Thursday, December 08, 2005


This weeks theme is stuff that's closing down, it seems. Fuck it, I'm in a bad enough mood, I'm going to celebrate it.

LEGENDARY New York punk/new wave venue CBGBs (for the curious, CBGB OMFUG stands (stood?) for Country, Blue Grass, Blues (&) Other Music For Uplifting Gourmandisers) will close it's doors on Halloween of 2006. All of this comes as no surprise after a lengthy legal battle with the building's owners, which though the venue was arguably the victor, it probably didn't help them when their lease expired at the end of August.

The early stomping ground for The Ramones, Blondie, Television, Talking Heads, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, The Dead Boys, The Dictators, Richard Hell and the Voidoids (you surely know this roll-call by now?) etc. in it's position at The Bowery on the seedier lower east side of New York, the place was living proof, were it needed, that a city gets the culture that it deserves. It gets the culture that surrounds it.

The owner, Hilly Kristal, isn't sentimental however. On the subject of a move to elsewhere in Manhattan, or even a prospective re-opening in Las Vegas, of all places, he says "Things are different all the time - look at the 70s, the 80s, the 90s. The most important thing is we're keeping the integrity of CBGB. It won't be exactly the same, but it will have the same ingredients".
"...Norman Wisdom, Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee - GOOD TIMES!"


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