Tuesday, 3 April 2012
C is For Clouds.
No, wrong clouds!
Clouds with the glitter ball and the ultraviolet lights.
Clouds was a dance hall in Glasgow and my most favourite place to be between the ages of fifteen and seventeen. It was unlicensed but you still had to be eighteen to be allowed in. My friends and I wore make up, worked out our dates of birth to make us eighteen and were never refused entry. We drank soft drinks all night, wore white chiffon scarfs around our necks which glowed in the ultra violet lights and had a great time. I found out later that my future husband frequented Clouds on the same nights, I may have even danced with him but we had to go all the way to a dance hall in Blackpool to finally meet. You can read about that here
Clouds was above the Apollo which was a venue for all the great bands of the seventies, Simple minds, Paul McCartney, Elton John all played there. Upstairs in Clouds I swooned to the sounds of Salvation who later became Slik and the famous Midge Ure was their lead singer.
What I didn't know until now was that the dance hall opened in 1927 above Greens Playhouse a cinema which brought the first talking pictures to Glasgow audiences. Clouds was a famous ballroom then and in the 40's Joe Loss played there as well as Ronnie Scott's Big Band. How glamorous it must have been then certainly more so than we were in the seventies shuffling around the floor to disc jockeys playing records or standing around watching Salvation play.