We just got a copy of How Music Works, the new book by David Byrne. It’s a memoir, a treatise, and a guide to the music business. While flipping through it we came upon Chapter 8: How to Make A Scene.
1. There must be a venue that is of appropriate size and location in which to present new material.
Remember Club Dredd? (And its precursors Katrina’s and Red Rocks.) Is Mayric’s still around? Hair product was a class issue. The kids with money used Dippity-Do gel, the kids with no money used paste. As in the stuff in colored tubes that you use for art class in grade school. (Some used egg white, toothpaste, whatever was available.) So when it rained, they would run for shelter to keep the gunk in their hair from washing off.
We weren’t in the scene, we were living in the stacks in the library, but many of our friends started bands and we got the stories.
2. The artists should be allowed to play their own material.
Ah. There are eight points, all of which apply to the Pinoy rock scene of the 90s.
David Byrne and Talking Heads in Stop Making Sense. From Music History in gifs