Thursday, May 20, 2010

New Wave Hootenanny

Back in the late '80s my wife and I worked in a club by the name of Stagger Lee's.

The name would lead one to believe that the club played classic hits from the 50s and 60s. One would be correct in that assumption. It was a popular nightspot ... we held 350 people and on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, we'd pack the place full. It was a "meat market" ... this was before AIDS became the epidemic that it has become and back when people had meaningless sex with each other.

They'd come to Stagger Lee's to find people to have sex with. Let's call a spade a spade here. Some people got so drunk they had sex IN the club. Some tried on the dance floor. It was a wild decadent place.

The rule was that I played "oldies" until 11 p.m. At that point we'd switch out crowds ... the 30 and 40 year olds would go home and the music would get more current and the crowd would get younger. Back then, this was a rarity among clubs ... we were fortunate and managed to pull it off because we had an awesome team of bartenders, waitresses, managers, bouncers and moi (thats French for Jimmy D).

To make a long story short is a rarity in the blogging world but I'm going to attempt it here ... this is one of my favorite series of songs that I would play back then. It's not a "mix" as the beats are kind of all over the place. These are VERY upbeat songs that, back then, were considered new and daring. It's kinda cool how most of them have turned into classics now.

How many can you name, punk?



  1. all but 1.5. couldn't remember the artist name for the 2nd one without googling. and the last one threw me.

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  3. It's Dramarama's "Anything Anything". I always liked it, but it never really caught on. Looking back now I can kinda see why.