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Established 1978...memories of Group Therapy


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DISCLAIMER:  I realize this might be an oxymoron for many of us, including myself, depending on our level of intoxication at the time.  LOL

Since booth/table seats were always in short supply, we always had to keep someone in our seats if we needed to walk around, talk to somebody we knew, or just go pee.

We tend to take access to music over the Internet for granted these days, but back in the day the record stores only carried the mainstream titles.  I knew of Stairway to Heaven, but was largely ignorant of the rest of Led Zeppelin's other songs.

They played this one a good bit at Group, but I never knew the title because the lyrics don't really tell you what the name of the song is and they rarely played in on the radio back then.

I used to go to Group many times just to hear Led Zeppelin.

Then I remember riding out a hangover in Douglas all day on a Sunday trying to decide if the walk to the Russell House to get something to eat was worth it.

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1 hour ago, kingofnerf said:

DISCLAIMER:  I realize this might be an oxymoron for many of us, including myself, depending on our level of intoxication at the time.  LOL

Since booth/table seats were always in short supply, we always had to keep someone in our seats if we needed to walk around, talk to somebody we knew, or just go pee.

We tend to take access to music over the Internet for granted these days, but back in the day the record stores only carried the mainstream titles.  I knew of Stairway to Heaven, but was largely ignorant of the rest of Led Zeppelin's other songs.

They played this one a good bit at Group, but I never knew the title because the lyrics don't really tell you what the name of the song is and they rarely played in on the radio back then.

I used to go to Group many times just to hear Led Zeppelin.

Then I remember riding out a hangover in Douglas all day on a Sunday trying to decide if the walk to the Russell House to get something to eat was worth it.

Reppin' Douglas here too! #TowersLifeFTW

A huge draw for Group wasn't just that is was "the scene" back in the day, but for sure the tunes, too - you are spot on.

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41 minutes ago, Swayin said:

Reppin' Douglas here too! #TowersLifeFTW

A huge draw for Group wasn't just that is was "the scene" back in the day, but for sure the tunes, too - you are spot on.

Lol. I'll rep the towers too. Stayed in Moore my freshman year, although I knew people in each of the 4. I won't lie, I was sad when they tore them down.

As for Group Therapy, I've never been there. Went drinking in 5 Points plenty of times, but always tended to go to Village Idiot or Delaney's. We'd go to Yesterday's once in a while too.

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1986-1989

Snowden 3rd floor freshman then I moved to Lee St about 3 blocks away from Five Points. First time I ever heard Rock Lobster by the B-52's and Lola by The Kinks. Both would have people swinging from the rafters. On busy nights a few times we collected cover out on the street but we didn't work there.

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Group was the only place I got my fake id ever even remotely looked at. So didn’t visit often. And on my 21st we went there at 12:01 just to spite the bouncer who wouldn’t let me in at first. 
 

and I lived in Bates on the penthouse top floor. Hated the walk to the business building.

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I got caught shooting bottle rockets of our balcony in The Towers. After a valient defense before the Student Housing Committee me and a floormate we're banned from on campus housing after our freshman year. The last week before summer break we went to a bait shop and bought 20,000 crickets, put towels under our doors, and gave the crickets their freedom. You could still hear crickets chirping in Snowden well into the next school year.

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I put more time in effort in our defense than I did on any project or paper from a regular class, and probably learned more from it. I had quotes from Ghandi, Thurgood Marshall and MLK and all they had was a bunch of circumstantial evidence (you couldn't see through the honeycombs enough to identify anyone) but it was enough. south park america GIF

 I was Stan's dad 20 years before South Park.

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I don't think I've ever been into Group Therapy. Most of my Five Point days were spent in a little dive bar called Fat Alleys. It was right next to one of the other popular joints in the early 2000s. Sharky's maybe? Whichever one it was, the place had a 2nd floor. Anyways Fat Alley's was a bar in every sense of the word. There was no dancing or other crap like that. I think they had 1 or 2 pool tables, and maybe a dart board.

 

They also had this great looking blonde chick behind the bar who I had some classes with. She would slip me a free beer from time to time, so that was a plus. The owner would show up and get really drunk and want to gamble on stupid stuff. Like there was one time some NFL game was on the TV. Whichever team that was on offense at the time had the ball on 3rd down with maybe 3 yards to go for the first. He bet me that the next play was going to be a screen, and I said it would be a hand-off up the middle. The stakes were $5 from me vs. any drink in the house from him. I won a Taddy Porter. Then there was one night he was feeling really good and bought sushi and saki for everyone in the bar. That was my first time trying saki courtesy of the blonde chick. She had to carry me back home to The Roost that night lol.

 

As for the Towers (Honeycombs), I never had the pleasure of living there either. I had a few friends who stayed there, so I'm familiar with the rooms. But my first dorm was Columbia Hall followed by The Roost where I was an RA on a floor with a bunch of the baseball players at the time. Landon Powell, Garris Gonce, Matt Campbell, Kevin Melillo, David Marchbanks, and a few others were all on my floor. Other than the long walk to classes, The Roost was not a bad place to be back then. During baseball season, we would mix drinks in my room then walk out on the 3rd floor exit and be right in the ball park. During my second year at that dorm, one of the top floor rooms with a view of the ball park was unoccupied. So I used my master key to get me and some friends in to watch the game from the couch up there.

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1 hour ago, cocky0 said:

I don't think I've ever been into Group Therapy. Most of my Five Point days were spent in a little dive bar called Fat Alleys. It was right next to one of the other popular joints in the early 2000s. Sharky's maybe? Whichever one it was, the place had a 2nd floor. Anyways Fat Alley's was a bar in every sense of the word. There was no dancing or other crap like that. I think they had 1 or 2 pool tables, and maybe a dart board.

 

Blasphemy. I figured every Gamecock grad had been there at least once?

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1 hour ago, Spur's Addiction said:

Blasphemy. I figured every Gamecock grad had been there at least once?

Maybe that is why. I am not a graduate of the University of South Carolina. I did a lot of my college there, but deployments pulled me out of school before I could finish my degree there. I eventually wound up transferring my credits to Post University, changing my major from Criminal Justice to Computer Information Systems, and finishing coursework for my Bachelor's online with them.

 

I could probably go back to USC and finish that Criminal Justice degree, and only need  a handful of courses, but I no longer live in Columbia and I don't really see the point other than being able to say I have a degree from USC.

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1 hour ago, cocky0 said:

Maybe that is why. I am not a graduate of the University of South Carolina. I did a lot of my college there, but deployments pulled me out of school before I could finish my degree there. I eventually wound up transferring my credits to Post University, changing my major from Criminal Justice to Computer Information Systems, and finishing coursework for my Bachelor's online with them.

 

I could probably go back to USC and finish that Criminal Justice degree, and only need  a handful of courses, but I no longer live in Columbia and I don't really see the point other than being able to say I have a degree from USC.

I gotcha. I just figured everyone student had at least stepped foot in the place. It's a Columbia icon. Not a place I would visit now, expect maybe one time for nostalgia, but I certainly spent some time and money there in my 5-points days.  

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21 minutes ago, Spur's Addiction said:

I gotcha. I just figured everyone student had at least stepped foot in the place. It's a Columbia icon. Not a place I would visit now, expect maybe one time for nostalgia, but I certainly spent some time and money there in my 5-points days.  

It looks more sports oriented now, although I remember in 1987 a piece of the goalposts ended up there after the clemson game. I'm "friends" with Tannyhill on Facebook and sent him some of his own football cards when he bought Group. He said he was going to display them. 

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Too many stories and too many drinks to remember.  I do remember they had a contest when I was there one year.  Dixie beer vs. Sam Adams - probably 1990.  They were pitching it as the North vs, the South in drinking.  I guess they tallied the receipts.  I don't remember who won.  Being a NJ a-hole , I had way too many Sam Adams.  I also remember going back there after graduating and my old roommate and another guy were there.  He ordered 3 Fosters Oil Cans and the bill was $12.  My friend was like damn I miss college beer prices. 

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