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East Village Says Goodbye to 1984 at the Pyramid Club

Friday, April 29, 2011

It's the last night of 1984 in the East Village.

For 18 years, fans of '80s music have flocked to the storied Pyramid Club on Avenue A nearly every Friday to enjoy songs by artists from the Smiths to Cyndi Lauper spun by the party's promoter and D.J. Chip Duckett.

But now Duckett said he is pulling the plug on the party and moving on to other projects.

"Honestly, it's just time for me to move on to something different," Duckett said. "1984 has lasted almost twice as long as the '80s lasted. People who can drink legally now were three-years old when this party started."

The end of the party is like the end of an era for its biggest fans.

Shannon Jowett, who arrived in New York City in the '90s from Kansas, said he fell in love with the atmosphere immediately. Waxing nostalgic about the party, he said there were some moments he'll never forget.

"Definitely the smell of sweat and the feel of these decades of grime from drag queens and avant garde performers getting under my nails and on my clothes and taking that all home with me and loving it," Jowett said.

The last 1984 dance party starts 10 p.m. Friday at the Pyramid Club.

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