Hurrah (nightclub)

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. 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, the Cure, Human Sexual Response, Suicide, the Skids, the Fleshtones, Ultravox, Johnny Thunders, the B-52's, Liquid Liquid, the Student Teachers, Klaus Nomi, Tuxedomoon, the Units, the Sleepers, 8-Eyed Spy (with Lydia Lunch), ESG, the Fuzztones, Mission of Burma, the Slits, the Specials, Bauhaus and the Feelies. After the suicide of Ian Curtis, the members of Joy Division regrouped and played their first gig in New York as New Order at the club on September 26, 1980, opening for A Certain Ratio.

On April 16, 1978, the Tom Eyen comedy play The Neon Woman, starring Divine, opened at Hurrah.[10] It ran for 84 performances, closing on July 15, 1978.[11]

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.[12] David Bowie was filmed in the club for his music video for the song "Fashion" in 1980.[13]

Famed New York club doorman Haoui Montaug worked as the doorman for Hurrah.[14]


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  2. New York Rock: From the Rise of The Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB by Steven Blush
  3. Shapiro, P.: Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco, page 256. Faber & Faber, October 2006.
  4. Christgau, Robert: "The Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll (Almost) Grows Up", Village Voice, Jan. 28, 1980.
  5. Shore, M.: The Rolling Stone Book of Rock Video, pg. 73, Quill, 1984.
  6. Haden-Guest, Anthony: "The gang of new york", The Observer, 18 July 2004.
  7. Martin, D.: "Arthur Weinstein, Starter of Nightclubs, Dies at 60", The New York Times, July 16, 2008.
  8. Palmer, R.: "New York Rock Bands Excite London", The New York Times, February 20, 1981.
  9. "The Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll (Almost) Grows Up", Village Voice, Jan. 28, 1980.
  12. Tucker, R.: "My New York: Sid & Nancy", The New York Post, July 27, 2010.
  13. Pegg, Nicholas: The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn, 2000.
  14. "Haoui Montaug; Disco Doorman, 39". The New York Times. p. 25.
  • Shapiro, P. Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco, Faber & Faber, October 2006.
  • Orth, Maureen: "The Beat Comes East," pg. 39, New York, 26 March 1979.
  • Turcotte, Bryan Ray, and Miller, Christopher T., Fucked Up + Photocopied: Instant Art of the Punk Rock Movement, Gingko Press, August 1999.

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