Watch This Video of the Downtown Dance Club Scene of 1983 [VIDEO]
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“The Tube” was an innovate music program that had a brief run in the UK during the early 1980s. It ran for five seasons, and helped break artists such as The Proclaimers and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Established artists of the day would also perform showcases on the show.
A reader sent us a link to the following episode, which focuses on the downtown dance club scene circa 1983. The opening of the 22-minute excerpt is great – the viewer takes a ride in the narrator’s car as he drives through Chinatown and the Lower East Side. We hear references to the drug supermarkets of Eldridge Street and how the cops recently shut it down. Then, at a stop light, one of the notorious squeegee men appears from the dark of night to wash the windshield. There’s also some discussion about all the “illegal money” flowing through the area.
Notable pit-stops include CBGB, Danceteria, and the Roxy.