Old Danceland/Bonkers Flyers Unearthed

Back in an old post about Danceland I mentioned several memories I had from various shows that were going on at Danceland in the summer and fall of 1988 (Cynics, Heretics, etc.). I also mentioned that I thought that 1988 was the year that Dave Roman and Harry started to do a lot of huge multi-band bills and “Battle of the Band” gigs. I final got my hands on some old fliers that document a few of these 1988-89 shows (Thanks so much to Lisa K and Mike M for sending me all their cool stuff!). I think I remember several of these shows, but there are a couple I do not remember or forgot about.

This Heretics / Deep Six show was great!

I can not remember December Campaign or Next President. I assume they were local bands? Anyone have any memories of them? Please leave a comment in this post if you do.

It seems that there were two versions of the Murr/Deep Six flyer above. One has December Campaign and the other does not. At first I thought  December Campaign cancel or got added to the bill but it appears this was a different show and someone got lazy and decided to just reuse an old flyer instead of making a new flyer.

I think the “New Music Night” flyer above marks the start of Dave Roman’s many DJ gigs at Danceland, Bonkers, and later “Illusions.” Dave was a good DJ and would play some really fun 80’s dance and New Wave music for all the punker/waver girls and guys to do their “mold the clay” dance moves to. I think Harry set these New Music Nights up after a dance place in Greensburg called Johnny B’s closed down, or ended their all ages Sunday night dance nights. The Sunday Johnny B’s dance nights were a lot of fun and it provided a place for many local like-minded kids, who had similar tastes in music, to hang out. Eventually, I think Harry moved the New Music Nights to Fridays where Dave R would DJ and play his techno/house music for many years throughout the 90s (I personally liked the New Wave stuff Dave played over his techno/house phase but it was still fun to go to Bonkers/Illusions on Friday nights and bug him to at least play “Genius of Love” or maybe even “Somebody” during the slow dance portion of his set).

I don’t think I remember the September 18th 1988 Danceland Barbed Wire Dolls gig at all. For those of you who are unfamiliar with them, the Barbed Wire Dolls were an all female punk rock band from Pittsburgh and I remember seeing them several times around 1988-89. I think they were the opening band at the very excellent Warzone gig that was at the Electric Banana (Summer 1988?). I know that Warzone was booked at Danceland/Bonkers a little later that year because the flyer above mentions the show and I think I have¬† a couple different flyers documenting the show (plus DA was on the bill) but the show end up getting canceled for some reason that I can’t recall.

The flyer above mentions The Affordable Floors, but I don’t think they ever played Danceland/Bonkers. Does anyone remember if they did or not?

You will probably notice that many of these fliers document several shows by local bands The Murr and Deep Six. I have mentioned both these bands in the past but I am planning to do some more extensive post about each band very soon!

I also received several versions of different NOFX flyers from both their Danceland/Bonkers gigs that I wrote about in a past post. I guess these flyers were made by different people for the same shows.

Again, this flyer above looks like it was recycled from the 6 band show flyer at the beginning of this post. Why is it that I think this is a “Dave Roman” thing! :).

6 Responses to “Old Danceland/Bonkers Flyers Unearthed”

  1. jack kelley says:

    Cool blog, Dave. Thanks for doing it.

    December Campaign was me, Rob Petrick, Jeff Diehl and Mark Krusec. We were a synth-based band and played to a drum machine. We did new wave covers and originals. I’m pretty sure we never cancelled any of those shows…but I can understand why you don’t remember us.

  2. DKaspare says:

    Thanks Jack! Where were you guys from? IUP area? Do you have any stuff I could post to the blog :) Pics, Fliers, Mp3s, etc.

  3. jack kelley says:

    We were all from Belle Vernon but Mark did attend IUP so we did a couple shows up that way. I have MP3s of a lot of our originals and I bet I have some pics. If I can pull some worthy things together, I’ll send them your way.

  4. Chris says:

    That would be cool. I think that I have one of the December campaign tapes that you guys put out. Great tunes

  5. Chris says:

    Who was in eargasm? I remember Playing against them in the wxxp battle of the bands competition back in 1986 when I was in decadence.

  6. Mark krusec says:

    Jack you may not distribute our music without the express written consent of the commissioner of the NFL.

    Funny thing…in 1994…my car was broken into…probably kids did it…window smashed, all of my cassettes were taken…except the December Campaign cassette….apparently we did not resonate with the criminal youth of chambers burg PA

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