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  • Northside East

The Grove's greatest hits

Wednesday, 2nd August, 2017 12:52pm
The Grove's greatest hits

Playing air guitar at The Grove

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Grove this month, we asked our readers to list the songs that remind them most of the legendary Northside teen disco.

The Grove will be returning home to St Paul's College for one very special weekend on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 August. This will be a once in a lifetime chance for ex-Grovers to relive those precious memories – same Grove DJ, same Grove music, and for many, the same Grove venue.

The man behind the decks, Cecil Nolan, is credited with introducing generations of teenagers to incredible music. A man of impeccable taste, Cecil's playlist grew and morphed over the years, but there were more than a few staples that stood the test of time and became true ‘Grove songs’, among them Ram Jam's 'Black Betty', Boston's 'More Than A Feeling', Rainbow's 'Since You've Been Gone', 'Purple Haze' by Hendrix, Santana's version of 'She's Not There', the B52's 'Rock Lobster', Talking Heads’ 'Psycho Killer' and too many Zeppelin, Doors and AC/DC songs to mention.

In later years, tracks like The Waterboys’ ‘Whole Of The Moon' and Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ would join the ranks of Grove classics .

And of course, it wouldn't be a school disco without the slow sets, where ‘Stairway’ and 'Freebird' regularly rubbed shoulders with the likes of Janis Ian's 'At Seventeen', Hazel O'Connor's 'Will You?', Judy Tzuke's 'Stay With Me 'til Dawn' and Dylan's 'Lay Lady Lay'.

We hope you enjoy these classic Grove songs, as suggested by our readers.

1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin


2. Black Betty - Ram Jam


3. Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC


4. Freebird - Lynaryd Skynyrd


5. Since You've Been Gone - Rainbow


6. Hotel Californica - The Eagles


7. More Than a Feeling - Boston


8. I Will Follow - U2


9. The Whole of the Moon - The Waterboys


10. Enter Sandman - Metallica


11. Stay With Me Till Dawn - Judy Tzuke


12. Will You - Hazel O'Connor


13. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix


14. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana


15. Alive - Pearl Jam


16. Pyscho Killer - Talking Heads


17. Cocaine - Eric Clapton


18. Break on Through - The Doors


19. The Lovecats - The Cure


20. Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners


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