The Greyhound, Croydon - live music venue
photo by Paul Wright
This is the front of The Greyhound on Park Lane, Croydon, opposite the Fairfield Halls and Croydon College. I took this photograph on 01 November 2015. The Greyhound was a famous live music venue and many bands played there during the 1970s including David Bowie, who played a gig there on 25 June 1972 as part of the Ziggy Stardust tour. The support band was Roxy Music and it was reported that a thousand people were turned away.
I first went to The Greyhound when I was sixteen to see The Ramones play on 29 May 1977 on their first UK tour. The Ramones were a fantastic live band, belting out short 1-2-3-4 rock ‘n’ roll songs to a dancehall full of young pogoing punks. Joey Ramone, the tall and skinny lead singer was dressed in a leather biker’s jacket his face hidden under a mop of hair and sunglasses.
The support band that night was another American band called Talking Heads, also on their first UK tour. Not many people could be bothered to drag themselves from the bar to watch them, but I was curious and stood with a few others at the front of the stage. The band were very nervous playing in front of a bunch of punks in the depths of South London. At the time I wasn't that impressed by Talking Heads, but later that year they released Psycho Killer which was a classic single.
I became a regular at the Greyhound’s Sunday night gigs throughout 1977 when the bill was dominated by punk bands. I saw some great gigs there by Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Buzzcocks, Generation X, The Jam, Tom Robinson Band and many others.
The Greyhound later became the Blue Orchid nightclub and finally closed in 2004.
The Greyhound, 22-24, Park Lane, Croydon, CR0 1JA