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The Blitz Club, Our version of the story
Steve was invited to London by Billy Idol. His first job was designing artwork for Malcolm MacClaren and The Sex Pistols. Rusty was the drummer in punk /new wavers 'The Rich Kids'. " We met on the Kings Road in 1978. After the Rich Kids disbanded we approached 'Billy's' club and told them "We'lll fill up your club on Tuesday nights!", they said yes. The club became the setting for a mixture of art students and fashion designers and music fans."
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What Other People Say: The Observer, Oct 4th 2009
When my phone rang in January 1980, little did I realise its message meant: "Put out the cat. You're coming to the party of your life." The voice on the other end spoke without pausing: "My name's Steve Strange and I run a club called the Blitz on Tuesdays and I'm starting a cabaret night on Thursdays with a really great new band.... they combine synthesised dance music for the future with vocals akin to Sinatra, they're called Spandau Ballet and they're going to be really big…" How could I know that this was my invitation to the Swinging 80s, where daily life would never sound or feel the same again? Paris and New York had steered the 1970s; now London was to become the creative powerhouse as Britain rode out a recession and its youth culture leapt back into the world spotlight.
What Other People Say: David Johnson
All things to do with The Blitz Club start and stop with Bowie. Despite the world tagging them as the Blitz Kids, this generation of diehard clubbers and music fiends were in reality Bowie's Kids — the spiritual offspring of the mighty innovator who shaped the 1970s pop scene almost singlehandedly, David Bowie. The Blitz was much more than a weekly club-night in a tacky London wine bar. Tuesdays at The Blitz were an occasion. The keynotes were outrage and dressing UP in the face of a grinding economic recession far worse than today's. Queues of sparkling clubbers stretched round the block. Something epic happened here, something heroic. These exponents of modern dance and ironic stance began forcing the pace of change. In an explosion of creativity, gender-bending and ridiculous hair, the club's stand-out stars became media celebrities. The Blitz was the crazed laboratory that reanimated the corpse of British youth culture. From here sprang dozens of glamorous young bands playing new kinds of pop. They invaded the British charts and then the world's. Visage and Spandau Ballet were the first bands created in the Blitz itself and they looked like tomorrow. Their synthesised dance music sounded like tomorrow too. Their devil-may-care performances inspired a movement that people called the New Romantics and suddenly firebrands and tastemakers were springing from nightclubs all over Britain. Not in old-school guitar-led rock groups, but as mould-breakers making electronic tunes as 12-inch vinyl singles — club-music to move to. Their friends buzzed around them in creative teams as designers of clothes and graphics, as crimpers and writers and photographers and directors in the new medium of video — because their guru Bowie had shown them how to express their dreams in both sound and vision.
Read David Johnsons Article About the Blitz Club
What Other People Say: Graham Smith
Prior to it's appropriation on regular Tuesdays by a gaggle of outrageously dressed former punks, hairdressers, soulboys, rockabillies and art students, the Blitz had been a normal enough wine bar. This changed decisively when Julia Fodor (Princess Julia) and Steve Strange, who both worked at PX, the hippest shop on the block, learnt it had a vacant Tuesday. Strange made a deal with manager Brendan, transferred his regular Bowie night from Billy's to The Blitz, and created a legend.
Read An Excerpt From Graham Smiths Book
Who Were The Blitz Kids?
Kim Bowen, Stephen Jones, Dylan Jones, Julia Fodor, Lee Sheldrick, Stephen Linard, George O'Dowd, Andy Polaris, Kim Whitmore, Fiona Dealey, Perri Lister, Iain R Webb, Carl Teper, Judith Frankland, Theresa Thurmer, Michelle Clapton, Richard Ostell, Clare Thom, Greg Davis, Caryn Franklin, Eric and David Holah, John Maybury, Cerith Wyn Evans, Willy Brown, Christos Tolera, Grayson Perry, Sade Adu, Darla-Jane Gilroy, Melissa Caplan, Michelle Clapton, Francesca von Thyssen, Robert Durant, Robert Laws, Pam Hogg, Judy Blame, Lesley Chilkes, Jayne Chilkes, Perry Haines, Scarlett, Myra, Dexter Wong, Dinny Hall, Kate Garner, Jeremy Healy, Steve Mahoney, Ollie O'Donnell, Jimmy O'Donnell, Jo Strettell, Chris Sullivan, Simon Withers, Graham Smith, Graham Ball, Robert Elms, Steve Dagger, Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Richard James Burgess, Steve Lewis, Steve Norman, Gary and Martin Kemp, John and Flea Keeble, Tony Hadley, Christos Tolera, Jon (Mole) Baker, Peter Ashworth, Peter (Marilyn) Robinson, Stewart Mechem, Peter Probert, Rose Turner, Rachel Auburn, Paul Sturridge, Steve Beech, Robert Pereno, Bic Owen, Jelena Lakovick, Mandy d'Witt, Jo Hargreaves, Naomi Gryn, Christine Binnie, Holly Warburton, Bailey Walsh, Sue Clowes, Vivienne Lynn, Jennifer Binnie, Tracey Rivers, Philip Sallon, Wilf Rogers, Jeffrey Hinton, Dencil Williams, Paul Bernstock, Thelma Speirs, Dean Bright, Wilma Johnson, Daryl Humphries, Barry O'Dea, Michael Hurd, Paranoid Pete, Jacqueline Capron, Tim Dry, Barbie Wilde, Haley Harris, Peter Godwin, Karl Adams, Babs Mahon, Swede Mahoney, Mac London, John Barclay, Jill McComish, Robert Gordon, Helen Carey, Martin Degville, Kenny Campbell, Robert G Leach, Caroline Des Noettes Harper, Claire Mendelsohn, Chris Buxbaum, Bob Cleary, Debra Rossiter Guterres, Donna Waite, Franceska Luther King, Nigel Stark, Sioux Peto, John Barclay, Gabriella Palmano, Teresa Hartrey, Sue Scadding, Paul Disney, Claire Mendelsohn, Paul Frecker, Corinne Drewery, Helen Carey, Wendy May, Mark May, Wendy Tiger ... PLUS those trendsetters from an earlier chapter of London's story, including Duggie Fields, Kevin Whitney, Luciana Martinez, Michael and Gerlinda Kostiff, Andrew Logan, Brian Clarke, Richard Sharah, Marie Helvin, Gilbert and George ...