In late 1984 the world changed as The Kennel Club opened its doors. The first time I climbed past those plastic legs and arms that were attached to the walls of the flight of stairs that took you to Heaven, my world had changed forever.
Sure, The Kennel Club was a kick-ass space. But it was like having a big dysfunctional family - all crammed into a dirty basement and finally - like hitting oil - we get to pack up the truck an move to Walnut ... Street that is.
We finally had a home that was hip, trendy and still us. A huge video bar with carpeted stairs that you could fit dozens of folk for a weekly screening of shock/gore videos -- Jakey Boy (Seth Jacobs) and I produced a weekly event at the Kennel Club called SLEAZE-A-RAMA. The weekly screening was so successful we wound up doing it twice a week for a while ... although I was having trouble juggling this project as well as being General Manager of Au Courant and all the other crap life was tossing me at that time.
But it was a great event - made even better by the space. As you walked into the main dance floor - you hit a video wall across the floor and a DJ booth that looked down on the space. You could cut out the back and be on the outdoor patio - which was sandwiched between the buildings, but sliced a direct view to the night sky.
You'd fire a joint, look to the stars in the sky with a mix of Run-DMC, the Furs, World Destruction and Smiths behind you - and just appreciate the moment.
Although I saw many shows at The Kennel Club, including Homo Picnic, The Electric Love Muffin, The Dead Milkmen and Love And Rockets, to me, The Kennel Club wasn't for live music - it was for socializing. I could see live music at a number of venues at that point in time, so I loved the club the most when it was just a dance night - or a fashion show or special performance party.
One band I totally adored was what some referred to as the 'house' band of The Kennel Club -- Experimental Products!
Just check out this audio sample ( u need Real Player):
This band was so great and their runaway smash dance track "Glowing In The Dark" shaped 1985 for me.
Ya'know... I'm gonna spin it this Friday at Sex Dwarf ... just cause it so needs to be heard in a powerful club system! So, for you readers that will be at Fluid ... you're in for a special treat! :)