Anyway - New Wave City.
This last Saturday was the first time I managed to make it out to one (the fairly random NWC nights at different clubs has been the biggest obstacle for me). It was pretty cool.
I know that's not a resounding endorsement coming from me, and for that I apologize to NWC's promoters and fans.
Allow me to explain in my usual overly-verbose fashion:
The fact is that New Wave City really is fairly awesome - if you're into '80s New Wave primarily with a smattering of Goth.
My problem (and, on this rare occasion, I'll admit that the problem here is mine) is that I lived through the '80s and remember them just a bit too clearly for me to be terribly enamored of them. And I'll be honest - I had kind of hoped for something a little more... I don't know... Adam Ant meets the Hong Kong Cavaliers (that's a Buckaroo Banzai reference for you kids out there that didn't live through the '80s) - which is probably more Goth-y (New Romantics are kinda Goth-y) and Cyberpunk-ish (Yes, Buckaroo Banzai is sorta Cyberpunk) than NWC's promoters really want on a regular basis.
But - and here's the straight fact of the matter: I don't think I'm the guy they should be bending to - the folks running NWC clearly have a strong following who like exactly what they're doing. And that, my dear readers, really is a resounding endorsement - one that is much more telling than anything I could write on the subject.
So, if you like early '80s music and fashion and dancing, then go to New Wave City the next time they're doing one (their Facebook page seems the best option for tracking down the next club-night). I think you're sure to be impressed.
And I'll probably end up going again anyway. My friends have insisted that they'll make me. And I'll keep my eye out for future themed NWC nights that key a little closer to my tastes.
I so wish I could pull off a Perfect Tommy, though.
-- Mr. M.