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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 04:16:58 PM  
pbs.twimg.com

the Phoenix Theater,  Petaluma CA.

still going strong.
 
2014-02-20 04:19:33 PM  
http://www.theymightbegiants.com/news/city-gardens/
 
2014-02-20 04:28:15 PM  

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


Well done!
9.6/10


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.


David Letterman?

Hey! Who threw that shoe?!?
 
2014-02-20 04:30:02 PM  
so many great shows, and so many memories of City Gardens. I went to Rider College (before it became Rider University), and later lived not too far from City Gardens in Trenton from 85-92. It may have been a shiathole, but it was our shiathole. Pretty much any punk/new wave/ska/whatever band that was anything played there.

one of my favorite memories is seeing Bootsie Collins play with Dee Light. It was a funky, sweaty, grinding kind of night and it was a blast. Going with my gf and 4 of her friends helped :)

off the top of my head:

Jello Biafra (I blow minds for a living)
Fishbone X3
Dread Zepplin X2
Dee Light w/Bootsie Collins
Blur
Ride
Lush
Charlatans Uk
Ramones X2
Bad Brains
Devo
Murphys Law
Lets Go Bowling
Toasters x2
Ice T w/Body Count
Krs One

i know i am missing so many.

That place was a major influence on the music fan I am today. I didn't know John back then, but I am sure he served me a beer at one point.
 
2014-02-20 04:32:35 PM  
duh Dee Lite

They Might Be Giants, Violent Femms, Husker Du, i know there is more!!!
 
2014-02-20 04:32:40 PM  

Rev.K: It would be hilarious if  gfidwas actually Jon Stewart.


Apparently not.
 
2014-02-20 04:33:58 PM  
I'll always try to remember the Unicorn in Milwaukee...
onmilwaukee.com
 
2014-02-20 04:42:49 PM  

Rev.K: It would be hilarious if  gfidwas actually Jon Stewart.


He's clearly Dane Cook. It wasn't funny, it wasn't popular, yet people can't stop talking about him and how bad he was.
 
2014-02-20 04:44:09 PM  

Vodka Zombie: I'll always try to remember the Unicorn in Milwaukee...
[onmilwaukee.com image 800x600]


www.southernfm.com.au
 
2014-02-20 04:45:55 PM  

DubyaHater: Leibowitz? Jon Stewart is Jewish?


Shirley you jest.
 
2014-02-20 05:00:27 PM  
I would Zamboni Martha Quinns funhole back in the 80s
 
2014-02-20 05:09:54 PM  

MadMonk: 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.


What does this have to do with Jon Stewart's memoirs?
 
2014-02-20 05:12:26 PM  

trappedspirit: MadMonk: 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.

What does this have to do with Jon Stewart's memoirs?


That's quite an effort for the incredibly few of us who are following both threads, so thanks?
 
2014-02-20 05:13:17 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.


Nickel Creek is playing the 9:30 in a couple months...so not entirely a punk club, nosir.
 
2014-02-20 05:16:36 PM  

FloridaFarkTag: I would Zamboni Martha Quinns funhole back in the 80s


1) Back in the 80s, you would have Zambonied her funhole; or 2) you would Zamboni her funhole all the way back to the 80s?

Or 3) Yes.
 
2014-02-20 05:17:20 PM  

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

Well done!
9.6/10


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.

David Letterman?

Hey! Who threw that shoe?!?


LOL good one. Everybody knows it's THIS GUY


leadershipinc.com
 
2014-02-20 05:44:12 PM  
What's all this about Martha Stewart?
 
2014-02-20 05:47:44 PM  
31.media.tumblr.com

He's got some cool friends.
 
2014-02-20 05:51:52 PM  

WhyteRaven74: [31.media.tumblr.com image 500x331]

He's got some cool friends.


Really?  Where are they?
 
2014-02-20 06:26:07 PM  

sevenbucks: 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


Oh crap how could I forget that place! Lets chalk that up to lotsa drinking in my semi wild youth.
 
2014-02-20 06:29:03 PM  

Geoff Peterson: 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.

Nickel Creek is playing the 9:30 in a couple months...so not entirely a punk club, nosir.


Well ever since they moved to the new spot years ago they have been doing away with their old image.
 
2014-02-20 06:41:47 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.


I'm a little more relieved this evening to know that Duff and not Martha was my go-to MTV girl.
 
2014-02-20 07:07:43 PM  

McDougal: DubyaHater: Leibowitz? Jon Stewart is Jewish?

Shirley you jest.


blogs.babble.com
 
2014-02-20 07:12:27 PM  

Gulper Eel: 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.

I'm a little more relieved this evening to know that Duff and not Martha was my go-to MTV girl.


Duff wasn't one of the original Mercury astronauts, though. Martha seemed a lot more user-friendly than the other woman, what's-her-blonde.
 
2014-02-20 07:57:35 PM  

Rev.K: It would be hilarious if  gfidwas actually Jon Stewart.


More likely to be Craig Kilborn.
 
2014-02-20 09:23:20 PM  

DrBenway: Duff wasn't one of the original Mercury astronauts, though.


It don't matter to me. She FINE. I met her 20 years ago and I'm pretty sure I made a Tex Avery face and drooled on her shoes. Still looks damn good nowadays, too.
 
2014-02-20 09:35:01 PM  

Gulper Eel: I'm a little more relieved this evening to know that Duff and not Martha was my go-to MTV girl.


Hey, buddy, back off. Duff answers to only one man.

/Call me, Duff!
 
2014-02-20 09:46:46 PM  

DrBenway: Gulper Eel: 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.

I'm a little more relieved this evening to know that Duff and not Martha was my go-to MTV girl.

Duff wasn't one of the original Mercury astronauts, though. Martha seemed a lot more user-friendly than the other woman, what's-her-blonde.


Nina Blackwood and her raspy smoker's voice.
 
2014-02-20 10:05:06 PM  
Went there to see the Ramones back in 1986, was the first time I actually saw a live band play. Still in high school at the time, man that totally opened my virgin suburban eyes to a whole lot of new things.

Sadly there really isn't anyplace like this left in NJ, now have to hull my butt out to Brooklyn or Manhattan to catch anything good.
 
2014-02-20 10:08:19 PM  
FIREFIGHTERS IN ICE!!!
 
2014-02-20 10:09:03 PM  
Wow, that was the wrong thread.
 
2014-02-20 10:10:47 PM  
ftfa: I'd go up to the Jamaican and Honduran guys that used to play soccer in that little field behind it, if you could call it a field. We'd play a pick-up game and go inside and sort of shower up and get down for a good hardcore show. Bad Brains or whatever. It was amazing.

Ok

/??
//I guess I'm sheltered
 
2014-02-20 10:14:20 PM  
ITT: Waves of nostalgia, followed by realizations of mortality
 
2014-02-20 10:42:14 PM  

A guy in New Jeresy: Went there to see the Ramones back in 1986, was the first time I actually saw a live band play. Still in high school at the time, man that totally opened my virgin suburban eyes to a whole lot of new things.

Sadly there really isn't anyplace like this left in NJ, now have to hull my butt out to Brooklyn or Manhattan to catch anything good.


Another great Jersey club, Maxwell's (in Hoboken), it just closed didn't it? That's the one I was more familiar with. Always wanted to go there but never made it.
 
2014-02-20 11:09:27 PM  

MadMonk: 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.


That brings back some wiiiiillllddd memories except mine were from chem class. Whew! You wouldn't believe it if I told you.
 
2014-02-21 09:19:05 AM  

DrBenway: A guy in New Jeresy: Went there to see the Ramones back in 1986, was the first time I actually saw a live band play. Still in high school at the time, man that totally opened my virgin suburban eyes to a whole lot of new things.

Sadly there really isn't anyplace like this left in NJ, now have to hull my butt out to Brooklyn or Manhattan to catch anything good.

Another great Jersey club, Maxwell's (in Hoboken), it just closed didn't it? That's the one I was more familiar with. Always wanted to go there but never made it.



Our last tour landed us in a place called Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse in NuDellen (sp?).  It was all kinds of fun.  They seem to cater to more of a gas fumes / rockabilly crowd thank punk, but it's still a great venue for bands.
 
2014-02-21 11:30:35 AM  
CSB

I got to see GWAR on their Scumdogs of the Universe tour at City Gardens. Mucky Pup (aka Billy and the Boingers) was the opening band. Obviously it was a hell of a show.
Afterwards, we're hanging out outside waiting for the guys to come out, maybe say hi or get a handshake or something. GWAR starts walking out and we're giving them their props for a good show when Jizmak Da Gusha (drummer) walks out. I say "Awesome show, man!". Still in full costume he looks at me, takes a big swig of water, spits it right in my face then walks away without a word.

It was awesome!

That's the kind of place City Gardens was. It was a dump where you could go and get abused by the band. I miss it.

/CSB
 
2014-02-21 12:08:03 PM  

uknowzit: [pbs.twimg.com image 500x392]

the Phoenix Theater,  Petaluma CA.

still going strong.


wow...the phoenix looks a lot nicer than it did back in the day.  it's not brown anymore.
 
2014-02-21 12:53:16 PM  

Prairie: DrBenway: A guy in New Jeresy: Went there to see the Ramones back in 1986, was the first time I actually saw a live band play. Still in high school at the time, man that totally opened my virgin suburban eyes to a whole lot of new things.

Sadly there really isn't anyplace like this left in NJ, now have to hull my butt out to Brooklyn or Manhattan to catch anything good.

Another great Jersey club, Maxwell's (in Hoboken), it just closed didn't it? That's the one I was more familiar with. Always wanted to go there but never made it.


Our last tour landed us in a place called Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse in NuDellen (sp?).  It was all kinds of fun.  They seem to cater to more of a gas fumes / rockabilly crowd thank punk, but it's still a great venue for bands.


I'm thinking you mean Dunellen, it is a few towns from here - I'll have to check it out some night.
 
2014-02-21 01:03:48 PM  
Everything in the article is cooler than Jon Stuart
 
2014-02-21 01:04:16 PM  

dweigert: Prairie: DrBenway: A guy in New Jeresy: Went there to see the Ramones back in 1986, was the first time I actually saw a live band play. Still in high school at the time, man that totally opened my virgin suburban eyes to a whole lot of new things.

Sadly there really isn't anyplace like this left in NJ, now have to hull my butt out to Brooklyn or Manhattan to catch anything good.

Another great Jersey club, Maxwell's (in Hoboken), it just closed didn't it? That's the one I was more familiar with. Always wanted to go there but never made it.


Our last tour landed us in a place called Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse in NuDellen (sp?).  It was all kinds of fun.  They seem to cater to more of a gas fumes / rockabilly crowd thank punk, but it's still a great venue for bands.

I'm thinking you mean Dunellen, it is a few towns from here - I'll have to check it out some night.


Yup, that's the town.  I was going from memory and the tour was from last spring.  It's a very cool place though.
http://www.roxyanddukes.com/
 
2014-02-21 01:51:46 PM  

RoxnSox: 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.


I'm pretty sure you're responding to a troll, because only a troll or a complete idiot would say goth was dead in 1984.  Goth isn't even dead in 2014, there's still new music, there are still clubs.  I'm just too old to go out much any more.
 
2014-02-21 07:44:55 PM  

DrBenway: A guy in New Jeresy: Went there to see the Ramones back in 1986, was the first time I actually saw a live band play. Still in high school at the time, man that totally opened my virgin suburban eyes to a whole lot of new things.

Sadly there really isn't anyplace like this left in NJ, now have to hull my butt out to Brooklyn or Manhattan to catch anything good.

Another great Jersey club, Maxwell's (in Hoboken), it just closed didn't it? That's the one I was more familiar with. Always wanted to go there but never made it.


Yep, Maxwell's closed last July. (although I believe it's now just a bar, no longer a venue until they sell the place).  36 years, not a bad run.
 
2014-02-21 10:50:08 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.


We called them "Death Rockers", the term goth came way after my time, though the affectations and dress was essentially the same.

I remember how I found out that Stiv Bator was dead.  I was watching one of those MTV weird quiz shows and the question was "This Lords of the New Church lead singer was killed by being hit by a car."  My face fell as I said to my friends around me "Stiv Bator's dead?"  Which just brought about all kinds of nostalgia, kind of like this thread is giving me.

/was Oi, rocking a 5" mohawk
//Punk's not dead!
///yeah, it kinda is now... at least for me
 
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