The Music of Nicholas Taylor
back n the corner by the rest rooms behind the spiral staircase was a dark corner
where swift action was taking place. To be in that spot too long was uncool
because fast action that demanded your space was limited. No other club could
match the crossover of fun, not Danceteria or Tier 3 or Rock Lounge (laughable
forgetable spot that turned into The Reggae Lounge a little nicer), only the
Mudd Club ruled and had a dark sinister side that made you want to participate.
At this place there was a bringing together of Punk and New Wave fashions that
at heart should not get along but this was enviously fun! And what's more fun
than getting down to DJ Walter Durkacz who introduced a new kind of blend that
included an eclectic array with Ramones, Talking Heads, Televion twist. The
Dredlocks flinging in the back from the regular Jamaican men like Dirty Harry
and his posse. The music so good and dangerous for the crowd from Studio who
would come downtown to this dark corner of industrial Chinatown at 77 White
Street New York City. Maybe it lasted 3 and a half years: Halloween 1978-82.
No other club gave you a "fix" every night and you would design your
day around going there tomorrow night maybe very late, 3:30 am? Other noted
beauties to be seen almost every night were Rhonda Pastor Corte and her friend
Brenda Parush who like most of my aquaintances from that era. There was also
a Coney Island kind of influence with some of the rockabilly gangs being from
there. I would learn their family (sir names) names much later and become their
fan as well as other former contemporaries over the net!
Brenda Parush (far right I think) and other unknown assailants at the Mudd
Photo and music copywrite Nicholas Taylor