Hurrah (nightclub)

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Hurrah was a nightclub located at 36 West 62nd Street[1] in New York City from 1976 until 1980. Hurrah was the first large dance club in NYC to feature punk, new wave and industrial music. The in-house DJ's at Hurrah were Sara Salir, Bill Bahlman, Bart Dorsey and Anita Sarko. Under the management of Henry Schissler,[2] and later Jim Fouratt,[3] it became known as the first "rock disco"[4] in New York, and pioneered the use of music videos in nightclubs, placing video monitors around the club,[5] over a year before the launch of MTV. The club was owned by Arthur Weinstein (who also created The World and the afterhours clubs The Jefferson and The Continental[6]) and his partners, who opened the club in November 1976, months before Studio 54.[7]

With Ruth Polsky[8] as booking agent, Hurrah became known as a place for new wave, punk and post-punk bands to play, featuring many of the British bands' first American performances.[9] Bands playing the club included the Pop Group,[10] the Cure,[11] Human Sexual Response,[12] Colin Newman (of Wire),[13] Bush Tetras,[14] Delta 5,[15] Liquid Liquid,[16] Blurt,[17] Suicide,[18] the Skids,[19] the Fleshtones,[20] Ultravox,[21] Johnny Thunders,[22] the Only Ones,[23] the B-52's,[24] the Student Teachers,[25] Klaus Nomi,[26] Tuxedomoon,[27] the Units,[28] the Sleepers,[29] 8-Eyed Spy (with Lydia Lunch),[30] ESG,[31] the Fuzztones,[32] Tina Peel, Mission of Burma,[33] Simple Minds,[34] the Slits,[35] the Specials,[36] Bauhaus,[37] the Screamers,[38] Magazine,[39] the Bongos,[40] and the Feelies.[41] After the suicide of Ian Curtis, the members of Joy Division regrouped and played their first American gig in New York City as New Order at the club on September 26, 1980, opening for A Certain Ratio.[42]

On April 16, 1978, the Tom Eyen comedy play The Neon Woman, starring Divine, opened at Hurrah.[43] It ran for 84 performances, closing on July 15, 1978.[44]

The club became notorious for an incident in December 1978, where during a Skafish gig, Sid Vicious got into a fight with Todd Smith (brother of Patti Smith,) resulting in the incarceration of Vicious for two months in Rikers Island.[45] David Bowie was filmed in the club for his music video for the song "Fashion" in 1980.[46]

Famed New York club doorman Haoui Montaug worked as the doorman for Hurrah.[47]


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Coordinates: 40°46′14″N 73°58′55″W / 40.77056°N 73.98208°W / 40.77056; -73.98208