Where’s Rockin’ Around Canberra???

Rockerchick 8 February 2010 27

I moved to Canberra from Melbourne about 3 months ago. Back in Melbourne my partner and were very much into the live Rockabilly music scene with a particular interest in dancing. On a visit to Sydney we were lucky enough to see Charlis Greaser perform live and were delighted to discover that he and his band are from Canberra as our move was allready on the cards by that time.

We heard that there was a Rockabilly scene in Canberra but upon attending a recent dance event, discovered that it was all a bit “Strictly Ballroom!” Not a girl with tats in sight! There was some kind of rhythmless geriatric Duane Dibbley and the Ding Dongs outfit providing the music; it was all so not our scene, which brings me to my line of questioning:

1. Is there a regular venue for more “hardcore” Rockabilly music in Canberra?

2. Whilst on that subject – Is there anywhere that one might be able to purchase clothing in the Rockabilly / Pin-Up style? Buying online is getting pricier as the AUD slips downward!

3. Where can a girl get a decent “old school” tat?

And Please – Let’s not have a tirade of comments about girls with tats! They float my bloke’s boat and mine are cute and girly anyway!


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eitak eitak 8:50 pm 20 Jun 10

Rockerchick . . Im new to canberra, any more specific suggestions as to where I could find more of a rockabillly scene? Do you know if any gigs are coming up soon etc??

Rockerchick Rockerchick 11:37 am 10 Feb 10

rockinghorse said :

Don’t know if its just me feeling this but the entire converstaion angle has been a little strange, Rockerchick you are very interested in finding new stores, bands and touching base with the scene in general but it appears you are not taking much of it in, rather spinning it around and portraying yourself a lot like a billboard.
It seems to refer back to Hoolahoop and how good their products are and how cheap they are.

If you are really into the shop and want to spread the word about it then that is great, im sure there are stacks of people who would be interested in a plug about a good shop, no need to beat around the bush.

Just had a squiz at their site and a lot of their products are made in USA, anyway doesnt make much of a difference, I will go in there and check it out just the same, all I was saying is what I seen online seems to be overpriced.
I am not comparing the products or prices to cheap dresses made in China, I am comparing them to products I have bought from all around the world, most of which have been excellent quality and long lasting.

Anyway enough said….Hoolahoop for president 2010

People get really snippy in here!!!!

I thought we were having a grown up conversation about fashion retail. I really only made those comments after you had made a statement about “mark up!”
My comments were more a statement about fashion retail in general than they were about a particular outlet. I also know that for dresses in the rockabilly / pinup style, that often require a lot of fabric, you have to spend upwards of $100 if you want something of a high quality.
I simply thought that your comment was unjustified, having recently purchased items from that business with which I was very happy. I only commented AFTER you had made a comment. Whilst that shop is not cheap – I agree! I reacted to a comment that you made in regards to “Mark Up” being “Overbearing.” I was merely stating that what you might find “overbearing” is the retail price and not the mark up!
Mark up is the amount that has been added to the wholesale price and is measured in percentage. You can be guarunteed that quality garments imported from the US or for that matter purchased in Australia will cost a lot more at wholesale than 95% of all fashion items that are retailed in Australia. They are therefore marked up less than average in order to remain sellable!
I have worked in high end fashion and I understand this! The reason for the Australian manufacturing infrastructure is up the shit is because we have been duped into a perception of price that’s based on virtual slave labour in China.
The company that I used to work for sold Australian made formal dresses. Each dress had around 5 metres of fabric in it – even at wholesale, that fabric costs around $20 per metre, cutters cost and machineists cost around $30 per hour, there was an average of 3 hours work in a dress – that’s $190 just to make the garment! That’s what happens in a country with decent labour laws in which people with skills are paid for them appropriately! How much do you think it costs to make a dress outside of a sweat shop!

So, it seems I’m now getting a bit snippy. But I always find it necessary to support retailers of quality fashion at an affordable price as they are an endangered species!

rockinghorse rockinghorse 8:11 am 10 Feb 10

Don’t know if its just me feeling this but the entire converstaion angle has been a little strange, Rockerchick you are very interested in finding new stores, bands and touching base with the scene in general but it appears you are not taking much of it in, rather spinning it around and portraying yourself a lot like a billboard.
It seems to refer back to Hoolahoop and how good their products are and how cheap they are.

If you are really into the shop and want to spread the word about it then that is great, im sure there are stacks of people who would be interested in a plug about a good shop, no need to beat around the bush.

Just had a squiz at their site and a lot of their products are made in USA, anyway doesnt make much of a difference, I will go in there and check it out just the same, all I was saying is what I seen online seems to be overpriced.
I am not comparing the products or prices to cheap dresses made in China, I am comparing them to products I have bought from all around the world, most of which have been excellent quality and long lasting.

Anyway enough said….Hoolahoop for president 2010

UrbanAdventure.org UrbanAdventure.org 6:43 am 10 Feb 10

I have heard a strong rumor that Mr Charlie greaser himself will soon grace this board with his prescence and may even now be registering an account! Go Charlie!

Charlie Greaser for Queanbeyan Mayor 2010!

Rockerchick Rockerchick 11:16 pm 09 Feb 10

Hazza said :

sorry Rockerchick, i didnt mean to offend. As ppl have said, you’ll find alot of cynics on this site, its best to ‘keep a stiff upper quiff’ – i mean stiff upper lip.

http://www.myspace.com/fireballsaustralia

that link may be of some interest – its a band i used to slick my hair back too when i was younger (and less cynical)

No offence taken my friend! I just didn’t want to seem to be whinging when my quest to date had not been totally fruitless! I possibly should have outlined that I’d had some success in my first post!

As for Rockinghorse’s comment. I guess it depends what you are using as a comparison in order to conclude that somewhere is “overprice(d),” but it’s not a phrase I’d use to describe Hoola Hoop! Today I bought a number of items from them (over the phone) for less than I can buy them for on line. They also have a better selection than some of the stores I shopped at back in Melbourne. I’ts the kind of quality that I’m looking for and don’t mind paying for. I work in upper management and whilst I like to go out and “rock,” I also want to be able to wear the same frocks for work (though accessorised differently). I need quality if I’m going to do that. I suppose it’s all about what you’re looking for and how much dough you have to spend! I’m not rich, but I’m not hard up, so I choose quality.

Prior to working in the broadcast industry, I worked in fashion retail (high end bridal and formal) and I know the industry well. In my experience, where mark up is “overbearing,” is in the mainstream stores where you buy a $50 Chinese made dress that was purchased for no more than $5 wholesale! I’ll take my chances on the $120 US or Australian made garment! I can assure you that the mark up wouldn’t be anything like the typical 500% that the high street stores mark up. I’ll spend up to $500 on a dress that’s truly special and made by hand to last. I know plenty of people who have purchased 10 x $50 Chinese dresses in the time since I made my last purchase of a $500 dress. I bet those ten dresses will have gone into landfill while I’m still wearing my dress!

CharlieGreaser CharlieGreaser 11:01 pm 09 Feb 10

BTW – Ruff N Ready (same people as Bad Attitude) have awesome clothes if your into Lucky 13, Felon, etc and will have their website up shortly.

Canberra/Queanbeyan has talented tattoo artists but are always booked out. I always get my ink when we are on tour. Sydney is just down the road! I got all of my ink done by a bloke in Byron Bay called Ben Milliken. He can do ANYTHING and do it well. Like I said though, most Canberra based artists are pretty good.

CharlieGreaser CharlieGreaser 10:57 pm 09 Feb 10

Hey Ya’ll, Charlie Greaser here. Details for the Canberra Psychobilly show are below (the Facebook Event:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/manage/#!/event.php?eid=301464538782&index=1

If you make it, please come and say hi! I am keen on meeting any local People that are into Rockabilly/Psychobilly. If you have heard of Zombie Ghost Train, two of the members are in Captain Reckless and the Lost Souls with myself on upright bass. Reckless then will play upright for my band ‘Charlie Greaser’. This way we are NEVER double booked. lol.

Perpetual End and the Glaciers are mates of ours and go off! Will be an awesome night.

Cheers,
Charlie.
http://www.charliegreaser.com

rockinghorse rockinghorse 10:01 pm 09 Feb 10

Rockerchick i have seen the Hoolahoop shop and site and found it to be interesting but quite overprices, am surprised as I know the stuff they stock is good quality and has a certain value but the mark up seems to be a little overbearing.

Hazza Hazza 7:10 pm 09 Feb 10

sorry Rockerchick, i didnt mean to offend. As ppl have said, you’ll find alot of cynics on this site, its best to ‘keep a stiff upper quiff’ – i mean stiff upper lip.

http://www.myspace.com/fireballsaustralia

that link may be of some interest – its a band i used to slick my hair back too when i was younger (and less cynical)

TheDJPea TheDJPea 2:25 pm 09 Feb 10

Yeah pretty much keep an ear out for rockabilly gigs, the are decently plugged around town. Don’t know much about clothing but for tatts I swear by Tattoo Power in North Lyneham *awaits flaming*

Rockerchick Rockerchick 11:07 am 09 Feb 10

Nambucco Deliria said :

If you knew all this, why did you bother posting in the first place?

I was looking for information beyond what I’d gathered already – which I now realise was a fair bit! When Hazza came back with such a succinctly negative comment, I just wanted to let it be known that I wasn’t coming from a negative place; I just wanted to know more really!
I don’t want to appear to be a Mexican whinger who’s blown in from South Of The Border!

fnaah fnaah 10:17 am 09 Feb 10

Rockerchick, don’t despair! RiotACT is the cynical whine-hole of Canberra, you’re guaranteed to get negativity, even if you ask for something as simple a place to eat. (Especially if you ask that, actually.)

Hope to see you at the gig!

luther_bendross luther_bendross 10:15 am 09 Feb 10

No idea about venues sorry, and from what I can tell the best tattoos in Canberra can be found in Sydney. For clothing however, make a Saturday trip out to Braidwood and check out Hula Hoop. We did this a few months back and desperately need to do so again, it’s just a little shop run by a couple who still live in the 50’s.

Rockerchick Rockerchick 10:14 am 09 Feb 10

That’s what I’ve discovered in a few weeks scouring the net and asking around – It’s such a shame that people (see Hazza’s comment) are so negative about what’s around. I initially asked if there was any regular venues etc and the only reply painted a picture of there being less than what I had already discovered myself.
I’m sorry if my original post painted a bad picture! Things really aren’t that bad – no need for the negativity!!!

Maybe I shouldn’t have asked!

I was just looking for a regular option and a Tat shop that’s in Canberra and thus closer to work!

fnaah fnaah 9:49 am 09 Feb 10

Charlie Greaser will be playing on Feb 27 at The Basement, Cohen St BELCONNEN. Note that this venue is normally metal-oriented, but this show shold be good.

If you’re on facebook, check the event out here:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=301464538782

(Full disclosure: I’m the guitarist for The Glaciers, we’ll be opening the night. Also playing will be locals Perpetual End (heavy rock), and Sydney-siders Captain Reckless and the Lost Souls [including special guests from Zombie Ghost Train]).

Also, I can second, and vouch for, the ultra-coolness of canberra’s Roller Derby scene.

no.6 no.6 9:48 am 09 Feb 10

i know what your feeling ! this is a town to come and work … not play !

but look out for the fuelers when they play – amazing music and similar people.

Rawhide Kid No 2 Rawhide Kid No 2 9:40 am 09 Feb 10

“2. Whilst on that subject – Is there anywhere that one might be able to purchase clothing in the Rockabilly / Pin-Up style? Buying online is getting pricier as the AUD slips downward!”

You could try some of the op shops around town. You never know what you’ll find there. But then I could be wrong.

Nambucco Deliria Nambucco Deliria 9:37 am 09 Feb 10

If you knew all this, why did you bother posting in the first place?

Rockerchick Rockerchick 9:27 am 09 Feb 10

Oh I Nearly Forgot!!

Check out the Roller Derby scene in Canberra – it’s huge!
Those girls are into the same kind of groove!
http://canberrarollerderbyleague.com/

phototext phototext 9:24 am 09 Feb 10

The Fuelers, while not strictly Rockabilly, are kinda Rockabilly in a Country sort of a way.

http://www.thefuelers.com/

A friendly bunch and they may be able to point you in the right direction.

Blake and Byron at Landspeed Records should know of any scene in Canberra.

Landspeed Records: 30 Garema Pl, City ACT 2601(02) 6248 9220?

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