For the past 5 years, Saturday nights in Hamilton have been known as I Say Disco/You Say Punk. The legendary night that Club Absinthe has been putting on has come to an end. They say all good things must come to an end, but I don’t believe it. I believe that good things come from good things. This party has brought so much good to all of us and our city.
Last night was a great send off for the party. Look for a new Saturday night at Club Absinthe starting in 2012.
Want a little history on this night? This is taken from MC Uncle Buck’s (Adam) facebook page.
‘What a long, strange trip it’s been’ – Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead
They say all good things must come to an end, and that time is now for Disco/Punk.
It’s been almost six years of dancing and drinking Saturday nights away at D/P, and while we still have a blast doing it, we feel its the right time to say goodbye. As Neil Young famously said: ‘It’s better to burn out then to fade away.’
We want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts for spending your time with us all of these years. I joined Disco/Punk about three weeks in to it’s run back in 2006, and I never could have imagined how big it would get, or how many amazing people I would meet along the way.
D/P was started by Simon Toye as a way to provide something to do for people who hated nightclubs, but wanted to dance. I remember feeling immediately how different and special it seemed, and I know I wasn’t alone. In many ways it was a counterpart to the ‘hipster’ movement happening in cities like LA, Toronto and New York.. and we did our best to keep that feeling going. People like Mark the Cobrasnake, The Rapture, Junior Boys, Graham from Thunderheist, and even Albert Hammond from The Strokes came through to see what all the fuss was about.
Obviously, we could not have done it without you. All of you. You all danced so hard and partied even harder, sweating through your clothes and spending more than your fair share of Sunday’s trying to piece together the night before. It was never about how much money you spent or how much your clothes cost.. all that mattered was the music, the people and the drinks..and we made sure those drinks were extra strong. People met their spouses at our party, and more than a few relationships ended in a drunken mess right in the middle of the dance floor. Even I’ve been carried out of there by a bouncer or two. It was a special night that we will carry with us the rest of our lives.. and again, we thank you all for making it happen.
We’ve had an unreal list of resident DJs over the years. Simon Toye, Zach Frank, Justin Wood, Digi Snail, Jason Mante, and Aaron Gurman all poured their time, energy and creativity in to making this night successful, as has Gunner who brought the show to the radio waves. Also more than deserving of a thank you is Billy Pozeg, who booked and promoted the hell outta this thing.. and also put up with my weekly insanity and outrageous demands. To the bar staff, door guys, bouncers and Jeff, Jer, Anthony, Jamieson, Shea or anyone else that frantically helped with sound issues when the djs were too drunk to see.. thank you for keeping the trainwreck on the tracks. A big thank you also to Stephanie Trendocher, Luis Mora, Jay Perry and Chad for making sure we had photographic evidence of the mayhem all of these years.
On a personal note, I’d like to thank Marko and Tina (the owners of the Absinthe) for letting us do what we did each and every week. I can’t remember a week that went by where I didn’t feel like the luckiest dude in the world to have this job.
So, for one last Saturday.. come dance your ass off and make a few bad choices. We’re going out in a big way, with Dj sets by members of the Arkells, The Reason, and San Sebastian (fitting, as San Sebastian used to play D/P all the time before they became rockstars) and we’re raising money for charity while we’re at it.
Again, thank you for a wonderful six years. There’s more big news coming from the club, so stay tuned!
We’ll see you kids on the dance floor.
What an unreal five years.
Here are some photos from last nights party.