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(Vulture)   Jon Stewart looks back on his '80s days as a bartender at the greatest punk club in New Jersey: "And there, post-stage-vomit, is Martha Quinn on Stiv Bators' lap, basically Zamboni-ing the inside of his mouth" (Not safe for work pic in link)   (vulture.com ) divider line
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2014-02-20 12:15:56 PM  

borg: Far Cough: Jay Leno baked pizzas at a punk club in Jersey?

[img.fark.net image 540x334]

Leno isn't that short, Jon Stewart  is 5'7 that guy must be 5'6.


Plus, he's not holding a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos and looking appropriately desperate.
 
2014-02-20 12:19:56 PM  

Free Radical: Well punk was dead in 1984 so the joke's on you funnyman!

/got nuthin'


Well it's true, Lords of the New Church was a Goth band that Stiv Bators started with a couple of his punk buddies, so some of it wasn't punk that they were dancing to in Trenton. The Lords of the New Church sounded alot different than the punk bands they came from. During that time, Bryan James changed the style of his punk band The Damned and did the album Phantasmagoria. So it was pretty much the undead trappings of Goth that was the style sometimes at that club in New Jersey.
 
2014-02-20 12:20:52 PM  

Vodka Zombie: borg: Far Cough: Jay Leno baked pizzas at a punk club in Jersey?

[img.fark.net image 540x334]

Leno isn't that short, Jon Stewart  is 5'7 that guy must be 5'6.

Plus, he's not holding a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos and looking appropriately desperate.


Thank you.  And it was, of course, only a (weak) joke.
 
2014-02-20 12:21:08 PM  

Vodka Zombie: The thing is, I think every city in the 80s and 90s had a bar or club like this, and I'm sure the stories are pretty much the same (and worse).


I spent like 6 months working at a club like this in 1990. Same shiathole type place. Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nail were just some of the bands getting started that played there. I'm pretty sure Richard Patrick from NIN and Filter chewed me out for some reason because another bartender cut him off.
 
2014-02-20 12:21:30 PM  
This made LOL.

pixel.nymag.com
 
2014-02-20 12:22:33 PM  

WoolyDoug: We had the 9:30 club in DC, and Memory Lane in Baltimore. I think you can sub out black and white photos of punk clubs from across the country and they would all be very similar. Same bands, same looking crowds, same assholes mistaking fighting for having fun in the audience.


I think you're right.

/The Electric Banana in Pgh
 
2014-02-20 12:23:00 PM  
 
2014-02-20 12:25:59 PM  

WoolyDoug: We had the 9:30 club in DC, and Memory Lane in Baltimore. I think you can sub out black and white photos of punk clubs from across the country and they would all be very similar. Same bands, same looking crowds, same assholes mistaking fighting for having fun in the audience.


I think the best setup I saw was a place that had a chain link fence down the middle of the main crowd area. All the shirtless, stomping, arm swinging, elbow jamming jackbooted meatheads to stage right and the "normal" people to the left.
 
2014-02-20 12:26:57 PM  

Mztlplx: Saw Bad Brains there in 86 (?). Got punched in the back of the head and dropped like a rock...by someone who'd missed the guy he was aiming for.

/great time, great show


Opened for them in New Orleans around that time. Nothing bad happened. Well, except that they weren't inclined to share their ginormous spliffs upstairs...
 
2014-02-20 12:31:26 PM  
www.corbisimages.com
 
2014-02-20 12:31:51 PM  

gfid: Jon Stewart is the 2nd most unfunny "comedian" in the world.


Well what with that marine core training and being black and all, i'd expect him to be pretty serious.
 
2014-02-20 12:34:06 PM  
I had a physics professor who thought he was going to regale us with stories like the next Richard Feynman but all of his "adventures" were luke warm at best and it was real uncomfortable sitting in his class and him getting to a part of the story where someone might have a laugh but it wasn't enough to become 'out loud' and he's there scanning the room making eye contact and laughing wanting you to join him because you've never heard such a world wise travelling playboy physicist's story like his before.  And you actually start thinking, could we do some physics problems please.
 
2014-02-20 12:34:14 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: Free Radical: Well punk was dead in 1984 so the joke's on you funnyman!

/got nuthin'

Well it's true, Lords of the New Church was a Goth band that Stiv Bators started with a couple of his punk buddies, so some of it wasn't punk that they were dancing to in Trenton. The Lords of the New Church sounded alot different than the punk bands they came from. During that time, Bryan James changed the style of his punk band The Damned and did the album Phantasmagoria. So it was pretty much the undead trappings of Goth that was the style sometimes at that club in New Jersey.


Well in all honesty, Goth was dead in 84 as well as all the relevant Goth bands had broken up by then.
In 84, the real underground scene was mostly new school hip hop and grunge (with some death metal thrown in).
 
2014-02-20 12:37:24 PM  
Yes it was a total zoo.  Just a gymnasium of farkheadedness, of which we gladly partook.  Parking sucked.  Break ins were common.  Typical.

At one show I recall some little wannabe rasta punk doing these sideways dive-flips into the lines of people staying out of the pit.  He was intentionally kicking people in the face like that, trying to instigate fights for his buddies we soon found out.  And this was at a friggin Fugazi show, with Ian on stage telling people not to slam.  Haha right.
 
2014-02-20 12:37:55 PM  

trappedspirit: I had a physics professor who thought he was going to regale us with stories like the next Richard Feynman but all of his "adventures" were luke warm at best and it was real uncomfortable sitting in his class and him getting to a part of the story where someone might have a laugh but it wasn't enough to become 'out loud' and he's there scanning the room making eye contact and laughing wanting you to join him because you've never heard such a world wise travelling playboy physicist's story like his before.  And you actually start thinking, could we do some physics problems please.


You know, usually these wrong-thread posts kind of work anyway.

This is not one of those times.

:)
 
2014-02-20 12:38:25 PM  
Free Radical:Well in all honesty, Goth was dead in 84 as well as all the relevant Goth bands had broken up by then. In 84, the real underground scene was mostly new school hip hop and grunge (with some death metal thrown in).

www.sondrakistan.com
 
2014-02-20 12:42:43 PM  

mjohnson71: Free Radical:Well in all honesty, Goth was dead in 84 as well as all the relevant Goth bands had broken up by then. In 84, the real underground scene was mostly new school hip hop and grunge (with some death metal thrown in).

[www.sondrakistan.com image 500x317]


Wow I must have missed those early episodes of "Friends".  Still, Monica's always hot.
 
2014-02-20 12:42:47 PM  

Alphax: I'm quite unfamiliar with punk bands. But oh yes, I crushed hard on Martha Quinn. Last I saw, she hasn't gotten any less cute.


This. So much this. I love her.
 
2014-02-20 12:45:18 PM  

Ishkur: Wow. It's like the Action Park of nightclubs. You're guaranteed to get injured there.

Is there any recreational area in New Jersey that's not totally unsafe?


Drawing a blank. Maybe the Viet Nam memorial in Holmdel.
 
2014-02-20 12:49:00 PM  
Not a big fan of John's but I bet the book is an intense read.
 
2014-02-20 12:53:30 PM  

mistrmind: gfid: Jon Stewart is the 2nd most unfunny "comedian" in the world.

I thought it was a tie between him and Dane Cook?


Nah, Tosh has both of them beat.
 
2014-02-20 12:53:56 PM  

DrBenway: The Stiv/Martha Quinn thing was the cause of much gnashing of teeth and rending of garments as I recall. But a part of me recognized that I had clearly underestimated the man.


IIRC...Stiv - being the picture of health he was - was quite the ladies man.
 
2014-02-20 12:57:48 PM  
Satyricon.
 
2014-02-20 12:59:49 PM  

WoolyDoug: We had the 9:30 club in DC, and Memory Lane in Baltimore. I think you can sub out black and white photos of punk clubs from across the country and they would all be very similar. Same bands, same looking crowds, same assholes mistaking fighting for having fun in the audience.


When I lived in DC in the late 80s I knew this dude that told a story how he decided to join in on the stage diving at the 9:30 Club (pretty sure that was the place...but I could be wrong).  He said he had jeans, t-shirt & sneakers...and apparently the audience didn't approve of his attire.

He said he dove off the stage and the crowd just parted and let him crash into the floor.  He fractured his wrist in the fall.

/punks have a code
 
2014-02-20 01:41:45 PM  

gfid: Jon Stewart is the 2nd most unfunny "comedian" in the world.


1) Busting on an entertainer loved by Farkers in a thread about that entertainer
2) Calling a comedian unfunny: removing his primary purpose in life
3) Comedian in quotes
4) Adding "2nd most" to leave the audience hanging and wondering who #1 is.

You, sir, are a god amongst trolls.
 
2014-02-20 01:43:29 PM  
Leibowitz? Jon Stewart is Jewish?
 
2014-02-20 01:44:07 PM  

mjohnson71: Free Radical:Well in all honesty, Goth was dead in 84 as well as all the relevant Goth bands had broken up by then. In 84, the real underground scene was mostly new school hip hop and grunge (with some death metal thrown in).

[www.sondrakistan.com image 500x317]


I was about to put a whole argument against Free Radical, but you put it poignantly in with one photo! (I miss Goth Talk, was one of Saturday Night Live's best sketches) Goth isn't even dead now, it's just doing some infighting over it's identity (mainly by having a majority of promoters have "Goth" on it's flyer, but the DJs only playing Industrial and/or music that sounds close to techno for the "Cybergoth" crowd or us having to fight off a group of Hipsters who decide to come crawling into an "alternative" club, as they don't dance or enjoy the night, instead they just stand around and critique [primarily in the best dancing spots, those assholes] the club and the band to each other).
 
2014-02-20 02:20:23 PM  
Bookmark
 
2014-02-20 02:25:29 PM  

orclover: I was going to give you a 2/10 for such obviousness but you got 8 hits in 5 minutes which places you at a solid 7/10. Well done sir. Shame on the rest of you however.


What is the f#cking takeaway from typing retarded things and counting how many people point out that you're retarded?
 
2014-02-20 02:29:12 PM  
Sounds like the old 9:30 club in DC, with a pole in the middle of the pit area. You would walk out of there with a godawful stink on you everytime. The Bayou was also good for small shows, that was in Georgetown, it was torn down for a movie theater IIRC. One of the bigger places for shows like that was the Capital Ballroom it became Nation after a while, then got torn down when they built nationals park.  I also remember the old Hammerjacks in Baltimore.


/so old
//off my lawn
 
2014-02-20 02:38:59 PM  

Onkel Buck: gfid: Jon Stewart is the 2nd most unfunny "comedian" in the world.

You asked for it, they circle the wagons around Jon quicker than they do Obama


No shiat! Wow.

Still, in interested in who #1 is.
 
2014-02-20 02:44:59 PM  
My former spot

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2014-02-20 02:50:16 PM  

trappedspirit: I had a physics professor who thought he was going to regale us with stories like the next Richard Feynman but all of his "adventures" were luke warm at best and it was real uncomfortable sitting in his class and him getting to a part of the story where someone might have a laugh but it wasn't enough to become 'out loud' and he's there scanning the room making eye contact and laughing wanting you to join him because you've never heard such a world wise travelling playboy physicist's story like his before.  And you actually start thinking, could we do some physics problems please.


Well, that's very interesting.  I took a physics class once as well, my professor was pretty much your typical physics professor and we were all thoroughly bored.  One day the eraser on my pencil popped off and I couldn't erase anymore with it and then nobody laughed or helped me out, so I had to cross out my mistakes instead of erasing them.  Luckily I only made a couple of mistakes and didn't have to do much erasing after all.
 
2014-02-20 03:01:19 PM  
SLC had the Indian Center in the early 80's

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There was a lot of plaid in the scene back then.
 
2014-02-20 03:05:06 PM  

blatz514: [www.corbisimages.com image 321x480]


That picture is just about the most 80s picture possible without Ronald Regan being in it.
 
2014-02-20 03:06:14 PM  

purple kool-aid and a jigger of formaldehyde: SLC had the Indian Center in the early 80's

[scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 604x381]

There was a lot of plaid in the scene back then.


That dude in the sleeveless brown....thing looks like he sh*t himself.
 
2014-02-20 03:07:09 PM  

Rev.K: purple kool-aid and a jigger of formaldehyde: SLC had the Indian Center in the early 80's

[scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 604x381]

There was a lot of plaid in the scene back then.

That dude in the sleeveless brown....thing looks like he sh*t himself.


Wouldn't surprise me.
 
2014-02-20 03:09:33 PM  

gfid: Jon Stewart is the 2nd most unfunny "comedian" in the world.


Right behind you, I take it?
 
2014-02-20 03:12:05 PM  

purple kool-aid and a jigger of formaldehyde: purple kool-aid and a jigger of formaldehyde: https://www.facebook.com/ike.murphy.5/me dia_set?set=a.107348625946445. 14095.100000139258091&type=3

Whatever. I guess not. 3rd try   Flyers  if that doesn't work then fark it.


https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.107348625946445.14095.1000 00 139258091&type=1&l=3619b6ccb5 

I bet it doesn't work again and the mods can just delete this shiat. farkin stupid fark
 
2014-02-20 03:12:38 PM  

Ishkur: Wow. It's like the Action Park of nightclubs. You're guaranteed to get injured there.

Is there any recreational area in New Jersey that's not totally unsafe?


As soon as I read this, I thought of this pic from TFA:

pixel.nymag.com

And THIS pic from Action Park:

i.kinja-img.com

For some reason, they seem to go together... Maybe all of these punks are rushing the line for the water slide?
 
2014-02-20 03:17:05 PM  
Free Radical:
Well in all honesty, Goth was dead in 84 as well as all the relevant Goth bands had broken up by then.
In 84, the real underground scene was mostly new school hip hop and grunge (with some death metal thrown in).


Not sure I agree.  Unless you don't consider the Sister's of Mercy a relevant Goth band.  First and Last and Always came out in 1985, Floodland in 1987.
 
2014-02-20 03:22:15 PM  
I was a bit of a snob when the punk thing was really rolling, so I missed out on what looks to have been a lot of fun.

/not a snob anymore.
//mostly.
 
2014-02-20 03:22:48 PM  

Onkel Buck: gfid: Jon Stewart is the 2nd most unfunny "comedian" in the world.

You asked for it, they circle the wagons around Jon quicker than they do Obama


You're the REAL victims here...
 
2014-02-20 03:54:16 PM  
Thank you, Subby! :D

Great interview!  I look forward to seeing the documentary.
 
2014-02-20 03:54:54 PM  

Debeo Summa Credo: Onkel Buck: gfid: Jon Stewart is the 2nd most unfunny "comedian" in the world.

You asked for it, they circle the wagons around Jon quicker than they do Obama

No shiat! Wow.

Still, in interested in who #1 is.


Gotta be Schneider.
 
2014-02-20 03:58:56 PM  

groppet: Sounds like the old 9:30 club in DC, with a pole in the middle of the pit area. You would walk out of there with a godawful stink on you everytime. The Bayou was also good for small shows, that was in Georgetown, it was torn down for a movie theater IIRC. One of the bigger places for shows like that was the Capital Ballroom it became Nation after a while, then got torn down when they built nationals park.  I also remember the old Hammerjacks in Baltimore.


/so old
//off my lawn


I remember the Bayou. And 9:30. And Hammerjack's. And even the Wax Museum.

Damn, I'm old too.

/at least I got to see the Ramones play at CBGB.
 
2014-02-20 04:02:28 PM  
 It's redundant to call someone an "unfunny 'comedian'". You're either an "unfunny comedian" or you're a "comedian." Learn to deploy your scare quotes properly.
 
2014-02-20 04:04:55 PM  

Mztlplx: groppet: Sounds like the old 9:30 club in DC, with a pole in the middle of the pit area. You would walk out of there with a godawful stink on you everytime. The Bayou was also good for small shows, that was in Georgetown, it was torn down for a movie theater IIRC. One of the bigger places for shows like that was the Capital Ballroom it became Nation after a while, then got torn down when they built nationals park.  I also remember the old Hammerjacks in Baltimore.


/so old
//off my lawn

I remember the Bayou. And 9:30. And Hammerjack's. And even the Wax Museum.

Damn, I'm old too.

/at least I got to see the Ramones play at CBGB.


I tried to reply to grobbet and totally screwed up the link. The mods deleted all the messed up posts, but my post above that actually got the link to work wasn't a reply so you wouldn't know that it was... lets try again. Here a bunch of flyers from Baltimore 84ish

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.107348625946445.14095.1000 00 139258091&type=1&l=3619b6ccb5
 
2014-02-20 04:09:52 PM  

Rev.K: Vodka Zombie: gfid: Jon Stewart is the 2nd most unfunny "comedian" in the world.

Okay.

I think you mean.

[www.vh1.com image 150x174]


I never get enough of the gif
 
2014-02-20 04:15:02 PM  

groppet: Sounds like the old 9:30 club in DC, with a pole in the middle of the pit area. You would walk out of there with a godawful stink on you everytime. The Bayou was also good for small shows, that was in Georgetown, it was torn down for a movie theater IIRC. One of the bigger places for shows like that was the Capital Ballroom it became Nation after a while, then got torn down when they built nationals park.  I also remember the old Hammerjacks in Baltimore.


/so old
//off my lawn


Let's not forget Jaxx, down here in VA. More hair than punk, but up there with the original 930, dc space and Bayou for the shows of my youth.
I'm actually drinking a Port City Maniacal right now, looking out at Jaxx.

/DC ftw
 
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