Past Events – 1996
The Cure tribute night - Trocadero, January 20,
New Romantics tribute night - Trocadero, February
I.R.S Records tribute / tax night - Trocadero, March
Synth night - Trocadero, April 20, 1996
Ska Night - Trocadero, May 18, 1996
Video Night - Trocadero, June 15, 1996
Scottish Night - 435 Broadway, July 20, 1996
Berlin concert and New Wave City - The Fillmore,
August 9, 1996
Pistols & Punk - 435 Broadway, August 24, 1996
1st Los Angeles "Preview" - The Garage,
September 6, 1996
4 Year Anniversary Party - 435 Broadway,
September 14, 1996
2nd Los Angeles "Preview" - The Garage, September
Los Angeles "Debut" night and Smiths
salute - The Martini Lounge, September 28, 1996
Adam Ant salute - 836 Mission, October 12, 1996
Salute night to Duran Duran/Simon Le Bon's Birthday
party - The Martini Lounge, October 25, 1996
Halloween Dead Man's Party - Studio 435, San Francisco,
October 31, 1996
Pet Shop Boys Salute - Big Heart City, November
New Wave City L.A. - Martini Lounge, November
Smiths Salute - Trocadero, December 14, 1996
New Wave City L.A. - Martini Lounge, December
New Wave Eve 1979 - CW Saloon, December 31, 1996
The Cure tribute night
- Trocadero, January 20, 1996
Our artist salute was to the every-popular Cure. As expected, our
goth fan quota was up that night, and the dance floor rocked all
night. For New Wave City Theatre, patrons made their own "Love Cat"
masks during the evening at an arts booth set up by our talented
friend Kerrigan McCarthy. Ten creative winners wore their masks
on stage at midnight while "Love Cats" played; they won the latest
CD volume of "Sedated In the Eighties" and movie passes to see "From
Dusk Till Dawn."
Romantics tribute night - Trocadero, February 20, 1996
The weekend before Valentine's Day, New Wave City was themed to
love and romance, with a tribute to the New Romantic movement, including
groups like Duran Duran, Adam & the Ants, Visage, Ultravox, etc.
We had a large contingent of fans show up in their glitter make-up,
big hair, and Adam Ant pirate gear. New Wave City Theatre was "Addicted
to Love," performing a lip-synch to that tune with a trio of cute,
dark-haired babes in short black skirts fronted by a Robert Palmer
lookalike (played by the unlikely cast of Skip, Shindog, and Ira
V. in drag, and NWC friend Ferris as Palmer.) And boy were they
Our special love-sponsor was the Guardian Personals (of the SF Bay Guardian) who offered free personal
ads and free calling cards to respond to ads, designed so that New
Wave City fans could find their own "new romantic."
tribute night - Trocadero, March 30, 1996
It was another cool night at the Trocadero. Our musical salute was
timed with the depths of tax time, featuring one of the most influential
record labels of the new wave era was the International Record Syndicate,
Inc. (I.R.S.) founded by Miles Copeland. I'd been waiting for a
good excuse to play more I.R.S. acts like the Cramps, R.E.M., English
Beat, Alarm, Oingo Boingo, Go-Go's, General Public, Wall of Voodoo,
Fine Young Cannibals, Buzzcocks... and a first at New Wave City:
the rockin' Fleshtones... of course, the tasteful dancing crowd
loved it all! I.R.S. Records was very generous in providing goodies
for the night.
The club was plastered with huge black & white posters of the famous
I.R.S. man with the slogan "Who Needs Pants When You've Got a Nice
Hat," also the title of their CD release of new bands on the label
which we gave away. But the real exciting items were giveaways for
the new CD's of the Buzzcocks "French," with recently recorded live
versions of their best rockin' tunes, and Concrete Blonde's "Recollection,"
a greatest hits package. New Wave City Theatre's performance was
a lipsynch organized by Skip of that fave "Don't You Want Me."
night - Trocadero, April 20, 1996
When we asked our New Wave City regulars to vote for their choice
of theme; the votes were all over the place, but the consistent
favorites were the synthesizer-oriented New Wave acts, so we grouped
them together and featured the likes of Gary Numan, Human League,
Flock of Seagulls, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, etc. along with our
usual mix of the best of New Wave. New Wave City Theatre at midnight
was a human-sized keyboard playing "Cars " onstage while vintage
car commercials played on the video screen, and Shindog made a quick
circuit around the stage in his miniature car-wagon. We gave away
CD's and concert tickets for Howard Jones and Tears for Fears. Shindog's
fave mix of the night was a special cheezy-synth dance trio of Paul
Hardcastle's "Rain Forest " and "19 ," followed by Harold Faltermeyer's
"Axel F " theme from "Beverly Hills Cop." Totally eighties groovin'!
- Trocadero, May 18, 1996
It was time to skank... The last New Wave City on May 18 featured
a salute to ska. It was great pulling deep into catalogs of
favorites like Madness, English Beat, Specials and Selector,
as well as lesser-played names like Bodysnatchers, Bad Manners,
and original 60's ska from Marley, Toots and others. It was
a rude boy's and rude girl's delight! At midnight a pair of
professional dance instructors from the Metronome taught everyone
how to "Jamaica Ska," while the video of the song with Annette
Funicello from "Back to the Beach" played behind them. Even
though it was time for finals, many gave themselves a break
from the books for a New Wave fix, and I hope we satisfied their
Video Night -
Trocadero, June 15, 1996
This was our chance to play lots of music videos on the big
screen at the Troc so dancers could see, hear and dance to classic,
innovative and lesser-known video of the period. Damon from
the underground TV show Potpourri handled the VJ duties. Our
giveaways tied with the theme: Rhino's new compilation from
"VH1-The Big 80's," and a cool, new book from Running Press
called "MTV: The Making of a Revolution." As a special surprise,
we played early MTV promos ("I want my MTV") followed by footage
taken earlier that night of our very own customers chanting
the new mantra: "I want my New Wave City!"
Night - 435 Broadway, July 20, 1996
This was our New Wave trip to a truly big country:
Scotland. We featured special sets of Scottish acts like Simple
Minds, Big Country, Altered Images, Jesus & Mary Chain, Aztec
Camera, Waterboys and more. (Did you know even David Byrne
was born is Scotland?) And, always on the cutting edge, we
gave away movie passes and CD's for the hot Scottish film
"Trainspotting," which went on to incredible acclaim, both
for the incredible images of the film, and the music by the
likes of Iggy Pop, New Order and more 80's and 90's acts.
Berlin concert and New Wave City - The Fillmore, August
This event a special co-promotion with Bill Graham Presents
of a dance concert with New Wave City and Berlin, featuring
Terri Nunn. It was a great milestone for us to dj in the historic
Fillmore, full of wild dancers! We met Terri before the show,
and she's a sweet lady: gracious, totally cool and a stone-fox!
Her talent and enthusiasm was obvious during Berlin's set.
They played everything we all came to here: "Sex (I'm a...),"
"Metro," "No More Words," Masquerade," "You Take My Breath
Away," etc. It was a gas!
& Punk - 435 Broadway, August 24, 1996
Nothing like a few friendly slam-dance sessions, especially
for our punk sets tonight as we gave away Sex Pistols concert
tickets and copies of the "Filthy Lucre Live" CD recorded
at the beginning of the reunion tour, and also an excellent
new book on the early New York punk scene: "Please Kill Me."
Los Angeles "Preview" - The Garage, September 6, 1996
After four years of events exclusively in San Francisco, we
really roamed this time for our first ever event in Southern
California. When finding himself working for the summer in L.A.,
DJ and promoter Shindog joined up with local co-host and promoter
Carlos to bring our rockin' club to L.A. We started out at the
hip, intimate club The Garage, raved about in the Sunday LA
Times as one of the highlights of the burgeoning musical and
cultural scene of the Silver Lake district. We scored some ska
giveaways for this event from one of the top bands of the New
Wave ska revival, still recording and performing today: The
Selector. We gave away copies of their new CD "Back In the Streets"
from Triple X, and tickets to their concert at the Troubador.
We surveyed our first Los Angeles customers on "What New Waver
would you choose to rule the world?" Here's a sampling of their
- David Bowie - Jennifer C, LA
- Adam Ant - Lisa G, Sherman Oaks; Amy H, LA
- Morrisey - Debbie K, LA
- David Byrne - Greg Tung, LA
- Simon LeBon - Eddie S, LA; Deborah B, LA
- Debbie Harry - Nate T, Alhambra; Alexandra S, Culver City
- Haysee Fantazee - Frank M, Manhattan Beach
- Limahl - Sandra C, Santa Monica
- Boy George - Sally M, LA
- Nina Hagen, Bob M, Pasadena
Four Year Anniversary
Party - 435 Broadway, September 14, 1996
Incredibly enogh, this event actually ushered in our fifth year in
carrying the New Wave banner, after thirteen different venues, now
including Los Angeles. Following our own tradition, we kicked off
with an early VIP party, where the champagne flowed, and gourmet munchies
were munched. The party kicked into gear thanks to the wonderful gang
of regulars, with one newcomer couple coming from as far away as Brisbane,
Australia. Now we know that New Wave still rules Down Under! At midnight,
those fortunate enough to grab one of our lucky "99 Luftballoons"
dropped from the balcony, got a special anniversary prize.
Los Angeles "Preview"
night - The Garage, September 20, 1996
This was our second event in Southern California, held at the very
cool, cozy dance-bar The Garage, described in an article on Silver
Lake, as a megahip, underground nightspot catering to a diverse crowd
and the who's who of clubsters. What a perfect joint to "preview"
new Wave City to Angelenos! The place was packed, which bodes well
for more NWC's in LA. It was particularly great to find all the folks
who were veterans of New Wave City up north, and who came out to welcome
us the second they saw we were in town! Thanks to the co-host of New
Wave City south, the suave Carlos, and our new helpers and very cool
kittens Jennifer and Lisa.
Los Angeles "Debut"
night and Smiths salute - The Martini Lounge, September 28, 1996
After our first two preview nights earlier in the month at The Garage,
this night marked our official debut for New Wave City in Southern
California. The Martini Lounge is on famous Melrose Avenue, a ways
east of the well-known retail strip of Melrose, and a couple blocks
away from the Paramount Pictures studio lot. Our Smiths salute included
giveaways of the new release by Johnny Marr's current band (with Bernard
Sumner) Electronic "Raise the Pressure." Dozens of fans wore their
Smiths-related t-shirts for a chance to win CD's and posters. San
Francisco NWC regulars Deborah and Erin flew down just for the night
- where were the rest of you?!
Adam Ant salute - 836
Mission, October 12, 1996
We held out four years before paying tribute to Antmusic and its creator:
Stuart Goddard, aka Adam Ant. We played special Ant-sets, and played
his outrageous videos on the multiple screens in the club. Our Adam
Ant costume contest brought the Ant-fans out of the closet. Ruffle
shirts, pirate eye-patches, and the trademark white stripes under
the eyes bounded through the club, with the best outfits getting packages
of Adam Ant music and prizes from new movies.
Salute night to Duran Duran/Simon
Le Bon's Birthday party - The Martini Lounge, October 25, 1996
In honor of the 38th birthday of Duran's lead singer, we served up
extra portions of the New Romantic pop darlings, and featured giveaways
from the new Maverick release of the NEUROTIC OUTSIDERS, the supergroup
featuring John Taylor of Duran Duran. Organizers of the upcoming Duran
Duran fan convention scheduled for Jan. '97 in L.A. came by to pump
up the Duran-fan quota and to share info. on their event. If you missed
it, you missed some great New Romantic outfits on Skip & Shindog!
Halloween Dead Man's
Party - Studio 435, San Francisco, October 31, 1996
Our first-ever Halloween event was named after the Oingo Boingo song
- the band known for its Halloween concerts and its "Day of the Dead"
imagery. Our costume contest was geared to 80's icons, with 80 prizes
awarded including Oingo Boingo's "Farewell," the final concert appearance
of the band recorded on CD and video, movie giveaways from "William
Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet" and "Stephen King's Thinner," and a
grand prize of $200 cash! The finalists included Beetlejuice, Rubic's
cube, Adam Ant, Carmen Miranda (OK, not really 80's,) Chris Tennant
of the Pet Shop Boys in a pointy hat, and our grand prize winner:
Speed Racer! Unofficial runner-up: Skip as Cindy Wilson of the B-52's
in an orange polka dot dress showing off beautifully shaved legs!
Pet Shop Boys Salute
- Big Heart City, November 16, 1996
Our return to South of Market was marked with another New Wave City
tradition: holding an event the same night as the first rainstorm
of the season! Still, a few hundred of you braved the weather for
this night highlighted by giveaways of Pet Shop Boys release Bilingual
on Atlantic, and special sets of their vintage eighties music.
New Wave City L.A. - Martini
Lounge, November 23, 1996
Our prodigal return to Southern California brought New Wavers from
out of the woodwork, from around the corner in Hollywood, to Santa
Barbara to the foursome from Montreal, Canada!... as well as old friends
Matt and Francesca from San Francisco. As a special treat, the night
opened with a powerful live set by Michael Aston, formerly of Gene
Loves Jezebel, who performed with his new band.
Smiths Salute - Trocadero,
December 14, 1996
We returned to our most popular venue, the Trocadero Transfer, as
we returned to one of our most popular artist salutes, one of the
most influential acts of the eighties: The Smiths. Along with special
sets of their music, the night was marked with a Morrissey lipsynch
contest. Winning out over runners-up Bob "Morrissey" and Dina "Morrissey"
was none other than.. you guessed it: Steven "Morrissey"! Our winner
had it down right to the government issued black spectacles, the pompadour,
the slinky moves and the dour expression, and was awarded the 3-CD
series "Hang the DJ" from Rhino.
New Wave City L.A. - Martini
Lounge, December 28, 1996
Our monthly event in the Southland was plum in the middle of Christmas
and New Year's, and was highlighted by giveaways of the Oglio CD collection
Hit That Perfect Beat, Vol. 2 - '80s Dance Hits.
New Wave Eve 1979 - CW Saloon, December 31, 1996
While the rest of the world welcomed 1997, New Wave City went back
to 1979, with a special focus on music and happenings from that year.
The walls of the CW Saloon's dance room were transformed to a 1979
gallery of album covers and graffiti. New Year's revellers got a variety
of gifts on arrival, including a limited edition New Wave City button,
a variety of music CD's and cassettes, and silly hats to adorn their
domes. Midnight came and went, complimentary champagne was consumed,
the balloons came down (eventually), and U2 sang "New Year's Day."
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