Scream (music club)

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Scream was an underground music club in Los Angeles, CA from the mid-80s and into the 90s focusing on glam rock, death rock and industrial rock. Founded[1] by Dayle Gloria, the "Queen of the Sunset Strip"[2] and Michael Stewart, Scream hosted many of the larger rock bands, such as Guns 'N' Roses, Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers,[3] Sisters of Mercy, 45 Grave, TSOL (True Sounds of Liberty) and Human Drama. It was considered one of the more influential clubs/outlets in L.A./Hollywood due to the signing of many of its of local musical group bookings to major label record companies and its hosting of many of the larger touring acts of the goth/industrial scene.

Scream started on Monday nights at the Seven Seas nightclub in Hollywood, where Mike Stewart and Dayle Gloria were DJ's. It then moved to Friday nights at the Berwin Entertainment Complex (now the site of the Hollywood Athletic Club) at 6525 Sunset Blvd, featuring two rooms: a dance floor with DJ on the left and a bar on the right featuring horror films projected on the wall. The décor in the dance room featured black toulle netting with images of Spanish Inquisition monks inspired by the 1961 Roger Corman film The Pit and the Pendulum, rendered with UV paints that glowed under the black lights. Fans blowing the netting made the images waver in a ghostly manner. These were created by Cleve Hall, known for the television show Monster Man on Syfy channel. Hall also coordinated the horror films projected in the bar area (as well as performed with his band Exquisite Corpse, featuring Sean Brennen of London After Midnight). Club owner Michael Stewart came up with the name based on the famous Edvard Munch painting and his best friend Steve Elkins created the logo.[4] Advertising was largely based on unique illustrated flyers produced by "Mad" Marc Rude left on store counters throughout Hollywood.

After being shut down by the Fire Marshal for being over capacity, Scream relocated to the Embassy Hotel in downtown Los Angeles at 9th Street and Grand Avenue. While there it encompassed three floors of the building, including the basement, where it featured a stage with live bands in one room and horror films in the other. There was a long, narrow staircase which led to the basement, walls and stairs painted black which, due to the high probability of someone pitching headfirst down the stairs in darkness, was dubbed "The Descent into Hell" by clubgoers. The upper floors featured rooms with DJs and dance floors and a room where underground videos were projected. In the summer of 1987, Scream was kicked out from the Embassy Hotel, gathering around 4,000 "mourners" on closing night, and re-opened later the same year at the Park Plaza Hotel in the Wilshire District.[5]

Other bands to play Scream included Faith No More, Revolting Cocks, Sea Hags, The Nymphs, Caterwaul, Living Colour, Specimen, and Christian Death.

The Scream was used as a shooting location for several 80s films including the club scene in Less Than Zero,[6] and the club where Dr. & the Medics perform in Maid to Order.

In 1987, Geffen Records released Scream: The Compilation, a collection of bands that had become staples at the club, including Jane's Addiction, Human Drama and Kommunity FK.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shaw, William (November 1997). "Jane's Addiction Hooked Again". Aint No Right - The Jane's Addiction Discussion Forum. 
  2. ^ Lecaro, Lina (Jan 20, 2006). "Dead Man's Party". LA Weekly Music. 
  3. ^ Fletcher, Peter (Oct 16, 2007). "It Ain't Like That Anymore". LA Weekly Blogs. 
  4. ^ Rose, Cat (Apr 8, 2011). "Scream: The Darkness and the Evil Flyers". There's Something Hard in There. 
  5. ^ Britt, Bruce (Nov 12, 1987). "L.A.'s Scream Club Finds A New Haunt". Los Angeles Daily News. 
  6. ^ "filming.90210locations.info". 

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