7 11 in the Land of Night

7 11 in the Land of Night

It's been said that those who remember the '60s weren't there. I'll take that a step further and say that if you remember the '70s, you are likely to claim you don't remember....

Living in a giant, un-popped, middle-aged bubble, I sometimes wonder if those who joined the Rocky train over the years know about certain staples of the old days that were firmly rooted in the time and place. I’m certain that there are many that have come since I became an observer as opposed to a participator, though through current social media I do come across reminders from time to time by happenstance. Case in point: 7/11 is the annual RHPS Status Day on Facebook. Not too much participation from what I saw this year, but just enough to make me smile all day while at my soul-crushing desk job. While deciding on what to update my status with, I was torn between two images.

 

The first image, which I ultimately went with, was a flier for the Tiffany Theater on the Sunset Strip from 7/11 1979, which announced 7/12 as being the beginning of Thursday at Midnight screenings of Rocky Horror.  It reminded me how that summer—which was probably my favorite year for Rocky, was crazy enough in Hollywood to support 5 showings in the same theater between Midnight on Thursday through the wee hours of Sunday. Although Thursdays were much quieter than the always sold-out midnight and 2am showings on the weekend, it still was popular enough to draw a much more casual crowd, which on one occasion included a visit from Tim Curry who obliged us by signing the permanent one-sheet in the lobby.

 

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The second image, I thought might be too obscure, but makes me laugh every time i see it. It’s a home-made T-Shirt of  Riff Raff, with the slogan “Disco Sucks—Let’s do the Time Warp.” I have always regretted not buying one when they were circulating back in the day, though I did recently discover the bootleg has been bootlegged and it does pop up from time to time.

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For those who don’t remember (and even for those who do) the phrase “Disco Sucks” was a rallying cry amongst a large segment of the rock n roll community. Although us Transylvanians love to dance, Disco had taken over the airwaves at such a disturbing rate, it created a splintering in top-forty tastes big enough to cause a lot of dissention to music fans everywhere.

 

Coincidentally, 7/12/14 is the 35th anniversary of the worlds biggest disco bonfire, the Disco Demolition at Comisky Park. It was a publicity stunt spearheaded by a DJ who was fed up with having to play disco records, but it turned into a near-riot and sparked the beginning of the end for the popularity of disco. 35 years later, Rocky is still going strong, and Disco is still quite dead (though it covertly lives in the shadows as “Dance Music.” In any case, Disco still sucks. I can say with some certainty I will never do a disco dance, but upon occasion, I will take that jump to the left and a step to the right.  

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