Thursday, February 21, 2008

New Wave Artifacts Unearthed

[SLC Punk-ish] Below the City Weekly offices on Main Street, even below Sam Weller's Books and the new Keys on Main, a long-defunct basement nightclub (at one time The Iron Horse, among other post-'70s incarnations) now houses Weller's leftover book inventory. The stairwell, which which we rarely see day-to-day because the door is usually locked shut, still has that nightclub look--including these flyers for a show by '80s new-wavers The Suburbs, with locals 004 opening. Guessing this show happened in the early-to-mid '80s, and tickets were sold at ye old Cosmic Aeroplane. Revel in nostalgia, SLC Punkers:

(Bill Frost)


  1. I think I remember this club!!! In the summer of 1985 I went to a long ime family friend's wedding (well the reception actually, as I was not allowed in the temple)and afterward the bride's 17 year old sister (I was 22) suggested we go celebrate with the proper libations, so I bought a bottle of champagne and we drove around town drinking and making out and we somehow ended up in this new wave club that was down a flight of stairs on Main Street. I remember drunkenly dancing to Alphaville's "Forever Young" and B-Movie's "Nowhere Girl" and lots of other KCGL songs.
    It seems a few weeks later the club had disappeared when I tried to find it again.

    Thanks for memories Bill. Remember the Foundation? Another basement club.

  2. Awwwww.... how I loved 004. I hope there is a special place in hell for the person that stole my 004 tape sometime in the late 80's.

  3. Well, guess what? Your fearless CW editor worked as a waitress in 1976 at Diamond Lil's, which was the restaurant next door to the Iron Horse in the aforementioned bowels of the Main St. basement. I was only 19, but spent plenty of time serving slabs of prime rib to Iron Horse patrons. It was the days of disco. The club was very dark, lots of red velvet and black leather, and brass flourishes. Also, a distinctive underworld, Cosa Nostra feel floated through the place. Very cool, very fun.

    (Holly Mullen)


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