Debbie Gibson – One Step Ahead (Masters at Work mix)

June 8th, 2008 by RJJNYC

Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzales transformed this Debbie Gibson record into an underground NYC classic. Should be rereleased with a John Waters-style scratch & sniff that gives off the metallic smell of joints laced with angel dust.

Can anyone ID this similar-sounding track that came out around late 91/early 92?

Mystery solved:

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Suzanne Bartsch’s Copacabana, December 29, 1988

June 7th, 2008 by RJJNYC

Got taken to this party by my friend Nicolas. I think Johnny Dynell was the DJ playing house upstairs while a more disco soundtrack featured downstairs. Saw some of the club kids and wasn’t very impressed, remember someone with big spots on their face who came off like a very half-arsed Leigh Bowery impersonator. In retrospect, I guess this may have been Michael Alig. The clip is from Funtone’s website. The performer doing the amazing contortions is Lady Hennessy Brown.

Best club I can remember visiting on that trip was Rock & Roll Fag Bar at The World, an amazing space on the Lower East Side. I recently found a Nelson Sullivan clip of the club and realized that it includes Nicolas, who is standing outside talking to Dean Johnson at the beginning.

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The Return of the Pop Shop

June 6th, 2008 by RJJNYC

On my first visit to New York City from London at the end of 1988, one of the things I most looked forward to was visiting the Pop Shop. May 4 was Keith Haring’s birthday, and he would have been 50 this year. As part of a number of tributes and celebrations, one of his murals has been recreated on East Houston Street and a documentary about his life was shown at the Tribeca film festival and is slated for release on DVD later this year.

After the sad closure of the Lafayette St store a couple of years back, the Pop Shop has returned as an online outlet. The T-shirts are being made by Pop Shop’s original T-shirt screener and include the seminal radiant baby and DJ dog images.

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