Mutant Transmissions Trip back to the dark clubs of NYC 90s


In the early 90s I was getting a taste of my first dark clubs. My first clubs were  not to just any where they were in the canter of club land NYC.

Author in early 90s

I was going to legendary clubs like Limelight ( a beautiful old church you might know from the party monster movie and story ), The Bank ( a stately neo-classical building from 9012 that between 1967-1988 before becoming an underground night club was a studio of painter and printmaker, Jasper Johns where he created his best know works), the Pyramid ( a two level catacomb of the club that saw every one from Rupaul to Madona to Nirvana pass its doors), The Batcave club, Mother, Raven, lonely NJ entry in the list QXTs as well as many others.

Limelight NYC 

Yes 90s were a time of great variety an abundance in club land Goths, Club Kids, Drags, and other tribes happily shared the city.

This was before I started to DJ or put on my own nights. Te politics of clubing for me were very far away at the time, what we came for was the otherworldly experience . We came for the Magic. Music and the dark swirl of the ghostly shapes on the dance floor. I danced fro the moment I arrived until the club would close, and every trip into the city was filled with anticipation , that feeling that something amazing might happen tonight.

For the Nov 16, 2017 Mutant Transmissions Radio sho I put together a little trip in time, my soundtrack for the early 90s dark clubland. Enjoy:

This was before I started to DJ or put on my own nights. Te politics of clubbing for me were very far away at the time, what we came for was the otherworldly experience . We came for the Magic. Music and the dark swirl of the ghostly shapes on the dance floor. I danced fro the moment I arrived until the club would close, and every trip int othe city was filled with anticipation , that feeling that something amazing might happen tonight. Track List Nov 16 2017

1) Nina Hagen – Zarah (Ich weiss das mal ein Wunder geschieht)

*This was a constant soundtrack for me, I had some records but also a tape hat I destroyed by playing it on repeat.

2) Type O Negative – Black No. 1

*Typo Negative were a Brooklyn Band that started in 1989. I included them Here becouse Pete Steele was a regular at the Bank Club and I would see him sitting in the balcony with a goth girl on his lap. He became stamped in my mind together with that time

3) Christian Death – Spiritual Cramp

*LA Deathrock bosses were also in the mix in NYC (at least for me )

4) Virgin Prunes – Baby Turns Blue

* I heard Virgin Prines for the first time in Limelight spunk by DJ Patric, this starteda life long loveafair with this band. Soon after I was visiting LA and found my first CDs which were Virgin Prunes and Christian Death

5) Tones on Tail – Christian says

* A project from Daniel Ash and other guys from Bauhaus (minus Peter Murphy) with Ash on vocals. Only existed 1982-1984 but created the best music , dae I say of all the projects love and rockets and Bauhaus included. Each song a masterpiece. I am including Christian Says becouse it was such a perfect dancefloor monster.

6) Suspiria – Allegedly, Dancefloor Tragedy

*This came out in 1994 on Nightbreed  Records and instantly defined the goth dance floor. Suspiria parhaps did not stand a test of time as well as Virgin Prunes Skinny Puppy or Die Form, but still was an important imprint of that dark whirling moment on the underground NYC dance-floors

7) London After Midnight – Sacrifice

*Clasic band of that time that was played in all dark clubs of the time. When you think of the goth club dance floor hits of that time LAM is definitely at the forefront.

8) Skinny Puppy – Smothered Hope

*This is my favorite SP song but also a defining sound of the industrial clubs and scene that was happening at the early 90s together with Ministry and Nitzer Ebb. These were the bands from the 80s and were beloved by old school contingent (including me) who were not all together on board with the new style industrial invading the clubs

9) Ministry – Everyday Is Halloween

*song from the 80 output of Ministry , a lot less harsh than their later work, and of course a theme song and a rallying call for many a creature of the night.

10) Thrill Kill Kult – Kooler Than Jesus

*Saw this Band live at the Limelight Club around this time and was absolutely in to it. TKK had a moment of mainstream recognition with some movie soundtracks like cool world but they never left their home in the dark underground. To this day, one in a while ill throw TKK into my sets.

11) Nitzer Ebb – Join in The Chant

*overplayed to death now, this was deffinately a rally call song for the dance floor. Not overplayed in NYC at the time and pure quality.

12) Die Form – Rain Of Blood

* this band started in 1977! and are undisputed pioneers of fetis. Their music was equally at home in goth, industrial and fetish clubs. ( and I am sure others as well) I would argue, this is one of the must bands in anyones underground music education

13) Death in June – Giddy giddy carousel

* Death in June aside from controversial, are undoubtedly a great band. From their roots in anarcho punk with Crisis to their members going on to form a slew of other seminal neo folk/apocalyptic folk bands. This band skirted many styles and was at home on a variety of dark underground clubs. Also amazing life band I Saw them playing live in Synagogue around that time. Ofcourse

Of course I didnt know it back then but I will go one to DJ all these artists and event worked with some of them like Nina Hagen and Death in June. Bt thats a story for another time .

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