Unusual New York Punk Locations And Images.
Search and Destroy on St Mark’s Place, in New York’s East Village.
On my last visit to New York, I found Punk images and references wherever I went (see other links at the end of this article, for example).
One evening, I found myself by chance in St Mark’s Place, made famous (for me at least) by being referenced in Lou Reed’s track ‘Sally Can’t Dance’, from his album of the same name in 1974 (see You Tube link below).
As I was late and rushing elsewhere, I only had time to fire off a couple of smeary shots of the Search & Destroy shop with my phone.
Named after the Iggy and the Stooges track of the same name, the shop is described as a hard-core punk store, selling plastic bloody pig carcasses, bondage mannequins wearing gas masks and many cheap t-shirts. The outside certainly looked unusual, and I’ll make sure I go in on my next visit.
St Mark’s Place was also referenced on the back of the New York Dolls’ seminal and eponymous album, when they posed outside the Gem Spa on the corner. The band and that album are also referenced in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out! as one of my early Punk influences.
On another evening, as I walked around Greenwich Village, I came across this record shop, Rebel Rebel, on Bleecker Street.
Named after the David Bowie track, it displayed some Bombed Out!-relevant records, including, surprisingly, the Pink Floyd album, The Wall. Pink Floyd’s single of the same name gets a special reference in Bombed Out!.
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