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69 Dean Street, Soho, club culture, The Face magazine+++

Dean Street and the making of UK club culture

FACE-clubcult69 Dean Street is an address implanted somewhere in the folk memory of every FACE reader. During the four years when the launchpad for musical experiment shifted from traditional rock gigs to the dancefloor, one Soho building became a factory farm that has fattened each passing cult en route to today’s richly flavoured mainstream.
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1981 ➤ The Romantics – a mainstream deejay’s guide

1981 ➤ Six golden rules for keeping Studio 54 ahead of the pack

1981 ➤ Farewell to vodka and tonic. Enter the Goodall Street Gargle Blaster

First published in TES, Feb 12, 1982

First published in TES, Feb 12, 1982

Wherever young people gather, they seem to compete to concoct the most appalling mix of drinks in one glass – and then give their cocktail a ridiculous name. Once news of these nightowl habits reached the Times Educational Supplement, it decided that the nation’s teachers should be alerted to the pupil perils. Inquiries reveal it’s the girls who are most willing to experiment…

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Eye-candy: PX swimwear opens the show. Picture © by Shapersofthe80s

Strange takes fashion
to the French

In April 1982, Steve Strange orchestrated the first serious sortie by a wave of young London designers to the Mecca of the established fashion world. An act of folly – or a marker for international success? Either way, this show sounded the last rites for New Romanticism…

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A silly hat and a calculated look might be
the best career move you’ve ever made

Dressing up to go to a Steve Strange club could change your life. The Camden Palace offers the best night out in London because, as well as the usual delights, this poser’s paradise has a reputation for offering more. The world’s media and photographers come here looking for the next big thing. On the crowded stairways here, it can pay to pose.
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First published in the Evening Standard, May 11, 1983

Dirt Box , nightclubbing,

Here comes trouble: Phil X and Rob Y, hosts of the itinerant Dirtbox warehouse parties. Pictured by © Shapersofthe80s

1983 ➤ Who’s who in the New London Weekend

By the summer of ’83, a new pop establishment ruled the mainstream music charts while a new executive ruled London’s burgeoning clubbing scene after dark. Meet the jacks and jokers who fronted the capital’s nightclubs
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1978 ➤
When French semioticians come stalking Le Palace, you know it’s serious



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