[quote]Musically, it was all about The Clash, U2, X, Souxsie and the Banshees, Adam Ant, Duran Duran, KROQ "The rock of the 80s" the 80s British Invasion and the whole New Wave post-punk movement.
r30 - we must have been young in L.A. at the same time. A lot of this music wasn't being played on the radio nationally, but at the time Los Angeles was very receptive to the new British music and you could hear it all on KROQ... along with local stars like X, The Go-Go's, Wall of Voodoo, The Motels, and others that never even made it out of town.
[quote]Shopping at Fiorucci, Camp Beverly Hills, the new and glamorous Beverly Center...
Everyone claimed to hate Beverly Center, but everyone went there.
I remember FLIP, the Melrose Avenue thrift shop that really set the pink-and-aqua color scheme in town. And a-ha!, which was a card and gift store with quirky stuff.
[quote]Dancing at The Palace, The Whiskey, At Sunset, The Factory, The Central, The Odyssey
I liked the Starwood and some of the Silverlake-area pop-up clubs, which were a bit more gritty (but still with a queer element).
1 on Melrose Avenue was the best bar as far as music went, and it was widely known as the gay bar that was strictly anti-attitude.
Santa Monica and Venice were still seen as a bit of a haul from L.A. proper, but the clubs out there -- the Pink Elephant and Roosterfish -- had their own laid-back scenes and were a lot of fun.
I remember the Odyssey (which was all-ages) as being pedophile central. Creepy "old" guys (who must have been in their thirties and forties!) on the balconies watching high schoolers dance.
Cheap sushi and Thai restaurants everywhere were just coming in, and Tex-Mex was brand-new. Marix and Chan Dara were both incredibly popular and always had a wait.
In retrospect, it was a lot of fun!