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There's an important shop missing from the Yorkshire list; 'Some Kinda Mushroom' was situated on St.James Parade in the city centre, near to the cathedral and solicitors quarter c.1970-1973; it was owned/managed by Dave Mc.Phee who was the then manager of local band Shape of the Rain. He also had a second shop in Chesterfield - on Sheffield Road, as well, can't remember if this had the same name or not. Comment: Richard Steele.

Shape of the Rain was a band from Sheffield , founded around 63/64 by Keith Riley, his brother Len, Brian Wood and Ian Waggett. They started out called The Gear and then The Reaction. ‘If we couldn’t get gigs because they didn’t like us, we’d just change the name, If they liked us we’d stick with the same name,’ says Keith Riley. The band’s first professional recordings were in Nottingham in 1966. They released an album called “Riley Riley Wood and Waggett” in 1971, which was produced by Tony Hall. They were influenced by American West Coast music and the British psych/progressive scene as well as many other styles and came up with a sound that was all their own.Twelve string and slide guitars were used to create a different sound to what was then the norm. They played The Marquee, London, The Cavern, Liverpool and Manchesters Hard Rock and Magic Village. They supported bands such as Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Free, Fleetwood Mac, Love and Joe Cocker, as well as many others during their time as Sheffield University ‘House Band’! They also played at The Black Swan now called The Boardwalk, as well as many other venues around locally. sheffieldforum.co.uk

(July 30, 2013) David Gough said:I have a near pristine copy of Riley, Riley, Wood and Waggett and it's still one of my favourite albums from the era.
I bought it from my favourite record store next to Lincoln Market (now long gone) and now it is here with me in Perth, Western Australia.

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Stuart Smith was the manager of Some Kinda Mushroom on Newbold Road in Chesterfiel
Name
Colin Hoskins
(2020)

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Stuart Smith was the manager of Some Kinda Mushroom on Newbold Road in Chesterfiel
Name
Colin Hoskins
(2020)

Fascination & Fusion Chesterfield Fusion nightclub occupied what was previously and is again now the grand ballroom in Chesterfield's Winding Wheel civic centre. In 1979 Stuart Smith who ran independent record shop Some Kinda Mushroom started a Thursday futurist night there and decided to put some bands on and for seven glorious months, Fusion hosted some of the UK's most important and influential bands just as they were breaking into the big time, including The Cure, Simple Minds and The Specials. These nights have rightly gone down in Chesterfield music history. Inspired by these legendary gigs and bored with Chesterfield night life in the 80s, Myself, Rat and Pat started a similar alternative night on Tuesdays at the nearby Fascination night club on Stephensons Place and called it Gotham City. Running for just over a year we played host to Pulp, The Membranes, The Bomb Party and other local bands. The unique posters for each night were designed by Androo Wobble. Chesterfield had other night clubs through the 80s that sporadically put on live acts, The Adam & Eve on Lordsmill Street put on Pulp, Engine and Lawnmower Deth amongst others, the Aquarius on Sheffield Road hosted Def Leppard and The Moulin Rouge under the Vic Veranda played host to Ozric Tentacles and Broken Bones if I remember correctly. Finally Chesterfield's Noize Ain't Dead Promotions put on Conflict, Peter and the Test Tube Babies and other punk and oi bands at the Chesterfield Conservative Cub of all places. David Hayes


Does anybody on here remember the vic Dave from some kinda mushroom record shop was the DJ. I’ve seen some amazing groups there and had some amazing nights but never seem to see it mentioned

Jacqueline Levand
Some happy times at the vic with my friends,Saturday afternoon and Monday nights ,remember Dave from some kinda mushroom ,saw some amazing groups there and Dave Berry was a regular there

Viv Margereson
I go back to the late 50s at the Vic they were great times l was only thinking the other day for all the Tim’s I had there every Monday and Saturday nights I never saw any bother , happy times

  • Keith Taylor
    Seen loads off top bands there. Bar was up a flight of stairs, then down the other side back into the dance hall. Had some good times there

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Dave Harwood
29 Nov 2023 at 04:53
I found this address in the 'Derby Daily Telegraph' dated 20th February 1970: “Tickets from “Some Kinda Mushroom” 7 Newbold Road, Chesterfield. Telephone: 3014.”

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