A few weeks ago, it dawned on me that 1987—20 years ago—turned out to be a pretty seminal year in terms of the
This, combined with periodic perusal of Clark Humphrey’s blog and the publication of Humphrey’s book Vanishing Seattle (which I have yet to read) prompted me to take a stroll down memory lane. Thus, for the next few days, were going to write about some of the people, places, and media we remember fondly—or not so fondly—from 1987. We also will post a .zip file containing songs from the aforementioned records. So without further adieu.
Places People Went
Beth’s Café. An online review described meals at Beth’s as being a teenage hipster rite of passage, and who am I to argue? Beth’s opened in 1954 and serves timeless greasy spoon classics, with portions that seem reasonable only after a night of hardcore drinking. (Beth’s is also open 24 hours.) Will a six-egg omelette fail to fill your stomach? Then opt for Beth’s famed 12-egg omelette, complete with hash browns. During my teenage years, it was a common haunt for teens who snuck out of their parents’ houses and who needed a place to eat and smoke clove cigarettes.
The Last Exit. The Last Exit (also called The Last Exit on
Chubby & Tubby. Although I risk crossing-over too much with Vanishing Seattle, I’ll add another voice to the chorus mourning the passing of general store Chubby & Tubby. It reminds me of how organic the grunge “look” was: the “look” had nothing to do with Urban Outfitter boardrooms or young designers in
Venues. Several of the important venues from that period vanished years ago, sometimes before we were old enough to patronize them. The Off Ramp? It’s now El Corazon. The Central? It still exists, but in 1990, the owners converted it into a “saloon,” and you’re more likely to see Tom Petty and Jimi Hendrix cover bands play there than TAD or Girl Trouble. Squid Row? It’s now Kincora. My brother tells me a hair salon occupies the Vogue’s original space. The OK Hotel? It closed in 2001 after an earthquake. The Backstage (which was more of a touring venue)? Closed in 1998. The Hollywood Underground and Ballard Underground are long gone, too. In fact, I’m hard-pressed to think of many venues from that era that still exist in their same form, other than the smaller theaters (the Moore and Paramount) and the HUB Ballroom at the UW.So as you mourn the losses of these places, you can play the .zip file of Lamestain's Awesome 1987 Mix Tape, featuring:
Soundgarden “Nothing to Say”
Young Fresh Fellows “Amy Grant”
Melvins "Heater Moves and Eyes"
Screaming Trees "Transfiguration"
The Accused “
Bundle of Hiss “Rabies”
The Fastbacks “Wrong, Wrong, Wrong”