Today I travelled back in time and visited the Xlusiv nightclub in Batley. The Xlusiv nightclub is best known internationally from the video uploaded to youtube which was shot in early 1984 and shows a Gothic club playing a mixture of new wave/alternative that Gothics used to listen to and dance too as one Gothic says “You can’t do one type of music it’s just no good”
From what I have been able to find out the venue is still fitted out of club but seems to have closed in 2011 following Wakefield council declining planning permision to buil a wooden smoking porch at the rear of the building due to it being located in a conversation area. The venue was then put on the market for sale for £200,000.00 but withdrawn from sale and remains closed. A real shame with it being 30 years next year since the video was shot there.
Definately an interesting mix of music which captures exactly how it was as there wasn’t enough goth music then to just have a goth night and it wasn’t clearly pidgeoned holed or musically censored in attempt to rewrite history like now. Deathrock was nothing in the UK in the 80’s/90’s. Christian Death might have been described as such when they supported Red Lorry Yellow Lorry @ The Riley Smith hall in the 80’s but no-one really took much notice.
The music featured in the video is as follows:
NEW ORDER – Blue Monday
THE SMITHS – What Difference Does It Make
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN – The Cutter
THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS – Pretty In Pink
THE CRAMPS – You Got Good Taste
LEITMOTIV – Living In A Tin