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Rolling Stones’ Emotional Rescue’ party
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June 26, 1980: All the Stones minus Charlie hold a hospital-themed promotional party for the new album ‘Emotional Rescue’ at the Danceteria disco, New York City.
Danceteria was a nightclub that operated in New York City from 1979 until 1986 and in the Hamptons until 1995. The club operated in various locations over the years, a total of three in New York City and four in the Hamptons. The most famous location was likely the second, a four-floor venue at 30 West 21st Street in Manhattan that served as the location for the disco scene in the film Desperately Seeking Susan.
The first Danceteria was opened at 252 West 37th Street by German expatriate Rudolf Piper and talent booker Jim Fouratt. It catered to a diverse after-hours crowd coming from the downtown rock clubs Mudd Club, Trax, Tier 3, Chinese Chance and CBGB, and gay discos. The club’s DJs were Mark Kamins and Sean Cassette. An illegal, unlicensed facility, it was closed by the New York police and fire departments in 1980. The first Danceteria Video Lounge was designed by video artists John Sanborn and Kit Fitzgerald, who programmed an eclectic mix of found footage, video art, early music videos and musical performances. DJ Mark Kamins said the first Danceteria was the first club to play videos and have two separate DJs play for 12 straight hours.
In 1984, Argento and Pieper opened a successful Hamptons outpost of Danceteria in Water Mill, New York. This was the first trendy NYC-style nightclub to open in the Hamptons. Bill Bahlman DJ’ed the opening night of The Hamptons Danceteria.
The third Danceteria operated from 1990 to 1993 in a run-down midtown space, the Martha Washington Hotel at 30 East 30th Street. Kamins, Johnny Dynell, Walter V and Danceteria veteran Freddy Bastone were the DJs at this facility; NJ rock band Spare Change performed regularly on the main stage, usually inciting riots with their raw brand of rock music. Club Kid Goldy Loxxx DJed on the opening night in the lounge room, and for the first few Friday nights (along with Kamins) in the main room, one of the first times a club personality was chosen to spin.
In 2008, the 21st Street location was sold, to be converted to luxury condominiums. The plan was abandoned by the end of the year.
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