When talking about nightlife and nightclubs in the 1980s, you have to stop and pay homage to The Adelphia House apartment building at 1229 Chestnut Street, whose basement was the epicenter of all things new wave in Philadelphia for a number of years.
The entrance to the basement was a simple door found steps away from the front door to the apartment building above - which at the time was pretty much a flop-house space. Rooms were cheap since no one WANTED to live at 13/Chestnut in 1980. Well, no one 'cept us...
I took a picture of the facade yesterday - actually I took a ton of pictures of where things used to be -- they'll be posted in due time. The red box marks where the entrance was to the legendary East Side Club. There's nothing there now. It went from the East Side Club to the gay disco Kurt's to some black straight dance club to mothballs.
I have tons of stories from when it was Kurt's - which I will post about later, since I was intimately involved with the opening of that contraversial club, having been in charge of its advertising campaign.
For now, it's all about the East Side Club. When you walked down the flight of stairs and made a left into the space, the first thing you noticed was just how low the ceilings were! The club was dark and the 'theme' was graffiti.
There's no way to say it - cept I SAW SO MANY LIVE SHOWS HERE! I truly can't pick a highlight - perhaps it was spending $5 to see some band from England called Depeche Mode. Or maybe it was getting in free to check out Wall Of Voodoo. Or perhaps it was the time I saw Our Daughter's Wedding - or got to first-hand understand the roots of music with the legendary bluesman John Lee Hooker.
Or perhaps it was New Year's Eve when I rang in the Orwellian year of 1984 with a live concert from the Cocteau Twins!
There are so many memories of the East Side Club, that the only way I can explain it is with pictures.
As always, click an image to enlarge ... and enjoy.