The CHEEPSKATES live at The DIVE - R.I.P. JD Martignon, owner & founder of Midnight Records

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Charles Billy Harmon - Dive patron

    I don't think I ever missed one (Gore Gazette)! Not only did the 80's Garage Rock scene seem to at least musically make the 1980's tolerable to me, but the Dive itself was a great refuge. Cavernous, dark, smokey, and almost always packed. loved it!. How super cool it was...for $3.00 to be able to see The Vipers(house band), and another band play and watch some super schlock horror flick!. So friggin cool. The bands played along with a cheap(wheel turning)lightshow--16mm(or super 8?)playing backwards ski movies or something!. It was the very best place(I feel)to get tanked in NYC during the 80's. And yes!, very cool to be able to listen to H.G.Lewis, or ?Franklin?(Last house on the left--porno)speak about their flicks. Rick Sullivan big thanks to you man!. and I loved his band, The Creeping Pumpkins as well...@Michael: how about the Gore Gore Girls out takes!?...was so cool. I can never forget seeing Fuzztones shows there while puffing on a pipe filled with DMT!!(pretty dang unforgettable!)...of course I would always make sure I was in a chair or had my back firmly planted to the wall. The House Pets(Michael!)doing the theme song to Mary Tyler Moore...The Outta Place screaming "Out of my tree", The Tryfles with John Fay belting out "Caveman" or "Goodtimes". And Raunch Hands shows were just incredible!. I recall a night when Chandler had his dad there. The L.I. bands were friggin over the top--The Mosquitos, and The Secret Service, most memorable shows..The Dive was just incredible...it definitely was something out of the past, way 60's..not typical of the 80's at all. Fuzztones, Tryfles, Vipers, House Pets, Raunch hands, outta Place, Optic Nerve, Raunch Hands, Mad Violets, Plastic device, Headless Horsemen, and great visitors from other regions--Sic Kidz, Stratford Survivors, Chesterfield Kings, etc..Great times there. Psycho Punks(helmut heads), Mods, Psychobillys, East Village Punks, school kids, and everyone else--all melding in this small sweaty hole in the wall--was great fun...Hope the memories get at least a chapter in some book about the NYC music/club scene of those days...We were lucky to have it.

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MICHAEL CHANDLER - Singer: The Outta' Place

David John Herrera - Guitar & vocals: The Cheepskates

Blair Buscareno - Editor: Teen Scene

John Fay - Guitar & vocals: The Tryfles

Jordan Tarlow - Guitarist: The Outta' Place

Peter Landau - Drummer: The Swamp Goblyns

Michael Stark - Editor: Trashbeat

The Secret Service

Paul Martin - Guitarist: The Vipers

The Bohemian Bedrocks

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