What an incredible clip. I read Jonathan Lethem’s ‘Fear of Music’ this past Summer and I really think that if there was any one time and place I would like to be transported back to for a night (or two or three) it would be downtown NYC a few decades back. I have vague memories of NYC in the late 1970s as a kid, I can remember the subways, Bryant Park, mid-town (42nd St) and it was a completely different place. Most of my real vivid memories are from the 1980s, which was an amazing time in NYC as well. This clip captures some of that feel of “that era’s seemingly hollowed-out downtown” that was so vital to the booming cultural movement that was then taking place.
Talking Heads, “Psycho Killer” Live at CBGB, 1975 (by PRI)
“When bigger was better, the suitcase-size boom box was a necessity for big-city teenagers. In the 1980s, sales nationwide topped $20 million a year. In Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” Radio Raheem carried his everywhere, playing Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power.” By the ’90s, the battery-powered bass-heavy boxes equipped with radios and cassette players were supplanted by Walkmans and smaller devices, even as hip-hop and rap — born in New York City — came to dominate musical culture worldwide.”