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Songs that remind you of your club/bar days

Is there a song that takes you back to a time and place every time you hear it?

Every time I hear this song I remember giving head to a hot leather guy at Touche in the mid 90s.

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by Anonymousreply 304March 22, 2022 2:55 AM

Such a tender moment, I’m sure. Did you spit or swallow, you fat whore?

by Anonymousreply 1October 25, 2021 6:37 PM

Early 90s. Southern Nights, Orlando.

Oh, to be young and hopeful.

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by Anonymousreply 2October 25, 2021 6:40 PM

This one

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by Anonymousreply 3October 25, 2021 6:43 PM

Last Dance by Donna Summer. They’d always play it at 2am, and it would run for about 20 minutes…everyone was a sweaty mess by the time it was over.

by Anonymousreply 4October 25, 2021 6:48 PM

Drop Dead Gorgeous by Republica.

by Anonymousreply 5October 25, 2021 6:53 PM

In Da Bush!

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by Anonymousreply 6October 25, 2021 6:57 PM

R1 you cunt!

by Anonymousreply 7October 25, 2021 6:58 PM

That disco version of Don’t Cry for Me Argentina!

by Anonymousreply 8October 25, 2021 7:00 PM

Jack Your Body

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by Anonymousreply 9October 25, 2021 7:00 PM

This one for me...

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by Anonymousreply 10October 25, 2021 7:02 PM

Pegasus, Pittsburgh, early 90s. Probably the first few weeks this was out.

Floor was already hopping, but this came on and.....have never seen anything like it before or since. Hundreds and hundreds off people, everywhere you looked, just ON. Arms in the air - the energy was palpable.

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by Anonymousreply 11October 25, 2021 7:07 PM

Cavern by Liquid Liquid (bass line made famous in White Lines)

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by Anonymousreply 12October 25, 2021 7:14 PM


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by Anonymousreply 13October 25, 2021 7:19 PM

Queer Nation at The Gardening Club in Covent Garden, London,, '96. Hands in the air and sweat dripping off the low ceiling.

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by Anonymousreply 14October 25, 2021 7:22 PM

NYC 2004

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by Anonymousreply 15October 25, 2021 7:24 PM

Anything Erasure, Bronski Beat or Pet Shop Boys.

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by Anonymousreply 16October 25, 2021 7:26 PM

I remember this in the movie Parting Glances.

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by Anonymousreply 17October 25, 2021 7:28 PM

9am, Sunday mornings at Trade in London, spangled off my tits.

Misheard lyric: "Wake up all the slags..."

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by Anonymousreply 18October 25, 2021 7:29 PM

At the Chez Paree about 1933.

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by Anonymousreply 19October 25, 2021 7:36 PM
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by Anonymousreply 20October 25, 2021 7:40 PM

Flock of Seagulls, any of their songs. My favorite was "Telecommunication."

by Anonymousreply 21October 25, 2021 10:20 PM

Great memories.

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by Anonymousreply 22October 25, 2021 10:25 PM

Lisa Stansfield. All Around the World take me back to Christopher Street in Chicago 1990.

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by Anonymousreply 23October 25, 2021 10:33 PM

1975 - the Barefoot Boy

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by Anonymousreply 24October 25, 2021 10:38 PM

Ninth Circle, late '70s

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by Anonymousreply 25October 25, 2021 10:44 PM

Dee-Lite "What is Love?" Chicago 1990, doing coke in the DJ booth at Sidetrack with Leon & Things

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by Anonymousreply 26October 25, 2021 10:45 PM

Ninth Circle, late '70s

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by Anonymousreply 27October 25, 2021 10:46 PM

Robyn - Show Me Love

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by Anonymousreply 28October 25, 2021 10:47 PM

I've posted this before: "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here: Hex Hector Club Mix"

Ah, the late 1990s were so much fun!

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by Anonymousreply 29October 25, 2021 10:48 PM

This reminds me of bar days in Hamburg

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by Anonymousreply 30October 25, 2021 10:50 PM

This reminds me of Danceteria downtown

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by Anonymousreply 31October 25, 2021 10:52 PM

"I Turn To You" by Mel C was EVERYWHERE when it was released in 1999...and I loved it. It's still on my workout playlist.

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by Anonymousreply 32October 25, 2021 10:53 PM

This reminds me of Mudd Club (but not live)

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by Anonymousreply 33October 25, 2021 10:55 PM

This reminds me of Peppermint Lounge

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by Anonymousreply 34October 25, 2021 10:57 PM

Losing My Religion. By REM Tom’s Bar. Berlin 1993

That bar was a bunch of freaks

by Anonymousreply 35October 25, 2021 10:57 PM

This reminds me of Boy Bar

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by Anonymousreply 36October 25, 2021 10:57 PM


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by Anonymousreply 37October 25, 2021 10:59 PM


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by Anonymousreply 38October 25, 2021 11:00 PM

Weetamix Geneva

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by Anonymousreply 39October 25, 2021 11:05 PM

Pacha Ibiza

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by Anonymousreply 40October 25, 2021 11:10 PM

I was too young when it was initially released, but when I DID eventually start going to bars & clubs, I always requested Cece Penniston's "Finally".

Okay. I'll stop now.

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by Anonymousreply 41October 25, 2021 11:10 PM


by Anonymousreply 42October 25, 2021 11:12 PM

You have excellent taste, OP... but today I'm in a house mood. This isn't the best recording, but earpods/headphones help.

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by Anonymousreply 43October 25, 2021 11:13 PM

The Happy Penis song

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by Anonymousreply 44October 25, 2021 11:14 PM


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by Anonymousreply 45October 25, 2021 11:22 PM

NITSA Barcelona

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by Anonymousreply 46October 25, 2021 11:25 PM

The Charleston.

by Anonymousreply 47October 25, 2021 11:26 PM

Trouw Amsterdam, favorite deep downtempo

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by Anonymousreply 48October 25, 2021 11:29 PM

This, then and now Ms Candi Staton

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by Anonymousreply 49October 25, 2021 11:34 PM

And when it was time to take things down a notch…

Electribe 101 featuring Ms Billie Rae Martin


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by Anonymousreply 50October 25, 2021 11:36 PM

Holly is so fucking hot in that video, R45. In addition to the fact that I find him attractive, the juxtaposition of his overall geeky image & erotically provocative lyric/behavior REALLY do it for me.

Do I sexually objectify some geeks and nerds? A little.

by Anonymousreply 51October 25, 2021 11:38 PM

This (and many other tunes) will always remind me of U4ia in Cleveland.

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by Anonymousreply 52October 25, 2021 11:40 PM

My first gay bar, Kismet, Columbus Ohio 1981

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by Anonymousreply 53October 25, 2021 11:44 PM

This one

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by Anonymousreply 54October 25, 2021 11:48 PM

A certain rust belt dive bar that shall remain nameless.

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by Anonymousreply 55October 26, 2021 12:01 AM

1986. My first summer sober. And the songs I remember arr: “Nasty Boys” - Janet Jackson, and “How Will I Know?” - Whitney Houston. It seemed I heard thse 2 songs played everywhere.

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by Anonymousreply 57October 26, 2021 12:04 AM

This, of course:

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by Anonymousreply 58October 26, 2021 12:04 AM


Yikes! I have fat fingers!

by Anonymousreply 59October 26, 2021 12:05 AM

Der Kommissar by Falco. Played it constantly on juke box.

by Anonymousreply 60October 26, 2021 12:06 AM

There are some videos that were ONLY played in gay bars.

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by Anonymousreply 61October 26, 2021 12:11 AM

[quote] "How Will I Know?”

That's my favorite Whitney song, R56! I was quite a few years from entering bars at that point, however.

by Anonymousreply 62October 26, 2021 12:14 AM

More Alison Moyet

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by Anonymousreply 63October 26, 2021 12:15 AM

Stock Aitken Waterman was 33% of the playlist at Uncle Charlie's West Village Happy Hour. I was a club snob and club music snob but I still loved a tacky pick up bar.

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by Anonymousreply 64October 26, 2021 12:16 AM

Speaking of Uncle Charlie’s (circa 1991/2) I remember this song playing endlessly.

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by Anonymousreply 65October 26, 2021 12:18 AM

That's just the bestest band that am! Oh, my honeylamb!

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by Anonymousreply 66October 26, 2021 12:23 AM

It's nearly 30 years later and I still marvel at how unique Justified and Ancient is - amazing.

by Anonymousreply 67October 26, 2021 12:25 AM

Anything Frankie Knuckes or David Morales - TWILO, Sound Factory, Sound Factory Bar, Tunnel, Roxy. How do young people not do dance clubs now - except the occasional Brooklyn event. A shame. Dancing has largely disappeared - such a uniquely gay spiritual element of life.

by Anonymousreply 68October 26, 2021 12:30 AM

Just before "Grunge," we had the baggy T-shirt look. This Stone Roses track was indie-college-rock without going the Skinny Puppy / Techno / Progressive Alternative route. Sadly, it gets zero play these days, but it puts me in the way-back machine right to 1989.

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by Anonymousreply 69October 26, 2021 12:36 AM

Post 2000, there was a huge run of great Brooklyn dance clubs. Had you retired, or given up?

by Anonymousreply 70October 26, 2021 12:36 AM

"Mi Cucu" by Sonora Dinamita. If it sounds familiar, it's the Spanish version of "My Toot Toot".

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by Anonymousreply 71October 26, 2021 12:40 AM

The second you heard the sirens it was a mad rush to the dance floor. To this day I still get chills and Ive heard this song eleventy million times. Such fantastic memories attached to it. R2 I had many fabulous nights in that wretched bar ! Remember when they had strippers ? One night I jumped up on the speaker with one and got very,very nasty . I was having a lovely time until my husband had decided I'd had a little too much to drink. I BEGGED him to take the stripper home with us (he was more than willing) .

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by Anonymousreply 72October 26, 2021 12:47 AM

Frankie Goes To Hollywood-Relax. They always played it too loudly.

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by Anonymousreply 73October 26, 2021 12:49 AM

[quote] "Cece Penniston"

Oh, dear.

I ALWAYS misspell her name. Ce Ce Peniston. There.

by Anonymousreply 74October 26, 2021 1:09 AM

The national anthem when I was getting cock on a regular basis.

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by Anonymousreply 76October 26, 2021 1:13 AM

Wet Ass Pussy Cardi B

by Anonymousreply 77October 26, 2021 1:14 AM

Dan Hartman - Instant Replay

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by Anonymousreply 78October 26, 2021 1:14 AM

R72 HOLY CRAP, my older brother used to play that all the time. I LOVE that song.

by Anonymousreply 79October 26, 2021 1:15 AM

It's 12am at the Midnight Lounge. Shirts off boys!

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by Anonymousreply 80October 26, 2021 1:20 AM

When I hear this I smell Polo and Seagram's Wine Coolers

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by Anonymousreply 81October 26, 2021 1:26 AM

When I hear this my anus dilates.

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by Anonymousreply 82October 26, 2021 1:30 AM

When I hear this I smell sweaty parachute pants,

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by Anonymousreply 83October 26, 2021 1:31 AM

When I hear this I smell poppers.

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by Anonymousreply 84October 26, 2021 1:35 AM

Beat Club- my hair was dyed purple.

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by Anonymousreply 85October 26, 2021 1:39 AM

When I hear this I smell his Gitanes.

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by Anonymousreply 86October 26, 2021 1:42 AM

Do You Eat Ass? By Princess Vitarah

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by Anonymousreply 87October 26, 2021 1:43 AM

I want to dance around even when I am laying down when I hear this.

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by Anonymousreply 88October 26, 2021 1:44 AM

This was overplayed back then in mainstream clubs but it reminds me of 1st gay club experience watching them live at SF Colossus, while donning a blazer (I know) and wondering how does a big black lady voice come out of that skinny thing. Fortunately I was able to see Martha Wash perform the next year.

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by Anonymousreply 89October 26, 2021 1:44 AM

Images of heaven by Peter Godwin

by Anonymousreply 90October 26, 2021 1:45 AM

When I hear this I smell his sweaty popped collar Polo shirt.

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by Anonymousreply 91October 26, 2021 1:48 AM

When I hear this I smell his hair gel.

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by Anonymousreply 92October 26, 2021 1:51 AM

Id be homeless too with her flat assed voice, r20.

by Anonymousreply 93October 26, 2021 1:51 AM

When I hear this I smell teenage boy butt.

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by Anonymousreply 94October 26, 2021 1:53 AM

My god we had fun.

by Anonymousreply 95October 26, 2021 1:53 AM

Basically anything from 2008. I was a little gayling fresh out of high school.

by Anonymousreply 96October 26, 2021 1:56 AM

When I hear this I smell surfer bongs at 3 am

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by Anonymousreply 97October 26, 2021 1:56 AM

R35 Was that you downstairs?

by Anonymousreply 98October 26, 2021 1:57 AM

When I hear this I smell his Dial spray on.

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by Anonymousreply 99October 26, 2021 2:00 AM

Like her or not, it got a lot of play.

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by Anonymousreply 100October 26, 2021 2:03 AM

r8, I was dancing at the Monster in Key West. Someone shoved poppers under my nose and the intro to this song came on, I looked around at the packed dance floor with half naked men and I thought "yep, I'm gay".

The next morning I was doubtful. "No.......".

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by Anonymousreply 101October 26, 2021 2:03 AM

When I hear this I smell glycol fog.

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by Anonymousreply 102October 26, 2021 2:03 AM

A little before my time but you aren’t gay and American and of certain age if you haven’t heard this at least once…

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by Anonymousreply 103October 26, 2021 2:04 AM

The opening strains make me want to order an ice cold beer.

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by Anonymousreply 104October 26, 2021 2:05 AM

When I hear this I smell absinthe.

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by Anonymousreply 105October 26, 2021 2:05 AM

J to the Lo

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by Anonymousreply 106October 26, 2021 2:06 AM

When I hear this I smell banana daiquiris and Coppertone

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by Anonymousreply 107October 26, 2021 2:08 AM

Tell the man with the money to come here and pay me…

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by Anonymousreply 108October 26, 2021 2:09 AM

After hours- remember clubs used to have after hours?

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by Anonymousreply 109October 26, 2021 2:09 AM

R28 Or...

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by Anonymousreply 110October 26, 2021 2:10 AM

When I hear this I smell drag queen lip gloss.

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by Anonymousreply 111October 26, 2021 2:12 AM

When I hear this I smell Parliament House

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by Anonymousreply 112October 26, 2021 2:13 AM

Oh God R104 I LOVE that song ! Heres another dance goodie (we are getting offtrack here Ladies !) . Every time I hear it Im at a bar called Renes in Tampa doing lines off a table and dancing until the wee hours..

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by Anonymousreply 113October 26, 2021 2:13 AM

When I hear this I smell blood from a split lip and a broken heart

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by Anonymousreply 114October 26, 2021 2:14 AM

When I hear this I smell Joey Stephano's cigarette breath.

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by Anonymousreply 115October 26, 2021 2:18 AM

When I hear this I smell cum.

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by Anonymousreply 116October 26, 2021 2:23 AM

Underrated song from Duran Duran… the video always takes my back to being at Revolver or The Rage in West Hollywood in the late 1980s. It was played in pretty heavy rotation and a model crazy friend of mine loved that it featured Tatjana Patitz.

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by Anonymousreply 117October 26, 2021 2:23 AM

When I hear this I smell the leather upholstery of a Rolls Corniche.

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by Anonymousreply 118October 26, 2021 2:27 AM

When I hear this I smell a boys tears.

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by Anonymousreply 119October 26, 2021 2:29 AM

I don’t know what else Pebbles did but this was Bam Bam :)

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by Anonymousreply 120October 26, 2021 2:34 AM

When I hear this I smell rain on a Key West side walk at 3am.

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by Anonymousreply 121October 26, 2021 2:36 AM

When I hear this I smell funeral lilies.

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by Anonymousreply 122October 26, 2021 2:40 AM

I heard this played a lot.

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by Anonymousreply 123October 26, 2021 2:40 AM

What a great song. I think it has some double meaning or something.

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by Anonymousreply 124October 26, 2021 2:41 AM

This was a thread of club songs, not a bunch of "sad top 40 song now played in frau workplaces smells like THIS!" thread.

by Anonymousreply 125October 26, 2021 2:44 AM

What Gay bars were y’all going to that had smellivision videos?

by Anonymousreply 126October 26, 2021 2:45 AM

R125 ^ Smells like.

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by Anonymousreply 127October 26, 2021 2:47 AM

Takes me back to the I Beam.

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by Anonymousreply 128October 26, 2021 2:47 AM

I remember when the music switched over to techno in the early 90s.

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by Anonymousreply 129October 26, 2021 2:47 AM

Pyramid Club circa 1990.

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by Anonymousreply 130October 26, 2021 2:48 AM

"Darktown Strutters Ball"

by Anonymousreply 131October 26, 2021 2:49 AM

Water Verve

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by Anonymousreply 132October 26, 2021 2:52 AM

[quote] Der Kommissar by Falco. Played it constantly on juke box.

Der Kommissar was my jam! Along with "Girls on Film" (Duran Duran).

(I smell Drakkar Noir.)

by Anonymousreply 133October 26, 2021 2:54 AM

Black Box - Strike It Up

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by Anonymousreply 134October 26, 2021 2:55 AM

Gonna Make You Sweat, C+C Music Factory, still gets my booty bouncin’

by Anonymousreply 135October 26, 2021 2:56 AM

Loved C+C Music Factory and Dee Lite's Groove Is in the Heart.

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by Anonymousreply 136October 26, 2021 2:58 AM

Pet Shop Boys - Go West

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by Anonymousreply 137October 26, 2021 2:59 AM

We thought we were so cool.

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by Anonymousreply 138October 26, 2021 3:00 AM

My first time in a gay club, in a building that used to be a bank - walking in, looking up at two stories of marble, and saw people doing this dance.

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by Anonymousreply 139October 26, 2021 3:00 AM

Le Palace… Paris… summer 1980… saw Grace Jones and Jerry Hall on the dance floor along with so many beautiful French boys.

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by Anonymousreply 140October 26, 2021 3:00 AM

Oh, what I wouldn't give for a fresh tube of Tenax!

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by Anonymousreply 141October 26, 2021 3:05 AM

We can’t forget RuPaul’s Supermodel

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by Anonymousreply 142October 26, 2021 3:06 AM

52nd Street - Cool as Ice.

I thought they were a NYC band, they were from Manchester England.

by Anonymousreply 143October 26, 2021 3:15 AM

I remember them playing this and a lot of other OMD songs at The Pharr Library in Atlanta in the mid 1980s.

“Heaven is cold, Without any soul… It's hard to believe, I was so in love with you”

Perfect lyric for a few of my first boyfriends who turned out to be jerks. What was I thinking?! LOL

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by Anonymousreply 144October 26, 2021 3:16 AM

By the time I went to clubs, it was this. Long love Missy E!!!!

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by Anonymousreply 145October 26, 2021 3:17 AM

I like that a lot of club songs were remixes or covers of older songs.

Downtown 1999

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by Anonymousreply 146October 26, 2021 3:18 AM

Saw OMD do an instore event before a concert (which I also saw) and the cute curly haired guy was either stuffing socks into his jeans or had an enormous package, with long thick VPL.

by Anonymousreply 147October 26, 2021 3:20 AM

R127 to R125 smells like napalm in the morning

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by Anonymousreply 148October 26, 2021 3:23 AM

N' Touch bar on Polk St. in SF

Native New Yorker, Macarthur Park/Last Dance, Tainted Love

Roberta Kelly's Oh, Happy Day/My Father's House

La Ross's Love Hangover, The Boss, No One Gets the Prize

Ashford and Simpson's Found a Cure

by Anonymousreply 149October 26, 2021 3:28 AM

Not sure what Club this was but I want to join.

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by Anonymousreply 150October 26, 2021 3:34 AM

The Delirium mix by Sarah mclachlan.

by Anonymousreply 151October 26, 2021 3:36 AM

Paul Lekakis, Boom Boom. Even remember being on a club tour and doing the song "live"

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by Anonymousreply 152October 26, 2021 3:45 AM
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by Anonymousreply 153October 26, 2021 3:47 AM

Everything But The Girl, Missing

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by Anonymousreply 154October 26, 2021 3:47 AM

Nashville Pussy - Piece of Ass!

by Anonymousreply 155October 26, 2021 3:48 AM

Guaranteed dancefloor carnage in the early 90s

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by Anonymousreply 156October 26, 2021 5:37 AM

Neil Young probably never anticipated this.

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by Anonymousreply 157October 26, 2021 7:40 AM

Sunday early am @ SF's End Up circa mid-90s: Why am I still out and about since Fri night . . . oh right, when "partying" connoted dancing & socializing all wknd (provided you're in close proximity to the loo), unlike what it suggests now

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by Anonymousreply 158October 26, 2021 11:47 AM

Shit, R26, we may have met.

by Anonymousreply 159October 26, 2021 11:54 AM

Jade - I'm Gonna Get Your Love

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by Anonymousreply 160October 26, 2021 12:00 PM

Great thread! First couple Mardi Gras in NOLA (early 90s), there was always ‘one’ song - you heard it every bar you went into, from Lafittes to the Pub to Rawhide to Jewels. MG 1990 - LIsten to Your Heart (Sonia) - MG1991 - Love Will Never Do (Janet Jackson)….

by Anonymousreply 161October 26, 2021 12:12 PM

1981: Feels Like I’m In Love…Kelly Marie. Secretly dancing with boys in the middle of a crowded dance floor at By George Disco in Columbia, MO.

by Anonymousreply 162October 26, 2021 12:19 PM

Sometimes the DJ would play a remix I hadn’t heard and I’d rush out to buy it, like this one by Miss Carey. It became my jogging anthem…

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by Anonymousreply 163October 26, 2021 12:31 PM

The poster R81 tanked was was a fun thread turning it into an opportunity for him to troll with dozens of posts about smell.

What kind of OCD fucked up troll does this?

by Anonymousreply 164October 26, 2021 12:34 PM

Tapps - My Forbidden Lover

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by Anonymousreply 165October 26, 2021 12:42 PM

I think Whitney and Ann Nesbit did this better, but this @ The Dover Fox, circa 1982, Kansas City every night at closing time, just before the sidewalk sale.

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by Anonymousreply 166October 26, 2021 12:53 PM

Liquid Liquid - Cavern, The Higsons - Run Me Down

Reminds of Danceteria.

by Anonymousreply 167October 26, 2021 1:01 PM

Wonderwall and Sky High.

by Anonymousreply 168October 26, 2021 1:26 PM

Good memory on the Liquid Liquid. Then the beat reminds me of 19 and early Limelight when it was straight and actually cool for a year or two.

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by Anonymousreply 169October 26, 2021 2:45 PM

The beat in another form - White Lines and it reminds me of Roxy in early 80s when it became a disco.

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by Anonymousreply 171October 26, 2021 2:50 PM

Cockring Amsterdam - basement dance floor - 1993. Favorite space in the world. Then crawl across to the oldest leather bar in the world, Argos, for some nasty basement sex.

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by Anonymousreply 172October 26, 2021 3:07 PM

Believe it or not, the first drag queen performance I ever saw was to this remix of the Amy Grant song Baby Baby:

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by Anonymousreply 173October 26, 2021 4:04 PM

Scritti Politti - Wood Beez, Perfect Way, Absolute etc

by Anonymousreply 174October 26, 2021 5:08 PM

As I recall, L.A. Style’s James Brown is Dead was a good song to hear at the club when you were on acid.

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by Anonymousreply 175October 26, 2021 5:42 PM

So many, but recently rediscovered Jimi Tenor, Take me Baby

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by Anonymousreply 176October 26, 2021 6:09 PM

Double Dutch Bus.

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by Anonymousreply 177October 26, 2021 6:15 PM

Secret Ties - Dancing in My Sleep

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by Anonymousreply 178October 27, 2021 12:14 AM

Michael Lovesmith "Baby I Will"

by Anonymousreply 179October 27, 2021 12:22 AM

The thread seems to be slowing down, so is it time?

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by Anonymousreply 180October 27, 2021 12:51 AM

Jesse Rae - Rusha

Whodini - Five Minutes of Funk

by Anonymousreply 181October 27, 2021 1:02 AM

Circa 1994, playing any KMFDM cd as I prepared to go out was de rigeur on a Saturday night. Or a Thursday night, for that matter. Nothing woke people's sensibilities up like "Godlike."

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by Anonymousreply 182October 27, 2021 1:09 AM

I remember the dance bar Equus in Philadelphia used to play the Abba song "On and On and On" repeatedly.

by Anonymousreply 183October 27, 2021 1:15 AM

Late 80's, The Garage in Columbus. For some inexplicable reason, whistles were popular then, too.

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by Anonymousreply 184October 27, 2021 1:22 AM

I am loving the entries with a story/club/place/time.

by Anonymousreply 185October 27, 2021 1:37 AM

I remember being in the Eagle in Exile in Columbus and within a few hundred feet "Relax" came on. Then I walked a little farther and could see a circle of guys jacking off, one smirking and sort of doing it to the beat.

And then I walked sort of around a corner and saw two guys pissing on a third, just as Holly Johnson sang "cum......hah!"

Also remembering a night in the Eagle in Chicago, walking down to the basement and seeing someone get fisted while "Army of Me" by Bjork was playing. Not the association I wanted to have with that song LOL.

by Anonymousreply 186October 27, 2021 1:43 AM

The Divinyl's "I touch myself". St. Kilda pub crawls, 1990.

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by Anonymousreply 187October 27, 2021 2:47 AM

Gurl It's 1982 I just moved to Tampa to work at Maas Brothers, and Bobby Stoner was wearing this out at the Old Plantation .....

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by Anonymousreply 188October 27, 2021 3:52 AM

A remix of this had the dance floor LIT!

Keys in Cleveland, circa 1991. My pasty white ass was one of about three white asses in the entire joint. Gah, I loved dancing there.

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by Anonymousreply 189October 27, 2021 2:40 PM

R188 He was still wearing it out in 1986, complete with the chalky "fog" machines on the dance floor, and a bartender named Ramón, who would not leave me alone!

by Anonymousreply 190October 27, 2021 2:47 PM

Vivian Vee - Give Me A Break

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by Anonymousreply 191October 27, 2021 2:48 PM


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by Anonymousreply 192October 27, 2021 2:49 PM

Equus Philly - OMG. Never there for dancing only drinks. 1984

by Anonymousreply 193October 27, 2021 9:09 PM

Level 42, "Something About You". Heard it at both The Garage and The Eagle in Columbus, OH, 1986ish.

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by Anonymousreply 194October 27, 2021 10:51 PM

"I'm Losing You," The Uptown Girls (1983 Enlarged Prostate Eldermix)

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by Anonymousreply 195October 27, 2021 11:00 PM

Jade, "I'm Gonna Get Your Love"

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by Anonymousreply 196October 27, 2021 11:08 PM

Can I just say that the early to mid 90s was a fucking fabulous time to come of age in a gay bar. I actually feel sorry for young gays today who will never be able experience anything like it.

by Anonymousreply 197October 27, 2021 11:16 PM

I remember quite a few Showtune Sundays at Sidetrack with this playing

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by Anonymousreply 198October 27, 2021 11:27 PM

"In My House" - Mary Jane Girls (Rick James).

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by Anonymousreply 199October 27, 2021 11:32 PM


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by Anonymousreply 200October 27, 2021 11:36 PM

I see several fellow Floridians on here ! Old Plantation in Tampa was one of my most favorite bars . Maas Brothers was a fabulous old school department store . I bought all my Christian Dior chemises ( they werent called shirts,god forbid!) there and they always tailored them to fit so beautifully.Tampa in the 80s-90s was rotten with fabulous gay bars.

by Anonymousreply 201October 27, 2021 11:54 PM

R201 My child did you frequent Rene's and EL Goya /Tracks as well ???

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by Anonymousreply 203October 28, 2021 12:03 AM

R202 Rene's was my spiritual home ! I posted upthread about doing lines at the table and dancing all night. Then you must know or heard of Sable Starr ! Sable was dating a lesbian heiress to the Johnson and Johnson fortune that was madly in love with her and was going to pay for Sable to have the surgery,but Sable wasnt ever going to and was stringing her along. That old dyke lavished furs and gowns and jewels on Sable .One night Sable and I were in a limo making the rounds of the bars and doing massive amounts of coke and she picked up this scorching hot Coast Guard stud. There we are rolling down Kennedy Blvd in a limo while Sable is riding that dick . We end up back at sables apartment (penthouse where she lived with the heiress) at 6 am and the dyke was beyond enraged. A screaming match ensued ,and next thing you know Sable and I are running down the street with loads of furs and dresses and all these morning commuters about wrecked ! It was HILARIOUS . Ah the memories .

by Anonymousreply 204October 28, 2021 12:28 AM

R204 I remember Kim Ross who was a performer at Rene's she looked exactly like Diana Ross !!! I do vaguely remember Sable Star. And coke was very easy to come by in Tampa for some reason

by Anonymousreply 205October 28, 2021 12:56 AM

I remember Kim Ross ! I knew tons of people back then and honestly,I dont think I knew one that didnt do coke. It was easier to find than weed. And so cheap too ! I bet a lot came in thru the port of Tampa. My friends and I would often get a shitty room at the Floridian (like $35 a night,yikes!) and run around acting like fools . I woke up one morning at the Floridian and there were 2 guys in bed with me,2 guys in bed with my friend,and 2 sleeping on the floor. All of us buck naked,and to this day I have NO memory of that night ! Isnt it funny though how we could stomp around then at all hours of the night and never ever felt unsafe ? I wouldnt do that in any city these days. Im so glad I was born when I was and partied like a frigging rock star. Young gays are so boring now.

by Anonymousreply 206October 28, 2021 1:54 AM

Dearest Florida eldermesses, did y'all also know Gilda Golden and Chena Black?

by Anonymousreply 207October 28, 2021 2:29 AM

This one.

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by Anonymousreply 208October 28, 2021 2:34 AM

R204 Giilda Golden accidently hit me a shoe she threw at another patron that was heckling her . She apologized profusely and I drank free all night

by Anonymousreply 209October 28, 2021 2:37 AM

"Follow Me" by Aly Us

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by Anonymousreply 210October 28, 2021 2:40 AM

Also this one, "Marcia Baila" by Les Rita Mitsouko.

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by Anonymousreply 211October 28, 2021 2:41 AM

R207 I remember Gilda but not Chena . I was indeed a mess,but lord did I ever have fun doing it. The worst part is I had so many nights under the influence of something or the other I dont remember half the shit I did. Thank god there werent cell phones then is all I can say !

by Anonymousreply 212October 28, 2021 2:55 AM

I obsessed over this new wave meets world music with a dah of religious influence during my college clubbing days innAmn Arbor circa 1985.

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by Anonymousreply 213October 28, 2021 3:04 AM

Slam dance at Smart Bar

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by Anonymousreply 215October 28, 2021 3:19 AM

This one: loads of mollys/vitamin Es

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by Anonymousreply 216October 28, 2021 3:19 AM

Finding the memories of club performers fascinating so I started this thread

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by Anonymousreply 217October 28, 2021 3:20 AM

Back when she still deigned to make dance music for the unwashed hoi polloi

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by Anonymousreply 218October 28, 2021 3:27 AM

Heaven 17 was Area for me.

by Anonymousreply 219October 28, 2021 3:30 AM

218 replies so not sure if this ones been brought up but this one is still the theme song of most of my nightmares …

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by Anonymousreply 220October 28, 2021 3:32 AM

Also this one was a staple in that late 90s/early 2000s last hurrah of the rave party at a club thing that was happening at the time

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by Anonymousreply 221October 28, 2021 3:36 AM

Late 80s, The Works, Columbus Circle, around 2am-ish

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by Anonymousreply 222October 28, 2021 3:47 AM

To be gay and clubbing in 1998...

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by Anonymousreply 223October 28, 2021 3:50 AM

R220) Darude Sandstorm was my running song. It was great to listen to in a crowded 5k run.

by Anonymousreply 224October 28, 2021 3:52 AM

"But I believe in the boogie

Oh, but the boogie don't believe in me"

True then, true now...

by Anonymousreply 225October 28, 2021 3:53 AM

The Works wasn't anywhere near Columbus Circle, it was in the 80s next to Museum of Natural History.

by Anonymousreply 226October 28, 2021 4:04 AM

The Works was an interesting as a bus stop. Nice pool table though and the occasional appearance of Nathan Lane.

by Anonymousreply 227October 28, 2021 4:18 AM

I hear this and I'm transported to Uncle Charlie's on Greenwich. The pilgrimage back and forth between Charlie's and Reeds (now Pieces) on Christopher wore holes in my shoes.

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by Anonymousreply 228October 28, 2021 4:22 AM

Oops I meant Columbus AVENUE

by Anonymousreply 229October 28, 2021 4:24 AM

Heaven 17 - Fascist Groove Thing

by Anonymousreply 230October 28, 2021 7:28 AM

Picture it. Honolulu, 1987. Two underaged kids going back and forth from Hula's and Dirty Mary's.

Being bought endless drinks by older guys and dancing to this. Fun times!

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by Anonymousreply 231October 28, 2021 7:58 AM

The Bar, after hours,1988. I was more into New Order, etc., but this and Taylor Dayne are what I remember from The Bar in Lexington, KY.

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by Anonymousreply 232October 28, 2021 9:56 AM

I forgot to mention that I can smell the Obsession and Aqua Net, lol.

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by Anonymousreply 233October 28, 2021 9:59 AM

They used to play this at the dance clubs in San Diego…always wondered what happened to Jane. But this was a fun song.

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by Anonymousreply 234October 28, 2021 12:39 PM

Worked at Disney World in the early 90s. We got paid on Thursday, and Thursday night was free admission to Pleasure Island for Disney "cast members"; because so many gay men worked at Disney, Thursday night at Pleasure Island became an unofficial gay night, especially at Mannequins Dance Palace, which had a rotating dance floor. Me and my friends would dance on the edge of the floor, teasing those standing on the sidelines when this song came on.

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by Anonymousreply 235October 28, 2021 2:01 PM

R235 I posted about Keys in Cleveland before but your post reminded me that they played this one a number of times leading into either My Lovin' or Free Your Mind.....

I still remember the beautiful dude that would do a acrobatic/gymnastic move on the floor. Fine as fuck. Every inch of him 😈

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by Anonymousreply 236October 28, 2021 9:59 PM

R61, "Invisible" by Alison Moyet definitely was one of those videos only played at the clubs. It was such a great, 1985-sounding song, it should have been played to death on MTV and become a huge hit. But MTV refused to play her videos because she was overweight. She said it. A couple of the VJs from MTV at the time said it as well. MTV didn't play videos by fat girls, that was just just their policy, however unwritten the policy was. Moyet's album, "Alf," was a huge, multi-platinum hit in England. It was as huge a hit in England as "Diamond Life" by Sade, which was released around the same time. MTV had no problem playing Sade videos, though. So Sade broke through in the U.S., but Alison never did. Hmmmm.... I wonder why?

by Anonymousreply 237October 28, 2021 10:11 PM

By the way, Alison Moyet was soooo much more talented than that horrible Adele. Yet MTV (when they play videos, which is seldom), VH1, etc., have no problem devoting hours of airtime to that awful woman. Alison just arrived at the wrong time. Too bad.

by Anonymousreply 238October 28, 2021 10:16 PM

And Alison hates that song now. No wonder.

by Anonymousreply 239October 28, 2021 11:35 PM

Early 90's Garage on Saturday and Eagle on Sunday nights.

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by Anonymousreply 240October 29, 2021 2:04 AM

Yazoo - Don't Go

by Anonymousreply 241October 29, 2021 2:25 AM

What bar? We're just listing names of songs unless you tell us WHERE the memory happened!!!!

by Anonymousreply 242October 29, 2021 4:11 AM

R242 Nations, DC

by Anonymousreply 243October 29, 2021 4:56 AM

A lot of these songs make me feel like I’m fucking Rob Lowe in Atlanta.

by Anonymousreply 244October 29, 2021 6:58 AM

Good times @ Universe (177 Townsend, now all overpriced SF condos) for the most part. Priority back then was getting on guest list or knowing front person. Listening to this, found my upper tolerance, having taken Xs too close together and had to sideline from floor, waiting to "get off ride".

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by Anonymousreply 245October 29, 2021 11:00 AM

Tracks. 1994.

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by Anonymousreply 246October 29, 2021 12:20 PM

Twinlight Zone

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by Anonymousreply 247October 29, 2021 12:24 PM

The Toolbox, Toronto.

Ernie's Afternoon Piss Party

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by Anonymousreply 248October 29, 2021 1:36 PM

Another favorite at the dance clubs in San Diego…I think Donna Summer was trying to get back into our good graces via Stock-Aiken-Waterman…

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by Anonymousreply 249October 29, 2021 1:43 PM

Too many clubs & venues to list, I started clubbing at 16, I was never asked for an ID. Through many different eras of music.

Some of the clubs I frequented, Area, Club 82, Max's Kansas City, Danceteria, Berlin, The Ritz, Peppermint Lounge, The Limelight, Pyramid, Earth's Edge.....

There will never be a NYC club scene like that again. The rich have ruined NYC.

by Anonymousreply 250October 29, 2021 8:21 PM

R250 The rich owned or funded many of those clubs, even behind-the-scenes, so they aren't all that bad.

by Anonymousreply 251October 29, 2021 8:55 PM

Turds Don’t Stink Like You

by Anonymousreply 252October 29, 2021 9:47 PM

Berlin in Chicago....too many to mention but I remember dancing to Kiss Them for Me by Siouxsie and the Banshees wrapped in someone else's fur stole. (Long story)

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by Anonymousreply 253October 30, 2021 1:50 AM

Agree R250. 1974-1994 were the dance club years of NYC I think. Post-rock, early soul to late house, early electronic dance music. Framed by periods of economics and other social dynamics that will likely prevent a resurgence. Glad I was there.

by Anonymousreply 254October 30, 2021 2:16 AM

Zack's Fourth Avenue, 1990ish (maybe 1991?)

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by Anonymousreply 255October 30, 2021 2:10 PM

If I go back to when I was really young and first started going to clubs, it has to be this. Bennett’s club in Glasgow had a mixed night every Tuesday where straight people were welcome to join gay friends. It was called the Shimmy. Such innocent times. Sharleen Spiteri was a regular. This was well before Simple Minds went down the stadium rock route.

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by Anonymousreply 257October 30, 2021 3:24 PM

Up & Down

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by Anonymousreply 258October 31, 2021 3:13 AM

The Odyssey, 1983 - I would be upstairs avoiding the chicken hawks with my best friend, Kathy, when a song would end and we would hear a weird sound come through the speakers. Then we would simultaneously realize that it was crickets - the opening of Club Tropicana - and we would rush down the stairs to the dancefloor.

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by Anonymousreply 259October 31, 2021 4:20 AM

And the other song that brings back The Odyssey - Cee Farrow, "Should I Love You?

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by Anonymousreply 261October 31, 2021 4:41 AM

Tu es foutu

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by Anonymousreply 262October 31, 2021 4:49 AM

2 songs come to mind. When I was In my 20s first time going to gay clubs/bars. So first was 2008 when I heard “ just dance” lady Gaga at club night called Cherry Pop in Los Angeles, I think the song was big in the la club scene before it was big worldwide and the beat it starts with is never heard anything like. No joke I was hanging with some of the Bryan Singer kept boys, doing coke, going to the abbey, area, wearing Ed Hardy 🤦‍♂️ just having a VERY LA club cool kid moment. The other is “Disturbia” by Rihanna reminds me of the Miami club scene, and clubs like score a and twist 🤷‍♂️. The entire 2007-2010 era reminds me of Gaga, Britney Spears circus, and Rihanna. Honestly it was a great time to come of age, almost innocent looking back 😯 🤨

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by Anonymousreply 264October 31, 2021 5:00 AM

[quote][R250] The rich owned or funded many of those clubs, even behind-the-scenes, so they aren't all that bad.

Let me correct that for you, most of the people who owned those clubs became rich because of the clubs. There were also rampant drug sales going on at so many NYC clubs, the owners sure knew about it.

The guy who owned the Limelight, Peter Gatien, was arrested for many offenses. Her was deported back to his native Canada in 1998.

"Gatien was acquitted of his drug-racketeering and conspiracy charge in 1998 but was deported to Canada after pleading guilty to subsequent state tax-evasion charges."

by Anonymousreply 265October 31, 2021 9:36 AM

The Motherlode, 1982. I was 18 and knew that this was the one bar that had a reeeaaalllly lax carding policy. Despite the pseudo Western theme with sawdust on the floor and crates to sit on, the first song I heard was Q-Feel's "Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)."

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by Anonymousreply 266October 31, 2021 4:57 PM

I remember being in a club in Chicago listening to this. Everyone had their rainbow gay pride freedom rings. I think I still have mine somewhere in a box.

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by Anonymousreply 267October 31, 2021 5:37 PM

Picture it I am in San Fransisco in 1980 21 years old , rocking my Izoid shift and Calvin Klein Jeans , ( with my 32-inch waist at the time ) tearing up the dance floor to this song sung by a local favorite .. at the Trocadero Transfer, I lip-synced every word of those lyrics AND I could do the hand gestures as good as Ms. Ross !!!!

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by Anonymousreply 269October 31, 2021 9:13 PM

In the Mood by Glenn Miller

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by Anonymousreply 270October 31, 2021 9:33 PM

R260 where was The Odyssey that played the fabulous Cee Farrow (RIP)?

by Anonymousreply 271October 31, 2021 9:41 PM

The Townhouse

Then… Now… Forever…

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by Anonymousreply 272October 31, 2021 9:48 PM

‘Tis the season 🎃

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by Anonymousreply 273October 31, 2021 10:01 PM

"As The Rush Comes" - Motorcycle

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by Anonymousreply 274October 31, 2021 11:45 PM

"And the Band Played On."


by Anonymousreply 275October 31, 2021 11:48 PM

R273 Bless you my child for posting that clip, it was joyful and powerful to watch !!! May Saint Donna bestow heavenly gifts to you !!!

by Anonymousreply 276October 31, 2021 11:57 PM

[quote] The rich owned or funded many of those clubs

The vast majority of clubs I went to between 1990 and 2000ish were owned by the mafia. Sometimes it would be some young upstart entrepreneur, and every once in a while a gay guy or guys would buy and run a club for a while, but more often than not it was some old mafia guy, or more entertainingly, some old dude and his wife.

I remember one club where the owner's wife would sit at the door to take the cover charge. She was sweet and also usually drunk or high out of her fucking mind. In a clapping-two-beats-behind-everyone-else kinda way. But hey, that place was home for a lot of us when no place else would have us.

by Anonymousreply 277November 1, 2021 4:08 AM

oh forgot, my point with my post at r277 was none of these old dudes were making THAT kind of bank. They were getting paid and it was keeping things afloat or solid, but no one was fuck you rich. I'm sure fortunes were made and lost in NYC and maybe LA and a few other spots but that's different.

by Anonymousreply 278November 1, 2021 4:10 AM

Second Hand Rose

by Anonymousreply 279November 1, 2021 4:10 AM

Anyone remember this one? I'd forgotten it and just was reminded now. It's so good!

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by Anonymousreply 280November 1, 2021 11:54 AM

I was way too young then but drop dead gorgeous by Republica is such a banger. She was just so cool.

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by Anonymousreply 281November 20, 2021 9:40 AM

First New Orleans Mardi Gras 1990. This cut was played in every bar. From Lafittes to The Pub, to Rawhide to Jewels to Phoenix you would hear it.

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by Anonymousreply 282November 20, 2021 11:34 AM

more recent version

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by Anonymousreply 283November 20, 2021 12:22 PM

Duckie at the Vauxhall Tavern was my favourite club when I lived in London. It had the best music, the friendliest crowd, and the entertainment was everything from the sublime to the ridiculous. Great memories.

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by Anonymousreply 284November 20, 2021 3:09 PM

Absolutely, R284! I lived in London in the late 00s and going there is one of my favourite memories of that time. An actual friendly crowd and great music. The first time I lined up there I could hear them playing Lene Lovich from outside and I knew I was in for a great time.

by Anonymousreply 285November 20, 2021 8:11 PM

I always thought that Ptown at Halloween would be some glamorous affair filled with the beautiful gays. I just watched that horror show at R237 and .... Ugh. What a fugfest. The poppers snorting at the beginning of the video sealed the deal What a celebration of ugly white trash. I'm glad I saw it though because I was afraid I was missing out on something but now I know I'm not.

by Anonymousreply 286November 21, 2021 12:49 AM

Late '80s sampling!

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by Anonymousreply 287November 21, 2021 3:44 AM

"Beautiful Dreamer"

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by Anonymousreply 288November 21, 2021 3:48 AM

Old Plantation, Jax Fl circa 1984. Wearing my skintight Calvin Kleins,pink Christian Dior chemise,pink sequinned bow tie and red heart shaped glasses. With my gigantic poufed out hair and cobalt blue eyeliner you couldnt tell me NOTHIN ! Ah glorious,glorious youth .

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by Anonymousreply 290November 27, 2021 4:52 AM

Time Warp!

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by Anonymousreply 291November 27, 2021 9:44 AM

R271 The Odyssey was catty-corner from The Beverly Center in Los Angeles, just a little south of West Hollywood. The article below gives a great history of it, including video footage from Halloween 1981, as well as a brief clip from "Night Shift" that was filmed there that shows the spinning light poles (they raised and lowered from the ceiling.) It was mostly a club for18 and over, but you could certainly get in at 17 and maybe younger. The young gay boys would always be followed around by the much older chicken hawks (they were definitely not hot Daddies.) It was destroyed by fire in 1985.

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by Anonymousreply 292December 5, 2021 8:43 PM

This one. Only heard in clubs. No one bought the single.

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by Anonymousreply 293December 5, 2021 10:03 PM

San Francisco (You've Got Me) - Village People, 1977

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by Anonymousreply 294December 6, 2021 2:05 AM

Fly Robin Fly NYC 1975

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by Anonymousreply 295December 6, 2021 2:12 AM

Spirit In The Sky

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by Anonymousreply 296December 6, 2021 2:16 AM

Walking On Thin Ice - Yoko Ono - Made me crazy in the early 80's.

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by Anonymousreply 297December 6, 2021 2:22 AM

Law of the Land by the Temptations playing at the Tenth Floor in the 70s. It holds up.

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by Anonymousreply 298December 6, 2021 2:23 AM

R2977 Walking on Thin Ice was the go to song in early 1980s clubs. A truly great record. It was the last song John recorded with Yoko before he was killed.

The Associates records were also popular in clubs in NYC. Billy Mackenzie was gorgeous and a true talent.

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by Anonymousreply 299December 6, 2021 2:30 AM

Mozart concerto. I use to wear my white wig in the palace. I was born in 1569

by Anonymousreply 300March 20, 2022 3:53 AM

[quote]Early 90's Garage on Saturday and Eagle on Sunday nights.

Hello fellow Columbus dweller! I lived in Columbus from 1985-1998. That was the routine: The garage on Friday and/or Saturday, The Eagle on Sundays.

by Anonymousreply 301March 21, 2022 4:56 PM

Anything by Ruth Etting or Fred Waring.

by Anonymousreply 302March 22, 2022 1:07 AM

Bizarre Love Triangle- New Order playing at Menjo’s. I remember it coming on while waiting in line for the restroom. The line would practically disappear immediately once the tunes hook was heard.

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by Anonymousreply 303March 22, 2022 2:33 AM

R303 Menjos with the low drop ceiling and bad decor. Good thing I was only average height so I didn’t have to worry about hitting my head when dancing. Although the crack neighborhood around the club was always a threat in the 1980s.

by Anonymousreply 304March 22, 2022 2:55 AM
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