Melbourne music


A couple of weeks ago we were having dinner on a Saturday night in Bourke Street.

Something was wrong, and we remarked as such: it was about 7pm and Gaslight Music wasn’t open.

For years, Gaslight has been a haven in the eastern end of the city, particularly when waiting to meet someone on a cold winter’s night. It was always open late. But on this night it wasn’t.

Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it turns out Gaslight is no more.

I suggest as a mark of respect, we all reach for our music collections, find that rare, out-of-print or otherwise hard-to-find CD/LP that you found that time in Gaslight, and give it a spin.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

5 replies on “Gaslight”

RIP Gaslight.

Bought the odd CD there, but bought a LOT of gig tickets…

Is there any indie record shop left in MEblourne now?

Oh I will have to hunt out my first Aimee Mann CD. When I got it through Gaslight nobody had heard of her. So sad when something good disappears. I wonder if they will still have their online shop (Chaos I think it is)?

Never bought anything there, but it is sad to hear of the demise of an institution. Builders Arms closed, Galleon Cafe changed hands again and now Gaslight has closed.

Amarok, Mike Oldfield. The only place who had a steady supply of Mike Oldfield CDs for YEARS. I completed the entire collection of Mike Oldfield with the help of that shop. I’m crushed. Gaslight was the best place to go to for free gig tickets (when one was there at the right time to get said tickets) and meet music stars who occasionally popped in to visit. And the music. Dammit.

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