Lost Club Culture: Crazy Daisy’s
Written by Fliss Baker
For our sixth feature on Coventry’s Lost Club Culture we’re going to continue celebrating memorable venues and how they impacted the City. This week we’re hot on the heels of the legendary Crazy Daisy’s. Read and reminisce, I certainly have! Coventry has a lot of good shit to answer for and this club was the absolute don.
Who can forget the incredible ‘Crazy Daisy’s’ housed in the former Dun Cow pub on the A45. Clubbers drove from all over to the venue ‘out in the sticks’ due to hugely popular events such as ‘Progress’ with residents including Darren DeLuca and ‘Magic Roundabout’ led by Jules and John Grainger (Jay-G), which always promised a rammed dancefloor.
It was John Grainger who was approached by Nick and Kate Marsden back in 1993 after they’d just purchased the club. John was already an established, respected DJ, playing at Cream, Tin-Tin’s and Wobble in the early 90’s. Whilst spinning some tunes in Leamington Sight & Sound, Coventry, the couple asked him for advice on what to do with the club.
“I convinced them to focus on a unique house music venue, as Coventry had nothing since the days of the Eclipse. I joined as resident DJ (created my DJ name Jay-G) and promoter and got Jules to join me as resident. It was hard work getting people to travel to the middle of nowhere but as they say, ‘build it and they will come’. Friday night at ‘Daisy’s’ (The Magic Roundabout) was pure electric, [and people were] up for it and bouncing from start to finish.” John’s most memorable clubbing moment was at ‘Daisy’s’ for the first all day Sunday party with Tony De-Vit as guest, “it was pure madness!” John left the club in 1998 when Nick and Kate sold it on.
Seen as though we’d grabbed John Grainger to squeeze him for Daisy info we couldn’t resist asking him for his opinion on Coventry’s changing clubbing scene. He corroborated with every other interviewee we’d talked to for this series… The City needs a funkin’ decent venue! He also raised the valid point that pub extended opening hours made a huge impact on clubbing culture. People stayed and drank further into the night instead of closing time pushing them into clubs.
Another massive ‘Crazy Daisy’s’ fan was Matt Green, founder of ‘Forward’ events at China Red and part of upcoming house/tech duo ‘Feral Creatures’. He said he stumbled across Daisy’s completely by accident. At the age of seventeen he walked in wearing a waistcoat, grandad collared shirt and trousers (admittedly not quite fitting into the dress code) and pretty much thought “what the fuck? This place is amazing!” Everyone was drinking water (possibly due to the massive amount of pill dropping me thinks) and the bar girls were wearing nurse’s outfits, which he later learnt interchanged with French maid or catsuits, depending on the night.
He heard ‘Living Joy, Dreamer’ (1997) drop and said it felt like he was close to orgasm! The crowd went berserk and the sweaty dancefloor was rammed. He told us how the décor changed according to the different nights and the memorable gimmicks handed out to everyone. Some days you were given ice pops with members receiving the more premium frozen treats like ‘Magnums’ or ‘Feasts’. He witnessed legendary DJ’s including Tony De Vit, Tall Paul and Steve Lawler spinning the decks. Matt said, ‘Crazy Daisy’s’ literally opened his eyes to a new world of clubbing and he loved every second of it.
Personal memories for me? ‘Daisy’s’ was the first club I ever went to. I was fourteen and one hundred percent did not look eighteen. However, all my older friends had a plan. Whatever you did, you DID NOT walk to the door in a big group or you’d just get turned away. There was no negotiation with the doormen, just a sorry you’ve been blanked and the embarrassment of being forced to drive all the way home. So, I walked in with my gay friend, holding hands so we looked like a couple… and we got in! The cool, quirky, dress code and the mass of bodies strewn around was a brand-new experience for me.
By the time I was seventeen I was driving my mum’s old red Citreon AX, picking up the girls when they finished their Friday night pub shift and blasting out the tunes on the A45 ready to dance the shit out of ‘Daisy’s’ dancefloor. We all wore cropped t shirts, cut off trousers and trainers – comfort was key, ready for our mammoth dancing session.
One of my stand out memories was watching my mate so wrecked standing on the raised stage, absolutely obsessed with the ceiling decorations, trying to pull them down and cradle them. Yep, he got thrown out that night! It’s funny with ‘Daisy’s’ because I never remember standing by the bar, drinking, chilling, chatting shit… I only ever remember dancing, never wanting the leave the dancefloor, necking water like there was no tomorrow.
Crazy Daisy’s was later turned into ‘Goji’, a Chinese restaurant but in December 2016 unfortunately became a prime target for a devastating arson attack. It had been a haven for trespassers and squatters for some time.
One word, gutted.
But the legacy lives on.
‘Crazy Daisy’s’, without a shadow of a doubt, was a funking wicked club. Flick through this amazing collection of photos taken from ‘Daisy’s’ at its peak – revel in reminiscing!
More stories coming up about Coventry’s memorable nightclubs including The Planet, The Foundry and The Colly (Kasbah!) and interviews with worldly renown techno artists ‘Anti-slam & W.E.A.P.O.N’, Carl Cox’s personal favourite, ‘Phutek’ and the best female DJ in the world… Lisa Lashes! Like and follow Native’s page to read our features hot from the press. This ‘Lost Clubbing Culture’ series ain’t stopping yet!