Last night has to be one of the best nights I’ve had in such a long time. I went to the “9 of Clubs Nite” at The Phantasy in Lakewood, OH -- a musical flashback to the 1980-90’s gothic-industrial scene.
I cannot remember the last time I danced to this music in a club. It was the best feeling ever. I was a stranger in a room full of people, yet we all were of the same mindset – we were there to reminisce and take a trip back in time through music.
The lights, dry ice smoke, and music combined in a magical whirlwind to transport me to simpler days where I looked forward to going out dancing a few times a week. I lived for my nights out at the gothic industrial music clubs. I’ve always been a gutsy gal and even back then I would venture out solo to the clubs. I always ended up meeting new people even though I was a bit socially awkward in those days. Come to think of it, I still am to an extent – I think it’s more my anxiety these days than awkwardness.
It was good to find out I could still dance and had the stamina for it – I don’t get to dance much these days. My life has been hectic, stressful and extremely complicated with demands of work and issues with my depression and anxiety. Add that to the clubs cater to the younger crowds with their dubstep and the newer EBM these days.
Last time I ventured out to get my dance on, I was surrounded by youngsters twirling glow balls and chewing on glow sticks, some even looked as if they hadn’t bathed in weeks. Raver brats. When the DJ played a few older songs in his set, the dance floor cleared and it was all mine. After 3 songs in a row, he went back to the raver crap. I exited stage left.
As soon as my feet hit the dance floor last night, I was 20 years old again. Even now as I write this, I get chills and smile with pure joy. All the stress and worries of the day were gone in an instant. I felt rejuvenated.
There’s something magical about hearing a song inside a club at deafening levels, with flashing lights and smoke all around. I have heard songs a million times on the radio and on CDs, but when it plays at a club, it’s almost as if I haven’t heard the song in a hundred years. I smile big and hit the dance floor full of life and energy.
The DJs killed their sets, taking everyone through a musical time warp to our younger days. It’s nice to know while we have grown older, we haven’t forgotten our roots. There was an atmosphere of great positive energy all around. I forgot how great it felt to be in this type of environment.
The people watching is always great as well, especially when taking a break from the dance floor. Just watching everyone feeling the music and dancing in their own style. Fluidity. It’s a beautiful thing to witness.
What is it about a man in a nice pair of jeans, a band or concert shirt, sport jacket or leather coat and sexy boots that is so incredibly sexy? Same with a man dressed in all black – and that these guys can dance on top of it all. It still does it for me. Every. Single. Time.
Feeling the music penetrate my soul with the thumping beats and melodic grooves -- it’s euphoric and addictive.
Doing this once every few months or so isn’t enough for me. I need it more often. Putting a playlist together and playing it at home just doesn’t cut it. I need all the elements coming into play. I really hope they consider doing this type of event at least once a month.
My ears are still ringing and my legs ache today -- all worth it! Thank you to the awesome and amazing DJs who provided such a great night, and to The Phantasy Theater for hosting this event.
Music and dance therapy. This is exactly what I need – not pharmaceutical intervention.
The following is a mixtape playlist of both songs played last night and songs I wish they would have played.
Crank it and dance mfrs, dance!
- Waiting For Mommie -- My Life with The Thrill Kill Kult
- O Fortuna -- Apotheosis
- I Sit on Acid (remix) -- Lords of Acid
- Pump Up The Volume -- M|A|R|R|S
- Work for Love (extended version) -- Ministry
- Dogman/Helter Skelter -- Meat Beat Manifesto
- Hey Poor -- Front 242
- Lightning Man -- Nitzer Ebb
- Testure (12″ mix) -- Skinny Puppy
- Love Like Blood (12″ mix) -- Killing Joke
- Stranger (remix) -- Clan of Xymox
- The Bog (dance mix) -- Bigod 20
- She’s in Parties -- Bauhaus
- You Make Me Feel So Good (Flutter mix) -- Book of Love
- Bizarre Love Triangle/Strangelove -- New Order & Depeche Mode
- A Forest (extended mix) -- The Cure
- Cities in Dust (extended eruption mix) -- Siouxsie and The Banshees
- The Killing Moon (all night version) -- Echo and The Bunnymen
- Blue Room -- Kirlian Camera
- Looking from a Hilltop (megamix) -- Section 25
- Nowhere Girl -- B Movie
- The Great Commandment -- Camouflage
- Lucretia, My Reflection -- The Sisters of Mercy
- Wasteland -- The Mission
- The Crypt -- Southern Death Cult
- Is it a Dream (Hold Tight) -- The Damned
- James Brown is Dead -- L.A. Style
- Dominator -- Human Resource
- What Time is Love? -- The KLF
- Make it Mine (Progress 1 Vox) -- The Shamen
- Circling Overland -- Front 242
- You’ve Got Foetus on Your Breath -- Foetus
- How Soon is Now (extended version) -- The Smiths
- Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) (extended version) -- Flock of Seagulls
- Physical (banned version) -- Revolting Cocks
- The Days of Swine and Roses -- My Life with The Thrill Kill Kult
- Money (Deutschmark mix) -- KMFDM
- Mind the Gap -- Ajax
- Geburt einer Nation (Opus Dei) -- Laibach
- Ahead -- Wire
- The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight -- Dominatrix
- Route 66 (mix) -- Depeche Mode
- Massive Retaliation -- Sigue Sigue Sputnik
- I Touch Myself -- Genitorturers
- Mindphaser (12″ mix) -- Front Line Assembly
- I’ll Fall with Your Knife -- Peter Murphy
- Severina -- The Mission UK
- Sadeness (Us Violent mix) -- Enigma & Nine Inch Nails
- Haunted -- Gary Numan
- Bela Lugosi’s Dead (original 12″ mix) -- Bauhaus