Is there a coverup going on? Was this thing a real UFO?
I moved away from the epicenter of sh*tty apartments and dollar slices known as New York to a faraway, much flakier place called Los Angeles.
The Whisky A Go-Go started out as a dance club in the fifties featuring caged Go-Go dancers and over the decades became one of the most iconic clubs on the Sunset Strip. In the 60s, house bands like the Doors graduated to international fame because of the exposure they got from playing the Whisky.
The 70s saw a thriving punk scene play there as well and while the Whisky fell on hard times financially in the 80s, the club still managed to feature some of the decade’s most iconic acts while they were still in their infancy.
Some of us just have too much personality for this decade. If you think you can’t handle the monotony of a desk job, maybe it’s because you were really meant for the lifestyle of a rocker. Specifically, a head-banging, hair-whipping 80s rocker. For decades, The Rainbow Bar & Grill in LA has been a premiere meeting place for musicians and their fans. But in no decade did it rock harder than the 80s, when bands like Mötley Crüe would frequent the bar and raise hell.
In anticipation of ABC’s upcoming series WICKED CITY, we paid homage to 80s rockers (and rockers at heart) everywhere.
“Olive” (not her real name) is a woman who worked at Tower Records on Sunset Strip for two-and-a-half years in the 1980s. In honor of the premier of ABC’s WICKED CITY, here she recalls her various brushes with the rich, the famous, and the intoxicated.
“Tower was a respite for people. You’d come there and see some celebrities walking around—Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen, Whoopi Goldberg. Everyone came to be seen. You buy records, maybe see a celebrity, maybe get an autograph, and that would make your day.”
I moved to Downtown Los Angeles. I was living a mile from the Staples Center where the Lakers, Kings and Clippers play. I was two miles away from Dodger Stadium and two miles from Memorial Coliseum where USC plays College football. It all sounds amazing and it was, but I was also only a block away from Skid Row where the homeless and crackheads play.
“Where do celebrities live?”
I just did it.
Right from the start, La Santa Cecilia respectfully makes “Strawberry Fields Forever” their own.
My bank accounts were empty, my motivation was thwarted, and the dream I had held onto for so long had been unmasked and revealed for what it really was: Just a game of luck. And I refused to be the joker.