Re: Dancing Days
Posted by: clay
Date: July 05, 2009 01:48AM
the early dance-clubs in sd around 81-83...(studio nine, WCPC, trevor watson's copa cabana (early club-id) started to overtake hardcore shows as places where we might congregate to enjoy each other's company,...everyone's various odd dance-styles, and of course...a blend of music which was intoxicating as well as reflecting the spirit of the times.
generally rebellious in nature....really good 80's dance-music accepted the fact that there were countless rhythms and textures and vibes on offer beyond what the hardcore provided.
no funner times can i recall than seeing enitre crews of older punks....rude & co...ex-crawdaddys and mods.....boy's club....and loads of trendy (is that so bad?) neo-electro euro-pop fanatics....with the ever-present gay and lesbian community....going off to generally unpredictable and inspirational sets.
it wasn't unheard of to end a night of hardcore by slipping into a disco for a final couple hours.
of course there were some who'd question one's commitment to "being hardcore" for such behavior.....
but f*<k it....
there were many who simply came to accept a preference for being in the midst of a sea of slinking, swooping, strutting bodies....smiling and escaping with each other to the most lively and fascinating grooves and expressions our young minds could possibly bear on any given nite out.
and perhaps not even see or hear of one fight.
that was kinda refreshing, really.
also for really good dancing....undergound reggae concerts were a sure bet.....
they just lacked the wildness of variety that sd's early discos provided.
stratus surely sounded the corporate takeover of these sounds.....
just as i was reminded of adult-responsibilities which would more and more shape who i was to become.
i say thank goodness for kids.
they may never make us wise....but they do make us wiser.