyl single – I think it was an import so cost $6.99 – grab some more on the mixes

If Manchester had ‘The Hacienda’ then Perth had ‘The Parrot’ – no need to travel half way around the world but sometimes it was a long stagger home from Northbridge  – Claude digs deep to resurrect some Red Parrot dancefloor classics for your listening pleasure – and nearly all 12 inchers – none of that 7 inch short version stuff.

…and for an old clubbers trip down memory lane read some of the great stories here including wise words from legendary Parrort DJ Snuff  and one of Claude’s earliest inspirations – refer the group Blood Brother B  and learn  “what about that jacuzzi?“and here possibly the most exciting idea to come out of Perth for years – resurrect Dirty Dicks in the old Parrot venue – oh yeah…I’ll get started on this …

…stick these Red Parrot mixtapes on your Sony Cassette Walknan – includes loads of original 12 inch mixes painstakingly programmed in my mind

red parrot mix – vol 1 and on HQ stream mixcloud

israel – siouxie and the banshees

celebration – u2

yashar – cabaret voltaire

theme for great cities – simple minds

my spine is the bass line – shriekback

buffalo gals – malcolm mclaren

whisper to a scream – icicle works

new gold dream – simple minds

madam butterfly – malcolm mclaren

uncertain smile – the the

ever so lonely – monsoon

cities lie in dust – siouxie and the banshees

der mussolini – daf

red parrot mix – vol 2 and on HQ stream mixcloud

african and white – china crisis

silver moon – echo and the bunnymen

dead eyes open – severed heads

never stop – echo and the bunnymen

temptation – heaven 17

west end girls – pet shop boys

questionaire – chas jankel

field of glass – the triffids

dazzle – siouxie and the banshees

red parrot mix – vol 3 and on HQ stream mixcloud

catcherpaya – incantation

the creatures – miss the girl

the creatures – right now

west india company – ave maria

single gun theory – from a million miles

Human League – Being Boiled

kate bush – running up that hill

echo and the bunnymen – the killing moon

tears for fears – pale shelter

the smiths – bigmouth strikes again

the smiths – william it was really nothing

lloyd cole and the commotions – perfect skin

orange juice – rip it up

the clash – rock the casbah (instrumental breakdown)

the birthday party – release the bats

too school for school

too cool for school

must be early in the night...a very different dancefloor by 3am

…and check out hundreds more photos of punks, mods, rockabillys, new romantics and fashionistas all on the edge of the Perth 80s mainstream along with gig memories, favourite tracks and playlists – all at the Facebook group “Red Parrot Remembered”.



Nice work, but I can’t get the mix tape to play, Echo and the B men bounced!


Comment by 3 am eternal ly

works for me but I think I am using to a high a conversion rate on the MP3s to get that incredible “standing in the middle of the dancefloor between the speakers” vibe but it backfires as it takes ages to buffer in – will put up a lower er

Comment by claudemono

OK it worked! legendary! All my records from the era have been lost / sold or taken by others so this is is the biz. thanks for returning a little bit of my heart and soul. ah the kindness of strangers. I only hope you had as great a time at the parrot as I did doing the lights, 3 Cheers!!!

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Thanks heaps,
I can’t wait to listen to this lot again. I still have about 20% of it on vinyl.
One track that no one seems to remember is Soul Train by Swansway. I loved that one.
Thanks again, Shane

Comment by Anonymous

I have that on 12 – will stick it on vol 4 along with Shockheaded Peters doing Blood Brother B and the Fun Boy Three’s version of Our Lips Are Sealed…

Comment by Claude Mono

Volume 4 sounds fun, please let us know on the Red Parrot FB group.
Cheers, Shane Hall

Comment by Anonymous

Thank you so much for this amazing trip down Memory Lane. I loved ‘The Parrot’ SO much. If it was possible to fall in love with a club, I fell head over heels in love with that one!

Comment by S.

That photo’s mid-’86. I know ‘cos I took it!

Comment by davidgerard

ah, the one of the Parrot from the street, cover of Attic Tapes.

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