Remembering BOOB: New York’s Way Out of Boredom
photograph Michael Fazakerley
photograph by Kent Pell
New York City
The Big Screen Plaza
behind the Eventi Hotel
851 Sixth Avenue
Wednesday, July 6
BOOB was a conceptual hardcore rock band that began amidst the infamous 1990’s New York City club scene of Peter Gatien-owned nightclubs, Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium and Club USA.
Led by three prominent club kids, Walt Paper (Walt Cassidy), Desi Monster (Desi Santiago) and Loxanna (John McGrath), BOOB consisted of Mr. Johnson (Scott Johnson) on guitar, Sonia Sonic (Sonia Manalili) on bass, and Mayumi (Mayumi Shimokawa) on drums. The burlesque performer *BOB* was featured as their mascot, “The BOOB Girl”. The band was managed by Thairin Smothers.
BOOB incorporated the talents of various other artists, filmmakers, designers and photographers. Filmmakers, Daniel Falcone and Ryan Wolowski. Photographers, Misa Martin, Kent Pell, and Roderick Angle. Costume designers, Carlis Pistol and Jimmy Helvin.
Their first performance was a sold out show at one of the last of Michael Alig’s Disco 2000 parties held at Limelight. The performance would mark the beginning of the end of an era, as New York nightlife became the target of Rudy Giuliani’s “Quality of Life” campaign. Heightened by the scandal surrounding the Michael Alig murder case, this campaign would see the closing of not only all of the mega-clubs owned by Peter Gatien, but also legendary performance venue’s such as CBGBs.
The screening will include archival performance footage from legendary NYC venues, interviews, and press pieces edited with a digitally restored, never before released studio album.
Watch the trailer here.
Compiled and Edited by Walt Cassidy and Nathan Maxwell Cann.